1) Yes or no: Do you support a carbon tax as a method to address climate change? Why or why not?
Yes. Pricing carbon is a proven market tool that reduces emissions by sending a signal across the economy. It incentivizes all the other climate measures in our program.
To quote John Anderson, the marine scientist who co-produced the film 'Resilience': "When it comes to the issue of climate change and the federal election 2019, it is a choice between a climate policy that is practical and achievable (Liberal), policies that are ambitious but unlikely to succeed (NDP, Green) and no policy at all (Conservative). Vote Liberal in this coming election and help Canada move forward on mitigating and adapting to climate change."
2) Yes or no: Do you support stricter gun controls? If so, what do you propose? If not, why?
Allowing greater local control over how to deal with handguns and illegal handgun violence makes sense. But let me be clear: the long-gun registry is gone and isn't coming back. The Liberal platform recognizes that rural communities and big cities have very different issues in terms of gun violence. Local option on how to deal with handguns is the pragmatic, sensible approach, which I, as a gun owner and target shooter, fully endorse. Military style assault rifles are designed to kill humans and have no place in the hands of civilians.
3) What is your plan to combat the opioid crisis affecting communities in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound?
We must make it easier for people to get better access to treatment. Last year, more than 4,400 Canadians died from opioid use alone, and methamphetamine addiction is also on the rise. It's the greatest public health emergency since the AIDS epidemic. We're investing new funds to help provinces expand community-based services. As your MP, I will fight to ensure Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound gets a full share of these new resources. We'll also make drug treatment court the default option for first-time, non-violent offenders charged exclusively with simple possession, to help drug users get quick access to treatment and prevent more serious crimes.
4) What is your plan to help retain and attract jobs and industry to Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound?
Employees and employers in this riding need their fair share of federal investment dollars - whether that means better access to high speed internet, help with transportation corridors, more housing options for workers, or a negotiated resolution to the longstanding issue of dredging the Owen Sound harbour. I have the deep local knowledge, plus the experience of working at the highest levels in government, to give Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound a stronger voice at the table.
5) What is one issue you view of the utmost importance to the people of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound? Will you vow to take immediate action on it if elected?
Whether you are running a business, doing market research, running modern high-tech farm equipment, or trying to connect with family and friends, access to high speed internet has become basic infrastructure for our modern economy and way of life. As I knock on doors, no other single issue comes up as often.
Our government is investing $1.7 billion in expanded rural and northern internet access. Prime Minister Trudeau visited Owen Sound last month to explore our internet needs. Working to get this region better internet as quickly as possible will be my immediate priority as your MP.
6) What is one policy of your party you want to highlight that you feel will help enrich the lives of your constituents, friends and neighbours in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound?
In 2016, the Liberal government brought in the Canada Child Benefit, a simpler, tax-free benefit targeted to middle-class families and those working hard to join the middle class. It provides more money to 9 out of 10 families than previous child benefit programs. Today, 17,200 kids in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound benefit from the CCB, which provides a maximum benefit of $6,639 per child under age 6 and $5,602 per child aged 6 through 17. Independent studies have found the Canada Child Benefit to be "arguably the best anti-child poverty instrument in Canadian tax history." https://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/jlsp/vol28/iss2/4/ Across Canada, it's helped lift 300,000 children out of poverty.