Issues/Platform

As an independent candidate in Markham-Stouffville, I’m listening to people in our community to identify issues that are important for them. I hope to be re-elected in 2019 as the Member of Parliament who will champion these issues on behalf of my constituents. Please see my blog for an ever-growing list of policy positions.

I’ve been listening to the people of Markham-Stouffville since I made this community my home in 1998. I listened as a family doctor here for 17 years. For the last four years, I’ve been listening as a MP. This website is another step in our community conversations.

As we get closer to the 2019 election, I’m focused on a short list of priorities for the people of Markham-Stouffville - issues where the federal government has a critical role.

Here are some of the topics I’m hearing about from people in the community with links to statements on each issue.

  1. Climate action
  2. Democratic reform
  3. Health
  4. Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples 
  5. Respecting diversity
  6. Local issues

Check this website regularly for blogposts and other information about the issues listed above. I’ll provide some background on why that issue matters; what the key challenges are; some proposed solutions; and how I could advocate if re-elected as an independent MP for Markham-Stouffville. I look forward to your feedback.

Working together, we can improve lives for people in our community and in our country.

 

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  • james hodgins
    commented 2019-06-18 12:26:10 -0400
    oops.
    my comment on Proportionate Representation (PR) should have said…
    For example, with 3.4% of popular vote in 2015, the Green Party, rather than ending up with only 1 seat in Parliament, may have ended with closer to 6-7-8 seats under PR.
  • james hodgins
    commented 2019-06-18 12:23:11 -0400
    I would like to see 2 issues added the list:

    1. Federal Government Deficits and Debt.
    Canada’s federal ( ONLY) debt is nearing $1 Trillion, adding $54 Million DAILY. The current government plans to deepen our debt, adding $75+ Billion more debt despite positive economic conditions. To avoid public awareness, the government hides talk of overspending by using ’deficits as a percent of GDP ’ language. Fiscal responsibility needs to return to Ottawa sooner rather than later.

    2. Proportionate representation in elections.
    Despite a 2015 federal election promise to make proportionate representation a reality by the 2019 election, the current government quietly dropped the idea after being elected. By granting a majority government to a party earning less than 40% of the popular vote like in 2015, the majority of voters don’t see themselves reflected in government. For example, with 3.4% of popular vote in 2015, the Green Party, rather than ending up with only 1 seat in Parliament, may have ended with . Proportionate representation is used successfully in many countries, and should be more openly discussed, especially if increasing connections to all voters is a goal of Independent candidates.
  • Robert Kirby
    followed this page 2019-06-16 03:06:14 -0400
  • Chuck Ormrod
    commented 2019-05-28 10:29:29 -0400
    Oh, and congratulations on running as an independent. It is an example many more should follow!
  • Chuck Ormrod
    commented 2019-05-28 10:28:10 -0400
    Please add some colour to each of the Top 10 issues. Where do you stand? How should the issue be approached? For instance ; where does nuclear energy fit within the climate change solution; where do land rights fit as a priority compared to the services deficit of indigenous peoples; what democratic reforms are you suggesting?
  • Chuck Ormrod
    followed this page 2019-05-28 10:26:43 -0400
  • Jack Dougan
    commented 2019-05-27 17:28:22 -0400
    I love your decision to run as an independent, free of party pressures and business lobbyists. What a great message to take to the residents of Markham Stouffville!

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