2019 FEDERAL ELECTION

Election results will be determined October 21st, 2019.Vote at your assigned polling station on Monday, October 21st or vote in advance. To find out more, visit elections.ca. The official list of Sarnia-Lambton candidates is below.


Candidates: Sarnia-Lambton Riding


CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

Marilyn Gladu

Marilyn Gladu has been part of the Sarnia-Lambton community for 33 years. She is a professional engineer who worked for Dow Chemical for 21 years, in a variety of roles locally and globally. Marilyn then became Engineering Manager and subsequently the Director of Engineering at Suncor before taking a consultant role at WorleyParsons. As a consultant, she has managed construction and commissioning teams, a team of over one hundred engineers supporting the Shell refinery, and served as North American Business Director for petrochemicals and refining.

As owner of a small business, Marilyn has an appreciation for how business works from the small to global scale, and the needs of our local industry. During her career, Marilyn was the chair for the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers locally and the National Director of Science and Industrial Policy for the same organization. As a youth leader for 30 years, she has an energetic connection to young people.

Marilyn has been an active member and director of the conservative associations both provincially and federally since 2006. Elected in 2015, Marilyn received the MacLeans award as the Most Collegial Parliamentarian as voted by the other members of Parliament. She currently serves as the Shadow Minster of Health for Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition as well as Vice-Chair for the Standing Committee on Health. Previously, she served as the Science Critic, as well as the Chair for the Status of Women. Her private members bill on palliative care, C-277, received unanimous consent of the House of Commons.

Marilyn has the ability to work with multiple levels of government and industry associations to achieve good outcomes for our community and our country.


LIBERAL PARTY:

Carmen Lemieux

Carmen Lemieux is a devoted leader with a track record of more than 30 years of dedicated community service, and a passion for making a real difference for families in Sarnia–Lambton. Carmen has deep roots in Sarnia, where she has lived since 1986. She has a unique understanding of Sarnia–Lambton’s vibrant character and community.

Through her work as an educator and as a community volunteer, Carmen deeply understands the challenges facing many families in our community and will be a strong advocate for creating good middle class jobs, reducing poverty and addiction, increasing mental health support, and investing in affordable housing.

Carmen and her husband Scott call Sarnia home, and they are the proud parents of 20-year-old twins, Sophie and Mark. Families here in Sarnia–Lambton deserve a trusted local voice in Parliament who will be a champion for a stronger middle class, and for everyone working hard to join it. Carmen is that voice, and she will never stop working hard to build a better future for everyone who calls this region home.


NDP PARTY:

Adam Kilner

Adam Kilner is an activist helping people every day to overcome the impacts of living in poverty. Working in the community, he’s seen how governments have left working Canadians and their families behind with the growing inequality gap – while the richest get ahead.

Adam wants to make life more affordable for Canadians, and he knows we can do that by building new housing and delivering services like universal prescription drug coverage. As a minister, Adam knows that we need to build a more caring society. He understands how poverty hurts women, racialized people, Indigenous communities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI2+ people most of all.

Adam is fighting for our innovative businesses and the hard-working labour force in Sarnia–Lambton – and he’ll be a strong voice for Sarnia as we build a low carbon future, create universal pharmacare, and make our tax system fair for everyone. In his spare time, you can find Adam sharing his musical talents with family and friends.


GREEN PARTY:

Peter Smith

Peter Smith has lived in Sarnia with his wife ‘Trina since 1987. Peter grew up in London, England, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of London. After working in the nuclear industry for nine years, he and his family moved to Canada in 1982, spending their first three years in Northwest Ontario, before moving to Sarnia. Peter and ‘Trina have two adult children and three grand-daughters living in London and Cambridge, Ontario.

During his 40 plus year career, Peter held a succession of increasingly more responsible positions in the energy industry, before retiring in 2013. Peter has a long history of community involvement, including over ten years on the board of a children’s mental health agency followed by five years as chair of a children’s mental health advocacy committee. He has been a 30 year member of Amnesty International and has acted as coordinator of the local letter writing group for almost 20 years.

Peter is a former director and vice president of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation and has written and spoken extensively on the need for urgent action to curb our greenhouse gas emissions. Peter is an avid supporter of using science and fact based decision making to address the world’s problems and has promoted science and scientific principles to students through both the Lambton County Science Fair, where he serves as media coordinator, and Adopt a Scientist, where he demonstrates hands on science to elementary school students.

Peter joined the Green Party of Canada almost a decade ago, and stood for federal election in 2015, because he believes that real change can be achieved but that we will never get it if we keep voting for the same old parties.


CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY:

Tom Laird

Tom Laird has been caring for the aged and those with disabilities in the heath care field for over fourteen years. He studied for this work at Lambton College.

For thirty-nine years Tom has been married to his wife, and they have been privileged with four children and ten grandchildren. Tom has been involved in coaching sports, playing music and touring with a local band, and as a deacon in his church. Previously, Tom managed a family business and also worked for Fiberglass Canada as a lab technician.

“It is extremely important for me to stand and be a man of integrity; that is why I am running for CHP, it is a party of integrity” – Tom Laird


PEOPLE’S PARTY:

Brian Everaert

Brian is an Ironworker with 25 years experience, who lives near Wilkesport. He ran for the Trillium Party in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex in the 2018 Ontario election, and ran for mayor of St. Clair Township in the 2018 municipal election.

The People’s Party of Canada is being led by MP Maxime Bernier. The People’s Party platform includes allowing Canada’s oil and gas industry to grow, restructuring the refugee policy, and “rejecting alarmism” in regards to global warming.


Candidates: Lambton-Kent Middlesex Riding


CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

Lianne Rood

As a third-generation farmer and a businesswoman in Grand Bend, Lianne Rood said her number one priority is to make life a little less financially-stressful for residents. Rood won the conservative nomination in March. She said after speaking with residents while on the campaign trail, the majority of concerns deal with life being “unaffordable”.

“I’ve heard from small business owners, I’ve heard from folks in agriculture — and being farmer myself, I know how much of a struggle it is to get by,” said Rood. “Anything we can do to help folks get by is what we’re going to do. We want people to get ahead and we want to put more money in their pockets.”

Rood said she believes her party’s platform will help improve affordability by cutting down on some costs.

“Something that is going to help on a local level is scrapping the carbon tax, lowering personal taxes and taking GST off of home heating,” she said.

If elected, Rood will succeed incumbent MP Bev Shipley. As a member of Shipley’s parliamentary staff, Rood is no stranger to working alongside the long-time MP but this time it’s Shiply who is rooting for Rood throughout the campaign trail.

“He’s a great mentor to me,” she said. “I am so thankful that I have him as a mentor and I thank him for his service over the last number of years.”

The Conservative Party of Canada is being led by MP Andrew Scheer. Aside from introducing a universal tax cut, the Conservative’s have made promises to make maternity leave tax free and provide tax credits for kids’ activities, if successful at the voting polls.


LIBERAL PARTY:

Jesse McCormick

Jesse McCormick is looking to represent an area he has known since birth. According to his candidate biography, McCormick was born and raised in Middlesex County. A couple of points McCormick is passionate about that align with the Liberal Party are in regards to environmental protection and strengthening the relationship with First Nation communities.

As stated in the biography, as a father himself, McCormick wants to help “shape key environmental policies” in order to help future generations. As a member of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, McCormick said in the biography that he will remain committed to the reconciliation process.

The Liberal Party of Canada is being led by incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the Liberals’ official website, they plan on making after-school programs more affordable for families, helping first-time home buyers by creating an incentive of up to 10% off the purchase price of a home that is $789,000 or less, and supporting entrepreneurs by cutting the small business tax rate.


NDP:

Dylan McLay

After attempting to get involved in municipal politics, Dylan McLay is trying his hand at a federal level. McLay won the NDP nomination in September.

The NDP candidate may be familiar to some residents in Chatham-Kent as he ran for a position on council during the 2018 municipal election but was unsuccessful in that bid. Now, the Tupperville resident is getting involved in federal politics. McLay said the urge to get involved started with wanting to make a difference within the riding.

“I’ve sat back and watched year after year, election after election, issue after issue, go unaddressed,” he said. “It’s about giving the riding a voice…that’s the hope.”

Aside from just getting involved as a candidate, McLay said he wanted to run as an NDP candidate for many reasons – specifically because of their commitment to addressing inequality in every form.

“The inclusion policy of the party is second to none. They believe that everyone is, in fact, an equal being which is absolutely key this day and age,” he said. “Their policies are very good in regards to small business. They’re a party for the people without other agendas.”

Some of the issues McLay would want to see addressed within the riding include providing more support for farmers, improving transit — specifically for seniors and youth members — and helping residents affected by water well issues.

The New Democratic Party of Canada is being led by MP Jagmeet Singh. According to the NDP’s official website, their plans include implementing a pharmacare system, putting a cap on tuition fees as a step towards eventually making post-secondary education part of the public education system, and building more affordable housing.


GREEN PARTY:

Anthony Li

As a first-year medical student at Queen’s University, Anthony Li said one of the key topics included in the Green Party’s platform that appeals most to him has to do with improving health care. Li said there also some other key issues that he would like to see addressed, which include democratic reform and economic sustainability.

“Housing prices are [through] the roof because we have individuals from larger cities coming in and inflating the price,” said Li. “The cost of living is just too high and we have to do things about that, whether it’s covering pharmacare, covering basic dental care for low-income [residents], whether it’s implementing a seniors strategy or making sure that big corporations don’t receive the tax breaks that they’re getting.”

Li is no stranger when it comes to campaigning as he also ran as a Green Party candidate during the 2018 provincial election. Since then, Li said he has noticed a shift in environmental concerns, which he believes may help more Green Party candidates get elected this fall.

“Even from last year’s provincial election, the response I’ve perceived from the community has changed considerably,” said Li. “Last election, people had climate change on their mind, they knew about the environment… but in this election, it has really been a huge target issue, it’s one of the issues Canadians care most about because of how dire the situation is.”

Li admits that with the current election climate, it may be easier to not follow politics, but he’s hoping more people become informed.

“This is a very important election. Canadians need a change from the status quo. We need good government, a democratic reform, we need to act on climate change, and we need sustainable growth for our economy,” said Li.

The Green Party of Canada is being led by MP Elizabeth May. The Green Party’s platform consists of addressing climate change by cutting carbon emissions, cancelling the Trans Mountain pipeline, and renewing the National Forest Registry. The 2019 platform also includes the reconciliation of Indigenous Peoples by developing a national strategy for housing and clean water.


PEOPLE’S PARTY:

Bria Atkins

As a business owner and a supply teacher for the public school board, Bria Lee Atkins has kept busy in trying to raise awareness of a new party that will show up on the ballot this year. Atkins won the People’s Party nomination in July, the party itself just recently formed in 2018.

Originally from Wallaceburg, Atkins has lived in Dresden with her husband for about a decade. Atkins said she never intended on getting involved in politics, however, she said the climate of today’s society and the development of a new party spurred her into action. Atkins said a major point she makes sure to mention to people while out on the campaign trail, is the PPC’s plan for an income tax reform if elected this fall.

“With the People’s Party there is going to be an income tax reduction and it’s going to positively impact every income bracket. For example, the base income for our low-income citizens is going to be raised up to $15,000 before any tax,” she said. “Anything from $15,000 up to $100,000 is a flat tax rate of 15% and once income is over $100,000 the tax rate is a flat tax rate of 25%”

Another point to the PPC platform has to do with free speech, in allowing Canadians to express their opinions without the fear of being sued or censored. Atkins said the definition of hate speech has become “muddy” and hard to define as of late.

“If [people] are saying things… which our party does not welcome, for instance, racism, our party does not welcome racism and we do not align with those ideas but those people still should have the right to say what they believe. Then, we can largely shame them in the public square and let them know that the masses do not agree,” said Atkins. “As far as criminalizing it, we believe that it’s a very slippery slope as far as where the definition begins and ends and it could potentially eat up a lot of our justice system’s time that could be better spent.”

The People’s Party of Canada is being led by MP Maxime Bernier. The People’s Party platform includes allowing Canada’s oil and gas industry to grow, restructuring the refugee policy, and “rejecting alarmism” in regards to global warming.


VETERANS COALITION PARTY:

Rob Lalane

The Veterans Coalition of Canada (VCP) party is being led by Randy David Joy. According to the VCP’s website, their policies include repealing the United Nations Compact, implementing a short-term moratorium on internal aid, and making sure Canadian Forces are given adequate funding. Further details about the party can be found on its website.


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