Standard-Monitor Question of the Week
What do you believe is the biggest issue that directly affects residents of Algoma-Manitoulin, and what would your party do to help in the riding?
Green Party plan would see Ontario buy power from Quebec
Justin Tilson - Green Party
The issues I have heard come up again and again are: cost of living, inadequate health care services and responsible fiscal management. Here is how Green MPPs will make a difference.
Electricity rates and cost of living are high on most Ontarianâs minds. Quebec has abundant, affordable waterpower. Our province can purchase it at one-third of what we currently pay. The Liberals have doubled down on $13 billion Darlington refurbishment and are now considering doing the same for Pickering. Nuclear locks us in to high rates now and into the future. Instead of extending the life of Pickering, the Green Party of Ontario would start the decom mission process and switch to Quebecâs Hydro power.
The GPO is the only party advocating for solutions to climate change that also make our economy and lives more efficient. Artificially lowering electricity rates by borrowing billions only kicks our fiscal problems down the road. The Green Partyâs Carbon Fee and Dividend plan will shift dollars from heavy polluters to your pocket. The intention for these dividends is to invest in solutions that save you energy and fuel. This could be insulation in your attic, solar panels on your roof, new windows or a down payment on an electric vehicle.
The part of the Green platform that I am most excited about is implementing a Basic Income Guarantee for all Ontarians. A Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a social safety net that minimizes bureaucracy and ensures that no one falls through the cracks. Falling through the cracks is traumatizing (emergency rooms, criminal justice, homelessness) and ultimately expensive. The GPOâ s BIG plan will drastically reduce poverty and make sure no one is left behind.
High points from the GPOâs health care plan include: universal pharmacare, dental coverage and expanded nurse practitioner-led clinics. Ontario must develop a health care capacity plan to reopen hospital beds, operating rooms and services based on the populationâs need for care. This includes expanded mental health services and improvement in the quality of care in long-term care homes, and reduced wait times for the elderly.
How do we eliminate our deficits and tackle the $350-billion debt? Much like Norway has done, I will advocate for creating a sovereign wealth fund. Our party will increase royalty rates on companies that benefit from our abundant natural resources. Large corporations and highest earners will see their tax rates increase. The Green Party is ready to invest where our economy is going. Our party has an extensive plan to create jobs in energy efficiency, clean tech, advanced manufacturing, and responsible resource development. We will make it easier for small business and not-for-profits by lowering payroll taxes and invest in energy efficiency.
Jib Turner says he will listen to the people
Jib Turner - Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Over recent weeks, I have visited almost every community in Algoma-Manitoulin. While many have vast concerns, they all seemed to say the same thing: that they expect better from their government, and from their MPP.
Most havenât seen their MPP since last election. They believe our MPP is out of touch with Algoma-Manitoulin.
One lady, who is closing her business and moving out of Ontario, had Mr. Mantha over to her house multiple times. Unfortunately, she also saw no action on reversing Wynneâs anti-small business policies.
Quite simply, our residents expect an MPP to listen to them and get action.
I promise to be accountable, approachable and hard working.
I am willing to listen, and ready to lead.
Over the last few weeks, people have told me they are fed up with the poor state of northern healthcare, highway maintenance and costly hydro rates. They desperately want the government to do better on these fronts and have their MPP get the ear of Queenâs Park.
People have to drive long distances to Sudbury for healthcare, and many end up in a hallway. We are going to invest in more long-term beds, listen to our health care professionals and, give seniors dental care. We are also committed to delivering help in regards to better maintaining our highways and lowering hydro costs by 12%. Thatâs what people should expect from their government.
A lifelong resident of Algoma-Manitoulin, I look forward to hearing your concerns, relaying them to government and getting action.
The people DESERVE an MPP that will actually do something for a change.
Help is on the way for Ontario. Bu t I need your vote to get our riding the representation in Queenâs Park that it deserves!
On June 7, vote for Jib Turner and the Ontario PCs.
Libertarian Party - Northern Ontarioâs biggest concerns - jobs and economy
Kalena Mallon-Ferguson - Ontario Libertarian Party
One of the biggest issues anywhere in Ontario is jobs and the economy.
Ontario has everything going for it - abundant natural resources, well educated people, proximity to the largest economy in the world. Yet in spite of these natural advantages, people and companies are fleeing the province for other jurisdictions. The only thing that needs to be changed for Ontario to the most attractive place to work and operate a business is government policy.
Our theme for our jobs and the economy platform is âMake Ontario a Job Magnet.â
At present, government intervention in the economy has passed the tipping point. Ontario is no longer an attractive place for people to work and businesses to locate. In all parts of the province, businesses are closing and people are out of work and facing limited opportunities. Government is the problem. A change from the status quo is needed.
The Ontario Libertarian Party will make Ontario a job magnet!
â¢ We will put in place a sensible electricity policy, our theme for Hydro rates is âCut your hydro bill in half.â
â¢ We will put in place a sensible government and taxation plan, including balance the provincial budget.
â¢ We will repeal the job-killing Cap & Trade carbon tax.
â¢ We will end any government program and service related to mitigating climate change.
â¢ We will end corporate taxation, of course corporations will still pay HST.
â¢ We will end all grants and loans to corporations and other entities.
â¢ We will end mandatory insurance with WSIB.
â¢ We will end mandatory registration wi th the College of Trades.
That is how we will make Ontario a job magnet.
Liberal plan would build bridges
Charles Fox - Liberal Party
The biggest issue facing the riding is our need to bridge the gap between different groups and stakeholders in Algoma-Manitoulin. Whether that is between Francophones and Anglophones, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, students and seniors or between government and constituents of Algoma-Manitoulin.
From my 35 years of leadership experience, I have worked internationally, nationally, provincially and municipally to bridge these gaps and will continue to bridge those gaps as your MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin.
I believe the Ontario Liberal Party is the only party that has a fully costed and realistic plan for Ontario. As I have said before, I have spent my life fighting to create more opportunities for our communities and building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Iâm determined to stand up for decades of hard work and real progress. Only Ontario Liberals will respect our right to self-government and keep essential services that northerners rely on.
As you will find in our platform, since electing the Liberals in 2014, the Ontario Liberal government has taken steps to address and make amends for the systemic, intergenerational injustices suffered by Indigenous communities. It has offered an official apology for Ontarioâs role in the Indian Residential School system and made a $250-million commitment to reconciliation through The Journey Together: Ontarioâs Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
We have also doubled funding of home and community care over the past 10 years. We have also created more than 10,000 new long-term care beds since 2003, allocated 5,000 new beds over the next four years and committed to building 30,000 over the next decade. We have expanded access to hospice and palliative care to support compassio nate end-of-life care.
But we are hearing from people that we need to do more. Ontario is aging faster than ever before and, for the first time, older people in the province now outnumber younger ones. Across Ontario, there are now more than two million seniors and their families trying to navigate this next phase of life as best they can.
Thatâs why the Ontario Liberals will provide more care for seniors that help them to age with confidence, respect and dignity.
We know that there is still work to be done. The Liberals and myself are committed to working together with all partners including businesses, community groups and all governments to make sure everyone in Algoma-Manitoulin feels heard and respected.
NOP has mining and manufacturing plan for north
Tommy Lee, Northern Ontario Party candidate for Algoma-Manitoulin
A long time ago I heard someone say (probably my mother) that the good Lord gave us one mouth and two ears for a reason... so that we could listen twice as much as we speak.
Iâve heeded that advice my whole life, but I try to keep that in mind now more than ever. Iâve been spending a lot of time talking with people in our riding. Not just during this campaign, but at all of the community events, food-drives, and various functions that Iâve been attending over the past couple of years as party president.
As Iâve listened to people of our riding Iâve heard two things over and over as resounding issues: hydro costs and a lack of good jobs. While these two issues need to be addressed, a high hydro bill is much easier to swallow if you have a good paying job.
The Northern Ontario Party has a very real plan to bring good paying jobs back to Northern Ontario. We call it our mining and manufacturing plan. It all boils down to introducing a very simple piece of legislation that would require at least 50% of our natural resources from the mining and forestry sectors be manufactured to a finished form right here in Northern Ontario. No more shipping our logs across the border just to be made into something else then shipped back here to be sold. No more shipping our raw ores across the globe to be refined and produced elsewhere.
We have the technology, we have the skilled workforce, we have the raw materials. The only thing we need to make this happen for Northern Ontario is at least one seat in Queenâs Park where we can introduce such a bill. This would be the cornerstone to revitalizing Northern Ontario. The very first piece in a strong pro-Northern Ontario policy that our region needs so badly.
Do any of the big three Toronto-focused parties have a pro-Northern Ontario plan? Of course they donât, because they rely on vote-rich Toronto to get them into power. The Northern Ontario Party is the only party that will always do right by Northern Ontarian. Our mining and manufacturing plan, as well as our other pro-Northern Onta rio policies, if given the chance, will make Northern Ontario a better place to live, work and do business.
NDP sees health care/Hydro/roads as biggest issues in north
Michael Mantha - New Democratic Party
Everywhere I go in Algoma-Manitoulin, people tell me they have a hard time finding a doctor that stays in their community. They say their medication is too expensive or that they canât afford to have their childrenâs teeth repaired. Health care is on everyoneâs mind and Algoma-Manitoulin wants change for the better.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP are committed to restoring hospital funding and ensure it keeps pace every year with inflation, population growth, and the unique needs of communities, such as an aging population. Funding will increase immediately by 5.3%. We will make sure that hospitals have the staff they need to provide excellent patient care. We will stop any further layoffs of front-line healthcare workers.
Northerner s have been hit particularly hard and thatâs why weâll expand hospital capacity by 2,000 beds right away. We will also immediately increase home care funding by $300 million.
But we understand that investing in health care is not enough. No one should ever go without the medication they need because of the cost. Same goes for dental care.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will make Ontario the first province with universal pharmacare so every Ontarian can get the medication they need. This will reduce the overall costs for medication as well as reducing financial and psychological stress for many. The result will be better health for Ontarians. Unlike the Liberal governmentâs plan, nobody will be excluded. Pharmacare for Everyone will begin with universal coverage for approximately 125 essential medicines and we will work to expand the list quickly.
Today, nearly two-thirds of all seniors have no retirement benefits, leaving many seniors struggling to get esse ntial dental care on fixed incomes. But it doesnât have to be that way. Ontario can do better. New Democrats believe that dental care must be accessible for every Ontarian â" including seniors who donât have retirement benefits, and every family living on social assistance.
Health care is a enormous issue for our riding. But it is important to note that this is followed very closely by winter road maintenance and Hydro rates. The NDP will also address these issues. You can read the full plan at ontariondp.ca/platform .
We donât have to go from bad to worse. We can make sure we fix our healthcare system, have safe roads and have much lower Hydro bills. We can do better for Northern Ontario.
Thatâs the Change for the Better.Source: Google News