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Have your say – Vote in the Provincial Election on October 6th

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
John Sawyer

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce recently hosted our third candidates’ debate in 12 months, beginning with a municipal debate in October 2010, a federal debate in April 2011 and a provincial debate earlier this month.

And while the candidates differ, the main topics in all these debates focused on the economy, health care and taxes.

The provincial debate – held on September 13 – featured candidates from Halton in the first session, followed by those from Oakville. Both sessions were moderated by members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, with equal opportunity given to all candidates for opening and closing remarks as well as responses to questions.

The Chamber solicited members and the public for question leading up to and during the provincial debate (as we did for the other debates). In the most recent case, we also drew upon some pre-election analysis by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Nanos Research.

The Chamber grouped the questions we received into the most critical themes: the economy; health care; energy and the environment; and transportation. This led to lively discussions on a range of important topics.

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Provincial Election Q&A with Candidate Larry Scott

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Larry Scott is the Ontario PC candidate in the Oakville riding in the Provincial Election being held on October 6, 2011.

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

Larry Scott: I am addressing the issues that Oakville residents have told me are important to them: the economy and job creation, health care and education, and positive changes for the family budget.

My #1 priority will be to ensure there are no more delays for Oakville’s new hospital. The PC government’s plan to invest $6 billion into front-line health care will decrease wait times in hospitals, add 40,000 long-term care beds and improve home care. Our investment of an incremental $2 billion into education will ensure that full-day kindergarten is implemented in ALL schools, expand the use of technology in teaching and enable us to raise the threshold of financial support, to make post-secondary education more affordable for middle-class families. In addition, we will END McGuinty’s scholarship program that puts out-of-country students ahead of Ontario students. We will eliminate the HST on hydro and home energy bills, the eco tax on items people use every day, and also lower income taxes for middle-class families.

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Provincial Election Q&A with Candidate Mike Harris

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Mike Harris is an Independent candidate in the Oakville riding in the Provincial Election being held on October 6, 2011.

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

Mike Harris: There are four main issues on my agenda: sustainable healthcare, environmental stewardship, energizing the economy, and affordable and accessible post-secondary education.

Education
In the past, Ontario rallied to provide fully funded high school education because it was accepted that one needed high school order to secure a career. These days, one needs a degree or certificate. If we want our students to get full time, high paying jobs we need to invest more in post-secondary education. As it stands, Ontario provides the least amount of funding for its students. It’s going to be expensive, but I believe we need to reevaluate the funding in order to ensure that our young people get the jobs here in Ontario as well as opportunities around the world. In today’s globalized economy our students cannot afford to lag behind.

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Election Q&A with Provincial Election Candidate Nik Spohr

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Nik Spohr is the NDP candidate in the Halton riding in the Provincial Election being held on October 6, 2011.

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

Nik Spohr: The biggest issues in a provincial election are always going to be health care, education, and the economy. However, it’s more than just about building new hospitals, building new schools, and cutting some taxes here and there. What we need is a comprehensive approach to not only strengthen our performances in these areas in the abstract- but make them more accessible to everyone. Right now, we have a province in which access to health care, schools, and jobs are tremendously good for some, and very bad for others. That’s not right, and we’re going to make sure that we make universal access a priority.

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Election Q&A with Provincial Election Candidate Indira Naidoo-Harris

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Indira Naidoo-Harris is the Liberal candidate in the Halton riding in the Provincial Election being held on October 6, 2011.

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

Indira Naidoo-Harris: The Ontario Liberal platform – Forward. Together. – takes a comprehensive approach to building on the progress of the past 8 years. When Ontario Liberals formed government in 2003 our public services were deteriorating, our electricity system was in disrepair and teachers and nurses were being treated with disrespect.

Since 2003 we have built 18 hospitals and have undertaken over 100 renovation projects. Here in Halton we have exciting expansions approved for Milton District Hospital and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and the ground has been broken on the new Oakville Hospital. Ontario Liberals are committed to seeing these projects through to completion.

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