Joe Cressy will be the NDP candidate in Trinity-Spadina.
“Joe Cressy has the energy, experience and values to continue the great work that Olivia Chow started in downtown Toronto,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “I’m proud to have Joe on NDP’s Toronto team. Together, we will take on Stephen Harper and fight for Toronto families.”
“I’m running to build on Olivia Chow’s legacy,” said Cressy. “I’m running to get results for downtown Toronto on issues that matter to our families – good jobs, public transit, accountability in government and a clean environment.”
Cressy has served as a senior advisor and director for the Stephen Lewis Foundation where he worked in support of grassroots women’s HIV and AIDS organizations in Africa. He coordinated Polaris Institute’s successful campaign in cities like Toronto to ban bottled water in municipal buildings and promote safe local public water. He has also worked on First Nations literacy programs in Northern Ontario.
In 2012, Cressy joined Olivia Chow to co-found a campaign in support of public transit. As a volunteer board member on The Stop Community Food Centre and on Social Planning Toronto, he has worked to fight poverty in Toronto.
“Tom Mulcair has shown he’s the only leader who can take on Stephen Harper in Parliament,” said Cressy. “I will work hard to earn the confidence of Trinity-Spadina voters and join NDP’s team in delivering real results for people of downtown Toronto.”