Federal Elections 2015
For the Frosh Issue, the newspaper contacted the four major political parties to ask why U of T students should support their respective candidates.
NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
My journey started right here, over 20 years ago, in the student press.
Not long after, I found myself with an exciting career as a national TV host, reporting for the CBC, CTV, and MuchMusic. Covering the stories of Canadians, from the economy to the environment to human rights (and even the occasional Beyonce interview). But it was the stories under Stephen Harper and his Conservative government that worried me the most. While reporting on the G20, I didn’t even recognize Toronto. I became concerned I soon wouldn’t recognize Canada if I didn’t do something. So I left journalism and went back to school for a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard. And in 2012, I bought an NDP membership.
I’m out knocking on doors now, in our new riding University—Rosedale. Recently a woman asked me why, why the NDP? Because I want a government that cares about the future for young people, invests in cities and public transit, and puts workers and small businesses at the heart of our economy. I want a government with a conscience.
Canadians have a choice this election. Another four years of Stephen Harper, or for the first time, a federal NDP government with Tom Mulcair. I invite you to join me. Let’s bring much needed change to Ottawa. Learn more at JenniferHollett.ndp.ca
-Jennifer Hollett, University—Rosedale NDP Candidate
The Green Party offers the best vision for students and their futures.
They're advocating for a myriad of student benefits, such as increasing federal student grants by 25%, and making eliminating student debt a national goal. In terms of the economy, the Greens plan to invest in sustainable initiatives and operations such as green energy sources, which yield 7 times as many jobs as traditional energy sources. Lastly, the Greens’ push towards democratic reform to better represent Canadian society is promising for a more inclusive system in the future.
Aside from this, students should strategically analyze their vote, and consider the unique position the Green Party has assumed in serving as an incredibly efficient opposition, especially considering their caucus of only two MPs. For example, in the last debate, Elizabeth May called the other politicians out on their false statements, and held them accountable to their previous actions they tried to brush aside. Already, her presence has created a much richer dialogue and a demand for transparency among political leaders and their agendas.
Voting Green in this election will put pressure on the party in power to be held accountable for their actions, and will serve as the progressive voice of reason that Canadian politics desperately needs.
-University of Toronto Greens
This election, Justin Trudeau has proven through words and deeds that he is the only leader fighting for real change for young Canadians.
After nearly a decade of Conservative rule, our country is drifting—nowhere are these problems more acute than downtown Toronto. It’s much too difficult for youth to get a job, pay for school and find somewhere to live. Fortunately, the Liberal party has a plan for young Canadians. A Liberal government would create a Prime Minister’s Youth Advisory Council, a permanent presence for young voices at the heart of government.
Our tax plan (increasing taxes on the wealthiest to cut them for the middle class), puts more money in the pockets of young people, our environmental plan will partner with universities to create thousands of green jobs for youth and our unemployment, housing and education plans will become more detailed as the campaign progresses. This fall, young people can turn the page on a tired, vindictive government and avoid an ideological, deceptive opposition that favours making it easier to break up Canada. Youth can elect a Liberal government that will put their needs at the heart of everything it does.
-University of Toronto Young Liberals
University is a time for intellectual exploration and exciting new ideas, but this shouldn’t mean that students lose sight of the issues affecting real people in the real world. Having sailed the ship of state through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the Harper government has a proven record of fiscal responsibility and meaningful tax reforms that leave more money in the hands of well-deserving Canadians.
The Conservative government has also undertaken a principled foreign policy: from defending the right to national self-determination in Ukraine to supporting religious minorities in the Middle East to maternal and child health initiatives that have drawn international praise. Back at home, our government has put a strong emphasis on arctic sovereignty and other security measures to keep our country safe and free.
All told, Stephen Harper is the only Prime Ministerial candidate with the record of strong, experienced leadership that our nation needs in these troubling times.
-University of Toronto Campus Conservatives
U of T St. George Campus: University—Rosedale
Conservative: Karim Jivraj
Green: Nick Wright
Liberal: Chrystia Freeland (incumbent)
New Democratic: Jennifer Hollett
U of T Scarborough Campus: Scarborough—Guildwood
Conservative: Chuck Konkel
Green: No declared candidate
Liberal: John McKay (incumbent)
New Democratic: Laura Casselman
U of T Mississauga Campus: Mississauga—Erin Mills
Conservative: Bob Dechert (incumbent)
Green: Andrew Roblin
Liberal: Iqra Khalid
New Democratic: Michelle Bilek