PPC candidate Kaylin Tam announces federal election party platform
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Kaylin Tam, the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate for Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the upcoming federal election, is hopeful his party’s platform will resonate with the region’s voters.
Vaudreuil-Soulanges People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate Kaylin Tam, who is running in the upcoming federal election, is hopeful the region’s constituents recognize him and the party as a viable alternative to the current Liberal-led government.
Tam, 27, recently completed his undergraduate Master’s Degree in Maths and Accounting with a focus on forensic accounting at the University of Maine and began considering his options on how best he could use his acquired skill set.
‘Do something meaningful’
“I wanted to do something meaningful. I thought about work and what I can do that would really make a difference in a short period of time so I thought volunteering in politics would be a really good idea,” Tam told The Journal during an interview on September 1.
Tam got in touch with the leadership of the PPC to offer his accounting acumen to help the party, perhaps in a role as treasurer. That’s when he found that the original PPC candidate who was slated to run in Vaudreuil-Soulanges withdrew their candidacy. “I was asked if I was interested in running for the seat,” said Tam.
He likes the PPC’s progressive platform even though it’s a conservative party. “Things like ending corporate welfare, ending supply management in the dairy, egg and poultry industries, and ending interprovincial trade barriers. These are left-to-right issues; things that we’ll keep forever. This will be our lasting legacy that we’ll give to the Canadian people,” said Tam.
As a younger candidate, Tam recognizes the many hardships his generation is currently experiencing especially when it comes to finding viable career options that offer an adequate and sustainable living wage.
Young people in debt
“There are so many people we’ve left behind. A lot of my friends aren’t moving forward. In Canada, 45 per cent of people add on debt every month to pay for living expenses. That’s where my friends are, most of them. Every day, they’re in a worse position today than they were yesterday. And things are getting worse. This is something I feel needs to change,” said Tam.
“Being a young person today, a lot of the opportunities previous generations had don’t exist any more. In the past, you could get a decent paying job at 18 and move out, that’s almost impossible now. In Montreal we’re relatively lucky but in Toronto and Vancouver, being a young person out of high school or even with university, it’s impossible to build actual wealth. People are building debt instead,” he added.
Provincial control of health care and education
Tam also recognizes the various difficulties faced by the elderly throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. One option he feels would improve their condition would be to transfer health care from federal to provincial jurisdiction exclusively.
“Quebec really cares about health care. By reducing federal taxation, the provinces can invest more in health care and education because they’ll be able to make up the difference in taxation. Provincial governments do a lot more for the people in these areas than the federal government. This is something I really believe in,” said Tam.
Bernier true to his convictions
Tam spoke highly of PPC leader Maxime Bernier. “He seems like an honest guy. He stays true to his convictions. If he just wanted political power to move the ladder, he wouldn’t have tried to end supply management when he was with the Conservative part. He would have toed the party line. He’s a brave man. It takes real courage to go against your party especially if you feel it’s run by special interest groups and corporations,” said Tam.
While Tam currently lives in the West Island municipality of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, he would consider moving back to the region if elected. “I’ve lived in Saint-Lazare my whole life,” he said. “I went to Westwood Junior and Senior High Schools and John Abbott College. All the people I keep in touch with live in the area. I have a connection there and feel it’s my home. It always has been and always will be.”