Deaf Lawyer Nominated by Green Party in Upcoming Ontario Election

Scott Simser, a deaf lawyer, is nominated by the Green Party of Ontario for the Ontario election of October 6, 2011

In Kanata, west of Ottawa, Scott Simser was officially nominated by the Green Party of Ontario constituency association in the local
riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills to run in the general election of Ontario currently scheduled to take place on October 6, 2011.

Deaf since birth, it is Simser’s first time running for a party as an official candidate. Simser looks forward to the upcoming discussion
of issues affecting all Ontarians in this election. To date, only one
deaf person has been elected to public office in Canada – Gary
Malkowski of the Ontario Legislature from 1990 to 1995.

Simser is a lawyer as well as a certified accountant. His landmark case on behalf of the Canadian Association of the Deaf in the Federal
Court of Canada led to improved access for the deaf and hard of hearing citizens to the Government of Canada. Mr. Simser has appeared
in front of parliamentary committees to advocate for human rights.

He was awarded the National Award of Merit by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. He is a former Treasurer of the Canadian Hard of
Hearing Association (Ontario Chapter) and of the Advocacy and Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities (ARCH).

Currently one immediate issue facing Simser as a candidate is securing funding for sign language interpreters or real-time captioning when
canvassing or taking part in policy discussions and debates. In
Ontario, there is no mechanism for the government or any agency to pay the necessary disability-related costs of an official candidate in
municipal, provincial, or federal elections.

While the Ontario general election is still eight months away, it is crucial that the question of how to obtain funding for sign language interpreters or
real-time captioning be resolved. If you have any ideas or wish to
help, please let me know at

A compelling international precedent for the participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life is Article 29 of the United
Nations Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

As well, donations to fund Simser’s campaign are welcome! Donations
may be made on-line at Scott’s local constituency association, , by clicking on the “Donate” button (be sure to choose the Green Party of Ontario (GPO) option) and the constituency association will ensure these funds go to Simser’s campaign when the writ drops. Tax
receipts will be forwarded to contributors.