We need a balanced, thoughtful plan that is properly costed. The NDP framework includes restoring funding to science so we can make sound decisions that contribute to sustainability and the economy. The environment does not need to be sacrificed for economic growth. Canada's natural resources can be used sustainably to create good value added jobs.
We need an integrated economy and environment. Currently they are pitted against each other which is 20th century policy. We need to move our country into the 21st century and integrate these two. We need a green economy that helps the environment, we need a healthy environment that helps our economy. They go together if you do it right.
Yes, I don't know why oil should be moved by train except on very short hauls.
New oil pipelines should receive traffic transferred from decades-old lines, so those old lines can be decommissioned.
Also, if Northern Gateway is built, it must go to Prince Rupert, not stop at Kitimat.
We are less than 20 mins away from our LIVE CHAT ending. Let's move on to our next question, which is from Justin...
I agree Justin. Our Conservative Government does not believe in data and facts that are inconvenient to them. I would try to investigate and hold those accountable for closing the library.
I'm sorry folks but I'm very distracted with a very important personal matter tonight am not very engaged. I would like to thanks the other nominees and the public who have sent in questions. Have a good evening and thanks to Sarolta. Sorry I have to leave early. Mike
I have been very active as a local candidate on this issue. This is a national problem that has bled into our own back yard and myself and the NDP will respect the public service and the independence of scientists. It may be difficult to hold people accountable, so I think it would be better use of time to immediately invest in stopping this destruction of knowledge and put into place restrictions that would prevent it from happening in the future.
Thanks for being here, Mike.
Sorry you have to leave us Mike. Thank you so much for joining the discussion.
We can return to Justin's question on the research library...
There's no excuse for destruction other than ideology. We can digitize and make it available, but there is a definite difference of story here as to whether research is being destroyed without digitizing.
The research library contains invaluable information. For example, crop reports have been collected for more than 100 years. As we study topics like climate change, we need this longitudinal data.
Harder claims it is being digitized, but there are disputes to that account. We... need... the TRUTH!
What we simply need is transparency
How do you digitize without a budget or staff? The last budget included a 50% reduction to the digitization budget.
Which lends credence, Cheryl, to our shared suspicion that it is not being saved.
I'm going to throw one more question at the candidates before we let them close the debate. This question is from Jesse...
I would support it. I also think all members of Parliament should have the power to elect members of government agencies, boards and commissions, rather than be ministerial appointees.
No. The reason why we would not is because we want to make Senators more accountable by a different means. Instead of increasing the size of government, we want to have the Senate reformed into being elected. However, since it is hard to change this institution, as an MP for Lethbridge I would support either the reformation of the Senate or the abolition of the Senate, whichever has the best chance of happening.
The NDP has already identified that the current system of appointments is flawed and that officers need to be created who oversee, with authority, areas of significant importance. This includes areas such as the budget and science. The current system of the PMO interfering and harnessing what needs to be transparent, truthful information is wrong.
That is all the time we have for tonight folks! Thank you to all the candidates who joined our live debate. And a big thanks to all of you who sent your questions to us as well. Before we end here, I would like to give the candidates the opportunity to say a few words...
Thanks Global and my fellow candidates for the opportunity to participate in this progressive debate format. It is good to meet voters on a variety of platforms. All the best to everyone on October 19. I encourage viewers to consider the NDP and to contact me for further information should you have other questions. Good night.
Thank you, Sarolta, and thanks to Global.
More than anything else, the last many years has shown that Parliament needs a voice of conscience, of members who will take that conscience into the House instead of parking it at the foot of Parliament Hill. I respect and fear my Lord God, and know I will be held accountable for all my actions, and accordingly, I will measure my vote and voice in the House so as to advocate for honesty and the respect that all tax money belongs to the person it was collected from, and is to be spent with that respect. That the truth is required, even if it embarrasses me or my party for having made a mistake. That the national good must take priority over political interest.
I would not put an expense on my account as a Parliamentarian unless I was convinced that typical taxpayers would agree it belongs there. Or I would not spend it, or I would pay it with my own salary.
I ask for support of Lethbridge voters on October 19 to take a conscience to Parliament and to be fiscally responsible and to care about families and about freedom and equality.
Thank you all once again! Have a great night Lethbridge! :)
AND don't forget to vote on OCT 19th!