Local candidates. Number one issues.
We contacted all the election candidates for the Yellowhead Riding and asked them all the same question. We have listed the unedited written responses in party alphabetical order.
Q: On your campaign trail what are people telling you that they want most from a new government and what are you telling them?
A: Jim Eglinski, Conservative – “Constituents are telling me that they are concerned with the downturn in the world economy and the effect it is having on our province, especially in the energy sector. They worry about higher taxes and escalating day-to-day expenses. They want a government that will keep taxes low and enable them to keep more of their hard earned money.
I remind them of our Conservative Government’s ‘Economic Action Plan’ -- a low-tax plan for families and businesses. Canadian families and individuals will benefit from the significant tax reduction we’ve put in place.
In 2015 alone, our low-tax plan will return as much as $6,000 of tax relief and benefits back to each Canadian family. We have cut GST to 5%, introduced pension income splitting for seniors, increased Age Credit amount by $2,000, doubled maximum amount of income eligible for Pension Income Credit. We will establish a new $2,000 tax credit -- Single Seniors Tax Credit -for widowed and single pensioners.
If re-elected, we will cut payroll taxes by over 20% in 2017 and protect Canadian jobs from EI and CPP tax hikes, and lower small business tax rate from 11 to 9% over four years.
Albertans at all income levels will benefit from our tax relief programs, with low and middle income receiving proportionally greater relief.
This is not the time for change.”
A: Sandra Wolf Lange Green Party – No response by the time of publication.
A: Ryan Maguhn, Liberal – “Now is not the time for change” – Jim Eglinski. A call to inaction. Those words anger me. They anger me because this weekend I stood on the front porch of a woman whose family was teetering on bankruptcy. Hers was a story I had heard often over this campaign. Families in our riding worried about paying the bills, putting food on the table and having a job next week. This lady had 3 generations of family living under the same roof; all hard workers, all having lost meaningful employment. Across this riding there are real fears, and real threats… threats to our economy, threats to our democracy, threats to the future of our families. The Conservatives would have us do… nothing. The NDP live in a world with left wing policies with right wing budgets. I ask, what happened to common sense and action? We need a government that chooses action over inaction… we need leadership to invest in our economy, create business opportunities and put Canadians to work. Someone has to stand up and take action for our communities and our families. Now- is the time for change, because we will not cower from real threats to our families.”
A: Cory Lystang, Libertarian – No response by the time of publication.
A: Ken Kuzminski, NDP – “I have heard that people are looking for a change of direction for our government. People are looking for this election to restore the humanity to Canada. We have been told for too long that we have to make the choice between jobs and the environment and between affordable and accessible healthcare and lower taxes. Canadians are too smart to fall for that line again.
We know protecting the environment is protecting our jobs, but it also protects the health and well being of our families. The government has ignored climate change and green house gasses, now Canada, and especially Alberta, has to fight the stigma of dirty oil and the reluctance of our trading partners to do business. This has put Albertan jobs at risk.
Canada is more than just the bricks and mortar, trees and mountains. Canada is its people. We as a government must invest in all Canadians. We must make sure that our Veterans are treated with respect and have the programs that they need when they return. We must make sure that seniors are taken care of. That they can afford their prescription drugs and a roof over their heads. We must make sure their pensions are secure and adequate for their needs. We must invest in our First Nation communities. We must show the lives of First Nation Canadian matter and are worth the investment.”
On your campaign trail what are people telling you that they want most from a new government and what are you telling them?”