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Bill Townsend (People's Party)

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

2019 Federal Candidate in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

1) Yes or no: Do you support a carbon tax as a method to address climate change? Why or why not?

No.  First, even if a Carbon Tax could change consumption habits - and there is no reason to believe it would - reducing Canadians' consumption of fossil fuels would have no effect on global CO2 emissions.  Trying to reach Paris Accord targets is not even possible, let alone practical and would do severe damage to the Canadian economy; which would adversely effect low income Canadians the most.

2) Yes or no: Do you support stricter gun controls? If so, what do you propose? If not, why?

No.  Not on legal gun ownership.  There is no benefit to further restricting legal gun ownership in Canada.  The gun violence problems we see in this country are in urban centers - like Toronto (especially around the Jane-Finch corridor, John Garland Blvd/Martin Grove Road, areas where there are armed gangs).  We need laws specifically designed to stem the flow of illegal weapons flowing into Canada from the U-S.  Criminals don't follow the existing gun laws.  We need systems to stop the supply, not harass farmers and other rural gun enthusiasts who are safe owners.

3) What is your plan to combat the opioid crisis affecting communities in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound?

The opioid crisis in BGOS and the rest of Canada is similar to the illegal gun problem; mostly one of easy, cheap supply.  There is an excellent article in Macleans magazine from earlier this year that explored this very problem.  The problem is very simply, Canada Post.

4) What is your plan to help retain and attract jobs and industry to Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound?

The role of the federal government in job creation is the ensure that there is a healthy and vibrant free market economy.  We will create an environment through lower taxes and cancellation of the capital gains tax that will be favorable to small and middle business interests.

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?

I am mostly concerned with looking after Canadians.  That's what this party is about.  For us in Bruce Grey Owen Sound, we need to ensure that the CRTC regulations will allow expanded access to our market to provide better Internet access.  Right now, we are at the mercy of three large corporations with no interest in expanding coverage to our rural residents.  There are others that are likely willing to do that, but are not currently able to do so.  " Canada's smaller internet service providers say the CRTC needs to revamp rules that protect the big telcos and erode consumer choice when it comes to high-speed internet service." (Sophia Harris, CBC, Nov. 2018).

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?

I think our policy on reforming how we look after our veterans is very important.  Many of our residents are veterans, or else are children, parents and siblings of veterans.  The PPC will " Enshrine in legislation the country's obligations to our veterans in a Military Covenant between the government and those who serve in the Armed Force" and finally start looking after our vets after 14 long years of neglect.

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