Lise Vaugeois MPP, Thunder Bay–Superior North

Government of Ontario

NDP candidate ready to win more for working people in Hamilton Centre as byelection officially begins

Published on February 15, 2023

HAMILTON - After the Hamilton Centre byelection was called Wednesday, NDP candidate Sarah Jama vowed to keep up her fight to win more for working families.

"The byelection in Hamilton Centre comes at a critical time for our community," said Jama. "The health care crisis has forced local parents and their young children, seniors and those with health challenges to wait hours on end in hospitals. The affordability crisis means more people in credit card debt and using food banks to make ends meet. The cost of everything has skyrocketed."

"Instead of helping the folks affected by Ontario's affordability and health care crises, Doug Ford's Conservatives are helping his friends develop the Greenbelt and profit from dismantling our treasured health care system. Enough. With so much at stake, I'm ready to fight for better for the people of Hamilton Centre."

Jama has been on the campaign trail for just over three months now, after local New Democrats confirmed her as their candidate at a nomination meeting this past November. Since then, she has knocked thousands of doors, received hundreds of sign requests, and signed up hundreds of volunteers in Hamilton Centre.

“I have enjoyed spending time with Sarah on the campaign trail in Hamilton Centre,” said Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles. “Watching Sarah connect with and listen to people on the campaign trail in Hamilton Centre is inspiring.

“Sarah is giving people hope that we can win more for working people in Hamilton Centre by sending a strong New Democrat to Queen’s Park to fight for them. Sarah has the energy and passion to make sure the people of Hamilton Centre are heard, and she'll bring with her fresh progressive ideas that will make people's lives better.”

Jama is a community builder living in Hamilton Centre. She advocates for people living with disabilities as the Executive Director of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, and has run youth leadership programming and taught at McMaster University. Her work has been recognized with a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the Community Leadership Category, among other distinctions.

Voting day for the Hamilton Centre byelection is March 16.