OTTAWA — Thomas Borcsok has officially been registered with Elections Ontario as an independent candidate for Ottawa Centre in the upcoming 2022 provincial general election.
Thomas is a lawyer and a career public servant based in Ottawa. Thomas' prior work experience includes: an international NGO which provides legal assistance to LGBTQ+ refugees fleeing persecution; the legal services department of one of Canada's largest municipalities; and the Access to Information and Privacy Secretariat of a large government department within the federal public service, where he served as a senior advisor.
One of Thomas’ key motivations for running as an independent candidate in the upcoming election is to combat increasingly toxic partisan politics at Queen’s Park. Thomas believes that unchecked partisan politics undermines the effectiveness of our democratic institutions. Namely, Thomas is concerned that our provincial and federal parliaments have devolved into hostile party versus party scrums, where the prime directive is not to work collaboratively for the benefit of all electors, but to discredit the opponent at every turn. Thomas knows Ontarians deserve better.
Thomas’ election platform is comprised of 15 commitments divided between four central pillars: (1) Environment & Climate Change; (2) Civic Reform; (3) Justice; and (4) Health & Wellness. Some key platform commitments include:
Calling on Queen’s Park to form a Citizen’s Assembly on a question of electoral reform;
Introducing amendments to the Members Integrity Act to require MPPs to take care not to weaken or destroy public confidence in our democratic institutions;
Proposing amendments to the Ontario Election Act to lower the voting age from 18 to 16;
Developing a provincial strategy to address and correct the disproportionately high rates of Indigenous and Black people in the criminal justice system; and
Repealing Bill 124.
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