Talk:Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Peter Ormond, Hamilton Centre

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Hello Nick:

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Nick Moreau <> wrote:

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   Why have you chosen to involve yourself in the political process? Why did you choose to run in this constituency?
   We read about the green revolution in newspaper headlines, yet we continue to pursue mega-projects that do not benefit society, the environment, or the economy.
   I live in Hamilton Centre, and therefore naturally chose this riding.
   What prior political experience do you have? What skills and insight can you bring to office, from other non-political positions you may have held?
   I have canvassed for various candidates in past campaigns. This includes the Liberals and NDP. Now I realize that to actually start moving towards a sustainable Ontario, innovation is required. The Green Party has that ability to make this transformation happen.
   Which of your competitors do you expect to pose the biggest challenge to your candidacy? Why? What makes you the most desirable of all candidates running in the riding?What do you feel are the three most important issues to voters in your riding? Are these the same top three issues that are most important to you? What would you do to address these issues?
   Remember that all issues are interdependent through the social, economic and environmental pillars.
   Key issues in Hamilton are:
   Poverty and Homelessness
   Local Green Jobs for Sustainability
   More details are available on our website

   What should be the first order of business in the 39th Legislative Assembly?
   A moratorium on all new nuclear facilities and upgrading of any existing ones.
   Are the property taxes in your riding at a fair level for the amount of services received in the municipality?
   How can the province lead the way in stimulating job creation?
   Local projects. Keep the money in the communities. Education and training of immigrants of the underemployed. Get the citizens engaged in projects that improve neighbourhoods. This includes local manufacturing. For example, in Hamilton, deployment of solar hot water systems would be a tremendous opportunity to align local manufacturers and train installers. Then each household saves a few bucks that can in turn be invested in the community.
   No more paving of valleys. No more mega-projects. Decentralization is where it's at.

   What are your views on the mixed member proportional representation (MMP) referendum?
   The Green Party supports electoral reform fully. This will bring a balanced and representative voice to parliament.
   What role, if any, does "new media" play in your campaign, and the campaign of your party? (websites, blogs, Facebook, YouTube videos, etc) Do you view it as beneficial, or a challenge?
   We're working on it.

Peter Ormond Green Party of Ontario Candidate, Hamilton Centre 56 Ferrie St. West Hamilton, ON L8L 1C7 905-526-6458

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