Jeff Kawzenuk wins Liberal Nomination

In April, Nicole Beatty and Jeff Kawzenuk entered a competition to be nominated as Liberal Candidate for the 2022 Provincial election.  If nominated, and if she won against MPP David Piccini, Nicole would then not be running for Council in the 2022 Municipal Elections.  However, Liberal Party members in the Riding (Northumberland Peterborough-South) voted for Jeff Kawzenuk with an announcement yesterday – June 5.  Jeff retired in July 2020 from a 35 year career as teacher and principal in several Northumberland High Schools.  Both Nicole and Jeff campaigned online (see links below) and it did not seem to impact Nicole’s Council work.  With the announcement of the vote result, Nicole offers congratulations to Jeff on her Facebook page.  She continues with:

I’m so proud of the campaign we ran. To be blessed with a volunteer team who gave their time and talent – there are not enough words to express my appreciation. To be overjoyed by the love and support of my community – I’m so very lucky. With a heart full of gratitude, thank you for believing in me! I will never stop working for positive change.

Jeff Kawzenuk
Jeff Kawzenuk

The Liberal Party Riding announcement of the selection concludes with:

“It’s time to move forward with an MPP who puts the unique interests of Northumberland—Peterborough South first,” said Kawzenuk. “During the recovery of COVID-19, there will be many decisions and changes to be made. We need a post-pandemic plan that builds the future for our community.”

In his campaign material, Jeff wanted to support: essential and front line workers, students and educators, health care, small business, eldercare and rural communities.  See links below for more detail on the announcement, Jeff’s campaign, Nicole’s campaign and more.

The next 18 months looks to be busy politically.  The Provincial election is scheduled for June 2022, the Municipal election is scheduled for October 2022 and if you believe what’s being said, a Federal election could be happening this summer or Fall.  The latest on all these can be found on the three Cobourg Internet pages in the links below.


Cobourg Internet Political Information Pages

These include social media links and information on Candidate campaigns when available.

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7 June 2021 8:11 am

Congratulations to Mr. Kawzenuk. I’m not sure if having a 3 decade background in a dysfunctional & under-performing Ministry makes him part of the solution or part of the problem, but, at least he should be able to provide qualified, empathetic representation to our Riding’s largest employer: the Boards of Education and their thousands of unionized employees. History shows that you can win this Riding with only 40% of the vote and if Mr. K can just get the gov’t employees…well, he can book a trip to Queens Park.(*as post-pandemic inflation kicks in, I speak as a parent voter– if he can just stop his fraternity of teachers from striking that would be much appreciated…) After 15 years of Liberal leadership in the Province, like many others, I found myself in support of the ‘Buck-a-Beer’; “Open for Business’, lets have a BBQ, Ford Nation. I hung on every word of the Press Conferences from a year ago; the States of Emergency and the call to action. We were all-in-this-together. As the shortcomings in our provincial systems got exposed; the bodies stacked up–literally; businesses closed; exceptional powers forced and our biggest Ministries failed, it’s been difficult to hang in there. ( * and less notably-BBQ’s are outlawed; beer costs double what the Premier promised and the place I used to imbibe has been closed for a year…) We’ll come out the other side of this, but, I have to believe that Ontario is going to be running a deficit that will be hard to believe. Our Rating agencies may have unwelcome news to deliver. If interest rates rise to counter inflation…well…we are going to have to post crazy economic growth numbers to stay even. Having leadership that is best positioned and able to access federal ‘support'($$$) and transfer payments might be… Read more »

Reply to  Dunkirk
7 June 2021 10:34 am

Is anything you have written supported with actual facts or is this just an expression of your attitude towards Ontario politics? A few facts and statistics would be of more interest.

Reply to  Doug
7 June 2021 11:44 am

From Ornge to Pan Am Games the Liberals had 5 major scandals that cost taxpayers plenty. Don’t think Ford even comes close.

Bloated Senior
Reply to  cornbread
7 June 2021 12:10 pm

1) promised iron ring around LTC’s. Never happened.
2) promised to prosecute negligent LTC’s. Never happened.
3) promised air-conditioning in every LTC. Never happened.
4) promised to follow medical advice. Not happening.
5) how about LTC inspections……Not happening.
And we have a year to go.
Libs and Tories are peas of a pod…….

ben burd
Reply to  Bloated Senior
7 June 2021 12:25 pm

reply to BS – Ford not only failed to prosecute LTC operators he gave them a ‘get out of jail card’. By legislating retroactive legal protection from civil lawsuits. But there is a way – charge the Minister in charge with manslaughter!

Reply to  Bloated Senior
7 June 2021 3:54 pm

The Libs had almost 20 years to properly regulate & inspect the LTCs, after all most of them were constructed during the Liberal regime. Ford had 2 years to get them fixed up. Look at the source constructor not the repairman after the fact.

Bloated Senior
Reply to  cornbread
9 June 2021 7:47 am

So how long do our mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, son and daughters in LTC’s have to wait for your “repairman” to keep
his promises? A day? A week? A month? Until
after the next election?

Reply to  Doug
7 June 2021 1:08 pm

Hi Doug–most of this info is in the public domain. For instance-it is easy to find and confirm that KPRSB has 5100+ staff and the Catholic School Bd(PVNCCDSB) has over 2000..granted all of those are not in our riding, but thousands are…it’s our biggest employer followed by another Provincial Ministries–health care & LT care.
If you want to confirm election results–a good source for the the last 5 provincial races is Lou Rinaldi’s wiki page. there you will see that historically, candidiates only need 4 out of every 10 votes to win the riding.

ben burd
Reply to  Dunkirk
7 June 2021 12:29 pm

 I speak as a parent voter– if he can just stop his fraternity of teachers from striking that would be much appreciated…”

Well if Ford dropped his animosity to teachers and appointed a minister of ed who understood public education that would be a good start!

Reply to  ben burd
7 June 2021 1:14 pm

Hi Ben–I don’t disagree, but, it would be an epic disappointment–as a parent, who after the last year of hardship which is online learning–gets to deal with a ‘cost-of-living’ strike in any of our schools. Many teachers are getting 1% COLA. Last month alone the posted inflation rate was 3.6%… long under ANY government will it be until the teachers unions want a new contract?
I can hear the drums in the distance….

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Dunkirk
7 June 2021 1:47 pm

Let us note going forward that the teacher’s pension funds are heavily invested in the totalitarian dictatorshit of China and profiting from communist enterprises. They can teach their students that genocidal dictatorshits can be profitable.

Deborah OConnor
Reply to  Dunkirk
7 June 2021 11:21 pm

So much for you to learn Dunkirk. Teachers don’t/can’t strike on a whim. Their contracts have agreed upon end dates with their school boards and they can only strike when the contract is up and there’s no agreed upon extension to continue negotiation or no agreement to settle. It’s all quite civilized, unless the Board locks them out.

Reply to  Deborah OConnor
8 June 2021 8:47 am

Ms. O’Connor–respectfully-in our Province, conflict is inherent in our system because there is really a virtual monopoly of the provision of educational services while permitting almost 100% unionization. Especially in Ontario, the unions have the best of both worlds: the ability to strike & no real competition. Maybe Mr. K or our next MPP can help?
I look forward to learning how civil the next labour action will be, but, I hope my children are in class at the time with progress reports not withheld and with a full slate of engaging & uninterrupted extra curricular & community service activities offered.

ben burd
Reply to  ben burd
8 June 2021 8:37 am

I guess with the preponderance of ‘thumbs down’ a lot of people on this Board also share the animosity towards teachers – sad!