1. Why are you the best candidate to represent the riding of Wellington-Halton Hills? (Response limited to 100 words) Experience is an important part of what a candidate offers to the public. I have experience as a husband and father, as a businessman, and as a politician. I have experience in getting things done. While I have been on Council, the Town of Erin has built Centre 2000, revitalized Main Street, started an infrastructure renewal plan, and stood up to large companies. At County Council, we have built a seniors' residence, supported our local hospitals, and established the first tree nursery owned by a municipality. I bring this experience, knowledge and vitality to the rest of this riding
2. Looking at each of the other parties separately, please offer an opinion as to why they should not form the next government. (Response limited to 200 words) The Conservatives are the party of provincial power. They want to restrain the federal government from setting national standards that improve people's lives. They concentrate on giving tax breaks to those who have lots of money, while ignoring the needs of those less fortunate. $1,200 a year for childcare works out to about $3/day. How will a single mother with a young child find quality care for that price? The NDP, while strong in certain areas, are not a national party, and can not realistically be counted on to form a national government. We need a party that has representation in all parts of the country in order to develop a national agenda. The Green Party seems to be more the Jim Harris party, than a true environmental party. In the last election both the Sierra Club and Greenpeace rated them below the NDP. Five of 11 of the party's officers have resigned or been suspended in the past eight months.
3. What is the major local issue(s) in this campaign and what will you do to deal with it if elected? (Response limited to 100 words) I believe that our health care system is the major local issue. In Georgetown, the local hospital was in jeopardy. In Fergus, they are awaiting decisions on improving their local hospital. In Erin and Guelph-Eramosa they have just obtained funding for a Family Health Team. All these initiatives require national funding transfers to the province to be successful. It is the Liberals who have initiated these transfers, promising $41.3 billion over the next 10 years to improve our system. That includes funding for hospitals, for spaces for medical students, more nurses and other health practitioners.