|Member of Provincial Parliament|
6 October 2011
|Preceded by||Tony Ruprecht|
|Born||1974 (age 39–40)
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Occupation||Social Worker/Community Activist|
Jonah Schein (born c. 1974) is a Canadian politician born in Toronto, Ontario. He is a New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the Toronto Davenport electoral district (riding). Prior to winning the 2011 provincial election, he was also an unsuccessful candidate for municipal office in part of the same electoral district in the 2010 City of Toronto elections.
In 2010 Schein ran as a candidate for Toronto City Council finishing second to Cesar Palacio in Ward 17. He helped campaign for fellow New Democrat, Andrew Cash in the federal Davenport district during the winter and spring of 2011, leading up to the 2 May 2011 election, which saw Cash win, a first for the NDP in the federal district. With Cash's support, he ran for the provincial NDP's nomination and became their candidate. The incumbent MPP, Tony Ruprecht surprised the media and the district with his sudden announcement that he would not run in the 2011 provincial election. This left the seat wide-open, and Schein did not have to face the politician that held the riding since 1981.
In the fall of 2011, Schein ran against Liberal candidate Cristina Martins. One of the main issues in the campaign was the airport rail link along the district's western border, and why it was not going to utilize electric trains. Schein campaigned for an immediate electrification against the Liberals idea of diesel first and electrification later. Schein won by 1,414 votes becoming the first New Democratic to win the provincial district under its current boundaries.
Since being elected, he has come out in favour of re-establishing the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) provincial operating funding, which covered approximately 50 percent of the TTC's budget, prior to 1997. The subsidy was cut by former Premier Mike Harris's government, in the late 1990s, around the same time that his Conservative government downloaded services to the newly amalgamated City of Toronto.
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