Jurij Klufas has spent much of his life living, working and volunteering in Parkdale-High Park. As a business owner and an executive in the arena of diversity television, his work has taken him around the world and given him a global perspective on the issues facing Canada. He speaks Ukrainian, French, Italian and Spanish.
Happily married and raising four children, one of his greatest concerns is the safety of our communities. Jurij believes that we have to close the revolving door in our justice system and keep repeat violent offenders off the street. Jurij wants to work closely with this riding because only community action based on common values will create the infrastructure for the safety we all desire for our families.
Healthcare is another major concern for Jurij. St. Joseph’s Health Centre is one of the better health care facilities in all of Canada, staffed by dedicated doctors and nurses. But Jurij says it is not receiving the attention it deserves and, as a result, the community is being left to suffer.
Jurij believes that the federal government must create a mutually respectful partnership with the provinces and the municipalities to ensure that everyone has access to health care, no matter what their income. He says the patronage and favouritism that is gouging at the funds needed for public services must stop. We have to help cities such as Toronto to improve public transit, roads and the environment.
As founder of the annual Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival, Jurij is dedicated to continuing the promotion of community events and fund raisers that bring in millions of dollars in economic prosperity and allow for the showcasing of community institutions and charities, including St. Joseph’s Health Centre. “My goal has always been to build community confidence and spirit, because a community where people are involved is a healthier community. Parkdale-High Park is a riding rich in diverse social and cultural communities and I believe that most of us have the same philosophical and family values; the same practical work ethic. I am determined to reach out and engage these communities so that this riding grows in the prosperity, unity and visibility it deserves.”
Parkdale-High Park is a riding rich in diverse social and cultural communities. However, Jurij believes that most share the same philosophical and family values, and the same practical work ethic. He is determined to reach out and engage these communities so that this riding grows in the prosperity, unity and visibility it deserves.