• TURMEL: Press Reports on York Simcoe by-election meet in Bradford

    From John KingofthePaupers Turmel@1:229/2 to All on Fri Feb 15 07:16:56 2019
    From: johnturmel@gmail.com

    JCT: https://youtu.be/sATW-YpQLCk is only the highlights
    from my answers if you want to skip the boring political rhetoric. https://youtu.be/Yqtp3DLJBxc is the Bradford Board of Trade
    debate in York Simcoe federal byelection.
    And here are the news reports on that Q&A:

    York-Simcoe byelection debate in 12 quotes https://www.bradfordtoday.ca/local-news/york-simcoe-byelection-debate-in-12-quotes-1243669

    Six candidates answered questions - some in rhyme - at an
    event in Bradford West Gwillimbury ahead of the Feb. 25
    federal byelection
    by: Jenni Dunning

    Six of the York-Simcoe federal byelection candidates take
    part in a debate in Bradford West Gwillimbury Feb. 13.
    Jenni Dunning/BradfordToday

    Six of the candidates in the upcoming York-Simcoe federal
    byelection had plenty to say during a Meet the Candidates
    debate hosted by the Bradford Board of Trade Wednesday
    evening.

    Here are some of the highlights.

    "Peter Van Loan was elected in 2015 to hold his place for
    four years. If he had held on for another couple of months,
    we wouldn't be in this position." - Shaun Tanaka, Liberal

    "There is no left, there is no right. There's only the haves
    and the have-nots. The solution is to send a lightning bolt
    to Ottawa. We're not just taxable drones." - Robert Geurts,
    People's Party of Canada

    "We're lacking some serious leadership in this room and in
    government." - Jessa McLean, NDP

    "I'm the smartest man on Earth, and these people aren't on
    the same side of the bell curve." - John Turmel,
    Independent, referring to the other candidates

    "There's small business people holding on by their
    fingernails." - Scot Davidson, Progressive Conservatives

    "To Scot, who has said they're saying our climate change
    plan is coming, I'll believe that when I get to see Donald
    Trump's taxes as well. If you need help drafting your
    legislation, I got a book for you: Global Warming for
    Dummies." - Matt Lund, Green Party

    "It was the Liberal government who stood up to (U.S.
    President Donald) Trump when he tried to flood our market
    with an inferior product." - Shaun Tanaka, Liberal,
    referring to North American Free Trade Agreement discussions

    "Is the CRTC really now progressive, or is it a dinosaur
    from the past that needs to be maybe put out to rest?" -
    Robert Geurts, People's Party of Canada

    "We want to skate where the puck is going, and that's moving
    toward a clean energy environment." - Matt Lund, Green Party

    "It's very important to me infrastructure dollars come into
    York-Simcoe. At the end of the day, those are your tax
    dollars." - Scot Davidson, Progressive Conservatives

    "Shaun (Tanaka) respectively implied that protesting the
    government is somehow a bad thing. Let me remind you that
    protesting our government is how we women obtained the vote
    and made it possible to run for this office right here. Let
    your vote be a protest this time." - Jessa McLean, NDP

    "All governments must borrow now, new funds from private banks
    And raise new tax to pay the interest, with bankers' thanks
    But worse, in 1968, Pierre lifted the cap
    On interest from six per cent to 60, that's the rap
    In 12 years, central bank rate rose to 22 per cent - remember that?
    More tax to service greater debt at higher rates was spent
    So, Oh Canada, Pierre Trudeau is responsible for debts out of control
    By lifting rate cap and ending interest-free loans, his role
    Oh Canada, sure could have offered all the living swell
    But Pierre, in 1974, turned Canada from heaven into hell"
    - John Turmel, Independent, during a section of his opening statement

    York-Simcoe byelection candidates spar in debate - through rhyme https://www.bradfordtoday.ca/local-news/york-simcoe-byelection-candidates-spar-in-debate-through-rhyme-1243979
    by: Jenni Dunning

    York-Simcoe byelection candidates Scot Davidson (PC), left,
    and Shaun Tanaka (Liberal).
    John Turmel, centre, holds the floor with his poetry, as
    Jessa McLean (NDP) and Scot Davidson (Conservative Party)
    listen.
    Miriam King/BradfordToday

    York-Simcoe byelection candidates debate Feb. 13. Jenni
    Dunning/BradfordToday
    Independent candidate John Turmel holds up an photo of
    himself in which he is wearing the same hat. Jenni

    An Elvis tribute artist, a rhyming gambler, and a politician
    walk into a community centre.

    It sounds like the start of a joke, but it became reality in
    Bradford West Gwillimbury on Wednesday night at a debate of
    York-Simcoe federal byelection candidates.

    Six of the seven candidates sat at the front of an
    auditorium at the Bradford and District Memorial Community
    Centre, taking questions on a variety of topics, punctured
    by the independent candidate John Turmel standing up and
    boisterously yelling many of his replies in rhyme.

    JCT: What's the difference between speaking stentorially
    (loudly) and yelling. It's all in the eye of the beholder.

    In his introductory statement, the self-proclaimed "bank-
    fighter extraordinaire," who has tried starting his own
    political party three times and has faced gambling charges,
    recited part of a poem about how the late Prime Minister
    Pierre Trudeau ended interest-free loans:
    "All governments must borrow now, new funds from private banks
    And raise new tax to pay the interest, with bankers' thanks
    But worse, in 1968, Pierre lifted the cap
    On interest from six per cent to 60, that's the rap .
    So, Oh Canada, Pierre Trudeau is responsible for debts out of control
    By lifting rate cap and ending interest-free loans, his role
    Oh Canada, sure could have offered all the living swell
    But Pierre, in 1974, turned Canada from heaven into hell."

    Some members of the audience laughed during Turmel's
    answers, while the other candidates sat silently, some
    smirking.

    "I'm trying to stop financial waste. I'm the smartest man on
    Earth, and these people aren't on the same side of the bell
    curve," Turmel said, referring to his opponents. "You're
    being scammed. I can't be scammed."

    Elvis was in the building

    Six candidates took part in the debate, while Progressive
    Canadian Party candidate Dorian Baxter, known as Elvis
    Priestley because he is an Elvis tribute artist and an
    archbishop at Christ the King, Graceland Church in
    Newmarket, sat at the back of the room with promotional
    materials.

    He told BradfordToday after the debate he informed the Town
    of BWG he would be participating instead of the Bradford
    Board of Trade, which hosted the event.
    "I'm disappointed I could not debate. It was an unfortunate
    error of events," he said. "I used to live here. I thought I
    could really make some inroads."
    Baxter, a single dad who raised his two daughters in BWG,
    said he wants residents to know the Progressive Canadian
    Party adheres to the "Westminster model of democracy that
    says you never vote for the party, you vote for the person."
    "I've got all the qualifications to really represent this
    area," he said, adding his Top 3 priorities for York-Simcoe
    are the full extension of the Highway 400-404 Connecting
    Link into outer regions of Georgina, immediate
    implementation of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, and more
    federal funding for seniors to improve retirement and
    nursing home facilities.

    Is the byelection a waste of money?

    All the other candidates took questions read by Bradford
    Board of Trade members on topics that ranged from climate
    change, to small business, to whether a byelection is a
    waste of money.

    "Everyone gets very excited about a byelection. I don't
    think it's a waste of time," said Progressive Conservative
    (PC) candidate Scot Davidson. "I think it's a referendum
    about the Liberal government and how people feel about it."

    Several candidates pointed to former PC York-Simcoe MP Peter
    Van Loan, who retired from politics last fall, sparking the
    upcoming byelection, as a reminder of why residents are
    heading to the polls Feb. 25 only to do it all over again in
    a federal election this fall.

    "(Van Loan) had a commitment, and he didn't fulfil it," said
    Green Party candidate Matt Lund.

    "Peter Van Loan was elected in 2015 to hold his place for
    four years. If he had held on for another couple of months,
    we wouldn't be in this position," added Liberal candidate
    Shaun Tanaka. "We wouldn't be wasting taxpayers' dollars on
    something that was unnecessary, but here we are. I don't
    think it's a waste of time. It's just unnecessary."

    She argued a Liberal MP is needed to work collaboratively
    alongside the current federal government, but other
    candidates suggested it was time to mix things up.

    NDP candidate Jessa McLean said voters can "build momentum
    and fight for real change" by replacing their MP now.

    "When Stephen Harper was in power for eight years, we had a
    Conservative representative that did very little to address
    serious issues. Send a message this byelection that we know
    the system is not working for us," she said.

    "There is no left, there is no right. There's only the haves
    and have-nots," said Robert Geurts, of the People's Party of
    Canada, a party formed last September by former Quebec MP
    Maxime Bernier. "The solution is to send a lightning bolt to
    Ottawa (with a new government)."

    Climate change

    The candidates sparred about climate change, with Tanaka
    challenging Davidson's comment the PC Party has a "climate
    change program" but it will not be released until months
    from now.

    "I believe climate is changing and we have to be take it
    very seriously," he said, noting a carbon tax is "not the
    way forward."

    "It's rich to hear someone say they care about climate
    change and say wait six months to see a plan," quipped
    Tanaka.

    Lund called climate change "the definitive issue for our
    generation" before piling onto Davidson's comments.

    "To Scot, who has said they're saying our climate change
    plan is coming, I'll believe that when I get to see Donald
    Trump's taxes as well. If you need help drafting your
    legislation, I got a book for you: Global Warming for
    Dummies."

    McLean argued whether Canadians can afford a carbon tax is a
    "distraction" from neither the PCs or Liberals having a plan
    for climate change.

    While climate change is real, "how are we going to (deal
    with it) if we're all broke?" Geurts said, adding the
    government needs to give money back to Canadians so they can
    hold provinces accountable for the environment.

    JCT: Sadly, no mention of the one candidate who wanted to
    wait until Greenland was green again before taking the hoax
    seriously... Guess my point was that powerful that the only
    way to stick with the party line was to not mention that
    there was one global warming denier. Had to be on purpose.

    Highway 400-404 Connecting Link

    The link is a "critical piece" for York-Simcoe, said
    Davidson. "It's very important to me infrastructure dollars
    come into York-Simcoe. At the end of the day, those are your
    tax dollars."

    The NDP is committed to infrastructure funding, said McLean.

    The candidate elected as York-Simcoe's MP must work
    collaboratively with different levels of government to build
    the link, Tanaka said.

    "We have made infrastructure and growth a top priority," she
    said.

    Geurts, however, took the stance that the link is not a
    federal issue, rather provincial.

    "You can't keep turning every issue into a tri-government
    issue," he said, suggesting that makes it more difficult to
    hold individual levels of government accountable.

    It could also mean the federal government could then be
    responsible for funding other provincial projects if it
    funds the link, he said.

    Lund, a member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, said the
    link is one of the organization's top priorities and he is
    scheduled to speak about it in front of Premier Doug Ford in
    August.

    "We're trying to get this done for you now," he said.

    Turmel said the link could easily be funded if banks changed
    their interest policies.
    "If we could program the Bank of Canada like it was before
    1974, we could fund it interest free," he said.

    Small business

    All of the byelection candidates said they had plans to help
    small business owners.

    "We want to cut payroll taxes directly," said Lund. "(That)
    is going to make it easier for employers to pay their
    employees. It's going to make it a lot easier for employers
    to be able to help guide their companies and make their
    profits."

    McLean said the best way to help small businesses is the
    same way to help everyone else - increasing wages, making
    housing more affordable, and investing in Pharmacare will
    increase people's buying power because they will have more
    money, she said.

    "Our riding has one of the worst rates (of unaffordable
    housing) in the province," she said. "Voters want to know
    what - what - is going to be done."

    Turmel said helping small businesses comes down to one
    thing: "I want businesses and citizens to have interest-free
    accounts" to increase the money in their pockets.

    Tanaka, who operates a business with her husband, pointed to
    how the Liberals have lowered the tax rate for small
    businesses from 11 per cent, to nine per cent.

    She said the Liberals want to "advance your interests"
    through every stage of life.

    Geurts said his plan is to get rid of capital gains and
    increase capital allowance, as well as tackle "wage
    stagnation."

    Many millenials, he said, are finishing post-secondary
    education with tens of thousands of dollars in debt but are
    getting jobs that only pay $30,000 a year.

    "We can help the millenials with a creative solution
    revolution."

    Davidson said he wants to be part of a "new Conservative
    government" to help small businesses thrive and increase
    opportunities for small businesses.

    "Small business is a huge economic driver for the economy,
    (but) there's small business people holding on by their
    fingernails," he said."

    JCT: Sad that they didn't note that the SmartestMan.Ca
    was the only one not still fooled by the trick to hide the
    decline in temperature since 1998.

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