April 11, 2017 – Former Ottawa Mayor Jacquelin (Jackie) Holzman sees many positives with the candidacy of Merrilee Fullerton as she contends for the Ontario P.C. nomination in the riding of Kanata-Carleton.
“I am confident that Merrilee Fullerton will make a great representative for our interests,” says Jackie Holzman, Ottawa Mayor from 1991-97. “Merrilee is entering politics for all the right reasons. She is motivated by her genuine concern for her community. Her understanding of civic duty and contributing to our City is what makes Merrilee such an attractive candidate.”
“I want to see her nominated and to win in next year’s election. She will be a great advocate for our City at Queen’s Park,” she adds.
Jackie Holzman has much to say about Merrilee Fulleton’s character and her experience. “There are important aspects about Merrilee’s background that everybody should be aware of. Her community involvement through the years, as a young woman, as a mother, and as a family physician, provides her with a solid understanding of our growing City.”
“She has valuable insights into health care. As a representative at Queen’s Park, her experience is needed in dealing with the serious health issues facing our community – the overcrowding hospitals, home care services, and the opioid crisis.
“She has an in-depth knowledge of our business community. Merrilee and her husband Steve Kaminski are known throughout Ottawa circles as an encouraging and philanthropic couple. She is in tune with the pulse of Ottawa business, active throughout her own medical career in the local health care networks.
“I am especially drawn towards her thoughtfulness on family issues. Having raised three children in Ottawa, and being so close to her parents, she is very aware of the challenges families must deal with on an on-going basis.
“So, there’s no question in my mind that Merrilee will make a great representative for the best interests of Kanata-Carleton residents,” states the former Mayor of Ottawa.
Jackie Holzman was first elected to Ottawa city council in 1982 representing the Richmond Ward, serving three terms before serving two terms as Ottawa Mayor from 1991 to 1997. After leaving the mayor’s office, she has served as head of the Ottawa Congress Centre and chair of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Jackie is a vocal advocate for breast cancer and other cancer research, and has been a vocal advocate for disabled causes in the City of Ottawa throughout her volunteer and professional pre-political career.
In response to the endorsement, Merrilee Fullerton said, “I am honoured to have the confidence of such a wonderful person like Jackie Holzman. Her years of service for this City are a great example and an inspiration for those who want to make our community a better place to live. I thank Jackie for her endorsement and promise to work hard to live up to the trust she has in me.”