She’s pretty and she’s smart. Member of Provincial Parliament for York-Simcoe Julia Munro wants to talk about the matters that are important to her. While she’s happy to open up about herself and lighter fare (did you know Ms. Munro makes a mean rhubarb punch grown from the nectar in her own garden?), she’s eager to get down to business.
And the serious business for her is the financial future of Canada’s seniors, particularly in her role as Critic, Seniors and Retirement. A new White Paper, Paths to Prosperity: Sustainable Retirement Security is concerned about the lack of pension plans as well as underfunded pension plans for Ontarians. These situations — like unrealistic pension payouts — could lead to rude awakenings and perilous financial futures for many in the population. The MPP says she feels a ” huge sense of urgency.”
6 Things You might Not Know About Your MPP
1. Ms. Munro is married and has one grown daughter. Together, the family breeds and shows award-winning standard poodle and borzoi dogs. Before politics, Ms Munro used to be a school teacher and administrator.
2. While she does not have much spare time to read right now, Ms. Munro’s favourite book is currently Pension Ponzi by Bill Tufts.
3. Ms. Munro firmly believes in lists. Even if you don’t get everything done in one day, “it’s there”. Writing lists helps manage her time.
4. Ms. Munro entered politics because she didn’t want to be someone who “sat around the kitchen table complaining” without doing anything. She wanted to contribute to change.
5. Ms. Munro does not have a driver. In any given week, Ms Munro will have events to attend that are as varied and as far-flung in her riding as the North Union Community Center Strawberry Supper in Queensville, the Barrie Construction Association (BCA) House-Warming Party or a ribbon-cutting in Georgina…she finds each one using the GPS in her car.
6. One aspect of East Gwillimbury and York-Simcoe Ms. Munro especially treasures is its rich history – mentioning the statue of Elizabeth Gwillim Simcoe located in front of the Bradford post office, the sense of roots of settler families, the War of 1812 Re-enactment at Anchor Park, the Lloydtown Rebellion, the historical role of Sir Francis Bond Head, and so on…. It’s “so neat” she says.
For more about the important issue of retirement security with which Julia Munro, MPP is closely involved, see her White Paper on the topic: Paths to Prosperity: Sustainable Retirement Security .
Julia Munro,MPP (York-Simcoe) with Carolyn Deep, Owner and Editor-in-Chief of EG Shines at Ms. Munro’s Constituency Office in East Gwillimbury