Joel knows that being an MPP is not about him, it's about us, and building the strength of us.
Joel has a proven track record of standing with the community and pushing back against government cuts, like fighting alongside education workers on the picket lines, and fighting against cuts to autism services. As your MPP, Joel used his voice to amplify the local issues and stories that you want told, such as demanding accountability from the Ottawa Police that the Justice for Abdirahman Abdi coalition has been calling for, or telling the heart-wrenching stories of Ottawa families in long-term care.
Because Joel's seat in the legislature was your seat, and we used our MPP resources to support our local community.
At Queen's Park, Joel has spent four years as provincial critic for People with Disabilities and Accessibility, and sits on the social policy committee, ensuring the needs and voices of people with disabilities across the province are represented in all government policies.
Prior to being elected as your MPP, Joel was a researcher with the Canadian Federation of Students and Director of Education for the Canadian Labour Congress, for which he designed the campaign that expanded the Canada Pension Plan. Joel also taught at the Carleton University Department of Law and Legal Studies and is author of the book "Quiet No More: New Political Activism in Canada and Around the Globe".
A proud community organizer, Joel has dedicated his life and work towards advocating for social and environmental justice. He lives in Old Ottawa South with his family and tries his best to bike everywhere he goes.
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