Oldest member of provincial parliament runs again
(Written March 3 for Town Crier)
Liberal MPP Monte Kwinter is running for an eighth term this fall.
He has represented Toronto’s North York at Queeen’s Park since 1985 and was officially nominated by the Liberals on March 1.
“My reasons for running now is the same as in 1985 – to make a difference and help people,” said Kwinter, rep for York-Centre.
Over the last 25 years, he’s held five different portfolios and is currently the parlimentary assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
“We are a very heavily trade dependent jurisdiction. We have to export to the world,” he said. “Ninety percent of our trade is to the U.S. They are going through difficult times right now. We are looking at other areas to trade with China, India, Brazil and Russia.”
He is also quite pleased that his government is opening a new accute care centre in his riding near Keele Street and Wilson Avenue.
The hospital will serve 600,000 people in the surrounding area and is in the design stage after three years of planning. He expects to see a shovel in the ground this later year and for the hospital to take two years to build.
“The big problem is people want instant action,” he said. “You don’t build a hospital overnight.”
Kwinter, who turns 80 on March 22, is accustomed to being the oldest member of the provincial legislature, but that’s not slowing him down.
“As long as I am blessed with good health. I’ll continue to contribute,” said Kwinter, who has four children and 10 grandkids. His wife Wilma passed away last May.
He said he’s always in campaign mode and looks forward to this election.
“I bring a wealth of experience and volunteering and institutional memory,” said Kwinter.
Also nominated in York Centre is the Progressive Conservative’s Michael Mostyn. The Town Crier will feature profiles on all major party candidates between now and election day Oct. 6.