York-Simcoe Federal By-Election Candidates

The Bradford Board Of Trade would like to welcome the community to view the videos from our Meet The Candidates, Federal Election 2019.

On September 10th, 2019, the Federal Election was called. The election will be held on October 21st, 2019.

Election Information: York-Simcoe, Elections Canada

Meet Your Candidates


Candidates will be invited via email to participate in our event as they are posted to Elections Canada as confirmed candidates. All will be invited to submit their biographies and will be posted in the order they are received. Our RSVP deadline for participation will be Wednesday, October 9th, 2019.

Confirmed Participants:


Jonathan Arnold – Green Party Of Canada

Jonathan Arnold was inspired to run by a commitment to making his community a sustainable and positive place to live and raise children. He believes strongly in protecting our air, water, and soil all while building a prosperous economy.

Jonathan lives in Mt. Albert with his wife and two children. Working at his family business —Shady Lane Expert Tree Care, has instilled in him the values of hard work, dedication to his community, and commitment to teamwork. His passion has found him president of the Ontario Commercial Arborist Association.

Jonathan has implemented green initiatives in his business and personal life, which have proved repeatedly to be economically beneficial. Jonathan recently converted his family plot to an organic farm with solar and geothermal infrastructure. Jonathan knows our country has a great opportunity to lead the charge in the green future that will create better jobs and sustainability for all.


Keith Komar – Libertarian Party of Canada

Keith is a single father of 2 living in Barrie ON. Keith has both a hereditary Canadian heritage and an immigrant background which gives him a unique perspective on some of today’s more important topics dealing with immigration.

Keith is a bricklayer by trade. He has supported marriage equality since the early 1990s. In 2016, Keith warned against the impending Cannabis Act, that would eventually lead to the problems we are seeing today with legalization. Keith is still the only politician to speak on stage at a 420 Rally. He has done so twice now. Keith is a staunch supporter of property rights and freedom of speech.

In 2018 Keith moved back to Ontario and became involved with the Ontario Libertarian Party where he is currently running for party leader. Keith represented the Libertarian Party of Canada in the York-Simcoe riding in Barrie during the 2019 federal by-election.

Scot Davidson – Conservative Party Of Canada

Scot Davidson was elected the MP for York-Simcoe on February 25, 2019. He was born and raised in Georgina, and still resides there with his wife, Suzanne – a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island – and son, Graydon.

He attended York University where he graduated with Honours in Economics, started his business career as a restaurateur, and went on to own and operate several successful businesses in York-Simcoe.

As a lifelong resident, Scot has developed a strong interest in the community, and is committed to supporting small businesses and ensuring the health of Lake Simcoe. He has served on a number of local organizations, including the Georgina Medical Health Board, the Lake Simcoe Fisheries Stakeholder Committee and the Jackson’s Point BIA.

Scot is proud of his family, his community and the solid business reputation he has built, and looks forward to continuing to work hard for the people of York-Simcoe.


Jessa McLean – New Democratic Party

A passionate community organizer and human rights activist, Jessa is running as the NDP candidate for York-Simcoe MP to tackle challenges facing people in Canada and fight for a better future. After working in the financial sector as a project coordinator, Jessa graduated from York University with an Honours B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in political science. While in school, Jessa McLean was the President of Amnesty International at York. Jessa now lives with her family at Jackson’s Point.

As the gap between the wealthiest and the rest of us continues to grow, it is essential to confront rising income inequality in Canada. Jessa is a tireless advocate for economic justice in this country. She has campaigned with Fight for $15 and Fairness in York Region to advocate for liveable wages and fair workplaces in Ontario. She’s now ready to champion for the working class in Ottawa.


Michael Lotter – People’s Party Of Canada

I am a resident of Bradford, and have been since 2004. My Family and I immigrated to Canada in April 1997, where we settled in Sudbury. I attended College and obtained a diploma in Public Relations. I have 2 amazing children, both attending school here, and involved in various activities within the community. My resume is diverse, having been employed in the field of retail management, sales, and importing for large box retailers. I look forward to the opportunity to represent the constituents of York Simcoe.


Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux – Liberal Party Of Canada

Cynthia has lived in the York Simcoe riding for 16 years and is a member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe, Ontario. She sat on the Lake Simcoe Science Committee and supported the Lake Simcoe Protection Act. She cares deeply about the environment, access to affordable housing and services, food and farming, and ensuring conversations continue on immigration and managing the growth of our region.

She is a former Vice Provost for Lakehead University and now serves as the 1st Indigenous Chair on Truth and Reconciliation for Thunder Bay and Orillia. She was inducted as a Honourary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015. She is an experienced negotiator and has worked effectively within provincial and federal governments throughout her career.

She is a strong speaker and dedicated public educator and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between people.