Gary Cald­well - a sea­soned cam­paigner

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Ste.Ed­widge-de-Clifton busi­ness owner and mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor, Gary Cald­well, is run­ning in his fourth cam­paign this time around, his sec­ond as the Green Party can­di­date. “I felt that they needed a Fran­co­phone, fe­male can­di­date for this rid­ing, but be­cause of the po­si­tion I took on the ‘In and out’ scan­dal, El­iz­a­beth May asked me to run. The four Con­ser­va­tives in that scan­dal were just found guilty of schem­ing to get around the elec­toral law by the Fed­eral Ap­peal Court. That is a crim­i­nal of­fence that comes with jail time. One of the four was the Di­rec­tor of the cam­paign dur­ing that elec­tion, Doug Fin­ley, who is now a sen­a­tor,” ex­plained Mr. Cald­well.

Mr. Cald­well will be push­ing three themes in his cam­paign: green en­ergy; live­able com­mu­ni­ties; and par­lia­men­tary de­moc- racy. He won’t be run­ning a con­ven­tional cam­paign of go­ing door-to-door and putting up signs ev­ery where, but in­stead will be push­ing these is­sues dur­ing all of the up­com­ing can­di­dates de­bates.

When asked about ‘strate­gic’ vot­ing, the Green can­di­date said: “This time peo­ple should vote with their hearts and not vote strate­gi­cally. The Bloc will see to it that the Con­ser­va­tives don’t get a ma­jor­ity. But if we get the Green vote up, al­most one in ten Cana­di­ans voted Green last time, we could get a Green MP in par­lia­ment and get the en­vi­ron­ment back in the fore­front. Each party gets $2 per year for ev­ery vote that is cast for them. It makes a huge dif­fer­ence and is in­tended to level the play­ing field in con­junc­tion with the lim­its on how much par­ties can spend. The Con­ser­va­tives spent $1.3 mil­lion over and above the limit dur­ing the last elec­tion.”

Com­ment­ing on the Con­ser­va­tive’s en­vi­ron­men­tal record, Mr. Cald­well said “One prob­lem is their re­fusal to ‘cap and trade’ on fos­sil fu­els. They en­cour­age the oil sands in­stead of green tech­nol­ogy and are not tak­ing part in in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to elim­i­nate cli­mate warm­ing; they’ve not taken any lead­er­ship. Canada and other coun­tries have ben­e­fited the most from in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and we will suf­fer the least be­cause of where we are lo­cated on the globe. Other coun­tries will suf­fer the con­se­quences like drought and ris­ing sea wa­ter lev­els. We have a moral com­mit­ment to do some­thing.”

When asked what he thought of the sug­ges­tion that the Greens should get to­gether with an­other po­lit­i­cal party, Mr. Cald­well replied: “It’s a very good sug­ges­tion. Con­trary to what Mr. Harper says, he’s pre­tend­ing that coali­tions are il­le­git­i­mate, there’s no rea­son why peo­ple can’t co­op­er­ate. There could be a ‘coali­tion’ or an ‘al­liance’; in the Bri­tish par­lia­ment right now there is an ‘un­der­stand­ing’. These things can reach a tip­ping point – I think we’ll have May in May!”

“I be­lieve we need to at­tach more im­por­tance to good, live­able com­mu­ni­ties; they are the ba­sis for eco­nomic pros­per­ity. We need a solid civil so­ci­ety, that’s where en­trepreneurs and ini­tial fi­nan­cial sup­port for new com­pa­nies comes from. That takes solid com­mu­ni­ties to hap­pen,” con­cluded the Green Party can­di­date.

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