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Live chat: Gary Goodyear, Conservative Party candidate, Cambridge-North Dumfries

Gary has been the Member of Parliament for Cambridge-North Dumfries since 2004. He is a former Public Relations Director and Past President of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences in Toronto and taught at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and the University of Waterloo. He'll be answering your questions live, Wed. April 8 from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to another of our online chats leading up to the federal election. Our guest today is Conservative candidate for Cambridge, Gary Goodyear. Mr. Goodyear, good afternoon and thanks for being here. Let's begin!
  • thanks Mike, Great to be here
  • Gary, your last budget announced money for Science and Technology including the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, can you tell me if the Liberals will support these initiatives, should they form government?
  • Yes, the Conservatives have set aside $50 Million over 5 years to support this amazing world class research centre. Unfortunately, not only did the Michael Ignatieff coalition opposed this, but the new "Liberal Red Book" has no mention of funding for Perimeter, in fact, it goes on to say, no new funding for Science and Tech at all for years!! so no money for the granting councils, no money for Genome Canada, no money for new scientific research, basic or applied. This is their approach, they used it in the late 90:s and caused our "Brain Drain"
  • What do you plan to do to help seniors in the care they need in the later years of their life? How will you help family members who need to care for them?
  • Seniors are our most valuable asset, they helped build this country and continue to provide wisdom and work. We beleive they should be respected. in budget 2011, we increased GIS so single low income seniors could receive $600 and couples can receive $840, Canadians asked for this, in fact the NDP asked for this, but then opposed it in the budget as did the rest of the coalition. we want to enhance the New Horizons program, extend the Targeted INitiative for older workers, and extend ecoEnergy to help seniors save on their homes. this comes in addition to a number of initiatives in previous budgets that add up to $2.3 Billion is targeted help for Seniors. in my own riding we have been able to provide more affordable homes for our seniors, and it is my strongest intention to continue this work and our very well attended Seniors Clinics.
  • Hi Gary, Can you tell me what specifically, you have done for the residents of Cambridge in the last two and a half years?
  • i am so very proud of the work and acheivements for my riding, which include Gas Tax transfers amounting to over $11 million PER year which helps offset property taxes by giving the city more funds for roads, sewers etc, the new Conestoga College campus, the new Ayr Rec Centre, Langs brand new villiage for kids, seniors and community help, i was even able to get funds for the Cambridge Hospital to install a Thermal wall to decrease their heating bills and help the environment. Funding for ComDev and other companies to create jobs and help them become more competitive. Almost every Arena, and the YMCA received help for roofs, chillers, windows, sound systems and so on. Summer Job programs have seen increased funding creating more jobs and jobs for students. and if I have not been clear,, i have been honoured to do this work, have enjoyed every minute and would like your vote so I can continue to do good work for Cambridge and North Dumfries
  • Thanks for the great questions so far. Keep them coming! Our keyboards are definitely getting a workout today. Kris has an interesting question about jobs and Toyota that Gary will answer next.
  • Minister Goodyear, how does the federal government plan to tackle job creation? The economy is still fragile, and Cambridge itself will be hit later this month when Toyota will inevitably temporarily close down the Corolla plant due to the disaster in Japan.
  • it is true that the Recovery is still Fragile. its also true that Canada is doing better that most other Nations, but we must stay focused on job creation and protecting the Financial security of Canadians, their families and their business. we have seen almost 500,000 new jobs in Canada, 233,000 in Ontario alone, in part due to the programs in FedDev and the Economic Action Plan. we will continue to create jobs, protect jobs and do so with out raising taxes. We are all saddened by the events in Japan and recognise that is does impact economies around the world, including those very close to home. We must stay focused on keeping taxes down, and job creation program. While we stand prepared to assist any workers affected, with enhancements to EI (opposed by the coalition btw) and other assistance, I will end by saying that an election was not needed especially with the economics, and the instability globally. what is best for all is a stable Conservative government with effective, Canadian focused policies.
  • Why does the Conservative party not point out more vigorously that it was a 'coalition' of the other 3 parties that found the government in comtempt? It goes to show the voters that the Liberals will stop at nothing to try and form a government.
  • HI Andy, its is true, that the committee that did the study has 4 Conservatives, 4 Liberals, 2 Bloc and 1 ndp ( 7 coalition members) so of course they could find anything they wanted. I am convinced that these folks will (as they did before) join up after the election to form a liberal led coalition Government with seperatists. this is of great concern. Since the Bloc has only one priority which is to break up the country, this goes to your point that the libs (Michael Ignatieff) will do anything to become prime Minister, and the bloc would love nothing more than to be in Cabinet, providing their take on issues of NATIONAL importance, and of course, Mr. Layton wants a cabinet post too, before he retires. Imagine Gilles as Min of National Defense aand Jack as Min of Finance, We must stay focused on the Needs of the Nation, which is the Economy, jobs and your financial security. the only option here is a majority Conservative, or a majority Liberal led Coalition with the bloc.
  • We might have to get our friends in the high tech community to install some voice-to-text software for us so Gary can answer questions even faster! Some good questions are still in the queue and we're going to answer them as fast as possible.
  • Hi Gary, I live in Cambridge, in the Hespeler area specifically. I really enjoy the city but feel that our side of the highway is often neglected and under serviced, ie there are no doctors practicing on our side, the roads are always the last to get cleaned, our downtown area needs complete repaving, let alone the fact that no one comes around to our side to even canvas during any election period. Can someone please look at Hespeler as part of the region and not ignore it?
  • HI Meg,,, did you know that both the mayor and myself live in Hespeler? My clinic is still there and my wife was born in Hespeler. the fact is that snow removal and street repair is up to the city, that said, i have been able to bring considerable dollars in to the city for these issues. This would include all those repairs on Winston and Cooper, all the work at the Hespeler Arena and so on. the entire riding has a wonderful feel to it and I have ofter told my colleges in Ottawa that Cambridge North Dumfries is in fact the Centre of the Universe... we produce everything from Veal to Satalites, from Cars to high tech Security.
  • in fact , the Gas tax will be made permanent, the GST rebates to the city are now 100%, funding for Arenas, streets and so on will allow for even greater support going forward. oh, one more thing, we agree that Doctors and Nurses are in short supply,,, thats why we offer forgiveness of Student Loans to a point in order to encourage new doctors to move to underserviced rural areas. (opposed by the libs and Ndp btw) Thanks Meg
  • How are you encouraging new office development to take place in the urban cores of Cambridge rather than in big box complexes along the 401? Doesn't Cambridge deserve to be a real city along the river rather than another sprawlville like Mississauga?
  • while I agree the downtowns are a vital part of our community, it is a problem to see empty buildings . the answer is multifaceted. First we must encourage folks to set up in the cores. we have provided funding for this effort. it is important that we keep our downtowns safe. Safe for businesses to operate and safe for customers to shop. Our crime agenda, that respects victims while keeping our communities safe will have a positive impact on the economies and opportunities. Indeed, my efforts to bring the Drayton Theatre to downtown Galt, is a huge step in the direction of revitalizing a downtown core.
  • We're coming up on our 10-minute warning here, folks. Traffic on the site is really beginning to pick up and we'll get to as many of the remaining questions as possible.
  • One other question. I heard the story about the Conservative Party screening people who attend rallys. Don't all parties invite members from other parties?
  • HI Maria, where a Prime Minister is attending, Security can be a bit tighter and we have to leave security decisions up to the professionals. this is an unfortunate event that the party has apologized for. the Prime Minister has offered to meet with this individual. there are a huge number of very enthusiastic people who show up to hear the positive message of the PM, a message of Stable, Economic Leadership, of focusing on the economy with a Conservative Majority and NOT the raising taxes to business, to families, to seniors of the coalition. I can understand why so many Canadians wish to hear this message over the coalition message of job killing massive tax increases.
  • Cottagers living in Cambridge are among cottagers forced to leave cottages they had owned on the Cape Croker Indian reserve in the Bruce Peninsula when a Ministry of the Harper government told them that the First Nation had claimed ownership of the cottages. Until then the cottagers understood they were leasing land from the government and owned the buildings. Agreements with the federal government had stated that they would be given notice and an opportunity to remove buildings if leasing were to end. Furthermore, it appears that the Ministry of Indian Affairs knew for over a year about the First Nation’s ownership claim and did not tell the cottagers until after the access to the cottages had been blocked. Will you support the cottagers claim for the Harper government to be accountable and compensate the cottagers for the cottages?
  • Good Day, thanks for writing, you should know that I personally had a cottage in this same area, and am very familiar with the issue, it may be best if you contact my office as to answer on this complex issue would not do it justice.
  • the fact is that this issues has always been Federal jurisdiction, regardless of which Government was in Power, in fact it has been around since Paul Martin and Jean Chretien .
  • OK gang, I have to step in and play the heavy here. We're running short on time and the next question will be our last. The final question comes from Jeff.
  • It seems to me the goverment does not want confrontation - it appears that every time that someone may speak up or against the government they go on the attack - as an example the opposition threatens to bring the government down - they prorgue parliment, the refusal to answer questions directly in the house (however all parties do the same) and now we hear about people who want to attend rallies but are denied entry - Confrontation is not something Mr Harper wants. - it is a Very Controlling government - Is the Conservitive part nwilling to change there ways or is it going to stay as status quo - my way or the highway. Jeff - Cambridge
  • HI Jeff, the fact is, we prorgued to stop the Country being taken over, reversing the voters wishes, and allowing the coalition with Separatists Voters in Canada did NOT vote for a coalition with the Bloc and NDP, this is the undemocratic methods of Michael Ignatieff. WE have always been focused on the best interests of Canada which is focused on the economy and creating jobs. I have known the PM for many many years, he is a dedicated Canadian, a family man and a leader. His interests have always been the Country first. the Opposition is putting themselves first, voting against things they themselves asked for.
  • Thank you all for participating and thanks in particular to Gary for sharing his time with us today. Be sure to join us for our next chat tomorrow...and remember to vote on May 2nd!
  • thanks everyone for writing in, i have had a lot of fun, I am honoured to serve Cambridge and North Dumfries and would ask for your Vote, so I can continue to serve you.
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