The candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

With just six more weeks to go on the campaign trail, the four candidates running for the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale seat have agreed to provide answers to the Review for publication each Friday. This week, Russ Powers, David Januczkowski, David Sweet and Gordon Guyatt were asked to outline what they believe is the primary issue that will shape the campaign over the next month-and-a-half. Here's what they had to say.

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David Sweet

Conservative Party of Canada

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale is a diverse riding of many communities, and so there are many federal issues of importance to people here.

However, I believe tax relief for hard-working families, a positive plan to reduce hospital wait times, choice in childcare rather than a billion-dollar bureaucracy and a government that spends taxpayer's money wisely (and not in a corrupt or wasteful manner) - are all issues that resonate with local voters.

In my door-knocking in Waterdown last weekend, these are issues that came up at the doors. I look forward to further discussions with people across Flamborough in the weeks ahead.

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David Januczkowski

Green Party of Canada

The key issue of this campaign should be whether Canada should, largely without public debate or parliamentary scrutiny, continue its policy of deep integration with the United States.

If the answer is "yes," the diverse range of other policies being proposed by the Green Party that address the protection of our single-tier public health care system, governmental accountability, safeguarding our environment, revitalizing our country through green economics, improving our educational system as well as a broad range of other concerns Canadians share would be an exercise in futility.

Canada would soon cease to exist as a sovereign, self-governing nation.

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Dr. Gordon Guyatt

New Democratic Party

The primary underlying issue that will dominate the campaign is the Liberal and Conservative emphasis on corporate tax cuts versus the NDP emphasis on social programs that will improve the lives of Canadians and fulfill our responsibilities to poorer nations.

The programs at issue include health care, higher education, urban infrastructure, the environment, day care, and public housing.

TAX CUTS VS SOCIAL PROGRAMS

The public will be choosing between corporate tax cuts and resulting deterioration in social programs, versus enhancing high quality health care for all Canadians, ensuring access to higher education for young Canadians, and moving from a polluting economy to a sustainable one.

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Russ Powers, MP

Liberal Party of Canada

Healthcare will continue to be one of the primary issues throughout the campaign. In fact, it was that very issue that the NDP used as an excuse to force this premature election.

However, it appears their position has completely reversed, with Jack Layton's NDP now supporting the Liberals' "Public Health Care Protection Initiative," which formalizes our commitment to a strong public health care system.

Only the Alliance/Conservatives are offside with their support for limitless, commercialized private health care in Canada.

With the increasing cost of many items and services, Canadians and their families will be interested in hearing about legislation and processes that will reduce household costs yet maintain quality of living.

Many initiatives, such as reduced personal and corporate taxes, enhanced student financial assistance, improved settlement and integration services and continued reduction of the national debt will make a significant impact in your daily lives.

The candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

With just six more weeks to go on the campaign trail, the four candidates running for the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale seat have agreed to provide answers to the Review for publication each Friday. This week, Russ Powers, David Januczkowski, David Sweet and Gordon Guyatt were asked to outline what they believe is the primary issue that will shape the campaign over the next month-and-a-half. Here's what they had to say.

* * *

David Sweet

Conservative Party of Canada

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale is a diverse riding of many communities, and so there are many federal issues of importance to people here.

However, I believe tax relief for hard-working families, a positive plan to reduce hospital wait times, choice in childcare rather than a billion-dollar bureaucracy and a government that spends taxpayer's money wisely (and not in a corrupt or wasteful manner) - are all issues that resonate with local voters.

In my door-knocking in Waterdown last weekend, these are issues that came up at the doors. I look forward to further discussions with people across Flamborough in the weeks ahead.

* * *

David Januczkowski

Green Party of Canada

The key issue of this campaign should be whether Canada should, largely without public debate or parliamentary scrutiny, continue its policy of deep integration with the United States.

If the answer is "yes," the diverse range of other policies being proposed by the Green Party that address the protection of our single-tier public health care system, governmental accountability, safeguarding our environment, revitalizing our country through green economics, improving our educational system as well as a broad range of other concerns Canadians share would be an exercise in futility.

Canada would soon cease to exist as a sovereign, self-governing nation.

* * *

Dr. Gordon Guyatt

New Democratic Party

The primary underlying issue that will dominate the campaign is the Liberal and Conservative emphasis on corporate tax cuts versus the NDP emphasis on social programs that will improve the lives of Canadians and fulfill our responsibilities to poorer nations.

The programs at issue include health care, higher education, urban infrastructure, the environment, day care, and public housing.

TAX CUTS VS SOCIAL PROGRAMS

The public will be choosing between corporate tax cuts and resulting deterioration in social programs, versus enhancing high quality health care for all Canadians, ensuring access to higher education for young Canadians, and moving from a polluting economy to a sustainable one.

* * *

Russ Powers, MP

Liberal Party of Canada

Healthcare will continue to be one of the primary issues throughout the campaign. In fact, it was that very issue that the NDP used as an excuse to force this premature election.

However, it appears their position has completely reversed, with Jack Layton's NDP now supporting the Liberals' "Public Health Care Protection Initiative," which formalizes our commitment to a strong public health care system.

Only the Alliance/Conservatives are offside with their support for limitless, commercialized private health care in Canada.

With the increasing cost of many items and services, Canadians and their families will be interested in hearing about legislation and processes that will reduce household costs yet maintain quality of living.

Many initiatives, such as reduced personal and corporate taxes, enhanced student financial assistance, improved settlement and integration services and continued reduction of the national debt will make a significant impact in your daily lives.

The candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

With just six more weeks to go on the campaign trail, the four candidates running for the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale seat have agreed to provide answers to the Review for publication each Friday. This week, Russ Powers, David Januczkowski, David Sweet and Gordon Guyatt were asked to outline what they believe is the primary issue that will shape the campaign over the next month-and-a-half. Here's what they had to say.

* * *

David Sweet

Conservative Party of Canada

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale is a diverse riding of many communities, and so there are many federal issues of importance to people here.

However, I believe tax relief for hard-working families, a positive plan to reduce hospital wait times, choice in childcare rather than a billion-dollar bureaucracy and a government that spends taxpayer's money wisely (and not in a corrupt or wasteful manner) - are all issues that resonate with local voters.

In my door-knocking in Waterdown last weekend, these are issues that came up at the doors. I look forward to further discussions with people across Flamborough in the weeks ahead.

* * *

David Januczkowski

Green Party of Canada

The key issue of this campaign should be whether Canada should, largely without public debate or parliamentary scrutiny, continue its policy of deep integration with the United States.

If the answer is "yes," the diverse range of other policies being proposed by the Green Party that address the protection of our single-tier public health care system, governmental accountability, safeguarding our environment, revitalizing our country through green economics, improving our educational system as well as a broad range of other concerns Canadians share would be an exercise in futility.

Canada would soon cease to exist as a sovereign, self-governing nation.

* * *

Dr. Gordon Guyatt

New Democratic Party

The primary underlying issue that will dominate the campaign is the Liberal and Conservative emphasis on corporate tax cuts versus the NDP emphasis on social programs that will improve the lives of Canadians and fulfill our responsibilities to poorer nations.

The programs at issue include health care, higher education, urban infrastructure, the environment, day care, and public housing.

TAX CUTS VS SOCIAL PROGRAMS

The public will be choosing between corporate tax cuts and resulting deterioration in social programs, versus enhancing high quality health care for all Canadians, ensuring access to higher education for young Canadians, and moving from a polluting economy to a sustainable one.

* * *

Russ Powers, MP

Liberal Party of Canada

Healthcare will continue to be one of the primary issues throughout the campaign. In fact, it was that very issue that the NDP used as an excuse to force this premature election.

However, it appears their position has completely reversed, with Jack Layton's NDP now supporting the Liberals' "Public Health Care Protection Initiative," which formalizes our commitment to a strong public health care system.

Only the Alliance/Conservatives are offside with their support for limitless, commercialized private health care in Canada.

With the increasing cost of many items and services, Canadians and their families will be interested in hearing about legislation and processes that will reduce household costs yet maintain quality of living.

Many initiatives, such as reduced personal and corporate taxes, enhanced student financial assistance, improved settlement and integration services and continued reduction of the national debt will make a significant impact in your daily lives.