Federal Election 2021
Follow the local candidates on the campaign trail with Blackburn Media. Listen live Monday, September 20th for election results.
STEFANIE BUNKO (Green Party)
Stefanie Bunko is new to the political scene & decided to become involved in an effort to better educate others & help implement change. Bunko said her decision to run for the Green Party was based on how their policies fall in line with her own values. Bunko was born & raised in Sarnia & studied at Lambton College. She describes herself as an active volunteer who regularly donates to local causes. She used to travel across the province for work before being asked to move back to her hometown. She has experience working in the renewable energy field & currently works in the oil & gas industry. Bunko said with data about climate change being readily available, she believes more people have realized the need to be proactive rather than reactive. The 39-year-old was acclaimed as the Green Party candidate about a week before the writ dropped. Additional details about Bunko’s campaign can be found on Facebook @ Stefanie-Bunko-for-Sarnia-Lambton
BRIAN EVERAERT (People’s Party of Canada)
Brian Everaert is back on the campaign trail as a candidate for the People’s Party of Canada. Everaert ran in the 2019 federal election as a PPC candidate as well. In 2018, Everaert tried his hand at provincial politics and ran as a candidate for the Trillium Party in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. Everaert recognized his hometown as Wallaceburg. Blackburn News reached out to Everaert about his current campaign but a response was not received at the time of publication. Details about Everaert’s campaign can be found on his Facebook page @ Brian-Everaert-PPC-Candidate-Sarnia-Lambton.
MARILYN GLADU (Conservative – Incumbent)
Marilyn Gladu will once again be Sarnia-Lambton’s Conservative representative in this fall’s federal election. This will be the 3rd election for the former Dow Chemical, Suncor & Worley Parsons engineer. Since her time in Ottawa, Gladu has been named to the party’s shadow cabinet as Health Critic. Her bill on palliative care was one of only 278 private members bills in parliamentary history to pass with unanimous support. She based much of the bill on palliate services established in Sarnia-Lambton. Gladu is currently the Shadow Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency, as well as Privy Council Critic and Electoral Reform Critic. She has also been named “Most Collegial Parliamentarian” by MacLean’s magazine, first in 2016 and then again in 2021. On her website, Gladu says she takes great honour in representing Sarnia-Lambton and using her years of vast experience to ensure that both her community and the nation at large are both served as well as possible. The conservative candidate won the Sarnia Lambton riding in the 2019 election with 28,430 votes.
TOM LAIRD (Christian Heritage Party)
Tom Laird is once again the Christian Heritage Party Candidate for Sarnia-Lambton. Laird most recently ran as the local CHP candidate in 2019 and finished with 541 votes, sixth among the six major candidates. “It is extremely important for me to stand and to be a man of integrity,” said Laird in a statement on his CHP profile page. “That is why I am running for CHP. It is a party of integrity.” Laird has been caring for the aged and those with disabilities in the healthcare field for over sixteen years. The father of four and grandfather of 10 has been married for 41 years. Laird has been a deacon in his church, he’s been involved in coaching sports, music and toured with a local band. Previously, he managed a family-run business, and he also worked for Fiberglas Canada as a lab technician.
ADAM KILNER (NDP Party)
Sarnia-Lambton’s NDP candidate in the 2021 federal election is Adam Kilner. A self described community activist, Kilner currently serves as a minister at Dunlop United Church. Kilner is a Big Brother, a member of the Board of Regents of Victoria University at the University of Toronto, the President of Community Legal Assistance Sarnia-Lambton, a board member for the Children’s Aid Society, & a board member with Sarnia Pride & Transgender Association. His biography on the NDP website said he believes Sarnia-Lambton is a kind, inclusive, and welcoming place – but that more can be done to help the most vulnerable. Kilner is advocating for equity, affordability, & human rights in Sarnia-Lambton. He’s seeking improvements in long-term care, worker wages & protections, & justice for all. The Lakeroad Public School & Northern Collegiate grad was raised in a family of 13 children – 10 of which, including himself, were adopted. Kilner graduated from the University of Waterloo & completed a Masters degree from the University of Toronto. Kilner was the runner-up in the 2019 federal election, receiving 12,372 votes.
LOIS NANTAIS (Liberal Party)
Sarnia-Lambton’s Liberal candidate for the September election is Lois Nantais. Born & raised in Lambton county, Nantais has been a psychology professor at Lambton College for over 20 years, & is a published literary artist who has worked with the Lawrence House. Nantais comes from a family of small business owners & farmers & “understands the realities facing many small business owners and families in her community”. She believes political leadership is about advocacy & working hard for those she represents, adding she will “never stop working hard to build a better future for the people in her Sarnia-Lambton”. Nantais was voted in as Sarnia-Lambton’s Liberal candidate in July, defeating Sarnia city councilor George Vandenberg for the nomination.
LAMBTON KENT MIDDLESEX CANDIDATES
JASON HENRY (NDP Party)
The NDP’s candidate running in the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex riding is Jason Henry. Henry, born and raised in Kettle and Stony Point First Nation is running for the first time in a federal election. He was first elected as chief of Kettle and Stony Point in 2018, and was elected to a second term in 2020. Henry has stepped away temporarily from the role to pursue a seat in the House of Commons. The father of three said he wants to take his community’s message to the national stage and tackle important issues including drug and alcohol abuse, healthcare and housing. Henry was acclaimed as the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex NDP candidate on August 15.
JEREMY HULL (Green Party)
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex’s Green Party candidate for the 2021 federal election is Jeremy Hull. The Oil Springs native said priorities for him in this election are housing, security and mental health support. The father of six has been a municipal employee for the City of Sarnia for the last 15 years. Hull said other key issues for him are stricter illegal firearm laws and the creation of new green jobs. Details on Hull’s campaign and the Green Party platform can be found on his Facebook page.
KEVIN MITCHELL (People’s Party of Canada)
Kevin Mitchell will represent the People’s Party of Canada in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. The 39-year-old Wallaceburg business owner had previously run for the Conservative party in the 2019 election. Mitchell said as a believer in small government and fiscal responsibility, for him there was no choice other than the PPC. The former teacher said he’s running for his three sons and to support the party’s leader Maxime Bernier. He said key issues for him on the campaign are freedom, affordability and putting Canada and Canadians first. For more details about Mitchell’s campaign visit his Facebook page.
SUDIT RANADE (Liberal Party)
The Liberal candidate for Lambton Kent Middlesex is Dr. Sudit Ranade. Lambton’s medical officer of health, since 2012, was acclaimed in August to carry the Liberal flag in Canada’s 44th general election. The husband and father of two says the pandemic has shown him how political decisions impact our lives in dramatic and significant ways. He is hoping to make a difference at the federal level. Dr. Ranade says his job for the last nine years involved listening to the concerns of residents and leading strategies to deliver positive outcomes for the whole community. He hopes to do the same in Ottawa. Ranade has taken a leave as Lambton MOH temporarily to pursue a seat in the House of Commons.
LIANNE ROOD (Conservative)
Conservative candidate Lianne Rood is hoping to be reelected on September 20. The Lambton-Kent-Middlesex incumbent was first elected as MP for the riding in 2019. Rood grew up on a 1,000 acre vegetable farm near Grand Bend, and worked six years as a legislative assistant to former Conservative MP Bev Shipley before throwing her name into the political arena. Since her election, Rood has been appointed Deputy Shadow Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food, and also served as the Vice-Chair of the standing Committee on Agriculture & Agri-Food. Rood said she is also advocating for small businesses, jobs and a strong economic recovery.