The federal candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding to tell readers why they deserve your vote on January 23.

Here's what they had to say...

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DAVID JANUCZKOWSKI, GREEN PARTY OF CANADA

As our nation moves well into the twenty-first century, Canadians must decide whether now is the time to shed the last remaining vestiges of nineteenth and twentieth century industrial thinking and begin the process of adapting to the rapidly evolving realities of the global society we live in and the planet that we are a part of.

I believe the vision of the Green Party of Canada and the over 200 supporting policy proposals in our 2006 election platform (available for your review at www.greenparty.ca) represent the best opportunity for our nation to adapt to the evolving realities of today, and the challenges of tomorrow within an environmentally sustainable, socially progressive and fiscally responsible framework. On January 23, I hope you will join me, our local supporters and the like-minded people in over 80 countries around the world to begin unfolding this bold new vision for tomorrow, today.

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DAVID SWEET, CONSERVATIVE

On January 23, you have the power to do something positive for Canada. If you agree that it's time for a change...it's time for accountability and integrity in government...time to get Canada moving forward again, then I ask for your vote. Vote for David Sweet and the Conservative team.

The Conservative team has set out five policy priorities: Clean up Ottawa - bringing in a Federal Accountability Act; Real tax relief to hard-working families; Crack down on crime; Help parents with the cost of raising their children; Improve health care delivery with a Patient Wait Times Guarantee.

In addition to these national priorities, if I am honoured to be your representative in Ottawa, my commitment to you is: to listen, to learn and to act; to fight for the local farmers who feed our cities; to work with my municipal and provincial counterparts on the many issues facing our community.

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JAMILE GHADDAR, MARXIST-LENINIST

The Marxist-Leninist Party is fighting to address the urgent need for a renewal of the political system. The current political system is in contempt of a modern conception of democracy, where every citizen has the right to elect and be elected and where the majority rules. The current system empowers an elite of political parties, representing the interests of an elite in Canada, to come to power, instead of empowering every citizen to participate in decision-making. MLPC puts forth that everyday citizens should present themselves in elections as alternatives to the status quo parties. A vote for the MLPC is a vote to affirm the need for democratic renewal in Canada.

A vote for the MLPC is a bold step in defence of the rights of all. We call on all Canadians to be active and join the work of MLPC to present an alternative to the status quo.

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BEN COWIE, INDEPENDENT

Voting for me on January 23rd is easy to do. I have fresh ideas, I'm realistic about what I want to accomplish and I am not a typical politician. I'd rather work with citizens than govern above them.

I will represent the values of the riding, and work with any party in government to accomplish goals that are agreeable with the people of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. I won't get caught up in name calling or party posturing, and will spend my time working toward the objectives of the riding. I want to be involved in the community and reach out to local organizations instead of them struggling to get in touch with me.

I'm a hard-working, patriotic Canadian who believes we live in the best country in the world.

I will make our Canada better by representing ADFW in Ottawa if you cast your vote for me on January 23rd.

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RUSS POWERS, LIBERAL

I have personally visited thousands of you to talk about your concerns. You know me. I'm a proud resident of our community, with 40 years of civic service. I'm sure you've seen my wife, Linda, and I at sporting and charity events, environmental cleanups and public forums... we are involved. For more than 25 years, I was employed in healthcare at McMaster University, before being elected as your Member of Parliament. At the same time, I served on local municipal Councils for almost 20 of those years. Canada is now the leading nation among the G8 countries.

Your Liberal government has created record job growth, 30-year lows in unemployment, best interest rates in generations, 8 consecutive years of balanced budgets, and consistent pay-down of the national debt - all while maintaining high levels of social support. I am your Liberal candidate and request your support to return to Ottawa.

The federal candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding to tell readers why they deserve your vote on January 23.

Here's what they had to say...

* * *

DAVID JANUCZKOWSKI, GREEN PARTY OF CANADA

As our nation moves well into the twenty-first century, Canadians must decide whether now is the time to shed the last remaining vestiges of nineteenth and twentieth century industrial thinking and begin the process of adapting to the rapidly evolving realities of the global society we live in and the planet that we are a part of.

I believe the vision of the Green Party of Canada and the over 200 supporting policy proposals in our 2006 election platform (available for your review at www.greenparty.ca) represent the best opportunity for our nation to adapt to the evolving realities of today, and the challenges of tomorrow within an environmentally sustainable, socially progressive and fiscally responsible framework. On January 23, I hope you will join me, our local supporters and the like-minded people in over 80 countries around the world to begin unfolding this bold new vision for tomorrow, today.

* * *

DAVID SWEET, CONSERVATIVE

On January 23, you have the power to do something positive for Canada. If you agree that it's time for a change...it's time for accountability and integrity in government...time to get Canada moving forward again, then I ask for your vote. Vote for David Sweet and the Conservative team.

The Conservative team has set out five policy priorities: Clean up Ottawa - bringing in a Federal Accountability Act; Real tax relief to hard-working families; Crack down on crime; Help parents with the cost of raising their children; Improve health care delivery with a Patient Wait Times Guarantee.

In addition to these national priorities, if I am honoured to be your representative in Ottawa, my commitment to you is: to listen, to learn and to act; to fight for the local farmers who feed our cities; to work with my municipal and provincial counterparts on the many issues facing our community.

* * *

JAMILE GHADDAR, MARXIST-LENINIST

The Marxist-Leninist Party is fighting to address the urgent need for a renewal of the political system. The current political system is in contempt of a modern conception of democracy, where every citizen has the right to elect and be elected and where the majority rules. The current system empowers an elite of political parties, representing the interests of an elite in Canada, to come to power, instead of empowering every citizen to participate in decision-making. MLPC puts forth that everyday citizens should present themselves in elections as alternatives to the status quo parties. A vote for the MLPC is a vote to affirm the need for democratic renewal in Canada.

A vote for the MLPC is a bold step in defence of the rights of all. We call on all Canadians to be active and join the work of MLPC to present an alternative to the status quo.

* * *

BEN COWIE, INDEPENDENT

Voting for me on January 23rd is easy to do. I have fresh ideas, I'm realistic about what I want to accomplish and I am not a typical politician. I'd rather work with citizens than govern above them.

I will represent the values of the riding, and work with any party in government to accomplish goals that are agreeable with the people of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. I won't get caught up in name calling or party posturing, and will spend my time working toward the objectives of the riding. I want to be involved in the community and reach out to local organizations instead of them struggling to get in touch with me.

I'm a hard-working, patriotic Canadian who believes we live in the best country in the world.

I will make our Canada better by representing ADFW in Ottawa if you cast your vote for me on January 23rd.

* * *

RUSS POWERS, LIBERAL

I have personally visited thousands of you to talk about your concerns. You know me. I'm a proud resident of our community, with 40 years of civic service. I'm sure you've seen my wife, Linda, and I at sporting and charity events, environmental cleanups and public forums... we are involved. For more than 25 years, I was employed in healthcare at McMaster University, before being elected as your Member of Parliament. At the same time, I served on local municipal Councils for almost 20 of those years. Canada is now the leading nation among the G8 countries.

Your Liberal government has created record job growth, 30-year lows in unemployment, best interest rates in generations, 8 consecutive years of balanced budgets, and consistent pay-down of the national debt - all while maintaining high levels of social support. I am your Liberal candidate and request your support to return to Ottawa.

The federal candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding to tell readers why they deserve your vote on January 23.

Here's what they had to say...

* * *

DAVID JANUCZKOWSKI, GREEN PARTY OF CANADA

As our nation moves well into the twenty-first century, Canadians must decide whether now is the time to shed the last remaining vestiges of nineteenth and twentieth century industrial thinking and begin the process of adapting to the rapidly evolving realities of the global society we live in and the planet that we are a part of.

I believe the vision of the Green Party of Canada and the over 200 supporting policy proposals in our 2006 election platform (available for your review at www.greenparty.ca) represent the best opportunity for our nation to adapt to the evolving realities of today, and the challenges of tomorrow within an environmentally sustainable, socially progressive and fiscally responsible framework. On January 23, I hope you will join me, our local supporters and the like-minded people in over 80 countries around the world to begin unfolding this bold new vision for tomorrow, today.

* * *

DAVID SWEET, CONSERVATIVE

On January 23, you have the power to do something positive for Canada. If you agree that it's time for a change...it's time for accountability and integrity in government...time to get Canada moving forward again, then I ask for your vote. Vote for David Sweet and the Conservative team.

The Conservative team has set out five policy priorities: Clean up Ottawa - bringing in a Federal Accountability Act; Real tax relief to hard-working families; Crack down on crime; Help parents with the cost of raising their children; Improve health care delivery with a Patient Wait Times Guarantee.

In addition to these national priorities, if I am honoured to be your representative in Ottawa, my commitment to you is: to listen, to learn and to act; to fight for the local farmers who feed our cities; to work with my municipal and provincial counterparts on the many issues facing our community.

* * *

JAMILE GHADDAR, MARXIST-LENINIST

The Marxist-Leninist Party is fighting to address the urgent need for a renewal of the political system. The current political system is in contempt of a modern conception of democracy, where every citizen has the right to elect and be elected and where the majority rules. The current system empowers an elite of political parties, representing the interests of an elite in Canada, to come to power, instead of empowering every citizen to participate in decision-making. MLPC puts forth that everyday citizens should present themselves in elections as alternatives to the status quo parties. A vote for the MLPC is a vote to affirm the need for democratic renewal in Canada.

A vote for the MLPC is a bold step in defence of the rights of all. We call on all Canadians to be active and join the work of MLPC to present an alternative to the status quo.

* * *

BEN COWIE, INDEPENDENT

Voting for me on January 23rd is easy to do. I have fresh ideas, I'm realistic about what I want to accomplish and I am not a typical politician. I'd rather work with citizens than govern above them.

I will represent the values of the riding, and work with any party in government to accomplish goals that are agreeable with the people of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. I won't get caught up in name calling or party posturing, and will spend my time working toward the objectives of the riding. I want to be involved in the community and reach out to local organizations instead of them struggling to get in touch with me.

I'm a hard-working, patriotic Canadian who believes we live in the best country in the world.

I will make our Canada better by representing ADFW in Ottawa if you cast your vote for me on January 23rd.

* * *

RUSS POWERS, LIBERAL

I have personally visited thousands of you to talk about your concerns. You know me. I'm a proud resident of our community, with 40 years of civic service. I'm sure you've seen my wife, Linda, and I at sporting and charity events, environmental cleanups and public forums... we are involved. For more than 25 years, I was employed in healthcare at McMaster University, before being elected as your Member of Parliament. At the same time, I served on local municipal Councils for almost 20 of those years. Canada is now the leading nation among the G8 countries.

Your Liberal government has created record job growth, 30-year lows in unemployment, best interest rates in generations, 8 consecutive years of balanced budgets, and consistent pay-down of the national debt - all while maintaining high levels of social support. I am your Liberal candidate and request your support to return to Ottawa.