Endorsements

Mary-Margaret McMahon
MPP, Beaches—East York

"Kathryn McGarry has it all! Competence, charisma, and a true sense of collaboration. She brings a wealth of experience to the position, both inside and outside the political arena. Kathryn is the kind of driving force I can get behind to move the Ontario Liberal Party forward."

 

Lucas Borchenko
President, Young Liberals of Canada

"As President of the Young Liberals of Canada I know that youth need to be engaged at the grassroots level to rebuild the Ontario Liberal Party. Kathryn’s ability to build teams and inspire people is why I’m proud to endorse her as the next President of the party."

 

Dipika Damerla
City Councillor and former MPP, Mississauga East—Cooksville

"I have gotten to know Kathryn for many years now, both as friend and as a colleague. With her experience in holding several positions in the party and a track record of getting important work done, I know that she is the best person to be Party President as we gear up for the next election."

 

Sean Mitchell
Ontario Young Liberals Riding Director

"As both a member of the Ontario Young Liberals and growing up in a rural riding I believe that Kathryn has the experience to bring to engage and motivate all members across our province. Her commitment to a party that represents all of us is why I know she will be the best person to serve as party President."

 

Mary Margaret Laing
Member, Thunder Bay—Atikokan

"I have had the privilege of watching closely as Kathryn has volunteered in her community, and ran for office. I have seen her extraordinary leadership qualities: creating teams, reaching out to partners, gathering input and working hard for consensus. In everything she has done, her work and service were exceptional. The Ontario Liberal Party could not have someone better as our President."

 

Jordan Hudyma
OLP Regional Vice President, North

"The Ontario Liberal Party will only be better off with Kathryn as President, full stop. We need not look any farther than her resume to understand the breadth of experience and competence that we stand to benefit from with her at the helm of Executive Council. Join me in support of her candidacy - McGarry for President 2023!"

 

Lee Fairclough
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Etobicoke—Lakeshore

"I am so pleased that Kathryn McGarry has stepped forward to run for President of the Ontario Liberal Party (OLP) at this important time. Her commitment to community in many forms of leadership in public service as well as her history of volunteerism with the OLP means she has the experience to lead. Having worked alongside her as a healthcare leader through the pandemic in the region, I also know she cares deeply about people and what matters to them."

 

Raechelle Devereaux
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Guelph

"I have had the opportunity to work alongside Kathryn McGarry for many years to improve well-being in our neighbouring communities. Her leadership, courage and vision are just what the Ontario Liberal Party needs at this critical time, which is why I support Kathryn's bid to become our next President this March."

 

Claire Sauveterre
Activist and Organizer

"Kathryn McGarry is going to do the important work necessary to support the success of women within our party, especially those who are also members of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community. The Ontario Liberal Party needs a President who is experienced, and committed to leading with courage. I believe Kathryn is that leader."

 

Ismail Mohamed
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Kitchener South—Hespeler

"As an OLP candidate from the most recent election, I know that in order to lay the groundwork for the next election, we have to build our party from the grassroots up. Kathryn gets this. Her long standing history with the OLP, coupled with her drive and determination to re-engage the membership, makes her best suited to lead our Executive Council at this critical moment in the OLP."

 

Jerry Levitan
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Davenport

"I’m really excited to support Kathryn for President of the Ontario Liberal Party. She has a bold, vibrant vision for the future of the party and it’s one I can get behind. She knows what it takes to roll up your sleeves and get to work, and that’s something Ontario Liberals have to do to get ready for 2026."

 

Valerie Bradford
Member of Parliament, Kitchener South—Hespeler

"I’m so excited that Kathryn has put her name forward to be President of the Ontario Liberal Party. I’ve gotten to know Kathryn for several years as a friend, and I know she is the best person for the job. She is the type of consensus builder that the party needs right now. Her commitment, energy, and passion for the Ontario Liberal Party will be a huge asset as we prepare for 2026!"

 

Roger Martin
Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston PLA VP, Former Eastern Region VP

"Experience matters. As a former MPP, Cabinet Minister in charge of two large ministries, and Mayor, I believe Kathryn McGarry is best positioned to help rebuild our party into a modern, inclusive party representative of all Ontarians. The Ontario Liberal Party is at a crossroads and we need an experienced guide at the helm. That's why I support Kathryn for OLP President."

 

Reza Moridi
Former MPP and Minister

"I have had the pleasure of getting to know Kathryn very well over years as both a caucus colleague and friend. I have witnessed first hand how hard working, passionate and caring she is and I know that she is exactly the kind of person the Ontario Liberal Party needs at this time for President. She understands the importance of engaging Ontario Liberals across the province and building up local riding associations in every corner of Ontario. She's the one for the job!"

 

Emilie Leneveu
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Bay of Quinte

"As one of the youngest candidates in the last campaign, I know how important it is for younger voices to be heard and welcomed in our party. I believe in Kathryn’s vision for the Ontario Liberal Party, and I know that it’s one that will celebrate and support the voices of younger Liberals from every corner of the province."

 

Tim Vine
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Algoma—Manitoulin

"As a proud Ontario Liberal from a northern riding, I know how important it is to have a President that represents all grassroots members. Kathryn's commitment to being a President for everyone (no matter where you live in Ontario) speaks volumes to me. If elected as President of the Ontario Liberal Party, I know her leadership and grit will be a benefit to the Party."

 

Dr. Helena Jaczek
Member of Parliament, Markham—Stouffville, former MPP and Minister

"I'm very pleased to endorse Kathryn McGarry for President of the OLP. What I admire so much about Kathryn is her loyalty to the Party. We first met in 2007 as new candidates. Her persistence in advocating for Liberal values was finally rewarded in 2014, when she became a particularly valued member of caucus. At all times, she exemplified collegiality and a willingness to listen to all points of view."

 

Eric Davis
President, Waterloo Provincial Liberal Association

"Kathryn will make an excellent OLP President. She's incredibly experienced, having been a volunteer, candidate, MPP, Minister and previously served on the OLP Executive. She also has a powerful, inclusive vision for the Party - one that values input from everyone and from all regions. I'm proud to support her."

 

Kelly Steiss
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Kitchener Centre

"Kathryn brings a diversity and depth of experience that is vital to the future growth and development of the Ontario Liberal Party. She brings a leadership style that is inclusive, thoughtful, engaging and inspiring. I am excited that she has stepped forward to offer her skills and I look forward to voting for her as the OLP President!"

 

Cole Davidson
Former Director of Communicatioms, Liberal Research Bureau

"Kathryn has been my "political mom" for over a decade! I experienced her kindness, compassion, dedication, and incredible determination when I first met her over a decade ago in 2011. The lessons she taught me while knocking doors in Cambridge have stuck with me ever since. I know she would bring that same energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to serving as our party's next President."

 

Theresa Lubowitz
Former Communications Coordinator, Ontario Liberal Party

"I got to know Kathryn McGarry during the 2012-13 leadership election. She volunteered well after midnight to help our small team tackle the endless to-do list that comes with delivering a fair and transparent leadership election. She brings that same dedication and teamwork to every role she takes on, while always making time for the people she meets along way. Kathryn’s limitless kindness is why I consider her my ‘political mom’ – and why I think there’s no one better suited to grow and rebuild our party as President."

 

Bryan May
MP, Cambridge

"Having worked alongside Kathryn for many years, I have had a front row seat to her work ethic and leadership capabilities in our community. I know she will bring a competent, caring and thoughtful approach to her work as President of OLP and I hope you will all join me in voting for Kathryn at the AGM!"

 

Carol Mitchell
Former Minister and MPP

"As both a former Minister of Agriculture and someone who lives in a rural riding, I know that Kathryn has the experience to engage and motivate all members across our province. Her commitment to advancing Liberalism throughout Ontario will ensure she serves us well as President."

 

Jonathan Scott
Councillor, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury

"Kathryn McGarry is proof that a nice person can do well in politics. She’s been at the heart of our party on the executive council, in caucus and in cabinet, she’s run a municipality and served for decades as a nurse. I know she’ll guide us well through the critical months ahead as party president."

 

Ayden Layng
Membership Chair - Kingston and the Islands Provincial Liberal Association

"I am supporting Kathryn for OLP President as OLP needs a President committed to our success and Kathryn is that person. She brings the necessary experience to rebuild the party."

 

Karl Kiefer
Former City of Cambridge Councillor/Region of Waterloo Councillor

"A true embodiment of experience, energy and empathy, Kathryn is a visionary and committed leader who I am proud to have worked alongside during her tenure as MPP and as mayor. I know firsthand that she has the tools to help rebuild the Liberal Party of Ontario."

 

Desiree Sam
Member

"I am so excited to see Kathryn McGarry put her name forward and run to be the next party president. Her life-long commitment to OLP is really inspiring, and I am confident she will do the work necessary to build up our local grassroots so that we can be in a great position to win in 2026!"

 

Jacob Baisley
2022 Campaign Manager, Nipissing

"I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with Kathryn several times over the last decade and every time, her focus was on what our community needed. As a Northern riding, we need that support more than ever. Kathryn is a strong voice for those she represents and we would all be lucky to count ourselves part of that community."

 

Shelley Backmore
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Huron—Bruce

"I believe that Kathryn has all of the qualities we need as our next President of the Ontario Liberal Party. Her extensive experience in municipal and provincial politics, her leadership skills, and her integrity will help us move forward to rebuild our Party. She has a good understanding of the challenges we face in rural and Northern Ontario Ridings, and her positive vision for the future is inspiring."

 

Jennifer Tuck
2022 Ontario Liberal Party Candidate, Waterloo

"I am really excited that Kathryn has entered the race to be the next party president. As someone from Waterloo region, I can attest to the fact that Kathryn is a hardworking, caring and steadfast Liberal that will roll up her sleeves and rebuild the OLP in the right way. The party needs her steady leadership as we gear up for the next election. I hope you will all join me in supporting Kathryn at the AGM in March!"

 

 

Stay tuned, many more endorsements to come!