Heading into tonight’s JCI Federal Election (7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Ontario St.), I asked five members of the emerging generation why the candidate they support is the best choice to represent Niagara.
This debate promises to be an interesting one, in particular as it features all five registered candidates.
Question: Why do you think [Party] and/or [Candidate] is the best choice for young people in Niagara and/or Canada?
Answers (Party, Candidate, ThreeHundredEight riding vote projection [details here], 2011 election redistributed results)
TBD – (Green Party of Canada, Jim Fannon, 4.1%, 3.83%)
Jason Brown – (Liberal Party of Canada, Chris Bittle, 30.5%, 20.69%)
I fundamentally believe we need better government in Canada, not just different government. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada have laid out one of the most comprehensive plans in a generation to do government differently. This includes reviewing our current electoral system and alternatives to strengthen Canadian democracy, making parliament open by default (including the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister’s Offices) through access to information requests, and committing to having 50% Male and 50% Female representation in the Federal cabinet. Additionally, the Liberal Party of Canada and Justin Trudeau have committed to implementing a Prime Minister’s Youth Advisory Council that will allow the Prime Minister to remain up to date on issues of importance and concerns youth may have.
As for why Chris Bittle is the best choice for St. Catharines and the Niagara region. Chris knows the struggle of being a young person and trying to make ends meet. He has stood up for those without a voice for years with his involvement in the Quest Community Health Centre. I first met Chris earlier this year and I was impressed with his ability to relate to young people and the struggles we go through. I was impressed by his thorough grasp of the issues facing the city of St. Catharines.
Mickey Calder – (New Democratic Party, Sue Erskine-Fournier, 21.1%, 23.95%)
Drew Garvie – (Communist Party of Canada, Saleh Waziruddin, 0.3%, 0.2%)
Michael Ramnanan – (Conservative Party of Canada, Rick Dykstra, 44%, 50.66%)
Rick Dykstra is one of the best local MPs in Canada. He’s done way more for St. Catharines than anyone else before him.
Personally I didn’t have to pay tax on my scholarship like my older brother did. I also got to save with lower taxes and a Textbook Tax Credit. Those are Conservative policies.
Balanced budgets are better for people our age than optional deficits. I don’t think it’s a good thing that Kathleen Wynne is supporting the Liberal plan. I bet the Ontario Liberals seemed a lot better 12 years ago, but reckless spending catches up to you and now our generation is paying the price.
I help Rick Dykstra because he’s great at his job. Rick is active in the community and cares about delivering results for people like us.