Bill Mauro has his sights set on another term as MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan.
First elected to Queen’s Park in 2003, the Liberal candidate has survived two subsequent campaigns and served as the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing prior to the writ being dropped for this voting period.
The 57-year-old father of two and former property manager got his political start working at the municipal level. From there he learned lessons that still serve him during his second decade at the provincial legislature.
“Those two terms very much shaped for me a belief that if I really wanted to have a bigger impact on the community that’s been my home for my entire life I felt I could more effectively do that as a provincial member,” Mauro said.
Mauro lists working to bring angioplasty services to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as one of his most significant accomplishments as an MPP.
He also cites the conversion of both the Thunder Bay and Atikokan generating stations, two former coal-powered plants that faced uncertain futures a decade ago, along with the revitalization of the local Bombardier plant through investments into public transit that he says created 1,200 jobs as his other proudest achievements.
“This has had a huge impact on our economy and one of the reasons we have one of the best economies in Ontario for the last three or four years,” Mauro said. “This has had an impact on so many lives.”
Mauro expects this election to be decided by who voters can best trust to lead Ontario.
The Liberal platform, which includes a new Ontario Pension Plan as well as future indexing the minimum wage, provides a direction for the province while still keeping an eye on regional issues.
“The budget had pieces that were very good not only for Ontario but Northern Ontario, specifically Ring of Fire investments and $29 billion for major infrastructure and transit,” he said.