ABOUT LESLYN

I am so excited and humbled by the prospect of representing the great riding of Haldimand-Norfolk. I am no stranger to hard work, and watched my parents work long hours to give their children a better life. I too have dedicated my life to excelling in school, employment and serving fellow Canadians with my skills. I am a small business owner, having left the practice of law on Bay Street to start my own law firm. I understand the challenges of meeting payroll, of sacrificing by not drawing a salary at the early stages of my business and working long hours to provide employment for my fellow Canadians. Small business owners employ over 80% of all Canadians and governments should adopt policies that encourage and reward their sacrifice and investment.

I also have a unique education is particularly well-suited to fight for the needs of the residents in Haldimand-Norfolk: I graduated with a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toronto, Trinity College graduating Magna Cum Laude, a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, with a Concentration in Business and Environment from the Schulich School of Business and a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School and a PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

I believe that to whom much is given much is required, and I pledge to serve the residents of this riding by being a strong voice and advocate in Ottawa.

I want to serve the next generation of Canadians by making sure they have the same opportunities that I had as a young woman.

Canada must remain a country where people can earn a living and not depend on government for our basic subsistence, pay our bills without worry, and leave our children better off tomorrow than they are today. Canadians want to see competence from their leaders in their approach to the economy, the environment, and our resource and farming sectors. We must also be a nation of compassion towards our seniors, the disabled, and veterans.

The government should exist to serve the citizens and not the other way around. We must be a country where the freedom of religion, conscience and expression, and the rule of law are upheld.

I am not a career politician. I have been given much by this great country, and by my hardworking parents before me. I want to help the next generation succeed by honouring our Canadian identity, including compassion, democracy, entrepreneurship, respect for the environment, and acknowledging and learning from this country’s great history. I want my children to inherit an even better Canada than the one that has given me so much.