Archive for the ‘Federal Election’ Category

Lisa Raitt: A Fresh Mandate to Keep Halton and Canada Strong

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
Lisa Riatt

Throughout the election campaign, Oakville.com interviewed the candidates, covered the issues and provided updates in an effort to provide fair and balanced reporting on the candidates and the issues.

We asked each of the candidates for their closing remarks on the campaign and election results. The following is a statement from Halton Conservative candidate Lisa Raitt.

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What you need to know for today’s election in Oakville

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
federal election

Today, Monday, May 2 is the date for the 41st Federal General Election and the team at Oakville.com want to encourage all residents to have their voice heard by getting out and casting their vote!

Voters were out in record numbers in the Advance Polls, click here to read our report.

Get out and Vote

Polling stations are open today in Oakville and Halton from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. The location of each resident’s polling station is listed on your Voter Information Card. If you did not receive a card in the mail, the location of your local polling station can be found by entering your postal code on the Elections Canada website.

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Election Q&A with Oakville riding candidate Max Khan

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Max Khan is the Liberal candidate in the Oakville riding in the Federal Election being held on May 2, 2011.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Max Khan: Restoring democracy, supporting families and strengthening our economy.

Most of our new campaign volunteers say they are most concerned about the way democracy has eroded under the Harper Conservatives. They want their government to respect Parliament and its watchdogs, improve access to information, focus on building consensus, and ensure a level playing field in elections.

The other two issues deal with concerns everyday people have about making ends meet while providing a future for themselves and their families.

The Liberal Party has a comprehensive plan to strengthen families – the Family Pack – without raising the GST or taxes paid by families and small businesses. We will not raise corporate taxes but we will not allow any more cuts in the rates paid by the top 5% largest and most profitable companies in Canada. This $5-6 billion a year in income (that was not included in the Harper budget) is what we will use to fund our platform. The rest of the money we need will come from ending wasteful spending on unnecessary jets, jails, partisan ads and gifts to Tory ridings.

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Election Q&A with Halton riding candidate Lisa Raitt

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Lisa Raitt is the Conservative candidate in the Halton riding in the Federal Election being held on May 2, 2011.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Lisa Raitt: In North Oakville and the rest of Halton, we’ve discussed a lot of issues in our platform since the election campaign began – from protecting universal health care, to helping new Canadians succeed in the professions they’ve been trained for, to keeping Halton one of the safest communities in Canada.

But at people’s doors and in their homes, I’ve heard one thing consistently – literally thousands of times:

People are saying that Halton and Canada are definitely moving in the right direction. They want that to continue, and that’s why we’ve been seeing such a positive response to our Conservative platform.

Our platform is very focused on keeping Canada’s economy growing, keeping our strong jobs growth going, putting our national budget in surplus in 4 years, keeping taxes low, and providing affordable benefits to individuals, seniors, families and businesses. That’s what we stand for.

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Election Q&A with Halton riding candidate Connie Laurin-Bowie

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Connie Laurin-Bowie is the Liberal candidate in the Halton riding in the Federal Election being held on May 2, 2011.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Connie Laurin-Bowie: The Liberal platform focuses on easing the financial burden on working Canadians and it seems to be resonating quite strongly with Halton residents. A consistent issue I am hearing about during this election campaign is people worried about their ability to manage their household budget in a time when the cost of living is rising. From rising gas prices to increases on utility bills, Halton residents are worried about their ability to make ends meet and are looking to their government to offer some relief.

We need a strategy to ease some of the expenses faced by families that can simultaneously strengthen our economy and act as an investment in the future of our country. Three crucial ways in which the Liberal platform addresses this is by making investments in education, health care, and childcare.

The cost of post-secondary education is one of the largest financial burdens for families and often leaves young graduates straddled with debt. As a mother of two young boys, my husband I have often worried about the rising costs of tuition and how we would send our children through University or College. A Liberal Government has committed $4,000 for every student who gets the grades to continue their education, funds that would allow more students to receive an education and drive the future of our economy while at the same time reducing costs for families and student debt.

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