Shelina Merani

Communications Specialist, Stand-Up Comedian

"He has deep roots in this community, having worked tirelessly with NGOs and social justice groups in advocating for the rights of all marginalized groups."

It is my immense pleasure to endorse #Harden4ONDP as my choice for the NDP candidate in Ottawa Centre.

I have known Joel for close to 15 years as a union and grassroots activist. He has deep roots in this community, having worked tirelessly with NGOs and social justice groups in advocating for the rights of all marginalized groups.

Through his work, Joel has earned the respect of many committed to social justice issues. He cares deeply for ALL citizens of Ottawa-Centre and will work tirelessly to serve you.

Joel is engaging, compassionate and accountable. His willingness to examine issues and listen closely to constituents’ questions and concerns sets him miles apart. He exemplifies honesty, fairness, and vision: qualities needed for a bold new NDP path for Ottawa Centre.

Please join me in supporting #Harden4ONDP. Let’s win this together.

 

Janet Fraser

President, Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario

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"I have witnessed first-hand Joel’s work ethic and energy and his ability to remain positive and proactive even in the face of huge, sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges."

Joel Harden has my enthusiastic support for the nomination as our NDP candidate in the next provincial election. I have worked with Joel for many years both at the Ottawa District Labour Council and in grassroots organizing in our community. Joel’s knowledge and commitment to our struggle for a more equitable province and to the NDPs core values is impressive.

Joel makes time to support on the picket line, at protests and rallies, and to organize forums so others become involved. I have witnessed first hand Joel’s work ethic and energy and his ability to remain positive and proactive even in the face of huge, sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges. More than all of this I admire Joel’s always respectful way of dealing with both friend and opponent.

As a resident of this riding and a long time NDP supporter it is offensive to know that we have been represented for almost a decade by a Liberal MPP who neither understands nor cares about the problems facing the people of our riding and indeed our province. It is time for us all to again work together to unseat the Liberals and take back our riding.

In Joel Harden, we will present to Ottawa Centre a candidate who cares about equity in all its guises, including equity through economic reform to distribute the riches of our province to all citizens. Joel Harden is my candidate for the next NDP candidate in Ottawa Centre, a candidate with whom I will be proud to campaign.

 

Lisa Greaves

Owner, Octopus Books

"The person I have come to know is  committed, caring and smart. What more could you ask for in someone who will act as an advocate for your community?"

I have known Joel for close to two decades. In that time I have seen him as an activist, an academic and a parent. The person I have come to know is committed, caring and smart. What more could you ask for in someone who will act as an advocate for your community? As someone who is going to be responsible for voicing not just my needs, but the needs of everyone in the neighbourhood, we need someone who understands the many faces that make up Ottawa Centre.

Joel has a great awareness of the issues which are so important in terms of making the social change we need in this riding/province/country. His great analysis of race, class and gender issues mean that his constituents will be meeting with someone who knows the struggles that so many face. 

Joel's ability to analyze and evaluate situations is quick, and spot-on. His commitment to social change can be backed up with a solid understanding of how to communicate effectively, work with lots of different folks and take a path to action that will be efficient and effective.

As a parent, Joel is totally present and totally invested in his kids. His love for them, and his desire to ensure they are happy and healthy is apparent every time you run into them when their family is together. Like his love for his kids, his warmth extends to everyone around him. He is warm, friendly and concerned about people.

When Joel asked me to support him, I thought about the many sides of him that I have come to know and my answer was a quick and certain YES!! A politician who is approachable, committed and so capable - Joel is a slam dunk in my books! (Get it, books???)

 

Ravi Malhotra

Disability Rights Advocate, Law Professor, University of Ottawa

Ravi Malhotra

"Everywhere I went, long time activists told me amazing things about Joel and his commitment to social justice and equality."

As a long time disability rights advocate and academic, I am very happy to endorse Joel Harden. Everywhere I went, long time activists told me amazing things about Joel and his commitment to social justice and equality. When I asked him about his views on disability rights, he offered to personally meet with me so he could learn more. That kind of candor is rare in these times. We need someone effective in Queens Park who will speak out fearlessly against injustice and the concentration of corporate power. Few people have those skills. Jack Layton did and so does Joel Harden. I am happy to support him.

 

Adnan Ghadie

Former taxi driver activist, UNIFOR 1688

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"Most aspiring politicians care about their current and post careers and that's what differentiates Joel from the rest."

The first time I met Joel on our picket line I knew we would be lifelong friends. He was extremely supportive and at times brought food and coffee, most importantly he brought hope.

​Without hope one doesn't have much in life. Most aspiring politicians care about their current and post careers and that's what differentiates Joel from the rest. Compassion is one of his strongest qualities, caring and helping those in need of assistance.

​Everyone on this earth has a calling and spends a lifetime trying to discover it. Joel Harden was born for this position, it's his destiny to be a man for the people. 

 

Steve Beauchene

Co-Founder and CEO, Beau's Brewery

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"Joel believes strongly that we as a society can do better, and he is willing to roll up his sleeves to achieve change."

Growing up in Vankleek Hill, you get to know people a little bit more intimately than other places, because the town is small. Joel's Mom was my music teacher. His brother and I were billeted together on school trips. And Joel was someone I admired from an early age, because he spoke with conviction and took a stand when it mattered.

He made waves while he was in high school, for being an outspoken activist, while the rest of us were just trying to figure out how to pass our classes. And when you know someone not just through your own interactions with them, but also through their family and their impact in your small town, you get a very true sense of their character. Here's what I know about Joel: he's one of the best. 

I've had the pleasure of watching Joel's career, and what has always struck me, is that he has developed and grown into a wise and thoughtful adult, and he has managed to keep his youthful ideals intact. Joel believes strongly that we as a society can do better, and he is willing to roll up his sleeves to achieve change. He is also a compassionate person, a dedicated father, and an enthusiastic friend. He takes a genuine interest in others and has a strong sense of empathy. His numerous successes speak to his drive as an individual and the quality of his work. 

I'm lucky to count Joel as a friend and the town of Vankleek Hill is proud of his accomplishments.

 

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