Residents, voters and political enthusiasts alike had very busy calendars June 25th as both Markham-Stouffville, MP Jane Philpott and Markham-Thornhill MP, Mary Ng were holding kick-off fundraisers.

Team Philpott held their event at Stouffville’s Sleepy Hollow Golf and Country Club, inviting their supporters with the following online message:

“Please join us for an energetic campaign kick-off and the first fundraiser for Jane Philpott as an independent candidate. Bring your friends and family and come enjoy the beautiful venue and share in delicious refreshments”

Just south of the municipal border was Mary Ng’s official campaign kick-off event where she promised to introduce her new campaign manager and co-chairs.

Leslie Sherman (pictured), is the latter while co-chairs Khalid Usman, Malaga Wilson, Michael Chan (absent), and Poki Patel make up the community leadership team (all pictured above).

Ng spoke of a stronger economy, cleaner environment and her desire to continue following in the foot steps of her “great friend, John McCallum. “I have the best riding in the country,” she beamed while citing local cultural occasions like Iftar during Ramadan, Taste of Asia, Thai Pongal, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

Ng also promised continuing commitments to investing in children, a competitive economy, and supporting seniors, “because they have supported us.”

While acknowledging her own debut into politics two years ago, Ng brought education cuts by newly elected Ontario Premier, Doug Ford to the table. She stressed that her governments’ Canada Summer Jobs investment and Child Tax Benefit stand in stark contrast to the larger class sizes and cancellation of programs currently being protested by university and high school students.

(Feature Image: Jane Philpott at her nomination announcement May 27th at Reesor’s Farm Market, photo credit: Martin Kwok Photography).

For information on getting involved with Jane Philpott’s campaign, visit: www.janephilpott.ca.

For information on getting involved in Mary Ng’s campaign, visit: http://maryngmp.ca/.