Good afternoon, everyone, and thanks for joining us in our latest online forum. Today's guest is Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal candidate Andrew Telegdi. Andrew, thanks for being here. Are you ready for some questions?
It's great to be here. Let's rock the vote!
The single biggest issue is restoring Canada's democratic reputation at home and abroad.
It's a great
way to get voter turnout up and engage people in the democratic process.
Liberals are responsible for saying no to bank mergers and bank deregulation that the Conservatives wanted to allow. I served on the task force and wrote the chapter on insurance to defend local industry jobs.
Paul Martin gave the biggest personal tax cut in Canadian history but we are saying no to giving the most profitable corporations in Canada a tax cut with borrowed money.
We are being ripped off at the gas pumps. Why should we subsidize these corporations' windfall profits that end up in Texas with further tax cuts when we face a $52 billion deficit?
I saw a lot of dissatisfied constituents that the current incumbent refused to see and helped them with their problems.
I made a mistake. I misspoke. Unlike Harper, I admit my mistakes and quickly correct them.
A sad comment on your view of our democracy.
In fact, I was Paul Martin's Parliamentary Secretary and also served as chair and vice-chair of the Citizenship and Immigration committee. I was elected to both of those positions by members of all parties, unlike now where the committee chairs are appointed by the Prime Minister. We had a dream team on that committee made up of members of all parties that coooperated to help Canadians.
Unlike Stephen Harper, we will follow the rules of parliament.
I support and promote a preferential ballot system like they have in Australia.
Agreed. The Prime Minister of Canada should play nice and not be a bully.
The Liberal Party brought Canadians the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I am a fierce defender of those rights. We are doing our best to win this election to defeat the Conservatives who are hostile to the Charter.
You have wasted no time in submitting questions today and Andrew has wasted little in diving right into his answers. If our start is any indication, we're in for a lively discussion today. Our next question comes from Josh.
I expect that he will be paying us a visit again before the campaign is over!
They are good people who are contributing to
our democratic process.
I support a woman's right to choose.
In a four person race, you get to make three choices on who to vote for. This allows you to vote both your heart and your head.
I love all of my children equally!
It's important that an MP represent the riding in Ottawa and not the leader in the riding. That said, I'm very proud of Michael and think he will make a great Prime Minister.
I fought both for the establishment and maintenance of the long-gun registry. I support our police officers and emergency workers, victim groups and our crime prevention council. They, along with the Waterloo Regional Council, all called on the government to maintain the registry. Unfortunately, the local Conservative MPs all voted counter to the wishes of their constituents. I am not afraid to vote against my party in the interests of my constituents.