When asked, why politics? Jeff provides a very introspective answer.
“In the wake of COVID-19, there will be tough decisions ahead. No one was prepared for this global pandemic. We need to reflect upon past mistakes and move forward with a plan that puts Northumberland-Peterborough South first.”
As with many residents of the riding, the Pandemic affected the Kawzenuks in a personal way.
“Our son Jesse, a Visual Effects Supervisor had his career put on hold due to shutdowns, our daughter Jaime was teaching in China at the apex of the Pandemic. She had to leave her position and fly out of the country, hours before the first lockdown. Our youngest daughter Jenna is a front-line medical worker, heading out daily to do her part. We need to ensure there are opportunities for all of our youth.”
Northumberland Peterborough South is a unique geographical gem that is on the brink of development and change.
"We need to encourage businesses and families to thrive here. We need to keep our community members and children safe and moving forward. There is a lot of uncertainty about what happens next in the riding. I feel an experienced, balanced voice is needed.”
A new appreciation of essential and front-line workers, they deserve our recognition and support. We must begin serious conversations around minimum wage and paid sick days.
Recognition of the teachers, students and educators who have learned and adapted to virtual classrooms and modified programs - they deserve our support and respect. We must ensure safe workplaces and safe places to learn.
We must acknowledge the work and dedication of our healthcare professionals. Moving forward we need to invest in our healthcare system and provide the support necessary.
We need to provide support and assistance to small businesses that have struggled throughout the pandemic. They are the lifeblood of our communities.
We must review and improve the lives of those in long-term care facilities throughout our communities. We can do better for our parents, grandparents and the elderly.
We need to listen to the concerns of the farmers in our rural areas. If it were not for our local farmers my kids would not have had summer jobs, picking, pruning and selling produce at roadside markets. My Grandparents were farmers from Stirling, Ontario and I know farmers face unique challenges.