The Federal Election will take place on October 21, 2019
Your vote counts—make an informed decision at the polls! Check your riding and register to vote at Elections Canada.
To learn more about the advocacy issues we have raised with the Federal Government, please review our A Strong Halton for a Strong Canada factsheet.
To help you make an informed decision this Federal election, we asked candidates about five issues of importance for residents of Halton. Read their responses to learn about their positions on these topics and vote with confidence on October 21.
We sent a questionnaire to all Federal election candidates in our community. It asked them to clarify their position on five critical issues facing Halton.
As we receive responses from candidates, we will post them on this page. Select a candidate below to read about their position.
Over the last four years, our Liberal government has worked alongside municipalities to ensure they have the support they need to build and revitalize their local public infrastructure. In 2019, we doubled the Gas Tax Fund providing a one-time injection of $2.2 billion for municipal projects across Canada that positively impact all Burlington residents.
A re-elected Liberal government will require all provinces and territories to identify and approve all of their long-term infrastructure priorities within the next two years. Funds that aren’t designated for specific projects by the end of 2021, will be reinvested directly in communities through a top-up of the federal Gas Tax Fund. We will also invest an additional $3 billion more per year for public transit to provide cities with predictable transit funding so they can plan for their future
One of the main reasons I ran for office in 2015, was to ensure we have a federal government that is fighting climate change and taking our environment seriously. The fight against climate change is not a fight we can afford to lose.
Since 2015 our government has put a price on pollution and invested 10 percent of the proceeds to help improve efficiency and adoption of new technologies; investing $26 billion in green infrastructure over 12 years; $1.5 billion in the Oceans Protection Plan; investing $1.3 billion to support Canada’s biodiversity and protect species at risk; making zero-emission vehicles more accessible and affordable; and phasing out coal-fired electricity by 2030. We have also put a ban on harmful single-use plastics by 2021.
If re-elected, we will plant 2 billion trees over the next decade, protect 25% of Canada’s land and 25% of Canada’s oceans by 2025. We will also adopt a net-zero GHG target for Canada by 2050. We will also make greener homes more affordable by providing an interest free loan up to $40,000 for energy renovations and a grant for homes that are Net Zero.
We will also invest an additional $1 billion over the next decade in the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, so communities have a proactive, permanent and sustainable way to address the emerging threats of climate change.
We put forward a $40 million investment for the Atmospheric Fund to create Canada’s first climate centre in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The Atmospheric Fund will operate one of seven new Low Carbon Cities Canada urban climate centres across Canada helping bridge the commercialization gap and reduce the business risk of developing tomorrow’s low-carbon tech and innovations.
In Budget 2019, we also announced an investment of $1.01 billion for Low Carbon Cities Canada to make communities more energy-efficient - using federal investments to work with private investors, public agencies, utilities, non-profit organizations and other levels of government to build long-term, low-carbon solutions.
Since 2015, we have committed $1.7 billion over 13 years to establish a new national high-speed program, the Universal Broadband Fund. We also committed that 95% of households and small businesses will have access to internet at speed of at least 50/10 Mbps by 2026, and 100% by 2030.
Our re-elected Liberal government will ensure that every Canadian has access to high-speed internet by 2030. No matter where you are in Canada, you will be fully connected, including rural, remote and northern communities. This plan will connect more people to the resources, services and information they need to build a better future.
Since 2015, we have prioritized $2 million in Burlington for investments in affordable housing and renovations to existing housing, as well as an additional $1 million worth of housing subsidies that has been received by just over 1,500 homes in Burlington.
In 2017, I held a roundtable here in Burlington with community members and service providers that directly impacted the national policy that was introduced through the National Housing Strategy.
Through the National Housing Strategy we will create 100,000 new housing units, repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and starting in 2020, offset rental costs by an average of $2,500 per year with the new Canada Housing Benefit.
As part of Budget 2019, we also introduced legislation that recognized the right of Canadians to access adequate housing, while also requiring all future governments to maintain a national housing strategy.
We also introduced the National Housing Co-Investment Fund which provides low-cost loans and/or financial contributions to support and develop mixed-income, mixed-tenure, mixed-use affordable housing. It prioritizes projects that support partnerships between governments, non-profits, private sector and others to make federal investment go further. This fund has directly impacted Halton, working with Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations to provide important funding needs for our community.
As the Member of Parliament it is my responsibility to listen to constituents and advocate for them in Ottawa on the issues that matter most. I always have and always will stand up for my community.
People's Party of Canada
The challenge we face is a power discrepancy manifesting as a fiscal imbalance. Both lead to an unjust situation: our antiquated system has not kept up with Canada’s urbanization in a globalized world.
The Green Party is interested in better aligning the structure of Canadian governance to address the needs of cities and municipalities, where so much of our tax investment is implemented but which only receives 10 cents of every tax dollar. It is astonishing that 2 provincial governments can, seemingly on a whim, restructure municipal governments (e.g. gerrymandering by halving of Toronto councillors; initiatives to amalgamate municipalities of local Regions).
Thus the GPC would
• establish a Council of Canadian Governments modelled on one in Australia, to set higher order policy priorities to ensure policy coherence, optimize public spending, and include federal and provincial representatives, representatives of large and smaller cities and also Indigenous governments.
• Encourage the use of City Charters to encourage autonomy.
• (While this is not in our Platform, in “Vision Green” there is a call to explore the creation of Municipal Senators or possibly re-open the Constitution on this matter. We cannot allow the bad memories of the 1980s and early 90s to prevent us from trying to solve structurally unjust governance).
• Make changes to the Canada Infrastructure bank to cut interest rates to municipal loans for infrastructure.
• Create a Municipal Fund (renaming the Gas Tax Funds) – doubling the funding.
• Allocate 1% of the GST to housing and other municipal infrastructure to set a consistent funding baseline.
• Designate new and existing housing as eligible infrastructure for funding purposes, allowing Canada Infrastructure Bank to support provincial and municipal housing projects.
• Enhance the federal Youth Employment and Skills Strategy by creating a Community and Environment Service Corps. This will provide $1 billion annually to municipalities to hire Canadian youth.
In its determination to externalize its risks onto the public and privatize its own profits, CN seems to be acting like the 407. On the one hand it’s a former Crown Corporation and public asset that privatized and forgot any concept of a larger public good. On the other hand, it falls back upon its former status as a Crown Corporation and claims the rights of a quasi-government body whenever it’s convenient for them.
The time to have actively planned out Milton being a local Logistics Hub was back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s when Halton was carrying out its’ long-term transportation plan. CN declined to participate. They refuse to disclose plans for the remaining three quarters of their property on site under their current application, heard at the public hearing. CN wants the Halton public to retroactively align with its key transnational corporate goal: to enrich its shareholders, which include the wealthiest people on earth; Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. This comes at significant social & environmental cost, without recourse.
It’s not a far stretch of the imagination that if the Milton site proceeds, CN will close down their Brampton hub, parcel off land there, and sell to developers for a tidy profit. Then they will further expand the Milton site.
a. No. They had their chance. This is not on NIMBYism, but their failure to collaborate effectively.
b. I support Milton & Halton in their democratic judicial proceedings. We must ensure decision-making panels are truly neutral and not stacked with supporters who have already decided in CN’s favour. Ensure the terms of reference are not phrased to make any decision in CN’s favour a fait accompli.
Also on transportation, a Green government will:
-Enact the Via Rail Act to implement a passenger rail transportation policy. Invest $600 million in 2020-21, rising to $720 million by 2023 to develop regional rail networks and strengthen rail connections between regions. This will include building several sections of 10 km of track to avoid bottlenecks where heavy freight pushes passenger rail to the siding. This will facilitate two-way, all-day GO Train services to and from Milton.
-Develop a national transportation strategy with a goal of reaching zero-carbon public ground transportation everywhere in Canada by 2040.
-Create a national cycling and walking infrastructure fund to help support zero emissions active transportation.
-Develop a Green Freight Transport program to address greenhouse gas emissions and pollution in partnership with the freight industry, shipping companies and delivery businesses. Fund the re-routing of tracks for freight and rail yards away from populated areas and strengthen Canada’s rail safety rules, giving regulators the tools they need to protect neighbourhoods from train shipments of hazardous materials.
The Green Party of Canada’s 20-point Climate Strategy, Mission Possible:
1. Declare the climate emergency is not just an ‘environmental’ threat but a grave security threat
2. Inner cabinet of all parties to allow cooperative policymaking, decrease partisanship
3. Stringent new targets: 60% GHG reductions against 2005 levels by 2030, 0 emissions by 2050
4. At next climate negotiation in Chile, press other countries to double efforts.
5. Restore climate research funding in Gov’t Canada and universities
6. Use carbon fee and dividend (carbon pricing) and eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.
7. Ban fracking
8. Remove all fossil fuel generation from national east-west electricity grid.
9. By 2030, rebuild east-west electricity grid to ensure transmission of renewable energy from 1 province to another.
10. By 2030, all new cars are electric; develop x-country electric vehicle charging system; 2040, replace internal combustion engine vehicles with electric vehicles.
11. Modernize VIA, expand service
12. National building retrofit by retrofitting every building in Canada to be carbon neutral by 2030.
13. End imports of foreign oil; invest in upgraders to turn Canadian bitumen in to gas, diesel, propane, etc for Canadian market.
14. Promote development of local biodiesel production (vegetable fat from restaurants); especially for agriculture, fishing, forestry equipment
15. Partner with indigenous peoples by ramping up renewable energy generation on their lands; harness abandoned deep oil wells for geothermal, employing oil and gas workers to do this 16. Engage every municipality and community organization, plus schools and universities, to plant trees, install solar panels, heat pumps; to retrofit for efficiency.
17. Review all infrastructure investments for adaptation; map flood plains, tornado corridors and other vulnerable areas to adjust land use plans.
18. Cancel purchase of F-35 stealth fighters (which are lemons anyway) and spend the $15 billion on water bombers and other forest fire fighting capacity
19. Curtail ‘other’ GHG sources – aviation, military, international shipping – that fall outside Paris Agreement
20. Restore carbon sinks, focusing on replanting forests.
Specifics taken from our “Vision Green” document:
MITIGATION (i.e. reduction of GHGs)
-Carbon pricing to promote a shift away from polluting energy sources, and eliminate the subsidization of fossil fuel industry.
-Tax changes to encourage transition to non-fossil fuel based energy used (e.g. GST credits for all materials used in buildings LEED silver or better)
-Carbon conditionality clauses (phased in): groups receiving funding from the federal government must establish benchmarks and policies to reduce their GHG emissions.
-Restore EcoENERGY plan; provide revolving federal loans to homeowners and businesses for retrofitting; refundable tax credits for all energy retrofit costs; tax deductible Green-Mortgages; 100% Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for all businesses for energy retrofit costs such as electricity storage (amend clauses 43.1 and 43.2 of Income Tax Act) $250m/yr for 5 years to retrofit 25,000 homes a year; aim to double with provinces
-Upgrade the electricity grid to permit cross-Canada electricity distribution with abandoned Alberta oil wells, identify ones with geothermal potential, and employ gas and oil workers to transform them into geothermal energy systems
-Videoconferencing facilities in any community larger than 1000 people (no GST paid; accelerated capital cost allowance) to reduce flying for meetings Carbon Fee and Dividend, and Cap and Trade policies on Canada’s 563 Large Final Emitters
ADAPTATION (i.e. adapting to existing climate change)
-Have the Canada Infrastructure Bank invest in climate-proofing infrastructure.
-Move toward regional food self-sufficiency (rooftop gardening, urban gardening, support of local agriculture)
-Encourage farming that increases carbon sequestration and reduce water requirements -Restructure Canada’s Business Risk Management Programs to help farmers cope with climate risk (e.g. disaster assistance)
-Create national Environmental Farm Plan Program to provide new funding sources at farm level
-Cost-shared programs to help farmers protect wildlife habitat, marginal lands, and maintain water quality
-Restore funding to the Climate Adaptation Network w/ partnership w/ universities, other levels of government to help Canada’s forests adapt
-Intensification of siviculture; support enhanced wood quality from small woodlot owners (which also increases carbon sequestration)
-Add quantitative standards to measure the health of forests, soil, fisheries, and other principal natural resources.
-Establish GHG emissions targets for all parts of the agri-food system
National energy retrofit standard to reduce energy use in existing buildings to 80% below 2009 averages
-A new national building code to reduce overall energy demand to 15% of current structures; encourages structures that produce more energy than they consume and harvest/reuse/purify own water; mandatory pre-wiring for solar PV on all new buildings
One of the six key Green Values includes evoking Ecological Wisdom. Much has been lost, but there is much left to save. Governments have a duty to regulate business practices, commercial products, and behaviours to dramatically reduce the current burden on ecosystems, species and people who are at risk of being trampled on the path of so-called progress.
Directly from our platform released Sept 16th:
“• Legislate housing as a legally protected fundamental human right for all Canadians and permanent residents.
• Appoint a Minister of Housing to strengthen the National Housing Strategy so that it meets the needs for affordable housing that are unique to each province, and oversee its implementation in collaboration with provincial ministers. This recognizes that housing is provincial jurisdiction. The target would be 25,000 new and 15,000 rehabilitated units annually for the next 10 years.
• Increase the National Housing Co-investment Fund by $750 million for new builds, and the Canada Housing Benefit by $750 million for rent assistance for 125,000 households.
• Create a Canada Co-op Housing Strategy that would update the mechanisms for financing co-op housing, in partnership with CMHC, co-op societies, credit unions and other lenders.
• Eliminate the first-time home buyer grant.
• Include new and existing housing as eligible infrastructure for funding purposes, allowing the Canada Infrastructure Bank to support provincial and municipal housing projects.
• Provide financing to non-profit housing organizations and cooperatives to build and restore quality, energy efficient housing for seniors, people with special needs and lowincome families. Restore tax incentives for building purpose-built rental housing and provide tax credits for gifts of lands or of land and buildings, to community land trusts to provide affordable housing.
• Remove the “deemed” GST whenever a developer with empty condo units places them on the market as rentals.
• Re-focus the core mandate of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporate (CMHC) on supporting the development of affordable, non-market and cooperative housing, as opposed to its current priority of supporting Canadian lenders to de-risk investment in housing ownership. With many housing markets demonstrably overvalued, and home ownership rates among the highest in the world, individual home ownership should not be the preoccupation of a public service housing agency and a national housing strategy.
• Change the legislation that prevents Indigenous organizations from accessing financing through CMHC to invest in self-determined housing needs.”
Green Party policy is to not whip the votes of representatives. This allows my service at Milton’s MP to stand for constituents first before party line. All of our policies are filtered through the global Green Values; the six fundamental principles which bind us, including:
-Respect for Diversity
Therefore, I am confident Halton residents are genuinely represented in parliament by my authenticity and integrity as your Green Party Member of Parliament.
The Liberal Party of Canada is taking real action to fight climate change. In addition to putting a price on pollution and prohibiting single-use plastics, the party’s environmental protection plan includes:
• Introducing the Output-Based Pricing System, designed to incentivize industrial emitters to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and protect against carbon leakage
• Enacting regulations to reduce methane emissions by 40%-45% by 2025
• Phasing out coal power and transitioning to 90% clean electricity
• Implementing a Clean Fuel Standard to reduce carbon pollution by 30 million tonnes – equal to taking more than seven million cars off the road
• Ratifying the Kigali Agreement to phase down harmful hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases
• Signing an historic agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization to address greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector
• Providing assistance to developing countries to help with the global transition to a lowcarbon economy
• Committing to conserving 17% of terrestrial and freshwater areas, and 10% of marine and coastal areas, by 2020
• Prohibiting the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products
• Committing to invest more than $100 million to reduce plastic waste in Canada and developing countries
• Introducing the first ever national zero plastic waste strategy with the provinces and territories
Building on the $2 billion we have already invested in helping communities prepare for and prevent weather-related disasters like floods and fires, a re-elected Liberal government will move forward with an additional $1 billion investment over the next decade in the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. This initiative will provide communities with a proactive, permanent and sustainable way to address the emerging threats of climate change.
Christian Heritage Party
This is a very important aspect for our community here in Oakville. I strongly support investing in our roads and infrastructure as they are the backbone to our livelihood at work, school and other activities.
These public modes of transportation are key to trade and essential to businesses across the country. It is also important that these trucks & railways work in consideration of municipal traffic.
· Dedicated truck lanes
· Improved communication of travel times and clear notifications when necessary.
· Also innovation like the frictionless trains that will allow speedy travel.
Great for existing generations and future generations.
Sustainable and predictable funding for infrastructure projects is an issue that I hear about often from my counterparts at the municipal and regional level and something that I have advocated for throughout my tenure as an MP over the last four years. The Liberal government has made real progress when it comes to moving forward with infrastructure projects - more than 48,000 projects have been approved under the Investing in Canada Plan, and we have made the largest investments in public transit in Canadian history. That said, traffic congestion continues to be a serious problem in our community.
To give municipalities the predictable transit funding they need to plan for the future, we will move forward with making the federal commitment to fund public transit permanent, and will make sure that it keeps up with the rising cost of construction over time. This will mean an additional $3 billion more per year in stable, predictable funding for our cities’ transit needs, on top of transfers through the federal Gas Tax Fund. We also know that some provinces are playing political games – delaying project approvals and putting good jobs and our quality of life at risk. To make sure that the infrastructure that people and communities need is built, we will require that all provinces and territories identify and approve all of their long-term infrastructure priorities within the next two years. Funds that aren’t designated for specific projects by the end of 2021 will be reinvested directly in communities through a top- up of the federal Gas Tax Fund.
We will achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 by setting legally-binding, five-year milestones and exceed Canada’s 2030 emissions goal by introducing new carbon reducing measures. We will also ensure energy workers and communities can shape their own futures by introducing a Just Transition Act, giving workers access to the training, support, and new opportunities needed to succeed in the clean economy.
A re-elected Liberal government will help retrofit 1.5 million homes to help Canadians make their homes more energy efficient, and better protect them from climate-related risks. We will help homeowners and landlords pay for retrofits by giving them an interest-free loan of up to $40,000 and help people buy newly built homes that are certified zero-emissions by giving them a Net Zero Homes Grant of up to $5,000. We will develop new skilled workers here in Canada with an investment of $100 million in skills training, to ensure there are enough qualified workers to keep up with energy audits, retrofits, and net-zero home construction.
We will move forward with an ambitious plan to conserve 25 per cent of Canada’s land and 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, working toward 30 per cent in each by 2030.
To reduce plastic pollution, we will ban harmful single-use plastics. This builds on our existing ban on products with plastic microbeads, which threaten the health of our lakes, oceans, and wildlife. We will continue to move forward with greater protection for the Great Lakes – the largest body of fresh water on Earth – and the source of our drinking water here in Halton.
To help people whose jobs and livelihoods are affected when disaster strikes, we will move forward with a new Employment Insurance Disaster Assistance Benefit, to be developed in consultation with experts, workers, and employers. This new benefit will launch in 2021 and will help replace the income that is lost when families need to temporarily stop working to protect their homes, or because they need to relocate to safety.
Building on the $2 billion we have already invested in helping communities prepare for and prevent weather related disasters like floods and fires, we will move forward with an additional $1 billion investment over the next decade in the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, so communities have a proactive, permanent and sustainable way to address the emerging threats of climate change.
To help Canadians get ready for climate risks and realities we will create a low-cost national flood insurance program and work with the province to complete all flood maps.
We will move forward with a new $5-billion Clean Power Fund. This fund will help support the electrification of Canadian industries, including our resource and manufacturing sectors, and make Canada home to the cleanest mills, mines, and factories in the world. We will also plant 2 billion trees over the next ten years to support a health ecosystem that helps to fight climate change.
These are just some of the measures that a re-elected Liberal government will move forward with to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
Earlier this year, we set a national target to ensure that 95 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses will have high-speed internet by 2026, and 100 per cent by 2030, no matter where they are located in the country. I recognize that Halton is unique in that it is viewed as an urban community by many, but in fact our rural areas are lacking in service.
Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy, NHS, will build up to 60,000 new affordable homes, and repair up to 240,000 existing affordable and community homes across Canada over the next 10 years. The NHS brings together the public, private and non-profit sectors to re-engage in affordable housing. Using a mix of funding, grants and loans, the strategy will create affordable, stable and livable communities.
The National Housing Co-Investment Fund provides low-cost loans and/or financial contributions to support and develop mixed-income, mixed-tenure, mixed-use affordable housing. This housing must be energy efficient, accessible and socially inclusive. The National Housing Co-investment Fund prioritizes projects that support partnerships between governments, non-profits, private sector, and others to make federal investment go further. It covers a broad range of housing needs, from shelters to affordable homeownership.
Over a 12-year period, the federal investment in provincial and territorial housing programs will reach approximately $20.5 billion. Provinces and territories will be required to cost-match roughly half of this total investment.
If re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington I would be happy to assist the region with the application process.
In addition to these measures, the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, administered by the CMHC, would help eligible Canadians with a household income under $120,000 per year afford to buy their first home. Through the new Incentive, the CMHC would provide 5 per cent of the value of a home for a first-time homebuyer through a shared investment. To encourage the construction of new housing supply, the Incentive would increase to 10 per cent for a newly-built home. A re-elected Liberal government would increase the qualifying value to nearly $800,000 in the GTA. We would also put in place a consistent national tax on vacant residential properties owned by non-Canadians who don’t live in Canada.
People's Party of Canada