The provincial riding of Kitchener-Waterloo is in a unique position. Its voters get a chance to provide some stability back to governing Ontario.
We have seen that the opposition parties are more interested in playing political games for their own benefit than what is in the best interests of the people of Ontario. The NDP felt it more important to push for a popular tax on high incomes rather than push for an unpopular increase to social assistance. The Progressive Conservatives voted for NDP budget amendments to put the Liberals into tricky political waters rather than voting by its principles.
An additional Liberal seat at Queen’s Park does not give Dalton McGuinty an absolute majority where he has complete control. But it does give the government a bit of breathing room so that it can govern in the best interests of the people without getting drawn into political games.
Fortunately, the Ontario Liberals have three quality individuals you are interested in being the party’s candidate in the upcoming by-election. Eric Davis would make a good candidate as he demonstrated last fall. Raj Sharma, a respected, experienced police officer, would also make a good candidate. Karen Scian, an experienced city councillor in Waterloo is also seeking the nomination. All three would be solid additions to Dalton McGuinty’s team and better MPPs than either of the opposition candidates.
A quick look at Tracey Weiler
Here’s an excerpt from a column about Weiler.
She immigrated here with her family from England in the 1980s, because they believed that this province was a place of opportunity. “Today, as I look at the future for my own children and grandchildren, it’s not the same,” she said.
Really? I’m sure it’s all Dalton McGunity’s fault too Tracey! Weiler would never blame Mike Harris, Brian Mulroney or Stephen Harper for the dismal future she sees for her children and grandchildren.
I wonder how Weiler will sell that line in Kitchener-Waterloo which under the provincial Liberals has seen investments in Kitchener’s downtown core through the addition of a pharmacy school and a medical school to the University of Waterloo and the Communitech Hub. How will she sell that line to all the investments in new infrastructure at the University of Waterloo and Laurier? What about the opportunities created by supporting the tech sector such as Agfa’s new research and development centre that the government made possible? What about making post-secondary education more affordable to students from lower and middle income families by reducing tuition by 30%? Or the opportunities young children have to get off to the best possible start in life thanks to full day kindergarten?
Will voters buy the dismal picture Weiler paints? I don’t think so.
A quick look at Catherine Fife
The NDP is set to make Catherine Fife their candidate. I’m surprised that they would so warmly embrace a politician who demonstrated she does not care what voters think and lacks accountability to them.
In the debate about the extended day for kindergarten students, Fife showed that she uses power to implement her vision. Then she hides behind staff and takes no accountability for voting on a significant policy matter. Her counterparts in Ottawa-Carleton put her to shame. Not only did they hold true public consultations with fighting tooth and nail to avoid them, they voted on how they would implement their extended day policy. Fife on the other hand did everything possible to at first avoid public input, then stifle it and then when she had no choice held public meetings where she still tried to control the agenda. How will Catherine Fife prove to voters in Kitchener-Waterloo that she will ever listen to what they have to say?
My choice is Karen Scian
When I heard about the by-election, I immediately thought that the Liberal candidate needed to be the best possible candidate. Karen Scian was at the top of my list. I’m thrilled that she is running. If I could vote for the Liberal candidate in the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo, I would vote for Karen Scian. She’s an excellent candidate and has what it takes to be a top-notch MPP.
I’ve come to learn a lot about Karen from getting to know her on Twitter. She’s one of a very few local politicians that uses this social media platform well. She knows it is not to broadcast her key messages. She knows its real power is to build relationships and develop community. Her use of Twitter shows me that she cares about the people that she serves and wants to know what they think. I also find it important that she embraces the use of technology to reach out in a high tech hub that is the home of Research in Motion.
Proven interest in public engagement
Karen is an innovative politician that seeks ways to enhance public engagement. As finance chair she got the City of Waterloo to take input and questions into its budget via Twitter. She’s also the first municipal politician to hold a Twitter townhall. Karen also blogs as a way to connect with voters and discuss their concerns and the issues she faces.
If Kitchener-Waterloo wants an MPP who has proven she truly listens and looks to improve how she interacts with voters, Karen is clearly the best choice.
Proven leadership experience to make tough decisions
Karen understands how politics works. Compared to school boards, municipal government still makes many decisions that affect your day to day life. Karen’s experience as a city councillor means that she has voted many times to make tough decisions that are closely scrutinized by citizens. As noted in her new release announcing her candidacy, “Under Scian’s guidance, Waterloo worked to deliver the lowest tax rate increases in the Region, while successfully planning for the future by lowering debt levels and increasing reserve fund levels.”
She also has a proven track record of accomplishment for making Waterloo a better place to live. For example, the creation of an uptown skate park and meeting a need for west side residents for a public library branch and a family-friendly recreation facility.
Proven desire to make her community better
Karen realizes that to get things done that you need to be able to reach out and connect with a variety of people. She understands how different issues require different people to be at the table with relevant point of views. She’s a pragmatic politician driven by a desire to make her community better rather than one driven by narrow ideologies with a predictable cast of supporters.
Karen is not afraid to take a look at a good project and find ways to make it better.
I know that Karen shares my progressive perspective to making Ontario a better place to live. I won’t claim she supports everything that I advocate but she does look at issues from a similar place and based upon her personal experience and knowledge makes decisions that make Waterloo a better place for everyone that lives there.
Karen is the face Kitchener-Waterloo–today and tomorrow
Karen is an example of the type of person that makes Waterloo Region such an awesome place to live in work. She came to Waterloo from Saskatchewan to go to university but fell in love with the area and chose to stay and raise her family here. When we talk about attracting and retaining the creative class, we’re talking about people like Karen Scian. Waterloo Region attracts the best and the brightest. Let’s send one of them to represent it at Queen’s Park.
From her time on Council, Karen has been directly responsible for the success of Waterloo today. She also has a clear vision of where the city and the region are headed. Based on her experience and her extensive, diverse network, she can hit the ground running as an MPP and make an immediate impact on helping our area in a way that no opposition MPP can do.
Support Karen in the nomination race
Karen Scian has proven she has the qualities required to excel as an MPP but first she needs your help to get the Liberal nomination.
If you live in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, you can do that by buying a membership.
While you can buy memberships online, her team prefers to personally sign you up so that they know you are a part of her team and can stay in touch with you as her campaign continues. Contact me or her campaign directly to get your membership.
If you are not in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, you can help spread the word to family and friends that do live there. One way is by joining her Facebook page.
Act quickly since the nomination meeting could be called at any time and you need a membership to vote for the candidate.