Ontario Election 2022
In preparation for the upcoming June 2, 2022, provincial election, the Uxbridge Cosmos has asked all six candidates who are running in the Pickering-Uxbridge riding to answer the following questions:
Which of your party’s policies are most important to you?
Which of your party’s policies do you not agree with, if any?
What do you bring to the table for the riding of Pickering-Uxbridge?
Responses are being published in the order in which they are received, and have been placed here in full.
Elizabeth Tallis, candidate for Pickering-Uxbridge for the New Blue Party of Ontario
1. All the party’s policies are important to me, and I truly believe these will help not only with my riding but all Ontarians. Ontario is in complete chaos. The current government has lost credibility with what they promised and what they actually delivered.
First, our economy has not grown more than maybe 2 per cent over the last four years. This is alarming. Second, we have to unite Ontario as a whole and stop segregating the population based on decisions each individual makes for themselves.
There is a complete divide in Ontario amongst everyone and this is unacceptable. Your government is responsible to bring people together and not further divide them. Deleting all mandates that are COVID- related are critical to move forward and start healing the people of Ontario.
Carbon tax makes no sense at all, I have heard from many as I canvass. This tax is a complete “scam” and the people know this. This tax is not helping the households prosper, this tax is really hurting our people’s wallets and this must stop.
We need to bring back all the nurses and health care workers who in 2020 were our heroes and now they have been shunned from employment all because they made their own medical choices.
Reforming education is near and dear to me, as the school system has failed our students. We need to teach our children how to think for themselves. Critical thinking is not encouraged in the current system.They are the future of Ontario; these kids are being programmed with things that are completely unnecessary, let’s get back to the basics, chalk to the board, and educate the kids. Allow the kids to function on their own, make them think through problems and solutions.
In closing, I would also like to add that parents govern their children, not the schools. This entitlement that the school system is above a parent is ludicrous in my beliefs and I have many parents who are supportive of this statement.
2. I agree with all of our policies.
3. The New Blue Party of Ontario is a true grassroots party. A party built on integrity and a strong foundation of fundamentals that I believe Ontario is in need of. We are 124 candidates who are everyday people. We are not career politicians and bureaucrats. We all want to make the necessary changes in Ontario to bring Ontario back together.
I have the greatest respect for both the leader, Jim Karahalios, and his wife, Belinda Karahalios, who is out in Queen’s Park on her own fighting back on so many issues that not one person in the legislature ever opposed. Belinda reads all the bills that are being presented and then does what is right. If the bill is not servicing Ontarians she opposes it; however, she seems to be the only person who opposes. The current government has zero opposition, they just all agree and follow. There is something very wrong with this.
I will bring a voice for the people to Queen’s Park. As I mentioned above, I am not a career politician, I do see so many things wrong in Ontario and I want to change this. I will bring values and ethics to my riding, I will offer my ear to listen to as many people who want to speak to me, I will do my best to understand them and I will fight for them. I will promote a real Conservative platform, including fiscal responsibility and transparency. We are not a party that will be passing secret bills late at night without anyone being aware. I will eliminate cultural Marxism. I am a self made woman and I live by my principles. I will fight to end all mandates, say yes to eliminating the carbon tax, reduce the HST from 13 per cent to 10 per cent, and reform our education and health care system.
Last but not least, the people of Pickering-Uxbridge will have a government working for them, we will eliminate all this unnecessary spending of their hard earned money to benefit us, we will put that back into Ontario to better this province.
Julia Rondinone, candidate for Pickering-Uxbridge for the Green Party of Ontario
1. The affordable housing crisis is an extremely prominent problem that is present within the Pickering-Uxbridge riding. I will work to ensure that policies are put in place to ensure connected, sustainable and affordable living spaces in our communities.
I also believe that mental health is health, and proper access to these services should be a basic human right. Mental health and addiction spending should be increased to 10 per cent of Ontario’s health budget, with large investments in community centres and youth wellness hubs that offer support for these services.
Ending urban sprawl that is eating away at the protected greenbelt within Pickering and Uxbridge is critical to help maintain important watersheds that help mitigate dangerous climate change effects. Investing in a new climate economy will help benefit people in the long-term and ultimately save us money.
2. I stand by all of the Green Party of Ontario’s policies.
3. I bring to the table a fresh perspective on old problems that need new solutions. I am a representative on behalf of the youth generation aiming to make our voices heard in politics. I recognize that youth perspectives are so important in shaping the decision making for our own futures and I aim to carry that with me throughout this election period.
Equal representation from people with all kinds of ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs is another crucial factor that I aim to represent in politics.
The climate crisis is a topic I will focus on throughout this election period as it is ongoing due to systemic problems within our current government. Making sure that green policies are implemented is so important to help save future generations from a climate catastrophe. Listening to the concerns and suggestions from the constituents in the Pickering-Uxbridge riding and factoring these important issues into my campaign is something that I pledge to do as a candidate for my people.
Ibrahim Daniyal, candidate for Pickering-Uxbridge for Ontario Liberal Party
The Ontario Liberal Party’s fully-costed platform is our plan to make life affordable for working families who are struggling from the neglect and mishandling of the pandemic by Ford and his Conservatives.
Our platform was informed by the largest and most open consultation process in Ontario Liberal history and outlines the choices Ontario Liberals will make to help everyday Ontarians get the support they need now.
Our platform is fair and forward thinking, and I proudly stand behind it.
As your elected representative and MPP, and as a dad raising a family in Pickering, I promise to advocate every day at Queen’s Park to make life more affordable, equitable, and sustainable so that our children have a future full of opportunity and security. I bring you a choice: a place where everyone can grow, or more of Ford’s Conservatives where only the privileged few will benefit.
Khalid Ahmed, candidate for Pickering-Uxbridge New Democratic Party (NDP)
1. The Ontario NDP‘s policies aren’t separate pieces of a platform but are part of a bold vision for the province of Ontario. To pick just one isn’t feasible, because they are tied together to help Ontario recover from two years of a global pandemic, and a decade and a half of mismanagement and faulty leadership first by the Liberals and then by the Conservatives.
It’s obvious that health care is top of mind for many Ontarians, as is affordability. Here in Pickering-Uxbridge, it’s impossible to forget the grave injustice that occurred at Orchard Villa long-term care home. The Ontario NDP will take the profit out of long-term care, and renew the emphasis on the core component of that phrase – care. Creating conditions where seniors can age at home, with better support from personal support workers (PSWs) will help relieve some of the pressure on our care facilities.
This is just one part of a health care system that was brought to its knees by the pandemic, but whose weaknesses were already clear under the Liberals and Conservatives. The first thing we’ll do after forming government is repeal Bill 124, which punished our front-line health care workers with wage caps and reduced nurses’ ability to bargain for their positions. It says a lot about a government that praises health care heroes when given a media opportunity, but then introduces punitive legislation that will drive our nurses, doctors, and PSWs out of the province. As one nurse recently told me on the doorstep “Gratitude is nice, but it doesn’t pay the bills.”
Affordability is another issue I’m hearing a lot about, it seems like every second person I talk to while meeting voters tells me a story about how much more expensive life has become under Premier Doug Ford. Sure, the pandemic has put a strain on the province’s finances, but Doug Ford and Peter Bethlenfalvy’s policies have done little to relieve the pressure people in Pickering-Uxbridge are feeling.
As a candidate, I understand this challenge firsthand. My wife is a nurse and I work for a bank as an analyst, and even with two good jobs saving for a down payment on a home is hard. An NDP government would act immediately to address affordability. No, we can’t control global inflation, but we can work with the people of Pickering-Uxbridge and Ontario to reduce their burden. The Ontario NDP will cap taxes for low- and middle-income earners. We’ll invest in dental care and vision care to reduce people’s health care expenses. We’ll gradually increase the minimum wage to $20 to help move Ontario closer to having a living wage while providing small businesses with grants to make that transition less burdensome.
Finally, the NDP has a plan for Ontario to lead in the highly competitive international green market with our Green New Democratic Deal. We hope the plan will launch one of the world’s largest green building retrofit programs, creating at least 100,000 jobs alone. All told, about one million jobs could be created over the life of the plan — good jobs you can pay the bills on.
2. It’s not about what I do or don’t agree with, it’s about the fact that things have been broken by years of Conservative and Liberal governments, and about how I, Andrea (Horwath), and the NDP will fix it.
What I don’t agree with is the way the Ford Government, and before them, the Del Duca – Wynne Liberals, have taken for granted that their policies and platforms are the only two choices for the people of Ontario. The Ontario NDP has tremendous momentum in Pickering-Uxbridge. We know that the three major parties are all fighting for the seat. We also believe that the NDP has the best chance of unseating the Ford Conservatives.
3. The most important thing I bring to the table for the riding of Pickering-Uxbridge is a deep connection to the community and a belief that with the right support the people of this riding can do anything.
I was raised in the riding, went to high school here, started my family here and have begun a rewarding career here. I’ve started two very different but complementary careers here. My educational background is as a social worker. I worked for the John Howard Society managing a program that helped men have non-violent relationships.
Now I work for a major financial institution, helping people access financial products that make their lives better.
These are two different approaches to similar outcomes – making people’s lives better. I believe government can do that too. We can – we must – address climate change, and the Ontario NDP has a plan to do that while creating a million jobs. We believe that our seniors deserve dignity and respect – something the Ford / Bethlenfalvy government failed to provide in the finance minister’s own riding! And we believe that we can reign in spending and freeze middle- and low-income tax hikes by cancelling wasteful boondoggles such as the $10B Highway 413.
When people tell me on the doorstep that they are struggling, I understand, and I want to help find solutions to the problems that face the constituents of Pickering-Uxbridge. Our lives have gotten harder and harder under Doug Ford and Peter Bethlenfalvy. Nobody can make things better overnight, but we can start to fix what the Conservatives and Liberals have broken over the past 15 years. Isn’t it time that we had an MPP who would put his or her constituents first? That’s what I bring to the table.
Lisa Robinson, Ontario Party
1. I think that asking me what policies are most important to me is not the question that needs to be addressed. Being a representative of the people as your MPP, my job is to find out what is most important to you the people. The Ontario Party has six pillars that we trust will bring a better future to you, your families, and all Ontarians. They include Family, Faith, Truth, Transparency, Fiscal Responsibility, and Freedom. With an Ontario Party government, we are committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We recognize the family as the fundamental institution of a healthy functional society, and it is the best place for the formation of healthy, responsible citizens. We believe that regardless of your religious background, good governance necessitates an acknowledgment of universal truths that apply to all people. We believe in the freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom of education, freedom of association and assembly, and freedom of worship and religion. We believe in limited government and the indispensable role that autonomous institutions play in maintaining those limits by balancing the power and size of the state. We firmly agree in the presumption of innocence, the right to justice, and a fair trial without undue delay regardless of economic circumstances. We believe in honouring parental rights as the primary educators of their children and respecting the values they choose to live and raise their children by. We are committed to help communities thrive and stop this epidemic of inflation we are facing and lift up individuals from poverty. We will protect the vulnerable, and we will protect all people from the implementation of digital ID, and the social credit system. We will make sure to help people who need help, but we will also provide a system where we are moving people to stand on their own two feet.
Homelessness is an increasing problem, and it is very clear that housing is becoming less and less affordable and available. An Ontario government will have supports in place to deal with mental illness, and make sure those on government assistance are treated fairly. We also believe in saving our environment and supporting the hard-working farmers of Ontario, and their fundamental right to own private property which is under siege by both our government and foreign buyers. At Ontariopartypickeringuxbridge.ca you can read through our full platform which will also encompass education, healthcare, and much more.
All of the Ontario Party’s policies are important to me because I represent all kinds of different people. Some of these may appeal to you more than others, depending on you and your needs, but I can assure you that, each and every one of you are important to me, and important to our society as a whole. We together can fix the problems of today and bring hope for a better future.
2. I 100 per cent agree with every policy on the Ontario Party’s platform, and I can assure you it’s the only party that is putting the needs of the people first. We are guided by a solemn desire to ensure the common good of the people, both present and future. The Ontario Party will provide a compassionate and responsible government to all Ontarians.
I have been involved with the federal PC party and quickly learned, that representatives’ allegiance is first to the party leader, not to the people. Most of what you say as a candidate is scripted and vetted, and although you think your voice is being heard, most times, it is not. If a representative goes against their party leader, chances are they could be kicked out of the party, kicked out of the caucus. We are starting to see this pattern more and more in all levels of government. If you research our current PC member of provincial parliament, you can see his voting habits. You will see that whatever Doug Ford wanted to pass, he was able to pass, with no opposition or conversations around what the people wanted. Other times, our current MPP decided that important matters that concerned all our livelihoods, were not important enough for him to even show up and vote, this gave you no voice at all. So, when it comes down to it, you as a constituent do not have the voice you may have thought you had with our current leadership. It’s time to elect representatives who will fight for the people, and not representatives that will only appease their leader, in fear of losing their job.
I personally believe that being a representative of the people is being a public servant to the people. We are here to serve you, to help you, to stand up for you. We are not elected to dictate and rule over you. It’s time we put the true meaning of being a public servant back into politics, and that’s what I, Lisa Robinson intend to do.
3. As your elected official of Pickering-Uxbridge, I bring you strength, courage, truth, transparency, and unity. In 2018 I ran in Pickering’s municipal election. On election day, the Dominion Voting System was down for hours, and people lost their democratic right to vote. I filed an application to take the city to court because the people lost their democratic rights. Their heavy-hitting Lawyers threatened me and bullied me to stop the application. They told me I would lose my house if I didn’t stop because I would have to pay their lawyers’ fees, approximately $200,000. That was not my hill to die on. So, I dropped the application, went back to school, graduated with honours with a Paralegal degree, and joined the Law Society of Ontario, so next time I am better equipped to handle such situations.*
This is the fighter in me. I will not be bullied, or coerced, and will always stand up for the rights of ALL people. Last week at the Cosmos debate, many were unable to go inside and participate, due to a “mandate” that Lisha herself placed upon the people. Not the arena. This was not for the safety of the people, but for her own personal reasons as Lisha has surgery scheduled in June and stated she did not want to get COVID.**
This is not democracy. No matter your views or beliefs on this topic, arrangements could have and should have been made that would allow ALL people to attend the political debate and be united.*** Nobody has the right to exclude someone because they are different, because they have different beliefs, or because they look different. These divisive politics need to end. If you agree with dividing people, then vote for my opposition. They too walked right on past everyone who was standing outside allowing them to be discriminated against.
If you want an MPP who will represent you and ALL people of Pickering-Uxbridge, then you will vote for me, Lisa Robinson, on June 2. If there is an obstacle in my way, trust that I as your MPP will find a way to overcome it and do what’s right.
* On Oct. 22, 2018, voting day for the municipal election, online voting services did experience glitches in 51 municipalities across the province, including in Pickering. There, the opening of polls was extended by two hours for those who waited until the technical difficulties were resolved.
** As the host of the event, the Cosmos did its proper due diligence in accordance with the recommendations of the Township of Uxbridge, Public Health Durham, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, and the government of Ontario. These recommendations were that an organizer of an event/owner of a business could still enforce mask wearing while hosting an event or operating a business, even though a province-wide mask mandate is no longer in effect. Scientific and health care professionals still recommend that masks be worn when people cannot maintain proper distancing or are within an enclosed space.
***Arrangements were made prior to the forum for it to be streamed live, and every invited candidate knew this arrangement, as did the public through advertising done by the Cosmos. It can be viewed here.
Peter Bethlenfalvy, candidate for Pickering-Uxbridge for the Progressive Conservative Party
1. I am committed to supporting the hard-working people of Pickering-Uxbridge.
If re-elected, I am committed to building a hospital here in Pickering, building highways and transit – including expanding the 401 in Durham and expanding GO train service to Bowmanville.
In addition, if re-elected I am committed to keeping costs down for your family, rebuilding Ontario’s economy, working for our province’s workers, building highways, and ensuring Ontario has a robust healthcare system by building hospitals and keeping the province open.
Our PC Party has a plan to Build Ontario, and we will get it done.
2. I agree with all of the PC party’s policies.
3. Since my election by the people of Pickering-Uxbridge in 2018, I have been committed to supporting the hard-working people in his riding and across Ontario, both as an MPP, and as a member of Premier Ford’s Cabinet, first as president of the Treasury Board, and now as the province’s Minister of Finance.
It is my experience in the financial world that drove me to run for public office in order to get Ontario’s finances back on track, create jobs and continue to build Ontario. I strongly believe that economic prosperity can be attained through growth, not painful tax hikes or cuts to services and I believe in a better future for everyone in Ontario.