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Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Elections

 

2015 Federal Election

The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted an All Candidates Meeting for the 2015 federal election.  A number of questions that were not able to be asked due to time limitations.  They were sent to the candidates and the following are the received responses.

Topic:  Euthanasia

The Federal Government has been given a deadline of February 2016 to come up with a policy for euthanasia.  How committed and what direction will your party take?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

When the Supreme Court of Canada issues a verdict and gives us a limited time to accomplish a result it is up to us to at least start the conversation. Canadian Action Party believes that a human being in their right mind facing a long and painful death should have the right to a death with dignity. 

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party proposes to develop a National Seniors Strategy which includes addressing the Supreme Court of Canada decision to allow physician-assisted death.

Topic:  Youth Vote

Please explain your party’s position on affordability of tuition fees.  Why do you think youth voter turnout is so low?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

One of the big problems of today is privatisation and the resulting chasing of huge profits.  Secondary education falls into this category and all any government can do, apart from nationalising all secondary education establishments, is create grants directly to the students. It must also be remembered that education is the responsibility of the Provinces and territories so we must at least talk with them occasionally.

Why is the voter turnout by our young Canadians low?  Simple, we have not engaged them, on the contrary we have ignored them as texting nerds not worthy of our time. So what do you expect.  At the Canadian Action Party we believe that everyone in Canada is a human being and we are all equal and have equal wants and needs and can all contribute in our own way to our future and that of our country.  What we need to understand is that the young are that future, and to not side line them anymore.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party aims to engage our youth who feel disenfranchised by replacing the first-past-the-post voting system with a form of proportional representation within the first year of the next Parliament and by restoring an honest, respectful & ethical form of government.

The Green Party will abolish tuition fees for students without adequate financial means, and remove the inadequate 2% cap on tuition for all First Nations and Inuit students. By 2020, it will abolish tuition fees for post-secondary education and skills training for Canadians and will eliminate any existing or future student federal debt above $10,000. These ambitious plans are fully costed in the Green Party's platform.

Topic:  Partisanship

Many elected officials vote along the party lines.  How will you vote to your conscience to bring forward your constituents interests?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

Actually this question is part of the fundamental flaw in the democracy that is supposed to but does not exist here in Canada.   The Canadian Action Party will never have a whip to ensure party line votes because we believe in representation of the constituents.   You , the people of Wellington –Halton Hills, are the people who will hire someone to represent you and that is what Harvey Anstey will do.  Leads to the questions of why would anyone in their right mind select, employ and send to Ottawa as their representative anyone who cannot and will not do just that because their party whips will not allow it?   Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Albert Einstein

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party will restore civility to government and ensure Green MPs are honest, ethical, hard-working representatives of their constituents and champions for their communities. No Green MP will ever face a whipped vote. They will be free to put their conscience and their constituents first.

Topic:  Tax Rated/Income Splitting/TFSA

What is the income level for the mentioned ‘wealthiest 1%’ and what do you consider a middle class income level?  How many families are in these brackets?  Will you continue to allow income splitting and tax fee savings accounts?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

A good question re income level of the top 1%. Once upon a time we had a national census which could have provided us with that information.  It is our plan that by using the Bank of Canada to finance the country and its needs and paying off the national debt there will be no need for income tax as we know it today therefore income splitting and tax free savings accounts will be redundant.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

In 2012, there were a total of 261,365 within the top 1% of tax-filers in Canada and the lowest wage for this group was $215,700 (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/canadas-richest-see-share-of-wealth-shrink-unlike-us/article21635605/ )

The Green Party will eliminate income splitting  between parents of children under age 18 because it disproportionately benefits a single-earner two-parent family earning over $120,000 which receives 32% of the benefit. About 52% of the benefits goes to two-parent families earning between $60,000 and $120,000. Only 17% goes to two-parent households earning less than $60,000. Nothing goes to the low-income Canadians who pay no taxes, or to single parent families.

In contrast, Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) are useful as they are a savings vehicle accessible to all Canadians and the Green Party believes the limit should remain at $5500. At this level, over 90% of Canadians would be able to shelter their annual savings. The Harper Conservatives’ decision in Budget 2015 to increase the annual limit to $10,000 means that TFSAs become more of a vehicle for wealthier Canadians to shelter their income, than a means to help people to save for retirement or other exigencies. Over time, this increased limit will regressively erode the federal government’s revenue base by billions of dollars. 

Topic:  Manufacturing

What steps would your party take to keep manufacturing jobs in Canada?  How will you stop businesses from leaving Canada in order to get tax concessions and benefit from trade deals?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

Firstly we will cancel all “trade” deals back to FTA because they are not trade deals at all, but are in fact investment agreements that protect international corporations from perceived profit loss due to Canadian laws and regulations at any level.  Real trade deals will be struck based on real trade not profit protection. Investments are often needed to enable a company to develop a product or idea, and we will limit the level to which foreign investors can buy into a Canadian company.   The conservative practice of spending millions to make a company attractive to be taken over and then moved out of Canada with the resulting loss in jobs and intellectual property rights will stop immediately.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party will supports value­ added manufacturing here at home. Our over reliance on raw exports has created a productivity deficit vis-­a-­vis other industrialized nations. Canada is falling behind in terms of innovation. The Green Party's strategy is to promote innovation and boost manufacturing by taking advantage of the emerging clean tech economy.

Our jobs strategy is directly linked to the development of a green economy. There are tens of thousands of ‘green collar’ jobs, for example, associated with refitting Canadian homes and businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy. We would create a federally-funded $1 billion per year Green Technology Commercialization Grants to accelerate emerging technologies and give Canadian entrepreneurs a head start.

Topic:  CBC

If elected would you support the CBC? 

The Conservative government has cut funding substantially to the CBC over the past number of years.  Further the CBC Board has been stacked with harper’s loyalists.  The goal is obviously to cripple the CBC.  Do you support this strategy?

In New York the CBC Network recently received the 2015 International Emmy Award for news, beating out nominees from Europe, Asia, and S.A.  How will your party ensure that the CBC gets a less partisan, less conservative board and received federal support so that exceptional journalists like Adrienne Arsenault stay in Canada?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

The CBC is supposed to be a national broadcaster, that is to say not privately owned. To do its function it must be independent of interference and directions from partisan political corruption.  Too often we are told that Crown Corporations are separate from the Harper government, when in fact they are directed by the various ministers, and therefore Harper, to do his wishes.  This must end and sufficient finances made available to the CBC for them to be the real voice of Canada and the Canadian people.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party will reverse CBC-Radio Canada funding cuts and ensure it has adequate & stable funding to ensure we continue to support excellence in journalism in Canada. It will reverse the Harper Conservatives’ $117-million cut, and invest an additional $168-million and $315 million in every subsequent year.  The Green Party will also commit to restructure the governance structure of the CBC to end the political influence at the board level.

Topic:  Homelessness

From a 10 year old:  What will you do about homelessness?

From a future voter:  Are you going to make the poor pay less and the more wealthy pay more?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

Now here are two  real question. 

Why is anyone homeless?  There are a very few who choose to be this way and they have that right. But most homeless people simply can’t afford rent or to buy a home. So what can the federal government do about that? When you are ten years old you are old enough I hope to understand that there are different levels of government, each with their own separate responsibilities and the Federal government’s main responsibility is to provide money to the lower levels to do what they need to do to help the sick, homeless and starving.  We at the federal level need to talk with other levels of government to see what we can all do to provide real shelter, but more importantly real jobs for those who can work so they can afford their own home.  The ones who are sick either mentally or physically we can help if we choose, and the Canadian Action Party chooses.  Bank of Canada money and talk with those involved.   It is amazing what can be done if we talk instead of ignoring each other. 

Making the poor pay less and the wealthy pay more is one way to go now and a good one, but how about we find a way to make more people wealthy?   Then there is the other question what is wealthy? If it’s just question of money OK, but what if we include being happy, healthy, a strong family, community of friends and neighbours, great schools and hospitals, clean air and water, snow in the winter, rain in the spring and fall and sun and clean lakes in the summer.  What if we make money less important?  Now there is something for you younger future voters to figure out.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party will implement a National Housing Strategy based on Housing First principles. Housing First is a proven, recovery-oriented approach that centres on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent, permanent housing, and then providing additional supports and services as needed.  The Green Party is concerned about the increasing income inequality amongst Canadians. It proposes to eliminate poverty and challenge inequality by implementing a Guaranteed Livable Income and would increase the minimum wage to $15/hr. Further, it would eliminate tax havens and tax credits which benefit only the extremely wealthy.

Topic:  Long Gun Registry

Is your party going to reinstate the long gun registry?

Steven Harper got rid of the Long Gun Registry.  Is any party representative here going to reinstate the Long Gun Registry?  Farmers have a right to long guns without paying.  As a farmer when I forgot to renew my long gun registry, it took me $100 plus a whole year, plus my wife and two other friends to sign an RCMP paper to get my long gun registry back.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

It would appear that the original purpose of the long gun registry was distorted and turned into a potential money grabber in the same way a driver’s licence is now.  No farmer was ever intended to become a criminal by simply owning a killing weapon; and in the same way a driver’s licence has changed from showing that a driver is capable of handling the machine he is driving to now becoming a form of money grabbing ID. The real answer to this question however is it depends on what our constituents ask us to do, not what the party wants. Policies are guide lines of those who support us.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party has no plans to restore the long gun registry for non-restricted rifles and shotguns, and will work with firearms stakeholder groups to review the registry for restricted firearms and establish safe and protected locations for target shooting.

Topic:  Balanced Budget

The Conservative and NDP say we need to balance the budget now to protect the economy.  Liberals are proposing a 10 billion dollar deficit until  2019.  Why is that better than a balanced budget for the economy?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

OH boy….money 101…A very simple fact is that if the income of the country through taxes is reduced and not replaced with anything else, yet the expenses go up we head into deficit which is what happened almost immediately after 2006.  In order to reduce those deficits either taxes have to go up again, or expenses have to be cut.  Simple. What we have and have had for 9 years is increasing tax credits or reductions for the rich and corporations leading to further deficits. Under conservative thinking this inevitably leads to austerity which is perfect for the Conservatives and Libertarians, but not good for the people of Canada.

None of these scenarios is necessary if we start using the Bank of Canada again the way it was mandated to be used by the Bank of Canada Act of 1935 .  Investment in Canada is absolutely necessary after nearly 10 years of destruction and the Liberals are correct in that.  What we challenge is their methods of raising the money.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party believes in living within our limits, ecologically and fiscally. We are committed to a balanced budget and to reducing the national debt. It won’t be easy. To pay down the debt while supporting programs that meet immediate social, economic, and environmental needs, we must maintain a healthy and fair level of taxation and we must ensure that Canadians get good value for their tax dollars.

Topic:  Bank of Canada

Tommy Douglas great heritage is in contributing to the nationalization of the bank of Canada in 1938.  The nationalization made possible the financing of major part of the federal movement capitol projects with the bank of Canada on a virtual interest free basis. (1 Metdown) For example, Canada’s health care system was made possible because of interest free money.

Apparently, the federal government used to borrow interest free from the Bank of Canada between 1939 and 1974.  At present, governments borrow all of the necessary money from private banks at the going rate of interest.  Canadians are economically weighed down with the resultant debt-servicing charges because the Bank of Canada does not make use of its prerogatives in the interest of the Canadian public. 

If you are elected as a Member of Parliament, will your Party restore the Bank of Canada to its mandated purposes to provide interest free loans to the federal, provincial and municipal governments as provided for in the Bank of Canada Act?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

I do not argue that Tommy Douglas did many things and that most likely included supporting the Bank of Canada, however his part in the formation of that bank was minimal. It was created by the Bank of Canada Act in 1935 (the year he first went to Ottawa) and was made a Crown Corporation in 1938.  The concept was simple in that money was obtained from the Bank of Canada at very low interest rate and when the costs of running the bank had been met the remainder was returned to the Minister of Finance as a dividend. Your questioner is correct in that the biggest single payment made each year by our federal government is the compounding interest on our national debt.  Since the inception of the Canadian Action Party in 1997 we have always had the re instatement of the Bank of Canada as our number one priority, because without controlling our own money we are not in control of our country.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party will maintain the status quo. If, at some time in the future, the Bank of Canada no longer fulfills its role, we will consider the issue.

Topic:  Unions

What will your party do to ensure unions are accountable to the workers, not using dues which, for CUPW members run up to $700.00 per year, to attend pro-ISIS rallies and the sort.  Workers who criticize the union membership for this practice are being punished by having their successful job bids revoked.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

It is our understanding that each province or territory has laws and regulations by which the Unions are already accountable to their members, and the recent bill is a direct attack upon one sector of our society.  There are no equal laws concerning the actions of huge corporate conglomerates and their contributions to political entities, which is typical of this particular regime.  As for critical workers having their job bids revoked we have no knowledge of this, but under Bill C-51 they are dissenting and therefore are liable to be shot by the Stephen Blaney police…!!!  “If you choose to express dissent then you can expect to face the full force of the law”  Stephen Blaney after a cop murdered James McIntyre who was wearing an anonymous mask in Dawson Creek BC.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party believes that labour unions should play a particularly important role in advancing protections for workers. Sadly, in Canada, a mere 16% of Canadian private sector workers belong to unions.  We also lack an established culture of management-labour negotiations. We have been seduced by the idea that the only way to compete in an economy oriented to low consumer prices is through reduction in labour costs, but this only leads to lower wages, lower productivity, and poor job quality. Higher-value-added goods and services call for a skilled and engaged workforce, yet we have accepted uncritically that corporate decision-making is best driven by shareholder value.  We have not recognized that companies become more successful by investing in their workers.

In labour relations, Ottawa has limited direct jurisdiction over employees working for employers regulated by the federal government. It could lead by example by playing a more constructive role in the process of balancing the concerns of employers and employees in labour disputes, and by encouraging the organization of more workers, including the growing ranks of non-standard workers. 

In addition, the Green Party supports the implementation of a higher minimum wage that better reflects what would be considered a decent wage, by increasing the current federal minimum wage level to $15 an hour as soon as practicable. 

Topic:  Younger Farm Owners

According to Statistics Canada, the average age of the Canadian farmer in 2011 was 54 years.  Someone under 40 primarily operates less than one in ten of Canadian farms.  70% of Canadian farms are worth between half a million and 3.5 million dollars total: a daunting prospect for any young adult wishing to enter agriculture.  What specific policies are you and your party going to enact to enable young people to enter the agricultural industry beyond secondary operators and agricultural labor roles?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

This is much more complicated situation until one understand that the intent of this  current government is to actually do away with the family farm and only have huge corporate conglomerate farms run by Monsanto and Cargill etc.,  The entire sector needs to be re visited and the will of the farmers to be sought  and for them to choose what they want. For example they were not allowed to vote on the destruction of their wheat board, a watered down version of which is now owned by foreign corporations and will probably be cranked up again but with corporate profit as the motive now instead of farmer co operative income being derived from it... It is up to us as a party to listen and work with farmers to accomplish the desired result.  Simply removing their right to pass on their family farms without huge debts to accomplish this achieves only one end and that is the death of the family farms in Canada.  What farmers need, as does almost every ordinary Canadian, is help not hindrance.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party believes strong national leadership is required to promote agricultural sustainability, energy efficiency and support farm families. This means encouraging the localization and diversification needed to stabilize the food economy without expensive government subsidies. It means thinking local, building soil capacity, encouraging economic diversity, reducing farm debt and increasing the number of young farmers.  It means stronger food safety regulations, and an end to pesticide contamination in our food and water.

Food production in Canada must reconcile the need for affordable food with that of adequate income for farmers. These issues are not in conflict.  We must stop encouraging farmers to go into debt, apply pesticides freely and use techniques which degrade the soil in order to pull off bumper crops which have little value.  40% of farm production is wasted because food is cheap and proper storage and handling are expensive. 

The Green Party's approach to Canadian agriculture policies is clear: reduce the dependence on chemical inputs, rebuild and protect natural soil fertility, value quality produce and support local economies, reduce waste and increase the number of farm families.

Cooperation is key in farming and agricultural cooperatives should be encouraged in order to allow farmers to receive fair compensation for their efforts. The Green Party would restore investment in cooperatives. In the aftermath of the unfortunate sale of the Canada Wheat Board, we will also review the options for small farms to market products at a fair price within a reasonable distance.

The Green Party is firmly opposed to widespread pesticide use and to the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) seed developed to be pesticide-resistant. The Green Party will protect and promote the farmer’s right to save and use non-GMO seed without cost. We will make GMO labels mandatory to give the public a choice when considering the source of the food they buy.

With respect to food safety, the Green Party supports strengthening the mandate and funding of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). 

Topic:  International Crisis

As of October 2, 2015, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) controls territory in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Nigeria.  Canada, as part of a NATO coalition, is currently engaged in military operations against this Salafi organization.  In similar historical situations, like the American  War in Vietnam, attempts to train local military forces on the fly and bombing runs to degrade military establishments in enemy controlled territory, failed to successfully address the situation in the long-term.  In yours and your party’s eyes, what is Canada’s role in this ongoing international crisis?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

To answer very simply: SHAMEFUL.   We have become a warmongering nation even challenging Russia over the Ukraine.  We simply have no standing left in the world and diplomacy once a strong point of Canada’s place in that world, needs to be re –introduced instead of pointing guns at anyone who disagrees with our PM.  If in fact Libya is now  a stronghold of ISIL then we need look no further than ourselves and our ‘glorious’ military action in the destruction of an undefended Libya from the safety of the air and in support of IMF mercenaries.  As long as we give lip service to the word democracy but do not practice it we are nothing short of hypocrites.  We need to remove ourselves militarily from a conflict in which we have no reason to be present.  Our present regime does not represent or work for the people of Canada, but does work for those who make money from conflict.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

Canada is fundamentally a peaceful country.  We should be constructive participants in our global community, enhancing our peacekeeping capabilities and providing a robust international commitment to United Nations’ missions and disaster-relief.  As defenders of human rights, we must support international institutions, and join other nations in protecting human security. 

The Green Party opposes the current Canadian mission in Iraq and now Syria.  Through its failure to understand the worldview of ISIS, the Conservative government has engaged Canada in military operations of uncertain scope and purpose which are not in Canada’s national interest and do little to strengthen global peace and security. We should have learned the dangers of shortsighted thinking from the ill-conceived military action in Libya which made the terrorist threat across North Africa even worse. Once again, the Harper Conservatives have no clear direction, end-goal or exit strategy for the Iraq mission, one which has grown from a non-combat role to a combat mission on the ground, and now includes airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, the Conservatives refuse to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty which would reduce the flow of conventional arms fuelling these senseless tragic conflicts.  Nor are they doing enough to crack down on the money flowing to ISIS and other terrorist groups, or to collaborate with our allies to relieve the immense humanitarian suffering caused by military action.

Canada should be an active and constructive participant in the movement to build a new international legal order which focuses less on “state security” defined by borders, statehood, and territory, and much more on “human security”: the protection of persons and peoples. We should lead the 21st-century recasting of international humanitarian law, the laws of war, and international criminal justice.

Canada is well suited to contribute to practical, innovative means of civil-military cooperation and to provide essential support to deliver humanitarian and development assistance in complex conflict zones. We should also support the United Nations’ “responsibility to protect” (R2P) doctrine. 

Canada has historically been a dynamic and creative voice for the protection of human rights and the application of international law. However, our diplomatic expertise has been seriously undermined under the Conservative government together with our international reputation, as we sit on the sidelines while others tackle huge global challenges, notably climate change, mass poverty, drug trafficking, the illegal trade in arms (especially lethal small arms), nuclear proliferation, and the dispersal of insecure nuclear material. The 2010 decision of the UN General Assembly to choose Portugal over Canada for a seat on the Security Council was evidence of our loss of status that sadly continues to this day.

Topic:  Military

What are your solutions for the state of our naval forces and equipment.  Bearing in mind we have one of the most coastline to defend against illegal fishing and other aggressions.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

Once again a very good question that deserves more than a few lines.  It is our understanding that we only have a handful of navy ships that are capable of crossing the Atlantic or Pacific without breaking down, and they need major work in order to come home again.  As the questioner points out we have a huge coast line and since our PM  is uttering threats against Russia which has more ships than we have mosquitos we have no chance of protecting our northern shores or waters.   Fact is though that if we treat our neighbours like neighbours instead of enemies we can enlist their help instead of confronting them in a battle we cannot win and in which we do not need to engage.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

We can and must do a better job of defence procurement. Even the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy which led to the long-overdue granting of $33 billion in shipbuilding contracts to Nova Scotia and British Columbia yards in early 2012 seems to be unraveling. The navy no longer has a ship that can refuel our frigates at sea. Search-and-rescue missions on the West Coast rely on planes built in the 1960s.  We have been trying unsuccessfully to replace our Sea King helicopters since 1983. We only recently replaced rifles purchased in 1947 for the Canadian Rangers!

We should attend to our very real national responsibilities, such as maintaining our extensive coastlines with much better communications and monitoring, and equipping an agile military to assist in global hot spots. An open discussion of what we really need would likely lead to support for alternatives to the F-35s, such as upgrading our aging F-18s, investing in unmanned drones for sovereignty patrols, and relying on any modern fighters we purchase to defend Canadian cities, which would require moving their bases to less remote locations.  The purchase of Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft has been stalled for years.  We need to move to request proposals to supply these aircraft and prioritize those tenders made by Canadian manufacturers.

Canada’s preparedness along our extensive coasts, especially in the arctic, leaves much to be desired . We are currently building the Nanisivik Naval Facility, and after a huge delay, three of our four submarines are finally seaworthy, but they are still not fully capable of under-ice operations. We also urgently need to improve our remote surveillance capacity. Although we cannot match the efforts of the U.S. Defense [sic] Advanced Research Projects Agency which funds cutting-edge technology for futuristic remote surveillance, we do not have to settle for less than mediocre defence strategies.

Topic:  Treatment of Our Veterans

I have a question about veterans, many of whom have worked so hard to make their voices heard in this election. 

I will assume that each of the candidates here personally believes, like every Canadian I have spoken to on this subject, that as a nation we have a moral and ethical obligation to stand in full support of our wounded and traumatized veterans and their families.

I want to know what your party is committed to doing in the next Parliament to honour that obligation with tangible and concrete actions that will reflect the tremendous respect and appreciation we feel for their sacrifice and service to Canada.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

It is hard to believe that anyone who actually believes what you suggest they do would support any party that would outright deny that Canada has any obligation to  those it sends into “harm’s way”, and then proceeds to  cut into their meagre benefits as part of their desire to balance a budget.  You have such a candidate and no matter how much he might protest he still wants to represent that party therefore endorsing its cruel and inhumane actions. Veterans are those we have an obligation to which must be fulfilled. It is our duty to do so, and on a more mundane note, how could we attract new members of the military if they knew they would be hurt and abandoned?

When members of the Canadian Forces put on the uniform of their country they make an extraordinary personal commitment to place the welfare of others ahead of their personal interests, to serve Canada before self and to put themselves at risk, as required, in the interests of the nation. A veteran, whether regular or reserve, active or retired, is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank cheque made payable to “the Government of Canada,” for an amount of “up to and including their life.”    Veteran’s group Equitas’ statement of claim against the government

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party will re-open Veterans Affairs offices across Canada and reverse the $200 million cut to Veterans Affairs Canada.

In terms of caring for those who have served and sacrificed for our country, Canada’s track record is appalling. Our veterans have been abused particularly by the federal government’s efforts to claw back their Veterans’ Affairs disability pensions, to say nothing of the challenges of negotiating a system which is both paternalistic and patronizing. It is outrageous that veterans had to spend five years in the courts to convince Ottawa, finally, not to reduce their long-term disability benefits.

Veterans deserve our grateful and ongoing support and secure and generous pensions: the nickel-and-diming of their financial assistance by the Conservative administration is nothing short of a national disgrace. 

The Green Party was relieved to see the federal government withdraw its appeal of the favourable BC Supreme Court judgment in the “EQUITAS” legal challenge, launched in 2012 to argue that the current veterans’ benefits should not be much less than those received by veterans of the world wars and Korea.  The federal government has promised to pass legislation confirming the obligation “to be liberally interpreted” to provide “services, assistance and compensation to members and veterans who have been injured or who have died as a result of military service, and this extends to their spouses or common-law partners or survivors or orphans.”

The Green Party will be vigilant in holding the federal government to its promise to rectify the distressing inequities in veterans’ income support prior to the scheduled resumption of the EQUITAS legal challenge in 2016.

Topic:  Coastguard

I was in St. Anthony, Newfoundland in August as the coast guard moved to Halifax.  Would you reinstate that post so that people of Newfoundland will have a chance of help arriving in time if they’re in distress?  I later met a couple from northern BC who recently lost their coast guard too.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

Your questioner needs to understand that the Coast Guard, Veterans, Navy ships are all a part of this austerity program to balance the budget at any cost.  “Staying the course” will only make matters worse.   The coast guard are part of our national fabric and to have them sacrificed is to deliberately turn our backs on the local coast line peoples and their safety.  This is not the Canadian Action Party way.  The safety of not only Canadians but those who travel off our coastline is not something to be abandoned in order to support tax breaks to the very wealthy and balance a fake budget.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party will ensure safety, defense, and disaster preparedness for our communities.

  • We will Re-open the shuttered Coast Guard stations on our coastlines. 
  • Strengthen Canada’s defence capacity by prioritizing roles and missions for our forces that focus on peacekeeping; defensive missions with our allies; border, northern, and coast guard patrols; search and rescue missions; and patrolling our parks.
  • Build Canada’s disaster preparedness capacity and invest in comprehensive earthquake, forest fire, flooding and tsunami response plans to bring Canadian disaster readiness up to world-class standards.

Topic:  ISIS and Sovereignty

If elected, what specific steps will your party take to ensure the continued security of Canada/Canadians against ISIS and the subsequent civilian army invasion currently being experienced in Europe?  What specific steps to continue to protect Canada’s northern sovereignty from the threat of invasion by Putin?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

This is partially answered above but I am curious about the continued security of Canada /Canadians against ISIL. Is this in reference to the Bill C51 because we will repeal it immediately as an attack upon Canadians Rights and Freedoms from within.  Civilian army incursion into Europe? The Refugees?  Putin is threatening to attack Canada?  The sky is falling I think.  By the way our sovereignty is more under attack by Ed Fast and Harper through investment deals such as CETA and TPP disguised as trade deals than from Russia attacking our northern shores, or hordes of ISIL fighters crossing our borders.. 

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

Canada should be an active and constructive participant in the movement to build a new international legal order which focuses less on “state security” defined by borders, statehood, and territory, and much more on “human security”: the protection of persons and peoples. We should lead the 21st-century recasting of international humanitarian law, the laws of war, and international criminal justice.

Canada is well suited to contribute to practical, innovative means of civil-military cooperation and to provide essential support to deliver humanitarian and development assistance in complex conflict zones. We should also support the United Nations’ “responsibility to protect” (R2P) doctrine.   In the ill-advised Libyan intervention, Canada initially used R2P to justify its involvement, only to shift to the goal of regime change, leaving Libya a failed state and allowing Gaddafi’s warehouses of weapons to end up in the hands of violent terrorist groups. Despite that setback, R2P is gaining support as the legal and ethical framework within which to protect vulnerable populations at risk from civil wars, insurgency, state repression, and state collapse.

Canada has historically been a dynamic and creative voice for the protection of human rights and the application of international law. However, our diplomatic expertise has been seriously undermined under the Conservative government together with our international reputation, as we sit on the sidelines while others tackle huge global challenges, notably climate change, mass poverty, drug trafficking, the illegal trade in arms (especially lethal small arms), nuclear proliferation, and the dispersal of insecure nuclear material. The 2010 decision of the UN General Assembly to choose Portugal over Canada for a seat on the Security Council was evidence of our loss of status that sadly continues to this day.

Indeed Canada is marginalized in the global community.  Among other things, Canada is the only NATO member that has not signed the Arms Trade Treaty on conventional weapons, the only country to withdraw from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the only nation to have withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol, and has effectively disengaged from NATO except for a modest reinforcement in Eastern Europe to manage the Ukraine crisis, notwithstanding our loud and inflated rhetoric. 

Canada needs to engage in a review of peacekeeping operations, strengthen our capabilities, and contribute an effective range of engineering, airlift, reconnaissance and surveillance services, as well as mobile medical facilities and other humanitarian initiatives.  We must recommit to arms control, including working towards new rules governing drones and robotic weapons, and we should champion the International Criminal Court.  Once again we must leverage relationships and enhance both our voice and our credibility in international affairs.

Topic:  Riding Issues

We have heard what your Party is going to do, so what are you going to do for this riding of Wellington-Halton Hills?

What 3 issues do you consider most pressing in this riding and what will you do as our MP to address those issues?

If you are from an urban area.  What is your position on representing the Rural Area?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

Interesting question,  but surely the needs and wants of Wellington-Halton Hills is up to you not our CAP candidate.  You are the ones who will let him know what you want done and if indeed it is in federal jurisdiction then he will do his very best to represent your needs to Ottawa.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Party policy talks about innovation and business development. I have chosen to focus on developing innovations centres (hubs) in our riding. I am proposing an innovation hub in Centre Wellington to focus on innovation in medical diagnostics which would occur as a development along side our new hospital. In Erin and Puslinch, I propose innovation hubs that would focus on ecological monitoring and ecology enhancement coupled with eco-tourism for those hubs. And in Halton Hills, an innovation centre would focus on new energy storage technologies. A steady stream of innovation would create a steady stream of new, high quality, high paying jobs for the people of Wellington--Halton Hills.

Although our unemployment rate is slightly lower than the Canada wide rate, it is still high.  We've lost full time manufacturing jobs in this riding. Our youth struggle to find good part time or full time summer jobs. So employment is a big concern. See my answers for the innovation hubs. As well as the hubs, our municipalities are struggling with infrastructure renewal/rehabilitation. The Green Party would increase the gas tax transfer to 5 cents per litre.  We would create 6 new superfunds providing $500 Million to each fund per year for predictable reliable funding. The Greens would provide new sources of funding for municipal infrastructure by allowing municipal bonds which would be RRSP eligible. These two funding sources would solve infrastructure issues and create jobs at the same time. The TPP and other trade agreements could create economic problems for our agriculture sector. These agreements need to be renegotiated, to ensure fair trade, or cancelled altogether.

I have lived in a rural area of Centre Wellington for the last 17 years. That said, I lived in cities and urban areas of small towns. Both farm land and natural spaces in the rural areas should be protected from urban sprawl. Urban development should happen by increasing density inside of existing urban boundaries in ways that are pedestrian, cycling and transit supportive. 

Topic: Vision for Canada

What is your vision for Canada over the next 10-20 years and what action do you see yourself taking to bring that vision to fruition?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

The Canadian Action Party vision for Canada is to return to being a prosperous country, where ALL Canadians (and that includes the First Nations, Metiis and Inuit peoples) have a standard of living that removes poverty, homelessness and starvation from our local vocabulary.  We will once again be a nation with open hearts in times of needs, a nation willing to talk and settle our differences instead of pointing a gun, where the world can once again say welcome Canadians.  This also includes the use of the Bank of Canada for the financing of our country and the reduction of our national debt to where it covers our current needs and is owed to ourselves.  In short a country of the people for the people and by the people.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

Canadians are a people united by cooperation, hard work, and mutual respect. We know that it is our families, our communities, and our teamwork that make us strong. We view the diversity of our nation not as a liability, but rather as a shared strength and source of pride.

The Green Party platform lays out a plan to move Canada forward, to overcome the last ten years, and restore the shared values and principles that built the country we love.

Our economic plan invests in people and creates good jobs, focusing on skills, knowledge, and sustainable resource development. Our plan envisions strong communities as the foundation of a strong country, and will provide the investments in infrastructure, education, and health care necessary to make that vision a reality.

Our plan proposes democratic reforms that will make our politicians more accountable, our parliament more accessible, and our voting system more representative. Our plan takes bold climate action, by embracing the solutions that we already know work, encouraging research into those we have yet to discover, and increasing the taxes paid by corporate polluters.

We understand that in a federation like Canada, no one level of government and no one political party has all the answers. Canada stands apart from every other industrialized country in lacking any national goals or strategy to respond to pressing issues. We are the only country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with no national policy for energy, housing, education, transportation, health care, climate, or culture.

We need to reinvent the way we make decisions. Greens will press for the creation of a Council of Canadian Governments. Building on the First Ministers’ Conference (a body ignored by Stephen Harper), we will convene a council comprised of federal, provincial-territorial, municipal-local, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders. Gathered around the same table, national goals will be developed, publicly and transparently. Each level of government will then implement that part of the plan within its jurisdiction. Policy alignment will ensure the wise use of public dollars. All levels of government, pulling in the same direction, will put Canada on the path to a prosperous, sustainable future built on fairness and justice.

Green Members of Parliament, united by this vision for Canada, will be your local champions in Ottawa – working on behalf of you, your family, and your community.

Topic:  Commitment to Position

Given certain professional practice, licensing and educational demands, will MP for Wellington-Halton Hills be your part time job?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

No

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

A Member of Parliament is a full time job. It would be a full time job for me as well. 

Topic:  Seniors

I am a senior.  I worry that my husband and I are one medical crisis or other misstep from financial disaster.  There seems to be a growing disparity between the wealthiest Canadians and the rest of us.  What will your party do to address this gap?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

If your misstep is to answer an email from Nigeria saying you have inherited a $1 million and if you give them your bank information they will transfer it to you,  then we can’t help you.  We can protect you from investment loss by stabilising the economy and avoiding depressions or recessions thus helping to keep the value of your investments steady or growing. The medical aspect of your question is provincial, and our ability to increase rather than decrease the amount of money that we provide to the provinces for health care must happen sooner than later.  This regime continues to claim they are spending more each year on health care transfers to the provinces and that is correct, but what they do not say is that the percentage increase has dropped and will continue to drop now the Liberal 10 year agreement is over.   6% increase per year for 10 years now down to 3% this year.  Result? health care problems and a fake balanced budget.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

THE GREEN PARTY WILL IMPLEMENT A NATIONAL SENIORS STRATEGY  - The Conservative approach to public policy is a series of unrelated, gimmicky, vote-buying schemes. Canada’s seniors deserve better.  The Green Party will work through the Council of Canadian Governments to develop a National Seniors Strategy with the following elements:

  • A Housing plan, with affordable, predictable home care support;
  • A Guaranteed Livable Income to ensure no Canadian lives in poverty;
  • Pharmacare – strongly benefits seniors;
  • A National Dementia Strategy, including more long-term care beds in neighbourhood facilities;
  • An approach that supports “aging in place”;
  • Pension protection, expansion of CPP;
  • Promotion of intergenerational programs that allow our kids – from toddlers to high school students – to visit seniors and develop relationships that have proven benefits to both generations;
  • Convenient and safe public transport to support independent living;
  • Access to the equity in homes to support day-to-day living expenses;
  • Addressing the Supreme Court of Canada decision to allow physician-assisted death.

The most extreme challenges of aging are experienced by seniors living in poverty, a disproportionate proportion of whom are women. While the percentage of seniors living in poverty dropped dramatically from a high of approximately 30 percent in 1976, to a low of 4.7 percent in 2007, the poverty rates for seniors have begun to move up once again – 5.8 percent in 2008. We cannot be complacent about the economic struggles of seniors.  The Green Party supports expansion of CPP as the most reliable and predictable pension plan.

Topic:  Electoral Reform

Please explain how the Liberals will do “electoral Reform” or as stated by Trudeau – this will be the last election for ‘first past the post” to declare the winner in each riding.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

This is obviously directed at the Liberal candidate, but we are in agreement that the first past the post system has past it’s best by date.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

THE GREEN PARTY WILL REPLACE THE FIRST-PAST-THE-POST SYSTEM WITH PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

Our current voting system is outdated. It is the only voting system that allows a minority of the votes to elect a majority government with 100 percent of the power. It makes voters feel as if their vote just doesn’t count. It is time to replace it.

The first-past-the-post voting system has lost the confidence of Canadians. Our promise is to replace the first-past-the-post system with a form of proportional representation within the first year of the next Parliament. We will determine the form of proportional representation best suited to Canada through extensive public consultation by an all-party committee.

We will overhaul the “Fair” Elections Act, establishing mechanisms that increase voter participation, and ensure greater fairness, transparency, and accountability in election financing. We will make the Commissioner of Canada Elections (CCE) responsible for investigations into campaign irregularities, reporting directly to Parliament, and give him or her the power to fully investigate and hold to account anyone who breaks Canada’s electoral laws. The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) should be clearly mandated to encourage voter turnout. Both the CCE and CEO should be appointed by an impartial Public Appointments Commission.

To strengthen local democracy and enhance the freedom of MPs to stand up for the interests of their constituents, we will amend the Elections Act to remove the requirement that party leaders need to sign the nomination papers of candidates, giving this power instead to the local organizations. In opening up the Elections Act, we will un-do damaging changes made in the Harper era that undermine Canadians’ right and ability to vote, whether living within Canada (youth, First Nations, homeless and others) or living overseas.

Topic:  Senate Reform

What does your party plan to do about the Senate?  Will that plan contravene the Canadian Constitution or require it to be opened and renegotiation?  Will that plan be challenged in the courts?  Please explain your party’s position, not your own opinion alone.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

As has been explained many times we are a party which believes in the people of Canada, and thus what happens to the Senate should be decided by the people of Canada, and the provinces and territories.   We tend to believe that the Senate as a house of sober second thought is a very good idea, but does it work in practice?  Certainly not today.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party agrees with Canadians that the existing Senate cannot continue in its present form and it must be reformed during the next Parliament.   A comprehensive proposal for a new Senate, possibly elected, with equitable regional distribution and appropriate powers must be developed and approved by Canadians in a national referendum.   While a referendum is not constitutionally required, we believe Canadians must formally revise the constitutional amending formula to add an official referendum mechanism in order to ensure that the people of Canada approve of all alterations to the Constitution.

Topic:  Reform Act

Currently Canada is an independent self-governing democracy.  Its form of government is known as a constitutional monarchy.  The people elect and individual MP but they do not directly elect the Prime Minister.  The Cabinet is supposed to be responsible to the elected MPs and the MP’s responsible to the people.  In practice, the policy of Party-Ministerial Solidarity prevents this from happening.  My question is, if elected do you support and are you prepared to use the recently passed Reform Act, 2014 to limit the power of a dictatorial Prime Minister, and more importantly, restore power back to the individual MP’s?  I would appreciate an in-depth thoughtful response rather than a simple yes or no, to this very serious question.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

Currently Canada is not a self-governing democracy – it is a one man dictatorship, which we fervently hope will change on Oct 19th. Interesting this entire election is about the next prime minister which shows how far we have strayed from the Westminster style parliamentary system as described by the questioner.  As long as there are parties and party whips there will never be the freedom for the MPs to vote outside party lines on important issues. Do we support the Reform Act? Only in that it appears to modify the present procedures, but does absolutely nothing to allow ALL MPs to represent their constituents without party whip interference, nor does it ensure that constituents are represented in Ottawa.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

Although this bill is a step in the right direction, the Green Party voted against the Reform Act because Michael Chong accepted many changes that eliminate the bill’s major goals including restoring the power for MP’s to vote freely as they had done from 1867 until 1970.  Voting for this watered down version would have conveyed a false impression to Canadians.

The obsessive power of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) makes a mockery of the elected House of Commons. The result has been a parliament that can at best be described as a democratic institution in name only.   In reforming parliament, we would  start by slashing the budget of the PMO and dismantling the all-powerful command-and-control network. Strengthening the operations of parliamentary committees and reducing party leaders’ and whips’ control of Parliament to enhance the autonomy of individual MPs is essential. Streamlining the cabinet and integrating departments to reflect 21st-century priorities would result in more informed and responsive legislation. Coordinated and comprehensive overhauls of the Accountability, Conflict of Interest, Privacy and Access to Information legislation are crucial to truly transparent and open governance. The secretive Board of Internal Economy should be revamped or replaced with an independent agency created by Parliament to oversee and regulate MPs’ expenses and business costs.  Modeled on the United Kingdom’s Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, its operations will be conducted with openness and transparency.  Restoring the long-form census is also a critical step to ensure Parliament has all the necessary and accurate information to guide appropriate and effective action on behalf of all Canadians and the Canadian national interest.

Topic:  Environment

1) Would you support the creation of an extractive sector ombudsman with the power to investigate complaints by those who become victims of unethical or environmental mining practices?

2) What will you personally, and what will your party, do to promote environmental sustainability and protection locally and nationally?

3) We are painfully aware of the growing threat of GHG’s and the futility of investments in oil extraction.  What will your party bring to Paris conference in November?

4) Will a Liberal Government impose a carbon tax, if yes, on who?  How will a Liberal government create jobs through green economy.  What is a green economy?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

This wasn’t already covered in the main questions?   A real environmental Ministry that actually did its job would make an ombudsman unnecessary.  A real environmental review panel not some trumped up window dressing backed by the extractive sector along with environmental laws with real teeth is what we need.

Pollution tax on anybody and anything (ie corporations which are not people) and the proceeds from that used to develop new technologies.  Are we serious about this or just giving lip service to something that will affect the lives of your children and grandchildren?  The Canadian Action Party believes they have the right to expect that we will leave them more than toxic holes in the ground, along with toxic water and air.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

1) Responsible resource development means securing Canada’s endowment of living systems and natural wealth, by setting strict rules on industrial development to eliminate waste and environmental pollution, limiting foreign control over Canadian resources, and putting an end to high-risk plans for new raw bitumen export pipelines and tankers.

Also partnering with First Nations for truly responsible resource development.

2) The Green Party is committed to reversing years of neglect and to taking long overdue action to strengthen environmental protection and responsible environmental stewardship.  Some initiatives include: 

  • Commit $500 million/year to a Green Climate fund; $6.4 billion per year to municipal infrastructure;
  • restore the habitat protection provisions of the Fisheries Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act; protect species at risk;  restore full assessments to Canadian Environmental Assessment Act;
  • support scientists and scientific inquiry;
  • eliminate all subsidies to fossil fuels;
  • create a national carbon price through carbon fee and dividend – delivering carbon dividend to every Canadian over 18; 
  • support local food and small-scale farms and producers;
  • shift government supported research towards organic and sustainable food production;  improve regulation of air quality and toxins and encourage development of new technologies to lower emissions.

3) A new and greener Parliament following the election must go to Paris and COP21 prepared to put our shoulder to the wheel and drive the very best agreement possible. 

We must move to the virtual elimination of fossil fuel use by mid-century.  Greens are calling for 80% reductions below 1990 levels by 2050.  A short-term target is 40% below 2005 levels by 2025.  These targets are achievable through a series of measures. Carbon pricing alone will not get us there, but pricing through fee and dividend is an essential first step.

Topic:  Economy

Will you represent your chief! In all no-published (private) meetings.  The Bretton Woods Agreement was reviewed in private.  What happened to the Agreement?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

Simple answer again, No.  CAP MPs will not represent our chief, we represent the people.  That is who you should be employing not someone who will represent their chief to you.  The Bretton Woods Agreement ended when Nixon untied the dollar from gold in 1971 and based it instead on fiat money, at the name time creating the US $ as the worlds reserve currency.  When JFK tried to reverse this he was killed.

 

Topic:  Omnibus Bills

How will your government use omnibus bills to push through legislation that hasn’t been sufficiently debated in committee?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

All bills may have some amendment to another law and these amendments should be part of the proposed bill.   However omnibus bills containing alterations etc., to other Acts that have nothing to do with the main bill should be banned completely, along with time allocation for consideration of those bills. How can 338 (after this election) MPs adequately discuss a wide ranging 600 page bill in just a few days.  Impossible.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green would bring forward Parliamentary reform:

The Harper administration has used omnibus bills to devastate centuries-old environmental legislation, curb free speech, and cut billions in funding from health care.

A single omnibus bill in spring 2012 (C-38) changed 70 laws, which even former Conservative ministers said undermined our fisheries and environment. Over 99 percent of opposition party amendments were routinely rejected.

We will work to end the illegitimate use of omnibus bill and restore all the environmental protections that the Harper government has eliminated over the past 10 years.

End the “American-style” attack politics that is slowly becoming the norm in Canada and slash the budget of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) by 50 percent.

Slash the advertising budget of the federal government -all contracts must be publicly tendered on a website with decisions being removed from political operatives.

Topic: Voting in the House

According to Maclean’s Magazine, Mr. Chong has voted against Mr. Harper’s Conservatives only 14 times out of 935 votes.  That’s about 1.5%.  If elected will you follow the party line like Mr. Chong or will you listen to and represent the interests of your constituents and potentially vote against your party?

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

A Canadian Action Part MP will not be subject to a whip, therefore can and will vote as per your wishes.  If you want your employee in Ottawa to represent you then your choice in Wellington-Halton Hills on October 19th 2015  is either Harvey Anstey from CAP or Brent Bouteiller,  from the Green Party, neither of whom will be subjected to a party whip.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

Green MPs will:

  • Never face a whipped vote. They will be free to put their conscience and their constituents first.
  • Conduct themselves with integrity and civility, treat others with respect, and never heckle in the House;
  • Keep Canadian interests paramount and never be told to vote against the interests and well-being of their constituents;
  • Seek constructive solutions to issues in their local communities;
  • Publish their expenses online, to ensure maximum transparency and accountability, and never use Parliamentary resources for party or personal benefit

Topic:  Accountability

The Conservatives came into power with the promise of accountability and transparency.  Despite their accountability act, their record shows they’ve failed miserably and, instead, have shown themselves to be the most secretive, obfuscating and hyper-partisan government this country has ever seen.  What are your thoughts about how our democracy can be rescued from all this hyper-partisanship to restore the values of openness, accountability and transparency and thus restore the respect for Parliament and good governance which has been lost for these last 9+ years.

My name is Jeremy Arney, the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party and I have been asked to answer these questions as Harvey Anstey is very busy visiting with you all, so bearing in mind that I am not Harvey Anstey, and not familiar with the local situations.

This one is really very simple to answer but it requires the understanding of the electorate right across the country to understand that as long as they vote for the Prime minister they want rather than the person they want to represent them to Ottawa they will get this kind of behaviour from the man they have elected. Your judgement of the last 9+ years is correct and goes even deeper than you mentioned, but the potential for this has been building with the power being concentrated in the PMO over the last few decades.  It is up to the Canadian people to elect those who will correct this rather than those who will tow a party line and continue the myth that democracy is alive and well in Canada. Vote  for those who will represent their constituents rather than their party, such as Harvey Anstey of the Canadian Action Party, for they are the ones will bring back to Canada what we have lost and let us not be fooled we have not been a democracy for many, many years now.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

The Green Party commitment to Canadians is to work across party lines when it best serves the citizens of Canada. We understand that the voters are our "boss". Canadians expect strong, beneficial, responsive laws to come out of Ottawa - not bipartisan fighting to gain political points. The Greens do not believe in 'whipping the vote'; this means that each Green MP can act according to the will of their constituents. And Green MPs must abide by a code of conduct to act with civility and integrity.

Green MPs will publish their expenses online, to ensure maximum transparency and accountability,  and never use Parliamentary resources for party or personal benefit.  

Greens will also:

  • Slash the budget and excessive powers of the Prime Minister’s Office (including the advertising budget)
  • Reform Canada’s electoral system by revising the "Fair Elections Act" (and giving more powers to the Chief Electoral Officer to investigate election irregularities) and implementing proportional representation so every vote counts;
  • Establish a Council of Canadian Governments, that includes the federal government, provinces, territories, municipal/local governments, and First Nations, Metis and Inuit; and work collaboratively with our international allies while fighting to keep our sovereignty (not signing away our democracy to trade deals whereby foreign corporations can sue Canadian taxpayers if they perceive they have lost profit due to municipal, provincial or federal Canadian laws)
  • Repeal Bill C-51 to defend Canadians’ Charter rights and privacy; end the use of omnibus bills;
  • Restore the role of evidence in our government decision-making-providing $75 million annually to add critical science capacity.

Topic: 

Judging by social media, this election appears to be about whether Mr. Harper (not necessarily the Conservative Party) can be removed from office.  Has Mr. Harper become too removed from the Conservative policies espoused at the last election?  He appears to be acting autonomously, on his own agenda, and not always in the best national interests of Canada.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

While no one besides Mr. Harper can really understand what is going on in Mr. Harper's head, there has been a lot of investigative reporting that shows the Conservatives, under Mr. Harper, have increasingly turned to American style politics for their strategic template (a template the GPC soundly rejects). This "American" style includes bullying tactics, personal attack ads and the promotion of divisive issues in order to get voters riled up about lesser issues - thus guiding voters to take their eyes off the most pressing issues of the day including the environment and Conservatives' lack lustre economic record (which includes losing 300,000 manufacturing jobs in Ontario alone in the last ten or so years).

What motivates a Prime Minister (Harper) to promote hatred and fear of minorities?

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

Mr. Harper also started to worry about his job early in this election campaign so he brought in the Australian adviser, Lynton Crosby, a Conservative consultant who has a history of resorting to divisive politics in order to get his clients elected. He often advises the use of fear around immigration and taxes to get voters to elect someone who will "protect" them. It's a patronizing, cynical approach to politics. The GPC is committed to keeping Canadian communities truly safe - with policies ranging from proper respect and care of our soldiers and veterans, to building Canada’s disaster preparedness capacity, to fighting climate change and pollution.

Sadly, this election seems to be continued dictatorship versus democracy and openness.

Brent Bouteiller, Candidate for the Green Party of Canada

Finally, don't forget where Mr. Harper and his ilk came from...they are not the progressive Conservatives of your parent's generation. He was a major player in the Reform party and has deep socially conservative roots. Perhaps we should be looking at Reform Party policies to truly understand what Mr. Harper's intentions are.

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