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Wasaga resident launches campaign for PC nomination

November 27, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Wasaga Beach resident Stella Ambler has launched her campaign to become the next candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario to represent Simcoe-Grey.

The Provincial seat is currently held by Jim Wilson, who resigned from the PC caucus in 2018 and currently sits as an independent.

Wilson has stated he will not run for re-election.

Ms. Ambler is a former Member of Parliament representing Mississauga South as a member of the Conservative Party from 2011 to 2015.

She was a backbencher in the Stephen Harper government.

As a federal representative, Ms. Ambler defended taxpayers, advocated for law-abiding firearms owners, promoted women in public life, and championed policies defending women from exploitation.

Ms. Ambler’s first attempt at entering federal politics was in 2008 when she ran on the Conservative ticket in the riding of Bramalea – Gore – Malton, and lost to the Liberal candidate in that riding.

After her first four years in office she ran again in 2015 for the new riding of Mississauga-Lakeshore, but lost her seat to the Liberal candidate in the 42nd general election.

She ran again in the last federal election in 2019, but lost to the Liberal candidate.

Ms. Ambler moved to Wasaga only a few months ago and has been actively engaging the local community.

She said she has received an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response from residents.

While she hasn’t held a seat since 2015, Ms. Ambler said she has remained active in the political scene.

“I’m passionate about public service,” Ms. Ambler said. “You’re never quite out of it entire when you love politics. As someone who’s been involved since 1985, I’ve never really been out of politics. It’s something I’ve always loved to do, and I’m guided by that spirit of service,” adding that during the time after her last time in office, “I worked for a large government relations firm with a focus on Queen’s Park.”

The switch to working at the provincial level may contain some differences, but Ms. Ambler said it’s much the same.

“I’ve done the job before and the public service aspect of it translates to all levels of government. It’s all about helping people and that’s what I care about. I know there are people in my community that need help, especially from the provincial government. I want to help the people who live in the communities in Simcoe-Grey. I’m a fighter and I’ve done it before.”

After making a decision to move to a smaller town from Mississauga, Ms. Ambler said she and her family have felt very comfortable after settling in.

The fact that she is seeking the nomination as a new person in town means she has spent considerable time reaching out to local residents.

“I enjoy the challenge of the campaign and I’ve been working at this every day and have been for quite some time. I’m meeting every day with municipal leaders, party members, and my neighbours. My team is growing by leaps and bounds. I’m energized by the campaign and the support I’ve been receiving. The people I meet are open minded to someone who is new. They can see right away that I will work hard for them and that I care, and that I’ll be able to get things done at Queen’s Park. They know I’ve done it in the past and have the experience and proven track record of getting things done.”

The Progressive Conservative party has announced they expect all nominations to be in and a new candidate selected by March 21, 2021.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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