Want to know what I'll be talking about during this election? The same thing I always have: social justice. Here is the response that I delivered to the YR Women in Politics group:
"I originally ran for office in 2011 because I felt it was important to give a voice to the people who are suffering in our current system. Homelessness and child poverty have been steadily increasing, and there are more and more marginalized men, women, and children as the income gap between the richest and the poorest increases, squeezing the middle class into debt and servitude. Household debt is at record levels and, especially in York Region, affordable housing is almost impossible to find.
Four years later, the problems have only grown worse. Record numbers of families are using our Food Banks and job prospects for youth are minimal. In York Region, there are record rates of under-30s still living at home as it is too expensive to live anywhere else. In Newmarket-Aurora, the most important election issue is the lack of affordable housing and lack of job opportunities that create meaningful employment. Increasingly, minimum wage jobs in the service sector with insufficient hours have been replacing strong manufacturing jobs and this results in job insecurity, housing insecurity, and food insecurity.
Nationally, the biggest issue should be the murdered and missing aboriginal women, but it won’t be. It should be our nation’s horrific treatment and treaty violations regarding our aboriginal population - but it won’t be. Instead there will be a false debate about the economy and security and how a government that has only made these situations worse should somehow be expected to get us out of the mess we are in.
Why should Canadians vote? That’s a great question. Maybe the big issue in this election should be our use of the out-dated ‘first-past-the-post’ voting system that has alienated millions of voters because their voices are not represented in Parliament. Canadians should vote AFTER they have asked their Candidates questions about whether they support electoral reform and if they will commit to making this the last unfair election in Canadian history. And while they’re at it, maybe they could ask about the government’s strategy to buy this election by making it the longest and most expensive in modern Canadian history." #gpc#takingourcountryback