MPP Cheri DiNovo Parkdale – High Park
Cheri DiNovo was elected to Queen’s Park in the 2006 by-election, and re-elected in the 2007 general election to represent the provincialriding of Parkdale – High Park. Shortly after her election, she took on a diverse critic portfolio consisting of Employment Standards, Small Business, Housing, Women’s Issues, Public Transit and Citizenship and Immigration. Cheri has also served as Deputy Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, being one of the few women to sit in that chair.
Quoted by journalists as “The new female power at Queen’s Park” and “a dynamo”, injust a few months Cheri had made her mark on the political landscape, championing issues of critical importance to many in her riding and across the province. Cheri was named best MPP by Toronto’s NOW Magazine.
DiNovo is best known for her Minimum Wage Campaign, through which over a million Ontarians saw their minimum wage increase to $10. She is also known as the “queen of tri-party bills” for tabling the most bills in the Legislature that have the support of all 3 parties.
As housing critic for the NDP, Cheri has been working hard for housing here and across the province. Here in Parkdale-High Park, she provided leadership in assisting the formation of a Tibetan-managed co-op in the planning stage. Cheri and her team are currently working with Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto on this project which has received funding from CMHC. Cheri is also an outspoken critic of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Cheri has long advocated for more affordable housing and action to deal with skyrocketing property tax reassessments.
As a former small business owner, Cheri is actively involved with TABIA (the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) working to eliminate burdensome taxes on small businesses.
As a critic for Public Transit, Cheri has supported local and provincial environmental groups in demanding that Ontario invest in public transit and renewable energy, rather than maintaining coal plants or building new nuclear projects. Cheri has also been a staunch supporter of the Clean Train Coalition and the campaign against dirty diesel and for clean, electric trains NOW.
As a critic for Women’s Issues, Cheri founded Girls Government, a non-partisan initiative aimed at getting young girls engaged in the political process. Girls Government started in Parkdale – High Park 3 years ago and has now spread province-wide.
As a critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Cheri has been fighting for the rights of internationally trained professionals to have their degrees and experiences recognized when immigrating to Ontario. Cheri has also been a staunch advocate for Tibetans, Roma and other immigrant communities in Parkdale-High Park and Ontario.
At Queen’s Park Cheri has introduced Bills and Motions to:
-Make housing a human right in Ontario;
- Build 26,000 units of rent geared to income housing
now, a broken Liberal promise;
- Create a housing benefit for Ontario Works and Ontario
Disability Support Program recipients as requested by the Daily Bread Food Bank;
- Establish inclusionary zoning which would permit
municipalities to require developers to set aside units of affordable housing
in their projects.
Cheri has also spoken out about the under-funding of our public schools and childcare programs. She introduced legislation to end the provincial
government’s claw-back of the National Child Benefit Supplement.
In addition to being described by the Toronto Star as a “sparkplug” at Queen’s Park and a leader who “personifies an emerging consensus”, Cheri was named “Favourite Politician” by the Parkdale Liberty for her ongoing pledge to donate her monthly MPP raise to local organizations and
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