Tony Stravato.

Autism activist throws hat in ring for Durham MPP seat

Tony Stravato, born and raised in the Durham region, has announced he is running as an independent in the upcoming provincial election to be the next MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) for the Durham riding.

Here is his story in his own words:

I’m the father of twin autistic boys and have spent years advocating on the front lines against cuts to autism services. What has become clear to me is that most politicians don’t care about the children of Ontario and it’s time for a change at Queen’s Park.

I may not have a political background, but I’m a dad and fierce advocate that can’t stand by and watch our children be neglected by Doug Ford’s government.

I’m a long time USW (United Steel Workers) representative, founding member of The Durham Crew Autism Advocates, and I’m on the board of directors for the Ontario Autism Coalition. I have gained valuable knowledge, connections and experience to truly be an effective advocate for people in the Durham Riding.

What started with an Autism diagnosis for my boys has put me on a path to realize my passion for helping people.

In addition to Autism services, the issues that are very important to me are:

  • Education
  • Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Employment
  • ODSP and so much more.

I sincerely believe that as an independent, I can work with any government that is in power to ensure that Durham Riding residents get a fair chance at supports and services while maintaining fiscal responsibility. I’ll always make sure the Durham riding has a seat at the table and my door will always be open.

I’m ready for change, are you?


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