Kevin Brault running
Hanmer resident running in Nickel Belt for the Consensus Ontario party
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.”
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Troy Crowder (PC) Glenn Thibeault (Liberal, current MPP) Jamie West (NDP) David Robinson (Green) Mila Wong (Consensus Ontario) James Wendler (Libertarian)