Trish McAuliffe is the NDP candidate for the upcoming federal by-election in Whitby-Oshawa. A tireless local activist who is dedicated to the community, Trish has been vocal and passionate in fighting for working people, and not special corporate interests.
As a constant and positive presence in Whitby-Oshawa, Trish can usually be found attending municipal council meetings, supporting coalition groups, while advocating for environmental protection and lobbying our local politicians for fair and equitable social policies.
Trish previously ran as the New Democratic candidate for Whitby-Oshawa in the 2011 federal election. She finished in second with 22% of the popular vote, and subsequently gained positive recognition in the community.
Over the last four years, Trish has helped organize several educational seminars, mobilized rallies on health care, and hosted NDP MPs in support of community action groups.
She knows that under Stephen Harper, working and middle class families are falling behind and struggling when they should be the highest priority.
Trish is committed to stable and well-paying jobs in Whitby-Oshawa; universal public child care; affordable housing; accessible public health care; pensions you can count on; enhancing our democratic institutions by abolishing the undemocratic Senate and legislating proportional representation; fighting poverty and income inequality by advocating living wages for workers, rent controls and strengthening social services; and making life more affordable.
In particular, due to Trish's efforts, the residents of Brooklin will remain in the Whitby-Oshawa riding, following her rigorous lobbying and pursuit of a successful appeal with the Federal Boundaries Redistribution Commission. The proposed reconfiguration would have resulted in a Pickering-Brooklin riding, with Trish commenting at the time: "This doesn't make any sense, they don't have similar issues. People in Brooklin already have to go to Whitby for their council meetings, now they may have to go to Pickering for meetings on federal issues? This is definitely something we will be challenging."
In addition, Trish has been a relentless advocate of the elderly and disabled residents at the 1010 Dundas Street East mobile home park, who are desperately seeking affordable housing. The tenants have endured deteriorating and impoverished living conditions including neglect, evictions, a lack of clean water and waste disposal.
She has been a proud employee of General Motors for more than 30 years and embraced leadership roles in the CAW as an educator and facilitator.
Trish will advocate for her community with her proven integrity and passion. She has a proven track record of commitment in the local community, which includes:
- President of the Whitby-Oshawa NDP Riding Association
- Co-Chair of the Durham Chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition, and recipient of the Dan Benedict Award
- Executive Board Member of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC), South Central Council
- Board of Directors volunteer member of Parkview Place, (not- for-profit seniors apartment complex)
- 2013 recipient of the CAW 222 Woman of Recognition Award
- President of the NDP Whitby-Oshawa Electoral District Association
- Volunteered for the ISARC 2010 Social Audit, a faith-based community assessment of the status of poverty in Ontario
- Facilitator in the CAW National Task Force on Canadian Politics in the 21st Century
- Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from Durham College, (practiced in labour, community and restorative justice)
Trish and her husband live in Whitby-Oshawa and have two sons attending university. She has been a resident of Whitby for a decade.