As the dust from the provincial election settles, residents of Richmond Hill expressed their expectations for newly elected MPs and the issues that matter most to them.
The Liberal asked six residents of the ridings of Richmond Hill and Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill what they hoped for from their next provincial representatives. Here’s what they had to say.
Communication is key for local business owner Kate Jiang and Aizick Grimman, a father who runs his own business.
“I hope the MP can communicate with residents and represent his constituency to make their voices heard at Queen’s Park,” said Jiang, who has lived in the Richmond Hill constituency for 10 years.
The Chinese immigrant said she hopes the information can be made more accessible to new immigrants who do not speak English well to ensure their input can be heard by the government on important local projects such as than transportation and development.
“I would like a representative to actually answer voter calls,” said Grimman of the riding of Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill.
“Overall, it would be great if either side recognized the basic reality that little children don’t have to take any vaccines,” he said. “Parents like me who take the threat seriously have no representation. … I have reduced my work to 1-2 days a week to keep us afloat while keeping the children at home.
Tyler Barker, a Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill Riding resident and advocate for disability and accessibility issues, also spoke about his expectations in the field of health.
“I want any government member elected here to improve health care…I want to see more checks and balances to where the money is going to these for-profit agencies and not just shoveling in the money.”
Meanwhile, development and the environment are top concerns for many residents the Liberal has spoken to.
The biggest issue for Marj Andre, a well-known community leader who lives in the Richmond Hill constituency, is the massive proposed development in the high-tech Transit-Oriented Community (TOC) on Yonge Street and the Freeway. 7.
“I hope the next MPP will be more tuned in to how to build a good community and understand what it really means to build a good community in Richmond Hill,” Andre said.
The provincial government has issued two ministerial zoning orders to expedite the development of two TOCs, including Richmond Hill. It will bring to the city 33 towers whose height varies from 40 to 80 floors, doubling the density and the height initially planned for the district.
The High Tech TOC is one of several developments being planned or under construction across the city that have faced public denial due to livability concerns.
“I think it was (Richmond Hill) a lot nicer before than it is now because of these huge buildings. I know they’re for housing, and I’m actually for housing. But somehow I think they lose the natural stuff and go to these high rise buildings. And the traffic just gets unbearable,” said Nahid Missaghie, an Iranian immigrant who has lived in Richmond Hill for 35 years.
Carol Davidson of Oak Ridges said: “There has been an explosion of development proposals in Richmond Hill over the past four years…We need leadership that recognizes that a healthy economy must include an environmental plan, regardless of party.
Jiang said she expects Richmond Hill to continue to develop as a modern city in the future, noting “not just a place to live and live, but no support facilities. Nobody wants that, right? »
STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Journalists Sheila Wang and Kim Zarzour spoke with residents of Richmond Hill about their hopes and expectations for future MPs.