Kevin Brault run­ning

Han­mer res­i­dent run­ning in Nickel Belt for the Con­sen­sus On­tario party

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Han­mer res­i­dent Kevin Brault is rep­re­sent­ing the newly reg­is­tered Con­sen­sus On­tario party in Nickel Belt dur­ing the June 7 pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

Brault joins Mila Chavez Wong, who is seek­ing the Sud­bury seat for the party.

“Kevin, proud Franco-On­tar­ian and life­long res­i­dent of Val­ley East here in Nickel Belt, is run­ning to be your next MPP be­cause On­tario, more than ever, needs to break with par­ti­san po­lit­i­cal games,” read a re­lease from the new Nickel Belt can­di­date. “Mr. Brault be­lieves in better rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy with a fo­cus on pol­icy and the pub­lic in­ter­est, not slo­gans and photo ops. The three par­ties have long aban­doned us, it’s time we do the same to them.”

Brault has spent the last decade at Lau­ren­tian Uni­ver­sity, and says he’s look­ing to serve a broader sec­tion of the pub­lic and to bring about pos­i­tive change for his neigh­bours.

The only ef­fec­tive gov­ern­ment is one that en­gages in clear and con­tin­ued con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the elec­torate and the elected, he said, and this is the only way the pub­lic can es­tab­lish the pri­or­i­ties of Queen’s Park.

Con­sen­sus On­tario bills it­self as “The party to end all par­ties – in­clud­ing it­self – and re­plac­ing all of them with a sys­tem of con­sen­sus gov­ern­ment fo­cused around only In­de­pen­dent MPPs,” leader Brad Har­ness said in the re­lease. “This is not a new sys­tem in Canada – our North­ern ter­ri­to­ries have op­er­ated on this party-less sys­tem for over 100 years.”

The party phi­los­o­phy cen­tres around an MPP rep­re­sent­ing the ma­jor­ity opin­ion on each is­sue at Queen’s Park, with­out any party con­trol­ling him or her.

“Con­sen­sus On­tario is of­fer­ing On­tario vot­ers the true rep­re­sen­ta­tion which the na­tion’s found­ing fa­thers had in­tended,” Har­ness added.

Thibeault crit­i­cal of Hor­wath, NDP

Sud­bury Lib­eral in­cum­bent Glenn Thibeault crit­i­cized NDP leader An­drea Hor­wath for what he called mis­lead­ing com­ments about her party’s hy­dro plan dur­ing Hor­wath’s re­cent stop in Sud­bury.

“The state­ments An­drea Hor­wath make about hy­dro rates are plainly false and she knows it,” Thibeault said in a state­ment . “We’ve brought them down by an av­er­age of 25 per cent across the prov­ince. Here in the North, some cus­tomers are see­ing sav­ings of 40 per cent.

“If the NDP Leader was truly wor­ried about the bur­den be­ing placed on small busi­nesses and work­ing peo­ple, she wouldn’t be try­ing to sneak a $1 bil­lion job-killing tax that slams small busi­ness into her plans.

“To­day, we re­vealed that the NDP have a 28 per cent small busi­ness tax hike hid­den in their plat­form. Their plan to raise prop­erty taxes by $1 bil­lion would kill jobs and hurt small busi­nesses in the North. In fact, a small busi­ness in Sud­bury like Madi­son Con­fec­tionery in a 1,600-square-foot build­ing with a 55 x 150 foot lot would see their taxes go up by $1,008 a year.”

Sched­ule

- May 17: Tay Butt, Lib­eral can­di­date for Nickel Belt, will open his cam­paign of­fice along­side MP Marc Serre on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. The of­fice is lo­cated at 2924 High­way 69 North, Val Caron.For more in­for­ma­tion, email elect@tay­butt.ca of visit www.tay­butt.ca.

- May 22: All-can­di­dates’ fo­rum for Sud­bury and Nickel Belt can­di­dates at the Park­side Older Adult YMCA Cen­tre for Life be­gin­ning at 7 p.m. Put on by the lo­cal chap­ter of The Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Per­sons and Friendly to Se­niors – Sud­bury.

- May 23: Greater Sud­bury Cham­ber of Com­merce to host all­can­di­dates’ event for Sud­bury rid­ing can­di­dates, 7-9 p.m. at Col­lège Boréal. Visit sud­burycham­ber.ca to find out more.

- May 29: Greater Sud­bury Cham­ber of Com­merce to host all-can­di­dates’ event for Nickel Belt rid­ing can­di­dates, 7-9 p.m. at at Cousin Vinny’s in Han­mer. Visit sud­burycham­ber.ca to find out more.

Can­di­dates Nickel Belt

Jo-Ann Car­di­nal (PC) Tay Butt (Lib­eral) France Géli­nas (NDP, cur­rent MPP) Bill Crum­plin (Green) James Chre­tien (Lib­er­tar­ian) Kevin Brault (Con­sen­sus On­tario)

Sud­bury

Troy Crow­der (PC) Glenn Thibeault (Lib­eral, cur­rent MPP) Jamie West (NDP) David Robin­son (Green) Mila Wong (Con­sen­sus On­tario) James Wendler (Lib­er­tar­ian)

Kevin Brault

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