North Eastern Ontario Votes

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Sudbury

Joe Cimino

Joe Cimino, NDP

I’m Joe Cimino, I’m a community leader, educator, and lifelong Sudburian. I’ve been a City Councillor since 2006, helping to manage a budget of over $500 million and making the city a better place. I live in the South End with my lovely wife Luisa and my two daughters Vanessa and Vania.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Over the past several months, I have met with thousands of Sudburians. They are concerned about where they are going to find a job, how they are going to pay their bills, and how disrespectful the Liberal government has been with their tax dollars. They are not happy with the wasted billions on scandal while they pay for more hydro, car insurance, and natural gas.

Why should people vote for you?

I grew up in this community. I met my wife here, and we continue to raise two beautiful daughters here. It scares me to think about the debt my family and friends are going to have to face 5 to 10 years from now if we let the Liberal government continue down the same path. We need change. As an experienced community leader, I know I can be a catalyst for change. I have worked hard during my years at City Hall to get results. I have returned thousands of phone calls, countless emails, and attended hundreds of community events. I will maintain an 'open door policy' and continue to meet with residents to discuss their concerns directly.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I am a strong listener, and I have years of experience as a public servant. As a Councillor, I have a proven track record of working with the community to get results. I have always taken a consultative approach when making decisions and am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together. As MPP, I will continue to involve residents in shaping our shared future.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I have never been great at social media. Ten months ago, I didn’t even know how to sign into a Facebook account. But like any good leader, I surrounded myself with a tech-savvy team to mitigate my weaknesses. I still can’t say I’m a computer whiz, but after a number of lessons from my staff, my wife, and a few friends, I’m proud to say I can change my profile picture, share YouTube links, and tweet about our campaign’s momentum.

Who is your political role model?

My political role model is the 'Greatest Canadian,' Tommy Douglas. As leader of the CCF, and later the NDP, he was a champion for public health, the middle class, and labour in our country. I am inspired by the commitment Tommy gave to our country and his persistence in seeing his vision become reality.

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Paula Peroni

Paula Peroni, Progressive Conservative

Paula, her husband Dennis and their son Tyler live a busy life, typical of a Greater Sudbury family. Elected 16 years ago as a municipal school board trustee, Paula has developed a reputation for fighting relentlessly on behalf her constituents and ensuring the best education possible for all children. Having worked within all levels of government she has learned the importance of the public services that we need to be able to count on.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Throughout discussions with Sudburians, I have learned that they're most concerned about job creation, roads and infrastructure, health care, lower hydro rates, and a better economy.

Why should people vote for you?

I have been on the campaign trail for three years, and during this time I have done nothing but listen to Sudbury residents. I have made their priorities my priorities. When elected, I don't intend to just be another spokesperson repeating the message coming out of Queen’s Park. I will bring the concerns of Sudburians to Queen’s Park and make sure the government hears our message, not the other way around.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My greatest strength is my ability to persevere. I have gone through a number of documented hardships and setbacks, and managed to overcome them and come out as a stronger person in the end. My perseverance is one of the many strengths I will bring to the table as MPP. Just I overcame personal hardships I will work hard to help Ontario overcome the hardships it’s currently going through, and make us a stronger province in the end.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is that I always say what’s on my mind, which might get me in trouble one day, but I like to think that's a sign of authenticity. What you see is what you get with me, and when I say something it’s not sugar coated, it’s what I genuinely feel.

Who is your political role model?

Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga

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Andrew Olivier, Liberal

Andrew Olivier was born and raised in Sudbury. He is a bilingual businessman with an MBA from Laurentian University. He is also an award-winning community advocate and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Recipient. He believes Sudbury is a city that has positive momentum and he wants to fight to keep Sudbury strong for you and your family.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Our people need well-paying jobs and that’s a prime focus for me. Sudbury is doing better today than it was ten years ago. Those aren’t my words. Those are the words of the Conference Board of Canada and BMO — both organizations have said Sudbury’s economy is stronger than ever and ready for the resurgence of metal prices and exports. Our economy is more diversified but we can do even better. So, one of my main goals is to fight for every penny we can get that helps spark innovation, business growth and entrepreneurial spirit. We have helped a number of successful Sudbury businesses expand and flourish already with more to come. That is why in our recent budget we had $1-billion to develop the Ring of Fire mineral deposit infrastructure. This will mean major employment for Sudbury through our mining supply and service sector which is the envy of the world — and with our quest to secure the Cliff’s Chromite Processing Facility. That’s why we had that in the budget. But, unfortunately, the NDP and Conservatives said no to those investments. I will fight to bring them back to the table.

I also believe our public services are crucial to maintain and enhance. I am talking about our booming education sector in Sudbury, our state-of-the-art health care system and services - and our emergency services. The Liberals have always been a strong voice for the public service and I will continue that. We’ve seen a new hospital, a number of new schools and a new School of Architecture revitalizing our downtown. Our teachers, nurses, doctors, firefighters and all public sector workers are crucial to northerners. And, that includes taking care of our seniors and people on social assistance. That is why we had in our budget increases in the minimum wage, social assistance, ODSP and a new provincial pension plan for our seniors. The NDP and Conservatives said no to that investment in social and public services. In fact, the Conservatives want to cut 100,000 public service jobs including more than 1,000 in Sudbury.

And, last but not least, is our infrastructure. Any Sudburian knows our roads and bridges need work among other things. Over the past decade, the Liberals have invested heavily in Sudbury — almost $9-billion worth of total investment. That has included a great deal of infrastructure. We have overseen one of the largest infrastructure projects in Ontario history — the 4-laning of Highway 69. And, in our most recently budget, we set aside more money to continue that 4-laning which makes the Sudbury to Toronto trip safer and quicker. However the NDP and Conservatives said no to that. We also put in our budget almost $28-million toward the Maley Drive extension. This would help Sudburians get to work and get home to their families quicker and safer by alleviating traffic congestion. Yet the NDP and Conservatives said no to that investment as well and forced an unwanted election. The Liberals have invested heavily in infrastructure in Sudbury but there is much more work to do and we need a fighter at Queen’s Park representing Sudbury and I believe I am the best person for that job.

When it comes to any and all issues, I believe Sudbury deserves it’s fair share of provincial revenues and I will fight to ensure we get every penny we have coming to us.

Why should people vote for you?

First and foremost, I think people should vote for me because I represent a party, the Liberal Party, which has invested almost $9-billion in Sudbury since 2003 — and has laid out a plan that includes the completion of Highway 69 four-laning, funding for the Maley Drive extension and $1-billion to develop the Ring of Fire mineral deposit and bring well-paying jobs to Sudbury. The fact is Sudbury has never been stronger, balanced and diversified. However, beyond that, I know many people vote for the person running and not necessarily the party. With that in mind, I think people should vote for me because of my well-rounded track record. I come from a business background — the only candidate who can say that. And, I believe that’s important at a time when Sudbury’s main focus should be job creation. You need an MPP who has a business background to do that properly. I have my Masters in Business Administration and work in the private sector. On the other hand, I am a community advocate. I am the Board Chair at ICAN — the Independence Centre and Network. We work closely with Health Sciences North, the Ministry of Health and other local health care providers. I am the only candidate who actively works in the health care sector. Ever since my accident 20 years ago which left me in a wheelchair, I have come to understand the health care system and the wonderful people who work in it. I also sit on the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. My work has been recognized with a Top 40 Under 40, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, a United Way Award for social advocacy and a City of Greater Sudbury Volunteerism Award. I am the only bilingual candidate in a community that is almost 30% French. So, as you can see, I have a well-rounded background that helps me understand the needs of all our residents. I’m a fighter and I will fight for Sudbury.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I believe my biggest strength is my positive approach to problem solving and my passion for Sudbury. As most people know, I have faced challenges in my life. But, with the help of family, friends, professionals in education and health care, I have been able to bounce back over the past twenty years to the point where I am ready to fight for the city that has always been there fighting for me. Where some people take a negative outlook on Sudbury, I actually believe Sudbury is an incredible city that’s done amazing things with amazing people. And, we have so much more potential — but we need to believe in ourselves. We need to believe we can be greater. And, I see challenges as opportunities. So, that positive approach and that passion is something I want to pass on to others — and something I want to take to Queen’s Park to show the entire province what Sudbury is capable of accomplishing.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

Right now, I believe my biggest weakness is that I am not a politician and I’m in the middle of a political campaign. I am up against people who are professional politicians. They know how to spin and attack. I come from a background of business and community advocacy. I have only been a political candidate for a few weeks. It’s been a dramatic learning curve.

Who is your political role model?

I look at someone like Tom Davies as a role model. He was the regional chairman in this area for 16 years and he was known for having big ideas. He was one of the politicians in Sudbury who said we can transform this city from a mining town into a regional centre — that we can diversify our economy and be so much more. And, he was right. He saw a challenge as an opportunity. I know he had lots of help but it took someone in politics to lead the charge and he was one of the people who did that — who dreamed big — and I believe we are a better city today because of that. I personally strive to follow his approach to politics. I believe Sudbury is on the verge of great things. And I want to be a part of the team that leads us there.

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Casey Lalonde, Green

My name is Casey Lalonde. I am presently a student at Laurentian University here in Sudbury studying Psychology. I am running for the Green Party because I feel it is time our government starts working in the best interest of all its citizens.

What are the main issues in your riding?

The main issues affecting Sudbury affect all of Ontario. Sustainable employment, improved transit infrastructure, sustainable and alternative transportation (such as improved public transit and cycling infrastructure) protecting our environment, drinking water quality, local food production, education, and political accountability are important issues for Sudbury. Sudburians want to work together to improve our community, to build a place for our children to grow up happy, healthy and able to compete for employment in a clean environment.

Why should people vote for you?

I am an honest, forward looking person with an excellent work ethic. If elected, I would listen to the concerns of my constituents and make their voices heard by our government. I believe that government needs to be elected by all of the people and work in the best interest of its citizens.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength would be my quick wits. In the political arena, being able to think on your feet and formulate logical arguments is a necessity.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is my lack of experience. I am a first time candidate and have never participated in higher-level government. I am however, a very quick study and I look forward to learning how to be Sudbury's member of provincial parliament.

Who is your political role model?

I have many political role models, so it is difficult to pick one. I admire our Green Party leaders Elizabeth May and Mike Shreiner for their dedication, passion, and intelligence. Above all, I most admire great leaders who stood up for what they believed was right, regardless of the consequences.

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Steven Wilson, Libertarian

I'm a working class family man, Sudbury born and raised. I believe that the route to prosperity for all Ontarians is with a smaller government, lower taxes, and less regulation.

What are the main issues in your riding?

One word: Roads.

Why should people vote for you?

Voting for a libertarian sends a strong message to the other parties that we are fed up with the out of control spending, steadily rising taxes, and creeping over-regulation. If elected I will work tirelessly to be a voice of reason, to focus spending on the areas that truly need it and to get government out of the lives of Ontario families. We may not be well known, but we are the only party in Ontario that wants less government, lower taxes, and more freedom.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I cut right to the chase. I don't beat around the bush and I don't waste time trying to beautify the message. I speak clearly and directly.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

Wrapping my head around the fact that real change takes time.

Who is your political role model?

Definitely Tim Moen, the leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada (federal).

J. David Popescu, Independent

Nickel Belt

France Gelinas, NDP

France started her career in Sudbury as a physiotherapist and went on to graduate from Laurentian University with a Masters in Business Administration, after which she worked as the Executive Director of the Community Health Centre in Sudbury. As MPP and NDP Health Critic since 2007, France has introduced and worked on many bills designed to prevent skin cancer, keep tobacco away from our youth, and bring Ombudsman oversight to the health care system of Ontario, to name just a few. She has travelled the large riding of Nickel Belt, holding community clinics and working with constituents from French River to Foleyet and from Worthington to Wahnapitae‎.

What are the main issues in your riding?

At the door and in my constituency office, I hear most about the price of electricity, the price of gas, mining safety, winter road maintenance, youth employment, and access to health care services.

Why should people vote for you?

The people in my riding know that I am approachable, that I listen and that I take action. I am always willing to help the people - families, businesses and agencies in my riding.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I know how to get things done. I do not give people false hope. If I say I will try and help, I always try hard to achieve positive results if at all possible. I am surrounded by an incredibly experienced team of people who know government programs and services inside and out.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I am often approached by people from outside of my riding who ask for my help. I have a hard time saying no to them.

Who is your political role model?

I need to pick two role models here: Tommy Douglas for his deep understanding of social justice and Peter Kormos, who taught me how to use the tools available to an MPP at Queen’s Park to get results for my constituents

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Marck Blay, PC

I have lived in Greater Sudbury/Nickel Belt for 8 years with my wife Trish whom I have been married to for 16 wonderful years and our son Rian. Myself and Trish our strong supporters of children with Special Needs; as Rian has had Asperger Syndrome, which is part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. I believe in High Quality Health Care that we have come to expect in Ontario and I will continue to strive on this path for all my constituents in Nickel Belt.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Lower Taxes, Create Jobs, Improve Health Care and Auto Insurance Reduction.

Why should people vote for you?

I will listen to their issues and concerns in Nickel Belt. I will be their voice at Queens Park and represent my constituents and will always return calls personally.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I have a wonderful "Special Needs Son" who require more help to succeed within his limitations. There are too many children in Nickel Belt like him who are not getting the funding they require. Their parents are in desperate need of help!!

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

That would be that I never have enough time in my day to.

Who is your political role model?

My role model is not just one person but more. They are Lester B. Person Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Joe Clark and two many more to list!!

James Tregonning, Liberal

James Tregonning is a proven problem-solver, and evidence-based policy expert who will fight for sustainable economic development in Nickel Belt. James has an accomplished career as a dedicated public service worker for over 20 years. James has the experience, knowledge and skills to fight for Nickel Belt and deliver real results.

What are the main issues in your riding?

There are 3 major issues that need attention in our riding. Because the NDP have neglected Nickel Belt for the past 43 years, we need change in order to build the future for Nickel Belt. My campaign is focused on Building the Future for our communities. The three issues are:

1. Highway improvements and road maintenance have been a long overlooked issue in our region. Public Safety has become a paramount concern specifically HWY 144, otherwise known as the “NORTHERN DEATH TRAP.” Our safety is crucial and fatalities and accidents have been a constant reminder of this perilous roadway. This is a huge public safety issue. It needs to be addressed with utmost urgency. I intend to focus my energy on the redesign of HWY 144 by way of working toward implementing wider shoulders and more passing lanes. Also, we need to increase funding to municipalities to assist with the repair and maintenance of our local roads and highways.

2. Another important issue is the care we provide for our senior citizens. We need to assist seniors to remain in their homes longer. We need to strengthen the current system of Home Care Services. We need to help seniors navigate through a complex maze of health care bureaucracy. We need to provide seniors with more affordable housing by offering higher rebates on electricity costs. We need to enhance current pension structures to assist in providing more comfort to our seniors. I am committed to working hard to get these issued resolved and to provide greater resources for our most cherished citizens.

3. Central to recent discussions has been the creation of jobs and a strong youth retention program. We need to establish economic diversification in all of our communities. When I see businesses closing in Gogama and once thriving main streets turning into a bevy of “For Rent/For Sale” Signs...it scares me! It scares me because the hope of a future is lost if we refuse to address the problem. We need economic stimulus in all our northern communities.

We can use the resources at our disposal to attract new businesses and apply creative solutions that will facilitate growth in these communities. With a strong economic diversification plan, business in all communities would prosper. By strongly promoting current incentives such as the Liberal established Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, economic growth would be stimulated and communities will thrive through economic stimulus.

4. Of course there are many other issues that need attention such as Gas Prices, Electricity Costs, Snow Removal, Mining Safety, Bear Hunt, Access Road Closures, etc. All these problems are also very important. However, the major trends from the 2000 homes canvassed are listed in the top 3 issues listed above.

Why should people vote for you?

I believe in politics. Politics is not about winning or losing. That’s hockey ... that’s a game. Politics is not a game. Politics is about growth and progress. A vote for me is a vote for growth and progress. Just look at the track records. What have the NDP done in the last 43 years for Nickel Belt? Compare that to my track record. I was part of the team that created and implemented TeleHealth Ontario. I was part of the team that established and shaped Primary Health Care in Ontario. I was part of the team that created and implemented Family Health Teams in Ontario. I was part of the team that expanded Community Health Centers in Ontario. I want to bring that experience and drive to Nickel Belt. I need your vote to make that happen.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My biggest strengths are my drive and my passion for helping people and communities grow and develop into prosperity.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is not being able to find the 25th hour of the day. But I'm not giving up hope! One day I will find it!!

Who is your political role model?

I have two major political role models: Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chrétien. I believe in diversity and strong governance.

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Heather Dahlstrom, Green

Heather K. Dahlstrom is a filmmaker, born, raised & educated in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Confederation College Film Production program ('99), a Ontario Premier's Award Nominee ('11), a Canadian Screen Award Best Motion Picture Nominee (EMPIRE OF DIRT - '14), and a Sundance ('09) & Toronto International Film Festival filmmaker ('10, '13). An environmentalist from a young age, Heather grew up just outside of Thunder Bay in Kakabeka Falls, surrounded by the beauty and history of one of the greatest fur trading trails in Canada.

What are the main issues in your riding?

The main issues in the Nickel Belt currently include: development fees, infill for housing, drainage, development north of Highway 11, red tape for small businesses, downtown renewal, transit, access for the disabled, high insurance, and the potential smelter in Capreol. Not to mention other Northern Ontario issues such as: transportation and isolation of Northern communities, access to local food sources, growth & jobs, Ring of Fire development, and accessible timely health care.

Why should people vote for you?

I really believe I'm the best person for the job. I'm young, I provide a new perspective not only from my heart, but with the backing of the Green Party of Ontario. I'm hardworking, and I'm more than willing to be there for the people of the Nickel Belt, to help solve issues and prevent further problems in the North. I have the ability to shape my platform for the riding, unlike other political parties who have to stick exactly to party politics. Green Party of Ontario is the only major party to include consideration for environmental action in its official platform. We are living in the midst of climate change, and if we don't change, things will be a lot harder for all of us in the future. I encourage more people to vote for what they believe in, rather than for strategy.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I don't give up. I'm known for my tenacious, empathic spirit, and for helping others. I would like to help Northern Ontario hold on to its beauty and clean water for all of our children and grand children in the future. I come from the world of filmmaking, from working behind the scenes in many different capacities, solving problems, saving money and creating healthy & safe work places. I believe a lot of the skills I have learned in that field are transferrable to politics. Most of all: I care.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I'm new to the world of politics, I’m young, but I don't think fresh ideas and a younger world view are downfalls in the long run. I have many mentors in the political community to assist my journey.

Who is your political role model?

Elizabeth May. I find her so invigorating to the world of Canadian politics. She is a fresh breathe of air, bringing decorum, order, and accountability to politics. I believe in my life time I will see a Green Prime Minister and a Green Premier.

Timmins-James Bay

Gilles Bisson, NDP

First elected in 1990, Gilles has championed many causes and developed a reputation for being a tireless and hard-working MPP. Working with various community members and stakeholders he has been successful in championing and getting results on issues like funding for various community projects, advocating on behalf of the Forestry and Mining sectors as well as being strong advocate on First Nations issue. Gilles and his wife Murielle have been married for 37 years.

What are the main issues in your riding?

As I travel from community to community in the Timmins James Bay riding there are a few key issues that stand out for people which have a large impact on how they live their day to day lives. I’m hearing that people’s hydro bills are out of control to the point where people have to decide whether they want to put food on the table or heat in their homes. This is unacceptable. Another major issue is the lack of timely and efficient clearing of ice and snow from our highways. People’s lives are being put at risk because of failed privatization policies by the Liberal and Conservative government. New Democrats are committed to righting these wrongs and this election is an especially important one as we have a real chance under our leader Andrea Horwath to form a government.

Why should people vote for you?

I’ve been the MPP for Timmins James Bay for over two decades and in that time I’ve learned a lot of things. I’ve gained crucial experience which has helped me to understand the way in which the system of government and decision making works. I know how to access funding that is vital to our region to create jobs and provide economic opportunities for the people of this riding. I’m a strong and effective voice in the legislature and I take my role as representative of the communities within Timmins James Bay seriously. I serve as NDP house leader which allows me the opportunity to sit down with the leadership of the other political parties in the legislature and speak up for northerners. As well I have an excellent, experienced and dedicated team of constituency staff who understand how to provide effective service for people.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

Most people tell me that I am down to earth, approachable and that I take care to attend community events in each community. This really helps me stay connected to the people and allows me to understand their issues so that I can speak for them. I’ve spent a great deal of time as an elected official and I can tell you that it is at times a complicated role which requires experience and maturity. As I’ve earned the trust of people II have also gained that experience and maturity and understand how to be an effective voice for the people of Timmins James Bay.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I mentioned earlier that I spend a great deal of time travelling the riding as well as attending legislative sessions in Toronto. In my role as NDP house leader I am often called away to negotiate with the government and the opposition. This requires a great amount of time away from my family, luckily I have a very supportive family. Murielle my wife of 37 years, our two daughters, their husbands and our three grandchildren are my source of strength, I could not do this without them.

Who is your political role model?

Tommy Douglas is a political role model who had a profound impact on me. Tommy’s strength was that as a New Democrat he realized that we could not create the kind of caring and socially responsive society we envisioned unless we first got our fiscal house in order. As Premier, Tommy balanced budgets and slayed deficits. He was a responsible leader who understood balance. He was a fierce orator and a passionate advocate for all people. He continues to inspire me to this day.

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Steve Black, PC

Steve Black was born April 20, 1982. He graduated from Queen’s University in 2006 with a degree in Mining Engineering. In 2010, he was elected to Timmins City Council where he advocated for more efficient spending and affordable property taxes. He is currently the Superintendent of Production Engineering at Glencore’s Kidd Mine. Steve resides in Timmins with his two young children Jenna and Connor.

What are the main issues in your riding?

As I knock on doors throughout the riding, people keep telling me plain and simple: They can’t afford to live here anymore. The price of electricity and gas keeps going up, and we are losing high paying jobs as companies leave Northern Ontario for more competitive environments in Quebec and the US. More importantly, people are telling me it’s time for change, both at the provincial level and especially at the local level. People are telling me they are tired at watching cuts to Northern Ontario such as our provincial parks, our roads, and our rail service only to see billions wasted in scandals in Southern Ontario. Only a vote for Steve Black can bring real change in Timmins – James Bay.

Why should people vote for you?

Families shouldn’t have to choose between putting their kids in soccer and paying their tax bill. Seniors shouldn’t have to choose between paying their hydro bill and buying groceries each month. People are fed up with their provincial government and the reckless tax and spend policies. More importantly, people in Timmins – James Bay are fed up with having their local MPP make promises one morning when he’s in Timmins, Smooth Rock Falls or Kapuskasing only to have him break them later that afternoon when he lands in Toronto. People in Timmins – James Bay deserve better. I represent the only alternative to the status quo. Only a vote for Steve Black on June 12 will bring change.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

As an engineer, I am by nature well-organized and objective in my approach. I prefer to gather all necessary information and make informed decisions. More importantly, I am relentless in advocating on behalf of taxpayers. I look to arrive at the right decision by consensus, even if it’s not the popular decision.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

Sometimes, when you advocate for the right decision, you ruffle a few feathers. Unfortunately, too many elected officials make their decisions based on the reaction they feel it will get at the polls. I’m not afraid of being voted out of office for making the right, if albeit, unpopular decision. I’m more afraid of getting re-elected as MPP for making the wrong decision just to appeal to voters, like some of our local elected officials. The job of a MPP is to fearlessly represent his or her riding. The job of a MPP is not to spend four years figuring out how to get re-elected.

Who is your political role model?

Unfortunately in today’s age it is difficult to pick a political role model. There were many good ones in the past who stood on integrity and making the right decision. Unfortunately in today’s age I believe too many politicians enter politics and look at protecting their own political career and focus on getting re-elected instead of focusing on making decisions that are right for the people of Ontario. I really don’t have a politician I consider a role model or a politician that led to me wanting to enter politics. Instead I hope to become a role model for a new modern era where decisions are made for the right reasons and the people of Ontario instead of politicians protecting their own careers.

Sylvie Fontaine, Liberal

Sylvie Fontaine was born in Hearst and since her birth, she’s been involved in politics because of the impact her father, René Fontaine, had in public life. Since the 1980s, she has devoted most of her life to the economic development of our region. Sylvie lives with her daughter Renée-Pier in Hearst and takes care of her mother since the death of her father.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Transportation, infrastructure, and creating and maintaining jobs (including our forestry sector, and supporting the ring of fire) are the critical three. But also from that steams the need to keep our youth in our communities by supporting them as well as recognizing the needs of our ageing populations through better healthcare.

Why should people vote for you?

I am very dynamic and ready to serve my community to ensure we get our fair share from Queens Park. All my life I have worked in economic development and want to better the communities of Timmins-James Bay by being your partner in government.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

First and foremost, I am fully bilingual. For an MPP in Timmins-James Bay, I see this as a requirement of the job. But beyond language, I know the economic challenges that face our region. I have a strong sense of community and this leads me to want to enter a life of public service.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

Chocolate and Ice Cream... But that's not what you're looking for with that question. I've been known to be emotional. Some may call it passionate. While this can also be a strength, I do have a hard time dealing with personal attacks and recognize that in politics I will need to grow a thick skin.

Who is your political role model?

Well when I was 10, Trudeau came to Hearst and I got caught up in Trudeau mania. I was excited with what the late Prime Minster has to say on bilingualism and on the prospect of making Canada a bilingual country. And of course my father, the late René Fontaine, demonstrated the impact politics can have on people. The passion he showed in mobilizing a community to achieve great tasks inspires me to this day.

Bozena Hrycyna, Green

Fauzia Sadiq, Confederation of Regions

A Human Rights activist, Sadiq has been actively advocating for the political, economic, social, human and healthcare rights of the disadvantaged and the marginalized Ontarians, including that of the Aboriginal Native people residing on highly isolated Ontario Reserves. Sadiq has an interest in the study of History, Politics, economy and architecture, but her main mission is to fight government corruption in Ontario. Sadiq obtained her Bachelor of Arts Honors degree from the University of Toronto and she is a mother of two young children.

Timiskaming-Cochrane

John Vanthof, NDP

Prior to my election as MPP, my wife, myself and our four kids owned and operated a dairy farm for almost 30 years, just north of Earlton. I was President of the Temiskaming Federation of Agriculture for a decade, director on the Board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario for one term, a municipal councillor for twelve years, and have held numerous volunteer positions. My wife Ria and I now live in Coleman township.

What are the main issues in your riding?

I believe the most important issue in the riding of Timiskaming Cochrane is the economy, specifically jobs and affordability. Simply put, to pay for the social programs that the NDP strongly believes in, people need jobs, and the employers who take risks to create those jobs need to be rewarded for that risk. Likewise if people cannot afford to live in the North, because of electricity costs for example, we will not survive.

Why should people vote for you?

I understand the issues we face in Timiskaming-Cochrane. I have served for more than 20 years on the Dairy Producer Committee, I was elected to the Board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario and played a key role in the rebirth of Thornloe Cheese. I also served on municipal council for twelve years and was President of the Temiskaming Federation of Agriculture, during which time we represented the agricultural community in some key issues, most notably the Adams Mine Landfill debate. As MPP, I have met with numerous constituents, farmers, companies, stakeholders to better understand and address their concerns. I have a record of standing up for Northerners. I will work with Andrea Horwath to make life more affordable for families. I believe it is possible to create jobs by supporting our local companies and small businesses.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my ability to work with people from all walks of life. Before I became an MPP, groups that I played a leadership role in fought battles that shaped the North. The Adams Mine Landfill, and Thornloe Cheese are two examples. Since my election in 2011, I have continued to focus on issues that impact people in my riding, like the ONTC and winter road maintenance.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness, politically, is a nervous tick. I sometimes laugh to lower my stress level but this can, on occasion, be misunderstood.

Who is your political role model?

My political role model is Tommy Douglas. Although he is widely regarded as the father of Canadian public health care, he did two things before he brought public health care to Saskatchewan. As premier, he balanced the budget, then he brought electricity to the rural concessions of the province so farmers could prosper and help the province grow.

Peter Politis, PC

As the Mayor of Cochrane, Peter Politis leads the growth and development of one of the fastest-growing growing communities in Northern Ontario. As Senior Consultant at For Evergreen Innovative Strategies, Peter has specialized in aboriginal negotiation, mediation and business development for over 17 years. His insight and trademark flare for innovation consistently break barriers and pioneer breakthrough agreements and sustainable partnerships between government, industry, municipality and the aboriginal community across Canada. Peter has extensive experience and training in key disciplines such as negotiations, facilitation, people management, business and strategic planning, brainstorming and risk management.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Our parks are being closed, our access to hunting fishing and our way of life is being lost, Moose tags are reduced by 93%, seniors surgeries are being de-listed, our rail and fiber optic infrastructure is being sold off, Agriculture is struggling and massive threats continue to impact our forestry and mining industries as a result of excessive protection. The list goes on, it just cannot continue any longer.

Why should people vote for you?

My local platform specifically focuses on getting off the front yard where we’ve been stuck protesting and back into the house where decisions about our back yard are being made. When in the house, my focus will be to rethink the North and make it work better for northerners while raising its value to the rest of the province.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I live by the adage “If you want there to be a difference in the world, then sometimes you have to become that difference” I firmly stand by a core set of values; honour, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and a solid word and I want to become that difference in our communities.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I am a notoriously hard worker, sometimes too hard. Between my consulting practice, being Mayor of Cochrane, my farm and volunteering, I routinely put in over 100 hours a week. I am eternally grateful that I have such an understanding wife and family.

Who is your political role model?

Rene Brunelle, Leo Bernier, Allan Pope, Rene Piche, and I hope to follow in the footsteps of our regional leaders and contribute to the development of the region and to make Northern Ontario relevant again.

Sébastien Goyer, Liberal

Sébastien Goyer is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of French River. He was appointed to this position in July 2013 after spending more than 10 years working in school board, municipal and federal governments. Sébastien resides in French River (Noëlville) with his wife (Simone) and his daughter (Nathalie).

What are the main issues in your riding?

- Creating well-paying jobs through critical investments such as apprenticeships, skills upgrading
- and tax reliefs for small and medium businesses;
- Ensuring that our seniors can stay safe, healthy and active in their community;
- Developing a sustainable strategy to promote Northern Agriculture and our Forestry;
- Ensuring that our youth have opportunities to study and gain experiences so that they can be an integral part of the development of Northern Ontario;
- New and sustained investment in roads and bridges and municipal infrastructure so that our communities can develop themselves.

Why should people vote for you?

- My experience as a CAO/Clerk for the Municipality of French River and previously as a Parliamentary/Legislative Assistant allowed me to gain insight and knowledge on the inner workings of governments, on the needs of our municipalities and on the challenges that small and medium businesses are faced with.
- Being from a community where there are a lot of seniors, I am sensitive to their current needs and their wishes to remain in their home and in their community while being safe, healthy and active.
- Being a young father, I am worried about the opportunities that my daughter will have to study and work in the North. I want to ensure that we have the education programs and opportunities for our youth to become community builders like their parents and grandparents.
- I am a fully bilingual candidate and therefore I am able to personally assist my constituents in the official language of their choice;
- Having worked with Aboriginal Communities gives me the appreciation that the aboriginal cultures and traditions have to bring to our decision making process.
- Being a younger candidate, I have the energy and enthusiasm to advocate for Timiskaming-Cochrane

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I am a builder. Building up is hard but so rewarding. I decided to work in municipal government because I care about my community and want it to develop itself so that all residents can reach their full potential. I want to make a difference in people’s lives. My experience, my personality, my strong works ethics and the fact that I am bilingual are the strengths which make me the best candidate to become the next MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

With over 15 years’ experience, I am very confident at municipal and federal levels of government. If you ask me what my weakness would be I could only say that I can't wait to prepare for the roles and procedures in a provincial government setting.

Who is your political role model?

The Honourable Jean-Robert Gauthier, O.C., Senator. Senator Gauthier was appointed to the Senate in 1995 after spending 23 years as a Member of Parliament. Senator Gauthier stood by his principles even when it required him to go against his leader. In 1981, as a Liberal MP he chose to vote against the repatriation of the Constitution and Prime Minister Trudeau because of the clause “Where the number justifies” that would set a quantity required before offering services to French speaking minority living outside Québec. He is also the reason why in Ontario we have public and catholic French schools instead of the bilingual school system. He is also the only parliamentarian that I know that had 3 private members bills passed by the House of Commons. He also was an instrumental part of SOS Montfort – the movement that was created to oppose the Mike Harris and Tim Hudak plan to close the only French teaching hospital in Ontario while suffering from a terrible illness that caused him to become partially deaf. This illness would give him great purpose later where he forced Air Canada to closed-caption the safety instructions on board airplanes equipped with a television and the House of Commons to closed-caption their debates in real time.

What I have learned from him is to pursue and keep focus on your goals, act with courage and conviction, listen carefully to all your constituents and remain true to yourself. But what I remember most of him, was his humanity, the capacity to seek guidance from nature and fishing and the ability to build consensus. Merci Jean-Robert!

Cody Fraser, Green

Honours Bachelor of Arts student in Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University. Former Junior hockey player and Sudbury Wolves draft pick (2008). Active member of community, volunteering in local minor hockey associations and the Student Accessibility Center at Lakehead University.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Seniors care. This includes a lack of adequate nursing homes, and the absence of the ONTC rail system making accessing proper care harder for those in the north. Along with seniors care, a lack of funding for aging infrastructure including road maintenance is a major issue.

Why should people vote for you?

Voting for the Ontario Greens is a vote towards a fair and just society. The Green Party is committed to creating sustainable jobs, securing our children’s future, and protecting our food, water and natural resources. A vote for Cody Fraser and the Green Party of Ontario is an excellent alternative to the status quo.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength would be my youthful perspective. We live in a different world than that of our parent’s generation. The things that worked in the past will not necessarily work in 2014 and beyond. It’s time for change.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness would go hand in hand with my biggest strength, being young. Young people are often not taken seriously by older generations simply because of age.

Who is your political role model?

I have two political role models, both at the federal level. One would be Elizabeth May, voted hardest working MP by her fellow members two years in a row. Another would be the late Jack Layton.

Anthony Giles, Libertarian

Nipissing

Henri Giroux, NDP

Henri is a dedicated healthcare and labour activist at the Provincial and National level; proven advocate for working rights and social justice. Member of CUPE’s National and Provincial Executive board and a Board Member for United way Sudbury/Nipissing District.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Main issues in the Nipissing Riding are:
- Good paying jobs.
- Youth sustainability
- Sale of the ONR
- Hospital bed cuts & emergency room wait times

Why should people vote for you?

The NDP Party has the plan that makes sense. Our plan will invest in your priorities and save more than it spends. We get the fundamentals right by:
- Saving $2 billion and appointing a Minister of Savings
- Creating jobs, cutting small business taxes, and investing in infrastructure
- Taking the HST off hydro and reducing auto insurance rates
- Cutting ER wait times in half and creating 24-hour family clinics
- Keeping schools open and hiring 1000 educational assistants so every child gets a quality education

What would say is your biggest strength?

As a life-long bilingual resident of Nipissing I understand real people. I was raised with 10 brothers and 4 sisters. Patience, organization, hardworking and the ability to adapt to surroundings were an everyday part of life. My mother always taught us to be honest, polite and treat every person the same way you wished to be treated. So with those values instilled deep in me it has allowed me to always remain humble to my achievements and remain grounded.

What would you say is your biggest Weakness?

I can get emotionally involved in issues. Some have criticized my determination as a negative attribute.

Who is your political role model?

Tommy Douglas. He had a new vision for the role of government; he believed that government had the responsibility to improve the lives of ordinary people.

Vic Fedeli, PC

Vic is a lifelong entrepreneur and his company, Fedeli Corporation, was named the 34th Best Place to Work in Canada, in 1989. He served two terms as Mayor of the City of North Bay, where he made news on both sides of the border when he successfully launched a grassroots campaign to reverse the U.S.’s ‘Buy American’ provision. He has served one term as MPP for Nipissing, serving as the PC Energy Critic for two years, and most recently as PC Finance Critic, where he launched his new book, ‘Focus on Finance’.

What are the main issues in your riding?

High unemployment, high energy prices, the uncertainty that’s been created by the Liberal fire sale of Ontario Northland (although recanted after I had the Auditor General disclose that it would actually cost $820 million to go through with the sale).

Why should people vote for you?

I have always stood up for them, and continue to fight for more and better employment, particularly in the North.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My ability to hear both sides and look for consensus; first in business, then as Mayor of North Bay, and now as MPP for Nipissing.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My growing frustration with nothing getting done at Queen’s Park is starting to be detected in my tone; and that isn’t helpful.

Who is your political role model?

Winston Churchill. In the face of the worst possible consequences, he forged on and succeeded.

Catherine Whiting, Liberal

Dr. Catherine Whiting brings over 30 years of experience in Nipissing from her various roles as a Family Doctor, Medical Officer of Health and a community volunteer. Through these roles she has experience working with all 3 levels of government and as a member of local and Provincial Boards and program review committees. She is married to Dr. Matti Saari and has 2 children Rebecca and Jonathan.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Economy including youth employment, the ONTC, the Ring of Fire , health care and education, all of which reflect increasing economic disparity and social inequity.

Why should people vote for you?

For over 30 years in Nipissing , in my various roles as a Family Doctor, Medical Officer of Health and a community volunteer, I have become known for my passion and my capacity to fight for and address the needs of individuals, groups and the community as a whole. I can do even more as your MPP! It Is not right that Nipissing has higher unemployment, higher rates of poverty and poorer health.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

Working with people, bringing them together, tackling tough issues and making difficult decisions.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I have never held elected office. However, in my professional and volunteer experience I have worked and interacted with all levels of government, mainly the provincial level of government. I understand policy, statutes and governance.

Who is your political role model?

Kathleen Wynne . She brings a fresh, open, inclusive and balanced approach to political leadership. It was a great honour to be part of and support her campaign when she was chosen as the new leader of the Liberal Party.

Nicole Peltier, Green

Nicole Peltier is a 28 year old student entrepreneur. She is in her 4th year of Environmental Geography with a minor in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Nipissing University. She is also a single mother of 2 children, ages 10 and 8. She was motivated by her professors to take action in the form of a student club called BASE (Backing Action for a Sustainable Earth) to enact change on campus in 2013-2014.

What are the main issues in your riding?

The ONTC Divestiture is a huge issue of contention in the Nipissing District. It diversifies Northern Ontario infrastructure so people can live and work in isolated areas. All citizens should have access to safe and efficient transportation. Given the isolation of Northern communities and the lengthy commutes via road, the ONTC provided an essential transportation service that suits Northern Ontario climates and economies. The purpose of the ONTC being publicly funded was to spur economic growth and movement of people in the region. The Green Party advocates for publicly funded transportation. Rail is essential to Northern Ontario economies that would do best if left in public hands for the benefit of Northern Ontario peoples.

TransCanada has applied to the NEB to pump Alberta tar sands through Trout Lake watershed via an existing pipeline. This section of pipeline is called Energy East. The Trout Lake watershed and lake supplies drinking water for over 50,000 people in the North Bay area alone. Satellite communities that commute North Bay for work, services, visit family, and the like are also affected by this proposed pipeline conversion. TransCanada wants to re-purpose a 55yr old pipeline that currently carries natural gas to carry dilbit aka "diluted bitumen" over a fault line, several tributaries that drain into Trout Lake, and . In the past, this very same pipeline has exploded, releasing natural gas into the surrounding environment. What if it were to carry dilbit? This proposal has the disastrous potential to contaminate our drinking water supply! This is insanity. TransCanada has a horrible track record of safety violations, evening having one of their own engineers speak out under whistleblower status. TransCanada does not have the best interests of the Nipissing communities at heart, no matter how they tout the economic benefits. Nothing is 100% infallible, this oil pipeline is no different. Our drinking water supply is at risk. The recreational value and tourism opportunities are at risk. The entire community is at risk. We completely oppose the TransCanada Energy East pipeline proposal. The Green Party does not want this pipeline to run through Ontario or anywhere in Canada, whatsoever. It is simply unacceptable. Our risk. Their reward. This oil is for export NOT for Canadian consumption. There are far, far better ways to promote economic growth and jobs in the North. Renewable energy sources and generation initiatives are available and viable now. The TransCanada pipeline will not bring us prosperity and is not an option in the 21st century.

The amalgamation of 4 school boards into 1 will save the province of Ontario $1.6 Billion. We want to create a school board that prides itself on efficiency, student diversity, and fair hiring practices by eliminating redundancies in bureaucratic and administration costs, busing, supplies, and building maintenance. No other party has been so bold as to suggest such an idea. The PC leader, Tim Hudak suggests cutting an estimated 100,000 public service jobs to save $2B. It is a policy point that will damage the very fabric of society. The are other options that make more economic sense, like the school board amalgamation. The Greens are committed to implementing common sense solutions in today's modern day and age.

Why people should vote for me?

I am part of a movement, a global awareness of how our actions affect others. I am not interested in 'playing politics'. I am a voice for people who believe in economic stability, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. I live it every day. I will strive to bring honesty, integrity, and good public policy back to politics. I am a person that will bring real issues to the forefront that other parties are scared of addressing. I have the best interests of my community at heart.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I understand the unique dynamics of Northern Ontario economies. I am a student entrepreneur with my own family. I have seen first-hand how my own small business has benefited the local economy, created jobs, can stem youth out-migration, and develop leadership abilities. I am also well versed in environmental issues. We can create positive stable development with diversified economies. I am a permanent resident and have a vested interest in this community. I have a long-term vision for the Nipissing District that promotes economic, social, and environmental responsibility.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I am not fluent in conversational French. I need to learn and practice other languages in order to better communicate with residents of the Nipissing District.

Who is your political role model?

Elizabeth May and Bearnie Saunders. Both are trailblazers and are completely honest in their representation of facts and issues in the political sphere. They ask tough questions, demand real answers, accountability, and transparency in government and business. They are not afraid to speak out against injustices. I admire their tenacity and professionalism.

Derek Elliot, Libertarian

Derek Elliott has resided in North Bay, Ontario for 16 years. Derek became politically active during the Harris era in Ontario, creating a life-long passion for politics. Derek is a former Rotary Youth Exchange student, having represented Canada for a year in Finland.

What are the main issues in your riding?

The same issues are happening in not just my riding of Nipissing but all of Ontario. The major parties are not offering choice to the people. Government has proven over and over they cannot be trusted with our money so the choice of how that money is spent should be given back to those who have earned it.

Why should people vote for you?

People should vote for the Ontario Libertarian party and myself if they want more choice in their lives and more control on how their money is being spent. If you want your freedoms restricted we are definitely not the party to vote for.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is that I can relate to the everyday financial struggles that have been placed on Ontarians over the past decade. I live every day with a fixed budget like the majority of the people in this province.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is my inability to shut up. If given the opportunity I will tell every member of the provincial legislature exactly what is on my mind. It may get me into hot water but that won't change wanting to keep government agents accountable.

Who is your political role model?

I wouldn't say I have an actual role model but originally I was inspired to get involved in politics from Mike Harris and Jean Charest.

Gino Chitaroni, Northern Ontario Heritage Party

Mr. Chitaroni was born and raised in New Liskeard Ontario in 1962 and currently maintains residences and business interests in both Cobalt and Coleman Twp. A true Northerner born and raised, Gino acquired a passion for the mining and exploration industry in Northern Ontario at a young age. Mr. Chitaroni is running as a candidate on behalf of the Northern Ontario Heritage party, in the riding of Timiskaming-Cochrane, to raise awareness of the need for a “real deal” for Northern Ontario.

What are the main issues in your riding?

The main issues in the Riding of Timiskaming-Cochrane is no certain order.

1) Highway 11 upgrades and safety,
2) The Northlander and the ONR,
3) High OPP costs on small municipalities,
4) Municipal infrastructure upgrades, Eg: roads, water & sewer lines and so on.
5) Industrial-commercial park development
6) Jobs, jobs, jobs!!! We need to take cut the red tape on new and existing mining, housing development, tourism and forestry projects, etcetera.
and many more!!

Why should people vote for you?

The NOHP is a 'Northern Ontario first party'; meaning, that on every issue brought up we want to know.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My background in the mining-exploration sectors, tourist camp business and Municipal Politics as long time serving Town Councilor in the Town of Cobalt.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I need to acquire more knowledge on health care issues and education.

Who is your political role model?

Combination of several people: Tommy Douglas, Pierre Trudeau, Jean Chretien, Jim Flarherty, Bill Davis and Paul Martin -- and of course Ed Diebel!

Patrick Clement, Independent

Sault Ste Marie

Celia Ross, NDP

Celia Ross served for 12 years as President of Algoma University where she ran consistent budget surpluses and eliminated the school's deficit. Under her leadership the university became an autonomous university, doubled student enrolment and significantly expanded programs. She has served on the boards of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, Centre Francophone, United Way, and Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, and currently chairs the board of the community economic development research group, NORDIK (Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas and Knowledge) Institute.

What are the main issues in my riding?

1. Jobs
Too many people in Sault Ste. Marie are underemployed, working at part-time jobs with no benefits. Too many young people cannot find a first job in our city. OLGC employees are worried about what “modernization/privatization” may mean for their employment. Small retail businesses are struggling to keep people on their payroll. Employees in manufacturing are keenly aware of how poorly the sector is doing throughout Ontario. The NDP’s plans to help small businesses by lowering their tax rate, to encourage corporations to invest in infrastructure through a Manufacturers’ Tax Credit, and to stimulate job creation through a Job Creation Tax Credit will maintain and enhance jobs in Sault Ste. Marie.

2. Health
Families and caregivers (nurses, RPNs, PSWs) are speaking out. They are concerned that the sick, elderly and vulnerable are not getting sufficient care. The NDP will hire more Nurse Practitioners to reduce ER waiting times, will increase the number of long-term care beds, and will implement a five-day home care guarantee. These are practical measures that can be implemented within current budget constraints and that will bring immediate help to families.

3. Accountability
People are expressing dismay and anger over mismanagement of tax dollars. The Gas Plant scandal is fresh in peoples’ memory. Sault Ste. Marie voters are discouraged that the Liberal government has wasted over $3 billion in scandals and mismanagement. The NDP have proposed concrete measures at Queen’s Park to ensure transparency and accountability. My Constituency Office will be “open for business”, and I will listen to constituents and be accountable to them.

Why should people vote for me?

I have demonstrated experience and success in community development during my twelve years as President of Algoma University. I have a proven track record of good fiscal management and accountability. People respect me for the work I have done. I care deeply for this community and for the people of Sault Ste. Marie. Our community needs leadership that makes sense.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I build teams around good ideas. When all three levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) focus on a project, when we link the public and private sectors, then visions become reality.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I have struggled to be punctual for much of my life, however, happily I can report great improvement in this area since becoming a candidate.

Who is your political role model?

I have been very fortunate to have two outstanding local political mentors: Tony Martin and Bud Wildman. Their belief in our communities, their commitment to political action to address our challenges, their track-record of success inspire and motivate me.

Rod Fremlin, PC

David Orazietti, Liberal

David Orazietti is a third generation Saultite and a lifetime Sault resident. Prior to being elected MPP in 2003, David worked for 10 years as a secondary school teacher and served two terms as a City Councillor. David was appointed Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources in 2013 and previously served as the Chair of Northern Caucus. David and his wife Jane have two children, Olivia and Alexander.

What are the main issues in your riding?

As a Northerner, my main priorities for our community are job creation and ensuring access to health care close to home. We have made significant strides in both areas, and we need that progress to continue.

Our government has increased funding for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC), which provides $100 million per year to support job creation in the North. Locally, the NOHFC has provided $87 million to support 728 projects in Sault Ste. Marie. By contrast, when the NDP were in government they cut the entire NOHFC program and allowed our unemployment rate to skyrocket to 19.6%. We cannot allow that to happen again.

The NOHFC, combined with our proposed new, ten-year $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Plan will help support the creation of value-added steel and forestry jobs in our community. In addition, we have committed $1 billion in transportation infrastructure to support development in the Ring of Fire.

With respect to health care, funding is up 68% since 2003. We have hired an additional 20,000 nurses province-wide, and locally we have built a new hospital, a new long-term care home and created two new Family Health Teams. Moving forward, I would like to expand the services available at our hospital, and bring heart procedures, such as angioplasty to our local hospital.

Our budget includes a new $750 million investment for seniors homecare and community care services, so that people can get the care they need at the right time and in the right place, close to home.

We are also working to make life more affordable for families by addressing the pocketbook issues that matter to people. We have introduced rules to increase the transparency of cell phone contracts and to bring prices down and we are focused on reducing auto insurance rates by 15%. We are also proposing a $100 increase to the Ontario Child Benefit, increasing it to $1,310 per child annually.

Why should people vote for you?

I’m asking for the support of Sault residents so that we can continue to build on the progress we have made in our community over the last eleven years. We have made tremendous gains in Sault Ste. Marie, despite a major economic recession.

Increased supports from the province have resulted in the construction of a new hospital, five new schools, and increased access to health care. I will work to ensure these types of investments continue in our community and to ensure we continue to receive the provincial supports we need to thrive as a city.

Our party has the strongest plan to move Ontario forward. We are the only party committed to creating an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) building upon the CPP to ensure Ontarians retire with dignity and security.

We are also proposing a ten-year, $29 billion dedicated fund for roads, bridges and highways, which would be used in part for the four-laning of routes such as Highway 17. In addition, we have put forward a new $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Plan to support businesses in creating new jobs and a new $295 million Youth Jobs Strategy to help young people gain job skills and training. It is unfortunate that the NDP have rejected these initiatives, which reflect the priorities of Ontarians and Sault residents.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I am a hardworking individual who is committed to making life better for Sault residents. Having served as a City Councillor, I have a solid understanding of the issues and challenges we face in our community and how we can overcome them together.

The success of numerous private member’s bills I have introduced demonstrates my ability to work with others to move important priorities forward. I introduced legislation to protect children from the effects of second hand smoke in vehicles, which was adopted by the government in 2008. I also introduced legislation to increase consumer protection for cell phone users and to lower cell phone fees, which came into effect in 2013. I have successfully advocated for improvements to the Northern Health Travel grant and the provincial breast cancer screening program. I believe I am an effective advocate for issues that affect our community.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

One thing about politics is that it is a very busy job and the projects and initiatives you are working on are always on your mind. That can make balancing work and family life difficult, but I am fortunate to have a very supportive family.

Who is your political role model?

I have a lot of respect for all that Jean Chrétien did for Canada. He came from a small town and accomplished great things for his community and for Canada. He meant what he said and he was a true leader.

Kara Flannigan, Green

Kara Flannigan is committed to protecting the environment believing climate change is one of the biggest threats to public health and our communities. Her work as a public health inspector for the past 26 years affords her the opportunity to help protect our food, water, and natural and man¬ made environments. She is passionate about reducing our carbon footprint, increasing voter turnout, informing public of local issues, and restoring faith in political system by advocating for change.

What are the main issues in your riding?

In Sault Ste. Marie, we are concerned about the economy, our kids, and the environment. The Green Party commitment to small business by lowering payroll taxes will encourage more local good jobs, foster entrepreneurship, and innovation. This gives our young people more opportunity to remain in our community and not move away to find work.

Promoting legislation for grants for homeowner investment in energy conservation creates jobs, lowers our environmental impact, saves energy and money, and improves our homes and comfort. Investing in our children by reducing child poverty is investing in our future. Doubling the Ontario Child Benefit for children of families who live close to the poverty line is a good start to securing housing and food, things many of us take for granted.

Improving the education system by eliminating the duplication of service between two school boards is particularly important in northern Ontario where we have small populations and vast geography. We cannot afford this moving forward.

A very big concern of mine is the fact that only 49.4% of registered voters voted in the 2011 elections. Fifty percent of voters in Sault Ste. Marie are not represented. Every vote matters. Our election system needs to change so people will engage. The Green Party of Ontario supports proportional representation so all our voices are heard. This will eliminate the repeated minority governments and the frequent elections saving us all money.

Why should people vote for you?

People who want passion, commitment, and a fresh view for solutions and plans should vote for me. I am proud to call Sault Ste. Marie, the best kept secret in Ontario, my home for the past 26 years. The commitment of the City to becoming the alternative energy capital of North America shows we can do better and we must do better to protect our health, environment and communities. The Green Party wants to bring honesty, integrity, and good public policy to Queen's Park and I am committed to that.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is thinking outside the box. Sharing our knowledge and ideas is important to move forward and towards a healthy future.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My weakness is frustration. I have found it is also a great motivator to finding another way.

Who is your political role model?

I am so proud of Elizabeth May who stands up and steps up for what she believes in: social justice, the environment, human rights, and pragmatic economics solutions. She brings civility to the political process. This was acknowledged in 2012 when her colleagues in the House of Commons voted her Parliamentarian of the Year.

Austin Williams, Libertarian

Austin Williams is in his fourth year at Algoma and Shingwauk Universities, obtaining a BA4 History/Politics & an Aboriginal Learning Certificate. His family has lived in Canada for its entire known history, and has widely varied ethnic roots. Austin enjoys hunting, fishing camping, canoeing and demanding his rights be respected publicly.

What are the main issues in your riding?

1. “It’s the economy stupid.”-James Carville Economics is always a top priority. Sault Ste Marie has been in an economic decline for some time, and is no longer a central cog of the Canadian economy. This is primarily due to mismanagement, and overbearing government regulation. When a regulation is created it adversely affects small businesses while insulating large businesses against competition. Small businesses account for the majority of the ‘good jobs’ in the economy, while many big businesses create minimum wage service jobs. Over bearing regulations on business actually both reduces the number and quality of jobs.

By reducing regulation, taxes and government spending the Ontario Libertarian Party will create an atmosphere that allows small businesses to restart the Sault economy. To those who disagree, I point toward the provincial regulations of cable and electricity. Ontarians pay more than 200% above market value for electricity and have some of the slowest internet speeds in the developed world. Government regulation does not improve quality, it causes innovation to stagnate and prices to increase.

2. Social Justice - There is a growing activism in Sault Ste Marie. Many Native peoples, both on and off reserve are standing up to demand their treaty rights, land claims and sovereignty be respected. I have also promised to represent demands for increased First Nations autonomy and sovereignty to the legislature. I have also pledged to do anything necessary to find justice for missing women. Others, including myself, are standing up against Monsanto on May 24 which is a good example of a corporation benefiting from government favouritism. I have also organized a rally on May 31 to demand suffrage for all citizens, and decry the ‘Fair Elections Act”, and all are invited.

If Elected I promise to use 80% of my salary to create free permacultured ‘food forests’ throughout the city. Finally, if elected, I would attempt to implement harsh penalties for any company or person who purposefully or negligently pollutes or harms the environment.

Why should people vote for you?

Any person who knows me could testify that I do not parse words, and speak my mind at all times, even if I am certain I will suffer for it. The Government is a body which holds a monopoly on the use of force, which when used is intended to induce compliance. Government should only be involved when absolutely necessary, and not dictate everyday life. When personal lives are regulated for (non-violent) ‘morality’ many lives can be ruined. This is the kind of brutal honesty and accountability I offer.

The major parties believe the government should control your personal life. If you disagree, I would ask that you take a stand by voting for me and the Libertarian Party, the party of choice.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I do not seek power, wealth, fame or control. Any other politician who says the same, I would ask “where does your money go?” and “why are you involved in the industry you are regulating?”

I am motivated by the outrage I feel from government interfering with my personal life, it's insatiable appetite for more taxes to squander and its self-appointed power to treat adults like children even though they are just people like you and me. If an individual has no right to dictate lifestyle choices to others, then neither do groups of people under the guise of government. I will not be corrupted.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I dedicated most of my life so far to dreams of becoming a politician and fixing this divided country. My mind, once a target is selected, never waivers. This has been difficult upon many personal aspects of my life. Obtaining two BAs, two certificates, working for the VPAR at Algoma University and running for office has been time consuming, but completely worth it. I need to remember to take time out for myself and my family.

Who is your political role model?

It is difficult to select a single person from the expanse of history who perfectly epitomizes my ideals, and stands as a role model. Many figures have influenced me, such as Thomas Paine, John A. Macdonald, Malcolm X, MLK, and others. From these older sources I have learned logic, reason, pride, organizational and oratory skills. In the modern era, and my own lifetime, there stands but one man worthy of the status of ‘Role Model’. Ron Paul (former U.S. Congressman from Texas) is a man of absolute conviction. Ron Paul has always stuck by his principles, even when unpopular, and never voted for a single tax hike or war in his long career. Lobbyists and special interest groups wouldn't even bother to make appointments because they knew he could not be bought. If given the opportunity, I promise that I will garner the same reputation.

Algoma-Manitoulin

Mike Mantha, NDP

Michael Mantha is a long-time community advocate who has a proven track record of achieving results for Algoma-Manitoulin since being elected MPP in 2011. Michael has been a strong voice for rural healthcare, safe road conditions, northern jobs, and affordability. Michael lives in Elliot Lake with his wife Pauline and their two sons.

What are the main issues in your riding?

Jobs, affordability, healthcare and loss of services are key issues in Algoma-Manitoulin. Many communities in the North are facing a severe jobs crisis. Families are struggling with sky-rocketing hydro bills, high prices at the pumps, unsafe road conditions and unequal access to healthcare. There are many other issues but these are without a doubt the most consistent across the riding.

Why should people vote for you?

I think that I have a proven track record of getting results for people in Algoma-Manitoulin. I have secured funding to continue the Chi-Cheemaun ferry service to assist tourism and protect jobs on Manitoulin Island. I have worked with industry to re-open vacant mills in Wawa and White River to generate good full-time jobs in the forestry sector. I have obtained funding for hospitals and long term care facilities. I have secured funding for infrastructure and road improvements across the North. I was successful in securing provincial funds for wharf improvements in Gore Bay and Killarney and for other economic development projects in many communities and First Nations across the riding. As a part of the New Democrat team we will make life more affordable for families, by cutting the waste in Hydro, capping CEO salaries and slashing the $1 billion subsidy to export electricity. We will put the savings back in your pocket with an HST Rebate. We will invest in families by creating more affordable childcare spaces and we will give drivers a break on their auto insurance. We will make driving on our Northern roads safer by putting 200 more salt trucks and snow plows on our roads. We will increase minimum wage but also give small businesses a break with a Job Creator Tax Credit. To reduce hospital wait times, we will hire 250 new nurse-practitioners, open 50 new 24-hour family health clinics, create 1,400 more long-term care beds, and implement a 5 day home care guarantee. Our Caregiver Tax Credit will allow for you to care for seniors and your loved ones when they are ill.

Finally, we will involve our communities and First Nations in real-decision making that directly impacts our future.

As your candidate, I will end the years of liberal neglect for the north!

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I am a true Northerner. I have lived many of the hardships we all experience. Like too many of us up here, I lost my job in the forestry industry and had to struggle to make ends meet while raising my family. I know, first-hand, the challenges we face as Northerners. I know that in order for us to succeed we need to work together to get the job done. I will continue to stand up for Northern families and make a positive impact.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

Baked goods at the local farmers markets.

Who is your political role model?

Jack Layton. In 2009 I met him at the Massey Fall Fair with my entire family. The whole community was so excited that he had come to take part in the festivities. Despite the fact that there were hundreds of people and many news outlets trying to get a minute with him he took the time to take my two young sons aside to talk. He told them that the work I was doing in the community was so important and that I was helping so many people facing real hardships. He told them that they should be proud of their Dad. It was a moment I will never forget. Despite the fact that so many of us are experiencing real difficulties and job losses, Jack personally gave me a real sense of hope and optimism for not only my family, but for all of us in the North.

Jib Turner, PC

Jib was born and raised in Northern Ontario. A small business owner Jib is the 5th President of Turners of Little Current, a family owned business celebrating 135 years. Jib also served his community as a Municipal Councilor for seven years.

What are the main issues in your riding?

The main issue in our riding is jobs and the Liberal neglect of the north as decisions are made in Toronto without any consideration for Northerners.

Why should people vote for you?

I represent the only Party that understands a job here is just as important as a job in Toronto. We'll expand the distribution of gas tax revenues to include northern communities, unlike the Liberals who think only urban cities in the south deserve it. We have a plan to control energy costs that are squeezing our families and businesses, and we're only Party with a plan to create jobs - including expanding vital northern sectors like tourism, mining and forestry.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

Honesty and integrity.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I like to help people by being in public life I cannot control the urgeto get involved to make Ontario a better Province.

Who is your political role model?

John Lane, I grew up with John as our MPP from 1971 until 1987. He got into public life because as a young farmer from the Manitoulin he overheard men laughing about swindling independent farmers while riding the train from Toronto to the island. When he got home he went about the task of helping to create the Manitoulin Livestock Co-op and grew a one day cattle sale organized to bring good prices for local farmers into the largest sale of its kind in Ontario. From there John went on to Queens Park and was involved with many developments in the North. I would especially like to help develop this area and create the jobs needed for our youth to allow them to live in the North.

Craig Hughson, Liberal

Born and raised on Manitoulin Island, Craig Hughson is a proud northerner, father, and small businessman who served the riding of Algoma-Manitoulin as part of MPP Mike Brown¹s office for 7 years. With 15 years at Queen's Park I have first-hand experience in using government as an instrument to create Northern Jobs, grow our economy, and create opportunities in Algoma-Manitoulin communities.

What are the main issues in your riding?

As I knock on doors in Algoma-Manitoulin the issue I hear about most often is jobs and our Northern Ontario economy. The economy in Algoma-Manitoulin, along with the entire province is recovering from the global economic recession. Government needs a steady hand to continue working with businesses to get our communities working again.

The Liberal budget proposed by the government that MPP Mantha and his leader Andrea Horwath refused to support included a new $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund. This new fund would help secure business investments particularly in growing sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, agri-food, and information and communications technology. Jurisdictions around the world are aggressively competing for business investment to create jobs and support economic growth and we cannot expect to keep Ontario competitive but then pretend we’re not in a competition.

Algoma-Manitoulin not only needs more private sector jobs, it needs each and every one of the nurses, teachers, and police officers we have now. The Tim Hudak / Jib Turner plan to fire 100,000 Ontario government employees will devastate Northern Ontario communities. I will fight to keep our current government workers here in our Algoma-Manitoulin communities and aggressively attract new private sector jobs.

The Jobs and prosperity fund also includes: committing $400 million over 10 years to the agri-food sector, maintaining a competitive tax system and cutting red tape, not raising corporate income taxes, and helping small businesses save money on energy costs.

If elected, I will work hard to ensure that we create jobs right here in Algoma-Manitoulin.

Why should people vote for you?

I will be a passionate, and effective representative for Algoma-Manitoulin.

I believe there is only one good reason to get into politics. You do it to help people. And you do that by making government a force for good in people’s lives. A strong, positive force.

I will help create jobs and kids get the best education. I will work hard with the government to put in place the conditions to help people and businesses thrive. I want to see Northern Ontario succeed. That’s why I’m running, and why people should vote for me.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I am a tireless advocate for Algoma-Manitoulin. It’s my home. In the fifteen years in and outside of government, Northern Ontario has always stayed with me. I’m a Northerner, and I want to see it flourish.

My time advocating for the people of Northern Ontario at Queen’s Park will only benefit me as MPP. I’ve been fortunate to work with great people who want to make government work, who want to make government responsible and who want to get results. They care about Northern Ontario and want to see it succeed just as much as I do.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I have a strong passion for getting things done. I am persistent in trying to solve an issue, which means that I don’t like to take no for an answer. While some people may not like this, I think we can all agree that it is a benefit to representing the people of Algoma-Manitoulin.

Who is your political role model?

I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with a lot of politicians in my 15 years at Queen's Park. That experience has shaped me and made me who I am today. I have learned to always be honest, open, transparent, accountable, and a tireless advocate for my community. I am honoured to have worked with all of them.

Alexandra Zalucky, Green

Richard Hadidian, Libertarian

Richard is an Engineer originally from Venezuela who moved to Canada in 2007. Richard was interested in politics from a young age because his home country of Venezuela has had an extensive history of political unrest. He understands that the causes of Venezuela's decline are less economic freedom (ex. no respect for private property, excessive regulation, more taxes etc.) and an excessive dependence on government.

What are the main issues in your riding?

- Jobs: The development of the Ring of Fire as this development will bring a huge revenue to the region.
- Roads: The roads in Northern Ontario have raised safety concerns during the winter time specially in the riding of Algoma-Manitoulin.
- Health Care options and accessibility.

Why should people vote for you?

If elected, voters can be sure that they will not be voting for any special interest groups. We as a party believe in less government interference in business, less taxes and more options. We want Ontario to be a HAVE province again and be the economic motor of Canada.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

I am an immigrant from Venezuela who came to Canada 7 years ago in search for a better place to live, a place in which I could prosper, a place in which there is more social and economic freedoms, rule of law and more respect for private property. These are key elements that any country or province needs to prosper. My background combined with my passion for economics, industry and politics can bring a breath of fresh air into Ontario politics.

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I am not your typical politician because I am not a strong public speaker. I am just a regular citizen who is passionate about the libertarian message and the benefits that it will bring to Ontarians.

Who is your political role model?

Ron Paul

Audio

Panels

Reporters panel talk about week 1 of the election campaign

Reporters' election panel- Week 2

Reporters' election panel- Week 3

Reporters' election panel - Week 4

Reporters' election panel - Week 5

Debates

Sudbury candidates: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/26/sudbury-provincial-candidates-on-education/

Northern Leaders Debate: http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2014/05/26/northern-leaders-debate/

Sudbudy candidates on recent government scandals:http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/27/sudbury-provincial-candidates-on-recent-govt-scandals/

Sudbury candidates on affordability: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/2014/05/28/sudbury-provincial-candidates-on-affordability/

Sudbury: Chamber of Commerce: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/30/sudbury-candidates-chamber-of-commerce-debate/

Sudbury: party policies - http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/29/sudbury-candidates---what-party-policy-do-they-disagree-with/

Sudbury- Roads: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/06/sudbury-riding-candidates-joust-over-city-roads/

Timiskaming-Cochrane: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/28/temiskaming-cochrane-riding-candidates-debate/

North Bay: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/29/north-bay-provincial-candidates-debate/

Nickel Belt: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/02/nickel-belt-provincial-candidates-on-the-ring-of-fire/

Nickel Belt: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/06/feisty-debate-for-nickel-belt-candidates/

Nickel Belt, Ring of fire: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/02/nickel-belt-provincial-candidates-on-the-ring-of-fire/

Nickel Belt, Education: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/03/nickel-belt-candidates-on-post-secondary-education/

Nickel Belt, Healthcare: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/04/nickel-belt-provincial-candidates-on-health-care/

Nickel Belt, voter issues: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/05/nickel-belt-candidates---voter-issues/

Nickel Belt, health care: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/04/nickel-belt-provincial-candidates-on-health-care/

Timmins James Bay: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/2014/06/09/timmins-james-bay-candidates-debate/

Algoma Manitouin: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/11/algoma-manitoulin-candidates-debate/

Sault Ste. Marie: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/10/provincial-candidates-for-sault-ste-marie/

Experts

Provincial Election Report

Provincial Election Report, Week 2

Journalist breaks down Hudak's jobs plan

Election ads

Provincial Election Report, May 8

The Chief Electoral Officer for Ontario Elections

Provincial Election Report, May 29

Election Panel, Week 4

On Economics

Election Report, June 5

Opinions

Union leader upset with Ontario election

Alternate party

Fringe Parties

Political Views

Issues

Pensions: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/22/pensions-as-an-election-issue/

Transportation: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Ontario/Morning+North/ID/2458142503/?page=2

Special Interest Groups: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Ontario/Morning+North/ID/2456006371/?page=4
http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2014/06/09/sudbury-group-calls-for-an-election-boycott/

Late Candidates: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Ontario/Morning+North/ID/2455347156/?page=5

Jobs: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/26/promises-of-jobs-and-economic-renewal/

Ring of Fire: http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2014/05/26/kwg-resources-pushing-for-the-ring-of-fire-to-be-an-election-issue/

Horse Racing: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/27/horse-racing-season-cancelled-at-sudbury-downs/
http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2014/05/27/kathleen-wynne-talks-about-horse-racing/
http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2014/05/27/sudburys-pc-candidate-talks-about-funding-for-horse-racing/

Home health care: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/29/the-issue-of-home-care-in-this-provincial-election/

Poverty: http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2014/05/29/provincial-campaign-geared-at-raising-political-awareness-about-poverty/
http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2014/05/29/poverty-issue-relatively-ignored-in-election-campaign/

Health Care: http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2014/06/03/oma-concerned-about-lack-of-health-care-discussion-in-the-election-campaign/

Hydro: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/05/campaign-promises-on-the-cost-of-hydro/

Students: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/10/student-voter-challenges-in-a-summer-election/

Negative ads: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/06/10/negative-election-ad-campaigns/