Oxford candidates in the home stretch of elections

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The Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce hosted a Meet the Candidates event at Carriage Hall on Wednesday September 15, giving Oxford County voters a chance to speak informally with the candidates in the home stretch before Monday 20 September.e vote.

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Five of the six constituency candidates were there on Wednesday. Bob Reid, candidate for the Green Party of Canada, did not participate.

LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA

Elizabeth Quinto, federal liberal candidate for Oxford, said the No.1 priority is for people to vote and be informed, looking for all candidates.

“At the end of the day, it’s about exercising your democratic rights,” Quinto said. “This is the message I want to get across, and make sure they know Election Day is September 20.e and also that Oxford needs a change. There needs to be a change that could truly benefit residents and people here – a change that the current government has heard. “

Suzanne Cowan, National President of the Liberal Party of Canada, visited the Meet the Candidates event in Tillsonburg on Wednesday to support Quinto.

Previously, she knocked on doors in Ingersoll with Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, who helped shape the affordable child care policy promoted by the Liberals.

Elizabeth Quinto, federal candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in Oxford in the 2021 election (Chris Abbott / Norfolk and Tillsonburg News)
Elizabeth Quinto, federal candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in Oxford in the 2021 election (Chris Abbott / Norfolk and Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN

“That’s what they want to tell the residents here – we support you, we support you, we listen and we support our candidates,” Quinto said. “This is about watching our constituency where for so long I feel it has been overlooked. We need more funding, we need more services. We are getting a lot of support from the federal government, but it is time we were put on the map.

“I am here to defend Tillsonburg and the County of Oxford and I look forward, if elected, to bring Tillsonburg and Oxford to government.”

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Quinto, who said she was not only the liberal Oxford candidate in 2021, but that she would also run in the next election, said the country needs to emerge from the pandemic crisis.

“They (the Liberals) are the only ones with a comprehensive plan to make it happen. If you look at the platform, if you look at the politics online, you can see that there is something for all Canadians because we have to move forward together. We must move forward for everyone.

“I’m here for people to trust me, and I know I have to earn their respect, and I’m up to the challenge,” Quinto summed up. “I am here to work hard and I am here to work hard for the people of Oxford.”

POPULAR PARTY OF CANADA

Wendy Martin, federal candidate for the People’s Party of Canada in Oxford, said the PPC wants to balance the budget, “so that we can put more money in the pockets of Canadians and increase the wealth and prosperity for all.”

“I think the home stretch message is to respect others and stand up for your constitutional rights and freedoms, even though it’s uncomfortable to talk about it,” said Martin, who was in Sarnia earlier Wednesday morning at the conference. ‘a PPC event with party leader Maxime Bernier. .

Wendy Martin, federal candidate for the People's Party of Canada in Oxford in the 2021 election (Chris Abbott / Norfolk and Tillsonburg News)
Wendy Martin, federal candidate for the People’s Party of Canada in Oxford in the 2021 election (Chris Abbott / Norfolk and Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN

“We cannot lose them now, we cannot lose any rights because of fear. Let’s just respect each person’s personal decision so that we can experience the virus and come out in the end and still have friends. “

CHRISTIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Allen Scovil, federal candidate for the Oxford Christian Heritage Party, said the CHP’s main focus is on early and end-of-life issues and on strengthening families.

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“We think they (the families) have been too fragmented and torn apart,” Scovil said. “We have to heal them, basically.

“And we are trying to regain our freedoms. All this vaccine passport business and what they call “culture cancellation” deprives us of our freedoms. We need to get them back so that we can live the way God intended us to live.

Allen Scovil, Federal Christian Heritage Party candidate for Oxford in the 2021 election (Chris Abbott / Norfolk and Tillsonburg News)
Allen Scovil, Federal Christian Heritage Party candidate for Oxford in the 2021 election (Chris Abbott / Norfolk and Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN

“We have to make things fairer. We need the wealthiest people to bear their tax burden. There are too many stories of rich people hiding their money abroad not to pay their fair share of running the country. We have to make it fairer. “

Scovil said it is also important to have a justice system that works in a fair and equitable manner, “not as politically as it has been recently”.

NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Matthew Chambers, the federal NDP candidate in Oxford, with five days remaining in a 36-day election campaign, noted that the 2021 election was unique.

“I say it every time, ‘Let’s be clear – this was an election that wasn’t asked, that wasn’t wanted,” Chambers said. “Two-thirds of Canadians have made it clear that they don’t think holding an election during a pandemic is a good idea.

“And here we are.

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“Since we are in this election, we have a choice. We can stick with the status quo, that Canada has been playing ping-pong between two different parties for 154 years, and just isn’t getting people the results they need, or we can go for a alternative which is actually working for people and putting people first.

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Chambers said the NDP wanted more affordable housing, health care and expanded child care. And make the rich pay their fair share.

“And then there is a whole series of issues that relate to rural Canada. Rural connectivity. I’ve lost track of the times I’ve been in the country and lost my cell signal and internet signal and it’s driving me up the wall. We need affordable and reliable high speed internet in this country. And cell service – we need to stop bowing to cell phone tycoons and cap cell phone bill prices. We know cellphones are a luxury, but they are also an essential tool for everyone, whether it is someone who works downtown or someone who works in the fields on a farm. We have to be able to communicate and talk to people. It’s just essential to life now.

Chambers also discussed the supply management system and food security issues.

“I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better. We’re going to see more and more substandard product from the United States coming into Canada, and that’s going to start to put even more pressure on our dairy producers and primary producers. The rules as they are now are not well enforced because people at the borders do not have the funding or the manpower to enforce these rules. And these rules themselves are full of loopholes.

“It’s about time we had someone in Ottawa standing up and speaking, not just a few times here and there and before an election. We need someone who is there by our side and who fights for us every day.

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“And if I’m lucky enough to be elected, then I have every intention of opening a constituency office in Tillsonburg,” Chambers said. “And keep it open.”

CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA

Dave MacKenzie, federal Conservative incumbent from Oxford, who received 48% of the constituency votes in the 2019 election, said 2021 does not compare to any other election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re very, very respectful of people’s space, so we don’t knock on doors,” MacKenzie said.

“In this election, there are no rallies as such. What we all want to do is something sweet, respecting people, socially distancing. “

Many conservative signs can be seen in the community, both in Tillsonburg and in the surrounding rural areas.

Dave MacKenzie, Federal Conservative Holder from Oxford.  (Chris Abbott / Norfolk and Tillsonburg News)
Dave MacKenzie, Federal Conservative Holder from Oxford. (Chris Abbott / Norfolk and Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN

“It’s hard to find volunteers because they have the same concerns, and it’s hard to get someone to sit at the desk. They don’t know if people are vaccinated, ”he said, noting that his daughter had tried to run the office while running her business. “Having said that, we are doing very well. “

Speaking to voters, MacKenzie said he hears how people don’t want an election right now. He recalled a May 25 vote in the House of Commons that said “We will not hold elections during the pandemic” and that holding elections during a pandemic would be irresponsible. This vote was 327-1, almost unanimous.

“People are upset,” MacKenzie said. “(Justin) Trudeau voted for him too. So it’s interesting from that point of view.

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