Greens open campaign HQ in Orangeville

May 14, 2014   ·   0 Comments

By James Matthews – It’s time for new representation at Queen’s Park for Dufferin-Caledon, according to Karren Wallace.

Ms. Wallace, the electoral district’s Green Party candidate in the June 12 provincial election, said during the official launch of her campaign on Wednesday that government needs to get back to doing things for people as opposed to doing things to people.

“The time has come for significant change and true representation,” she told the about 30 people who gathered at the campaign office in the Orangeville Mall, across the street from where Sylvia Jones, the incumbent Tory candidate, has pitched her tent.

Ms. Wallace said she has about 20 years political experience at the municipal and provincial levels. And, she said, that experience “inside that big machine gives me the operational knowledge to be your MPP.”

She said the Green Party has the platform to serve the peoples’ needs. The party’s candidates have the passion to do what’s required. And, she added, the electorate has to make the choice for the Green Party.

Going door to door throughout Dufferin-Caledon leading up to Election Day, one of the main sentiments she’s heard repeated is that people can’t find Ms. Jones. In fact, during the recent fight against a proposed Mega Quarry in the county, Ms. Jones didn’t attend a single meeting or take a position on the issue.

That, Ms. Wallace said, is not good enough for a district in which agriculture and water protection is paramount.

“She was basically missing in action,” Ms. Wallace said of the Progressive Conservative incumbent.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner told the assembled party supporters and workers that politics under past Liberal and Tory administrations, is simply broken. Those flying the green banner are the team “to preserve and protect the people and the places we love,” he said.

“People all across Ontario are sick of the political game, the magic math, the scandals, and the broken promises.”

Speaking about some of the part’s platform planks, Mr. Schreiner said small- and medium-sized businesses are the true job creator. Reducing their payroll taxation will enable them to create more jobs – more than any plan espoused by Tory Leader Tim Hudak, he said.

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