5 Questions With… MP. Kevin Waugh

1)Who were your political role model (s) growing upwaugh

John Diefenbaker

Diefenbaker because he was Prime Minister from Saskatchewan and had a fantastic memory for names.  I met him several occasions truly a great Canadian

 

2) When did you become active in politics?

Actually grade 7.  I was walking home one day and this candidate was delivering pamphlets door to door.  He asked me if I’d like to join him.  I did and that was the start of me being a conservative for life

 

3) What is the most important/useful books a young conservative should read and why?

I believe any book on leadership.   Because I was in sports for years I enjoyed reading books from Bill Belichick, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe.  These books on leadership gives a perspective of the trials and tribulations they went through to become successful.

 

4) What do you see as the most important current and future issues for young Canadians

Affordability is one of the biggest issues facing young people today.  Cost of education, job market and then getting into the housing market is all concerns for young Canadians.  Raising a family also has its challenges

 

5) What is the best way for a young person to get involved in politics.

I have a youth advisory board that meets four times a year.  It’s a wonderful way to get involved in politics.  We share ideas on current events making everyone respect different viewpoints.  Volunteering on any campaign is always the best way to get involved.  Every MP is looking for young people to get involved and participate in campaigns.

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5 Questions With… Min. Vic Fedeli.

  1. Who were your political role model(s) growing up?victor_fedeli 

    Great role models were former Ontario Premier, Hon. Bill Davis, US President Ronald Reagan, and UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

    All three taught us that it was not only OK, but morally responsible to be a fiscal conservative. A government will not have the funds to invest in things that are important to its citizens it if spends more than it brings in. That’s not sustainable.

  2. When did you become active in politics and why? 

    I became active in politics after I retired from business, and realized that my home-town of North Bay was becoming insolvent. The Council was spending far too much money in areas that were more ‘wants’ rather than ‘needs’. I successfully ran for Mayor on a platform of fiscal responsibility and growth for the community.  That led me into Provincial politics, where I realized the PCs and I were greatly aligned.

  3. What is the most important/useful book(s) a young Conservative should read and why? I read ‘An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States’ by Arthur B. Laffer. (Remember the Laffer Curve?). It’s very dry, but illustrates how low taxes create wealth in communities.

    Also, ‘Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson’ by Andrea Mandel-Campbell. A great read with lots of names/companies you will recognize. Should inspire companies to export!

  4. What do you see as the most important current and future issues for young Canadians?  As for current and future issues … populism, the environment (climate change), the Left (American pundits say that includes academics and the media). In my last two elections, the local schools had a Student Vote. While I won both, the Green Party came in second! That’s a wake-up call that illustrates what young kids are thinking.
  5. What is the best way for a young person to get involved in Politics and the Conservative party? To get involved in politics, volunteer on a campaign — any Party’s campaign. Between election years, get involved in a Party’s local Riding Association, or run for a position on a Party’s Provincial/National Board. And continue to offer to volunteer — candidates/members always need help organizing events/fundraisers.

5 Questions With… MP. Bev Shipley

 

1) Who were your political role model(s) growing up?ShipleyBev_CPC

Wm A Stewart. Ont Min of Agriculture for 15 years

 

2)When did you become active in politics and why?

About 35 years ago when I was asked to be part of a mediation board to deal with conflicts between line fence land owners. Then sat on municipal planning for a couple of years before been asked to run for council which was for 20 yrs with most of it as Reeve which later got a name change to Mayor. Then was asked to put my name in to run for MP for LKM

Why. – to give back to my community in a tangible way -nothing makes one feel better than to serve, and to learn

 

3)What is the most important/useful book(s) a young Conservative should read and why?

Right Here. – Right Now  By: Right Hon Steven Harper

 

4)What do you see as the most important current and future issues for young Canadians?

The debt burden on young people and families

The inability to market our natural resources

Illegal immigration

The rising up of extreme organizations that are determined to kill our agriculture and oil industry

 

5)What is the best way for a young person to get involved in Politics and the Conservative party?

Be a hard working, trustworthy individual in your community that is not afraid to show leadership-then run for that position with all your energy and positive attitude—be a listener !  One more thing. If you get elected, be that same person you were that people elected- don’t try to become someone you aren’t.

 

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Getting to Know… James Cumming

  1. Why did you decide to run for the Conservative nomination in your riding? Forjames cumming

over thirty years I have been an entrepreneur in Edmonton and have been

actively volunteering on a variety of not for profit and community

organizations. I, like many other people in our community, have expressed my

dissatisfaction with many policies that have been instituted by government at

all levels. It became clear to me that if you want to be part of the solution you

should step up and run for office. I was approached by Laurie Hawn, the

former MP for Edmonton Centre, and after discussion with my family I decided

the time was right for me to do my part. Edmonton Centre was the natural fit

as I have lived in the riding all my life.

2)Who are your role models both political and outside of politics that inspired

you to run for office?

Growing up in our home, Sunday dinners included robust

political and philosophical discussions. My father instilled in me the

importance of service to your community and country and demonstrated it

with his actions. He without question had an enormous influence on my

business life and desire to run. I am also Inspired by several political leaders

who were great statesman and provided incredible leadership during periods

of change. Internationally Churchill, Thatcher, Reagan all come to mind. From

a Canadian perspective Brian Mulroney, Stephen Harper, Peter Lougheed and

more recently Brad Wall have all demonstrated how strong pragmatic

leadership can accomplish great results.

3)What do you feel is the most important issue in the upcoming election?

Without question it has to be the economy. Large deficits, lack of market access for

products, excessive regulation and added taxation have all impacted business

growth and the ability for people to get ahead. I have heard this time over

time on the thousands of doors I have knocked on.

4)What is the best way for a person to get involved in your campaign?

Send me an email to info@jamescumming.ca and we will absolutely find a role for you.

We expect a tough campaign and the more folks that get involved the better

likelihood we will succeed.

5)What book would you recommend to young Conservatives getting started in

campaigns and politics?

I have always been a believer in applied learning so I

would recommend biographies of individuals who have demonstrated successes

and failures during their careers. For me, reading and learning about how

someone had accomplished their goals and have made a difference will serve

you well in any campaign or political environment.

Key Race Profile… Edmonton Centre

Our next installment of the Key Race Candidates is focused on a riding that I feel is a Edmonton_Centregood litmus for whether or not the Liberals under Justin Trudeau have any sort of credibility in Alberta, and my guess is that they most certainly do not. The next edition is focusing on the beautiful riding of Edmonton Centre and the Conservative Candidate James Cumming.

As I mentioned previously the best and most fair way to try to determine how a community will vote is to look to their past voting habits and try to gauge the likelihood that they will vote in a certain way, and I will never go back more than two or three elections as this will probably not give you very accurate data as any longer will be giving results from people who no longer live in the community nor will it reflect those who have moved into it.  I feel that using these two points will be able to give us a pretty good idea of how strong a chance the Conservative Party has in taking the seat.

The riding of Edmonton Centre was most certainly a huge surprise after the 2015 election and this is a surprise that I do not feel will repeat itself. The Conservatives most likely feel victim to a protest vote (which I am sure was immediately regretted about a month after they cast the vote).  The riding of Edmonton Centre is a Conservative stronghold and I am absolutely positive it will return to this. If one looks at past results we can see that from 2006-2015 the Conservatives dominated federal politics in Edmonton Centre and after the 2006 race the Conservative candidate (MP. Laurie Hawn) won by over 10,000 votes, that’s right 10,000 (in 2006 MP. Hawn won by approx. 3000 votes) in the next two elections. This is not a tossup and the fact that the Conservatives were able to hold onto a 5 digit margin over two elections is quite telling as to the political leanings of this riding.  The current MP, Randy Boissonnault won by a mere 1199 votes. This indicates a pretty strong precedent that the riding of Edmonton Centre does not lean Liberal and that this result was a mere anomaly. I feel it is also important to mention that the Liberal party under Justin Trudeau has basically allowed the federal relationship with Alberta to evaporate.

On top of all of this the riding is being contested by the Conservative party with an absolutely fantastic candidate James Cumming. Mr Cumming is no stranger to federal politics and was the candidate who ran against MP. Boissonnault in 2015 losing by a minuscule amount. I have absolutely no doubt that the great people of Edmonton Centre will in fact go back to the traditional voting habits and elect James Cumming to the House of Commons giving its citizens a true champion for Edmonton Centre and Alberta. To learn more about James Cumming check out his “Getting to Know” segment.

5 Questions With… Sean Weir Candidate Oakville North Burlington.

  1. Who were your political role model(s) growing up?sean weir

My father, who was Chairman of the local school board. I recall door knocking with him as a boy. Both he and I are proud that several schools were built under his leadership. On a national basis, John Diefenbaker stands out as a fearless advocate standing up for the interests of everyday Canadians and their rights and freedoms.

  1. When did you become active in Conservative politics and why?

Shortly after university I began volunteering for local Conservative candidates and riding associations. I became more involved after serving as a Councillor in the Town of Oakville for two terms. I have become increasingly alarmed since Justin Trudeau and his principle advisors, Gerald Butts and Katie Telford (who filled similar roles in the McGuinty/Wynne Ontario governments), have gained control in Ottawa. Their socialist vision, if allowed to be implemented, will seriously harm our great country for years to come and I am committed to doing my best to stop them.

  1. What is the most important/useful book a young Conservative should read and why?

I would encourage young Conservatives to read books of any kind from multiple perspectives. I enjoy true stories of overcoming hardship and peril in the face of overwhelming odds through teamwork, courage and leadership that will inspire everyone. The Boys in the Boat, The Endurance, Into the Silence and Into Thin Air are all good. I read the latter two while preparing for my climb to Everest Base Camp.

  1. What do you see as the most important current and future issues for young Canadians?

Sustainability. We have a great country, institutions, respect for the rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, a diverse economy, equal opportunities for all and a clean environment, all of which are the envy of the world. I perceive a sense of entitlement among some Canadians that these will continue without much effort on our part (“the budget will balance itself”). The current Federal Liberal government pays lip service to these great assets while implementing policies that will erode these strengths without being effective in enhancing any of them. To sustain what we have, Canadians must pay attention to the details, know where all of these good things came from and why, and work hard to sustain and enhance them in a real and effective way for future generations.

  1. What is the best way for a young person to get involved in the Conservative Party?

Simply, get involved. Join your local riding association. Volunteer for any campaigns. Read the local and national news in detail. Bring your passion for our great country to the Conservative Party.

Key Race Profile… Oakville North Burlington.

The riding of Oakville North Burlington is an extremely interesting riding to start with onband one in which I feel is both very important and can be won. Due to the fact that the riding is a new one ( it was contested for the first time in 2015) there is only so much historical data with regards to this exact riding, but, if you dig a little deeper you can see that this riding definitely is one that swings Conservative.

The best and most fair way to try to determine how a community will vote is to look to their past voting habits and try to gauge the likelihood that they will vote in a certain way. Now this is obviously not foolproof and going back more than two or three elections will probably not give you very accurate data as any longer will be giving results from people who no longer live in the community nor will it reflect those who have moved into it.

Also, I will look at the candidate that we are putting up against either the incumbent or in the case of a riding that doesn’t have one whoever they are running against. I feel that using these two points will be able to give us a pretty good idea of how strong a chance the Conservative Party has in taking the seat.

Having said this I feel that the riding of Oakville- North Burlington is a perfect opportunity to take a seat in a riding just outside the GTA thus begging to solidify our power in both Ontario and the GTA/ Halton region.

Past voting habits bear this theory if we look at the past three provincial and federal elections for the areas that now make up this riding (2015 was the first time it was contended) we can see that ONB has very Conservative voting tendencies. First the provincial voting record:

In 2018 the riding of Oakville North Burlington voted overwhelmingly for the Conservative candidate MPP. Effie Triantafilopoulos, thus now splitting the riding between a Liberal MP (Pam Damoff) and a Conservative MPP. Prior to this the a large part of what now makes up the ONB riding Voted Ted Chudleigh to Queens Park ( from 1999-2014)

 

At the federal level the riding is currently held by liberal MP. Pam Damoff, however, prior to this the riding of Halton voted conservative and this gives hope that with the Trudeau record they will again.  From 2006-08 the riding of Halton which again largely makes up the current riding of ONB voted in the Conservative Candidate Garth Turner. In 2008-11 the last time this riding would be contested as Halton they again elected a Conservative, current MP Lisa Raitt. It is these voting habits and the fact that it has consistently voted Conservative along with the terrible record of the Trudeau gov’t that leads me to think that Oakville North Burlington just outside the GTA is a great place to start with our key races.