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Meet the candidates of Your Local Journal’s upcoming English-language Federal election debate


Join us October 1, 7 p.m., at Westwood Senior High School in Hudson, 69 Côte St. Charles

Conservative party - Marc Boudreau

For Marc Boudreau, running as the Conservative candidate in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, campaigning for the upcoming federal election is a fine balancing act between being active on the campaign hustings, and meeting his work obligations as a lawyer and fulfilling his family obligations. Despite the heavy load, Boudreau says he’s confident he’ll be able to win his riding.

The Conservative’s economic platform is just one reason why Boudreau decided to run for the party. “The philosophy of our party is for people to pay the least of amount of taxes as possible,” Boudreau told Your Local Journal. “I like the way the Conservatives are defending our economy and creating jobs.

“The Conservatives are very serious about the economy,” Boudreau added. “Over the last five years since the last serious recession in 2008, they’ve created 1.3 million jobs; 90 per cent of which were full-time jobs with 80 per cent of these jobs created in the private sector. They’ve done a great job so far and have pledged to create another 1.3 million jobs over the next five years.”

Boudreau credits Stephen Harper’s leadership for quickly pulling Canada out of recession and having the best economic performance of all the G7 nations at the time. “We got out of that crisis the fastest and the strongest. The federal tax burden is also the lowest it’s been in the last 50 years by doing things like reducing the GST from seven to five per cent,” he said.

Providing tax breaks for Canadian families through the Child Tax Credit is another aspect of the Conservative platform that is aimed at helping cash-strapped Canadians and stimulating the economy.

Liberal Party - Peter Schiefke

Liberal candidate Peter Schiefke said he was prompted to run for the party because of its strong commitment to address the major issues that affect all Canadians and people living in Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

“I firmly believe we have the strongest plans, whether you’re talking about the economy, environment, or social programs,” Schiefke told Your Local Journal. “We’ve put forward detailed plans and explained to Canadians why we’re putting them forth, why it’s necessary and how we’re going to pay for it. We’re the only party to have put forth the detail that we have.”

Schiefke said the Liberal’s plans and accountability have been well received by people when he canvasses door-to-door. “This isn’t just me making a verbal promise about what we want to do or that Justin Trudeau is making,” said Schiefke. “We’re giving this in writing. We want people to be able to hold onto this to be able to hold us accountable for the promises we’re making right now.”

The Liberal’s economic plan presented by leader Justin Trudeau which includes stimulating the economy through infrastructure projects is in stark contrast to the NDP and Conservatives, said Schiefke. “Now is the time to invest in growing our economy. It’s the second time in 10 years that we find ourselves in a recession.”

If elected, the Liberals are proposing the largest infrastructure upgrade program in Canada’s history, investing $60 billion over the next 10 years – one-third into public transit, one third into social infrastructure providing social housing for low income families and seniors, and one-third into bridges and roads, said Schiefke.

New Democratic Party – Jamie Nicholls

Jamie Nicholls, the NDP incumbent for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, is looking forward to possibly winning a second consecutive term in his riding and is hopeful that leader Thomas Mulcair will become Canada’s first NDP Prime Minister.

“I stand by my work for the past four years in the region,” Nicholls told Your Local Journal. “At election time, you have to outline your vision and give a positive picture for the region and the country and I think people are responding to that. They like the change that we’re proposing and I feel a lot of optimism about the future and possibly the history-making event of forming the first New Democratic government in Canada.”

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, Nicholls used the holiday to showcase what the NDP envisions for all Canadians. “The idea of Thanksgiving is that people who came here cared for each other. When French and English settlers came here, the First Nations took them in and we shared our culture together. The three founding nations had this idea of care and compassion for each other.

“Our vision goes back to those roots of caring and compassion,” said Nicholls. “We shouldn’t have to worry about paying for our children’s health care. And seniors, who have given all their life to their country, should be treated with respect and dignity and should never have to live under the poverty line. We should take care of each other as a society.”

Nicholls added that on a provincial level, the NDP has proven itself as responsible public administrators.

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