Candidates Response to Question 7 of the 2015 Federal Election Questionnaire

On October 19, 2015 Halton voters will cast their ballot for local Federal candidates. On behalf of Halton residents, Regional Chair Gary Carr has sent a letter and questionnaire to Halton’s candidates asking for their positions on a number of issues of critical importance to Halton Region.

Question 7

As federal matters impacting Halton Region arise, will you follow your party’s line, or will you choose to represent the wishes of your constituents and potentially vote against your party?

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Burlington
    Vince Fiorito – Green Party of Canada



Oakville North-Burlington






Milton
    Alex Anabusi – New Democratic Party
    Mini Batra – Green Party of Canada


    Azim Rizvee – Liberal Party of Canada

Oakville

    Che Marville – New Democratic Party


Wellington - Halton Hills



    Anne Gajerski-Cauley – New Democratic Party


Karina Gould – Liberal Party of Canada 
I have chosen to run for the Liberal Party of Canada because I believe the Liberal party’s values, vision and plan are the best for this community and for the country. As a Member of Parliament I will support the platform upon which I am elected.
That being said, first and foremost, I represent the constituents of Burlington and must be accountable to the people who elect me. If faced with that decision, I will vote in the best interest of my community.
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David Laird

David Laird – New Democratic Party 
I want a government that represents its constituents. I will ensure that I am accessible to members of the community, regularly consult them on issues that affect them, and advocate on their behalf to make sure that their concerns are heard at the highest levels of government.

I strongly believe that the NDP platform provides the best policies for the city of Burlington. However, if an issue were to arise where the interests of my party are in conflict with the interests of my constituents, I would act to protect the interest of my constituents. First and foremost, I want to be an MP representing Burlington.
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Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace – Conservative Party of Canada 
Conservative MPs in the House of Commons have a strong record of standing up for their constituents and the people of Halton Region. An analysis by the Globe and Mail (external link) in February 2013 found that Conservative MPs were far more likely than Liberal or NDP MPs to break rank with their own party. View all of Mike Wallace's responses

Chris Jewell – Libertarian Party of Canada 
My party is unique in the sense that we do not restrict what candidates can and can't say or do. We are free to vote as we wish on issues as long as we stay true to the principle of non aggression. Therefore, I can say with full confidence that I will vote how residents want me to vote. In addition I also will be voting with my conscience and voting to build the type of community that I and my family want to continue to live in. If, in the very unlikely case that the party would try to prevent me from voting how residents want me to vote, I can promise you, the people who elected me will always come first.
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Lisa Raitt

Lisa Raitt – Conservative Party of Canada 
Conservative MPs in the House of Commons have a strong record of standing up for their constituents and the people of Halton Region. An analysis by the Globe and Mail (external link) in February 2013 found that Conservative MPs were far more likely than Liberal or NDP MPs to break rank with their own party.
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David Doel

David Doel – Green Party of Canada  website   mail
Since the start, the Green Party of Canada has been a party of dissenters and free-thinkers. Members are encouraged to think for themselves, and, in the case of MPs such as Elizabeth May, Bruce Hyer, and Jose Nunez-Melo, each will be afforded the liberty to vote according to the best interests of his or her constituents. But don't just take my word for it - it's actually an important part of our Good Government platform, and I wouldn't be running as a candidate otherwise!
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John Oliver – Liberal Party of Canada  website   mail
Upon entering political life, I made a commitment to be the voice of Oakville in Ottawa, not the other way around. I intend to honour that commitment by keeping the channels of communication open with my constituents and key stakeholders in Oakville, and by bringing forward their concerns to Parliament.

Fortunately, the Liberal Party of Canada sees this as an important element of democracy that it will seek to restore. We recognize that Canadians need to have more faith in their government’s honesty and willingness to listen, and they need to believe that the government of Canada is genuinely interested in working with them to solve real problems. As part of our Open Government plan, Justin Trudeau has pledged to allow Liberal MPs to vote freely, except under three conditions: when implementing the Liberal electoral platform; on traditional confidence matters such as the Speech from the Throne; and when addressing the values embodied in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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Terence Young

Terence Young – Conservative Party of Canada 
Conservative MPs in the House of Commons have a strong record of standing up for their constituents and the people of Halton Region. An analysis by the Globe and Mail (external link) in February 2013 found that Conservative MPs were far more likely than Liberal or NDP MPs to break rank with their own party.
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Janice Best

Janice Best – New Democratic Party  website   mail
I chose to run for the NDP because I believe in what the NDP stands for. It is a party of integrity and the core values that determine the NDP position are values that I share. If I am elected, the people will have chosen me to represent them based on the values that I and the NDP share. I do not anticipate that we will be at odds with the NDP’s position on legislation, but I will ensure every vote is fully considered and reflects the values of my constituents, myself, the region and the federal NDP.
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David Clement – Libertarian Party of Canada  website   mail
One of the most attractive aspects of running as a Libertarian is that I have the freedom to vote freely in the House of Commons. The Libertarian Party has a policy that allows for MPs to vote freely without the threat of losing their party status. This would allow me to be more responsive to the needs of constituents, which is the core responsibility of an MP
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Pam Damoff – Liberal Party of Canada  website   mail
Liberal Caucus members in a government led by Justin Trudeau will be allowed to vote freely except on only three different measures: those that implement the Liberal electoral platform; traditional confidence matters such as the Speech from the Throne and significant budgetary measures; and those that address the shared values embodied in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
This is one of the reasons that I chose to join Team Trudeau. I believe that I should be the constituents’ voice in Ottawa and not the government’s voice in our community. I have represented my community on council for 5 years and I have always listened to the voices of my constituents and brought their ideas and concerns forward. I am committed to continuing this work as a federal Member of Parliament. While I have committed to voting with my Caucus on the three measures set out above, I am equally committed to voting against my party if doing so better represents my constituents.
For Parliament to work best, its members must be free to do what they have been elected to do: represent their communities in Parliament and hold the government to account.
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Adnan Shahbaz

Adnan Shahbaz – Green Party of Canada 
The Green Party is the only party committed to ending whipped votes. MPs from the other parties in Parliament routinely face whipped votes – they must vote the party line or face punishments, such as not being allowed to speak in the House or even being thrown out of the party. No Green MP will ever face a whipped vote. They will be free to put their conscience and their constituents first.
That is the commitment Green candidates make, I make, to be your voice in Ottawa, your local champion.
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Effie Triantafilopoulos

Effie Triantafilopoulos – Conservative Party of Canada
Conservative MPs in the House of Commons have a strong record of standing up for their constituents and the people of Halton Region. An analysis by the Globe and Mail (external link) in February 2013 found that Conservative MPs were far more likely than Liberal or NDP MPs to break rank with their own party.
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Harvey Edward Anstey

Harvey Edward Anstey, Wellington - Halton Hills - Canadian Action Party (CAP)  harvey.anstey@actionparty.ca
Part of CAPs platform is reforming parliament by eliminating the party whip system. As it is now when you elect an mp he must vote party lines no matter what the constituents want.
I for one would always vote what is best for the riding that is the job we are elected to do!
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Brent Allan Bouteiller

Brent Allan Bouteiller – Green Party of Canada  website   mail
The health of our democracy depends on electing Members of Parliament who are accountable to their constituents. Following Elizabeth May’s example, Green Members of Parliament will work tirelessly on behalf of their communities and never abuse the public trust placed in them.
Green MPs will conduct themselves with integrity and civility, treat others with respect, and never heckle in the House of Commons. Green MPs will always keep the interests of Canada paramount and never be told to vote against the interests and well-being of their constituents.
Green MPs will seek constructive solutions to issues in their local communities, striving to create dialogue and solve problems when they arise.
Green MPs will publish their expenses online, to ensure maximum transparency and accountability, and never use Parliamentary resources for party or personal benefit.
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Michael Chong

Michael Chong – Conservative Party of Canada
Conservative MPs in the House of Commons have a strong record of standing up for their constituents and the people of Halton Region. An analysis by the Globe and Mail (external link) in February 2013 found that Conservative MPs were far more likely than Liberal or NDP MPs to break rank with their own party.
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Don Trant – Liberal Party of Canada 
A Liberal Government will give my constituents a voice in Ottawa Under Mr. Harper and Mr. Chong, Canadians don’t trust their government because it doesn't trust them. Harper, not trusting his own MPs has concentrated power in the PM office, introduced omnibus bills, weakened committees and limited debate. Mr. Chong may claim to speak against these wrong-headed policies but, according to Maclean’s Magazine, Mr. Chong has voted “out of step” with Harper’s Conservatives only 14 times out of 935 votes. That’s about 1.5%. Mr. Harper is not listening and our interests and aspirations aren’t served.
Justin Trudeau has a different leadership style and a commitment to fair and open government which empowers MPs. This includes:

  • An open Liberal caucus where my views and those of my constituents will be heard
  • Use of expert Economic, Youth and other committees, made up of caucus members and private citizens, to truly reflect what is in the best interest of Canadians
  • Free votes for me and fellow Liberal MPs on all legislation except the Liberal electoral platform, confidence matters like budgets and values in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Stronger parliamentary committees to review legislation
  • Ending the use of prorogation and omnibus bills
  • Reinstatement of the Long From Census and the use of evidence to drive policy.
  • And I will state my positions and bring a strong voice for my constituents to Ottawa.

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