Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome back for our final week of online chats with our local election candidates. I hope you all enjoyed a restful Easter weekend.
Our guest today is Bill Brown, NDP candidate for Kitchener-Waterloo. Bill, thanks for making time for us.Are you ready to answer some questions?
Happy to be here this afternoon and looking forward to answering as mnay questions as I can
Cory Schneider is a good goalie and the Canucks needed to make a change. Luongo is shaken and the Blackhawks are firing on all cylinders. Tough game 7 tonight, gotta predict a win for the 'Nucks
I believe that all Canadians are hearing the NDP/Jack's message loud and clear. Now is the time to ensure that are families are well looked after with better health-care, more secure pensions and afforable childcare services.
Jack is showing that the NDP understands the needs of Canadians better than the other 2 parties and will be there for Canadians and K-W
As someone who works for a bank and studies Economics I can tell you that is most definitely a concern of mine.
As we continue to emerge from a period of economic crisis it is important to ensure that the government continues to spend money on services for families.
The NDP has a plan to decrease the deficit over the next 4 years and gradually bring the government budget back to surplus.
While the leadership of the CAW can advocate a certain a position it is not casting the ballot for their membership as well. I believe that CAW members will look at the NDP platform and sees that it strengthens families and communities and gives us support when we need it the most
Not at all. While much has been made about the CAW endorsement, the NDP continues to fight for and represent working families in K-W and the rest of Canada
If everyone voted NDP we would have an NDP government and the questions in regards to a Conservative gov't would be a moot point. A vote for the NDP is a vote for change in the country that is much needed and sending me as the NDP MP for K-W will send a message that the NDP is leading political voice in this community
As someone who works and attends the University of Waterloo, tuition is an issue that very concerns me. The NDP and I will enact plans to lower tuition for students at post-secondary institutions and increase the grants available from the federal gov't. No other platform even comes close to this plan.
The NDP believes in defending the rights of all Canadians regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion or gender. The NDP has and will continue to stand-up and advocate for the rights of all Canadians
A vote for the NDP is a vote for something: A vote for protecting and supporting families. A vote to help Small Business create much needed jobs and a vote for change in Canada and K-W.
By sending me to Ottawa as your MP, you will ensure that your voice is heard and the important issues discussed in this campaign are brought forth and discussed.
The other parties want you to vote against something, if you do, you still won't be happy and will still be hungry for the leadership that only the NDP can bring
These computer-savvy candidates sure make life easy for me. Bill is flying across the keyboard right now so don't hesitate to send in your question. I'm sure we'll get to it shortly. Our next question comes from Kenneth.
Again, as someone who is very much concern with fiscal policy given my job and my educational background in Economics, I'll offer the following:
1. The need to increase gov't spending on services is absolutely crucial. With the nature of these 500,000 new jobs that have been created being mostly contact and temp positions people need access to social services and medicare care more than they ever did before due to the lack medical coverage that these jobs offer.
2. The NDP has stated that for to long, large corporations (not small business) has paid too little in tax and that must change. Jeffrey Sachs, professor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, as done much research on the concept of low corporate taxes and found that they only create larger deficits and DO NOT CREATE JOBS
In summary, the NDP intends to increase corporate taxes in order to pay for the services that we need.
I deal with many small business owner at the bank and have assisted some tech start-up firms. The key to continuing this success is to ensure that these start-ups have the resources to continue to grow so that they can get their ideas and products to market.
The NDP will reduces taxes on small business from 11% to 9% and give these businesses the ability to hire more talented staff by giving a $4500 tax credit for every new hire.
Unions are still necessary, the labour movement speaks for all workers not just union memebers. The presence of unions will keep employers honest and advances the issue of workers rights
Every issue you have touched on is something that the NDP and I will provide leadership on.
The NDP platform contains policies to help lower tuition, increase social/medical services for all Canadians, and help increase the number of 'real' jobs in this community. Not just contract or temp positions.
Gwynn, I touched on the solution earlier but to answer your question we need to ensure that individuals, small business and corporations are paying their fair share of taxes.
Jack is taking a leadership position on raising corporate taxes to provide services for everyone and making Canada a fairer society for all
Steven, until 1979 this riding was represented by NDP MP Max Saltsman who won votes with over 40% of the vote in most cases.
I am running to win this riding and follow in Max's footsteps and be the next MP here in K-W.
As we are a very affluent community is important that we leave no one behind. The NDP and I will strengthen this community and ensure that needs of K-W are better served
Lucy, by mistake I deleted your post but in response to your question about Child Care
The NDP believes that access AFFORDABLE Child Care is extremely important. $100 a day is an insult to Cdn families.
The NDP platform will enshrine into law a National Child Care program where we will create 25,000 new daycare space per year for 4 years and fund it so that everyone can have access regardless of income.
No worries, Bill, Lucy's question is still on my screen. I'll move it over now. Lucy, your answer is below.
Attack ads come from a place of fear and jealousy. The Liberals and Conservatives have done a great job showing that they care about is power and not about Canadian and K-W families and workers.
The NDP has been ready to be a government for years.
The only official poll is election day so we are working hard to get our message out and show how we can best represent this community
In response to the debt questions: I think I gave a very comprehensive answer at 12:19 in response to a question from Kenneth.
You've got a good boss, but this isn't always the case.
I've only got another 14 minutes so keep the questions coming
In response to whether has its head on straight about debt
I'd like to point out flaws in the Conservative math. Lower taxes do not create jobs, they create larger deficits. We need to ask if the government is lowering taxes, what services are they going to cut to balance the budget? Healthcare? Social Services? Education?
The math on tax cuts and promising a balancing the budget
isn't good for Canada
OK, I have to sound the 10-minute warning. I'll ask Bill to answer another 3 questions before we get some final thoughts from him.
I believe that the NDP has many great ideas and I believe in our election committments 100%. When I am elected and sitting the house we do have to keep in mind that the Parliamentary system has party discipline rules and that they must be respected.
It would have to be a very significant issue to have me split from the party stance.
The NDP platform has committments that address this specific issue and thank you for bringing this up.
The NDP will increase funding for settlement services that were cut under the previous gov't. This will ensure that people get the proper lessons in English and French and be able to integrate into the community.
As I've been knocking on doors I have received numerous answers about multiple concerns.
Firstly, health care continues to be an issue and K-W is still underserved and many do have a family doctor. The NDP is committed to opening 1600 new training spots for doctors and 6000 new training spaces for nurses and front-line medical staff.
Secondly, jobs continue to be a source of concern for many. Contract and temp jobs are a good short-term fix but many are going from contract to contract without any stability. The NDP will help the job creators, small business, by lowering their taxes and giving them incentives for hiring and retaining new hires.
Finally, with a large student population lowering tuition is an important measure. The NDP will lower tuition and increase fed gov't grants for students lowering the burden.
It's important that candidates
"face the music" from the public regardless of the issue. I have learn a lot from having attended every all candidates debate so far and have gotten to know this community much better by hearing the concerns from all groups and individuals.
This is the first time one of our chats has ended with the in queue empty. A very impressive keyboarding performance from Bill today! Before we let you go, Bill, any final thoughts?
The NDP is providing practical first steps on important issues that are affecting many families and workers in this community. Our platform provides committments on these key issues:
1. Hire more doctors and Nurses
2. Strengthen your Pension
3. Kick start Job Creation
4. Help out your family budget
Thanks for the questions today, everybody. Another active chat as the election approaches! Please be sure to come back tomorrow at Noon when our guest will Liberal candidate for Cambridge, Bryan May.