Federal Election 2019

Stephen Fuhr

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Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr (born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia) is a former CF-18 fighter pilot with the Canadian Air Force, who has run a military pilot training establishment, and successfully managed a technology company of over 40 employees. After serving with distinction for 20 years, Stephen retired from the Canadian Forces in 2009 with the rank of Major and joined a Kelowna based technology company which develops aviation communication and tracking equipment. As Director of Business Development and CEO, Stephen led the company to financial success in a challenging economic climate. In 2012, he left the company to pursue his first love of flying. With growing interest in politics and the desire to serve his country again, Stephen decided to run for office in the 2015 election. Today, Stephen proudly serves as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country and is Chair of the Standing Committee on National Defence.

 

 

Tracy Gray

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Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray is a small business person, entrepreneur, founder and owner of Discover Wines and passionate community volunteer. She has also been an engaged elected representative as a Kelowna City Councillor and Central Okanagan Regional District Director.

The daughter of a firefighter and Catholic School teacher, Tracy grew up around service and a strong work ethic. She has one son and has been married for 27 years.

“As residents in our community vote this October, I believe it is more important than ever to consider who has been active and engaged in our community every day for many years, who truly understands what it is like to build a business and raise a family here, and who proactively reaches out and listens. I’ve door knocked on 29,000+ houses, and what I’m hearing on the doorsteps is that people feel their concerns aren’t being heard. I believe in bringing our community’s voices to Ottawa, not the other way around.”

Tracy is ready to serve as your Member of Parliament, and continue to stand up for the people of Kelowna - Lake Country.

 

 

Justin Kulik

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Justin Kulik

Workers are struggling to make ends meet, and greater numbers of families are living paycheque to paycheque, just one unexpected expense away from not being able to make rent. The cost of living is rising, but wages are stagnant. That’s why I’m committed to reducing the cost of living by capping phone bills, by building half a million units of affordable housing across Canada, and by introducing a universal pharmacare system complete with dental, eye, hearing, and mental health care.

We are currently facing a climate emergency. I am committed to a real climate justice plan with targets entrenched in law in line with keeping global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Without bold action, wealth inequality will just continue to grow.

So how are we going to pay for this plan? We will introduce a super-wealth tax of just 1% on wealth over $20 million. This will generate $70 billion that will help all of us.

Without change, more and more of us will feel the result social inequality. I’ll put people and the planet before corporations, every time.

 

 

Travis Ashley

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Travis Ashley

This election is the most important election in Canadian history. Keeping to the Paris commitments of 1.5 degrees is the of the utmost importance, for it will determine the fate of the world. The Green party is the only party with a credible plan to ween off fossil fuels and transition towards a prosperous green economy and take care of the people the whole way through.

No longer can partisan politics, corporate lobbied influence, and back door deals determine the livelihoods of Canadians. We need cooperation in the house to create lasting policy that will stand the test of time and move Canada forward, together. We as MP’s will not be part of a whipped agenda under the Green party so we can properly represent our constituents. Gender parity, truth and reconciliation, guaranteed livable income, national pharmacare and childcare, abolished tuition and student debt, are all objectives we WILL implement. We have the strength to honour our convictions.

A little about me: I have had family go through poverty, suicide, addiction, death and all kinds of abuse growing up. I have learned empathy and always had a fond connection with the land being raised on a farm in small town Falkland. That is what has strengthened me to be who I am today. I have always strived to be the rock that my family and friends can depend on. My whole life I have been concerned about worldly issues and knew I wanted to make an impact. I went from getting top leadership in high school to becoming the vice president of my campus student association. I then became a chef thinking one day I could help mitigate nutrition into schools and advocate for good agricultural practices. I then realized I would have to persuade policy to be in the favor of our next generations, so I started studying political sciences. I knew it was time to step up. And I learned it’s all about community. I am the father of two amazing children, Troy, and Nola-Jane, they are my everything. The time to act is now. We have to stave off the extinction crises in which we are all intrinsically involved.

 

 

John Barr

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John Barr

I am John Barr.

I am proud to be a son of a World War 2 veteran, and a grandson of a Saskatchewan homesteader. I gratefully acknowledge the sacrifices they and their spouse made, as well as the hardships they endured to give myself, and all Canadians the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy.

I believe they are owed a debt of honour, respect and admiration.

Today, it is my turn to fight; to conserve their values of Personal Responsibility, Freedom, Fairness, and Respect. These have been my inheritance, and I am committed to seeing them extolled, embraced, and ultimately guarded by everyone native to, or welcomed to Canada as an immigrant.

This is a duty we all owe to our children, I invite you to stand and fight with me.

 

 

Daniel Joseph

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Daniel Joseph

When Justin Trudeau became the leader of the Liberal party and challenged Harper, it inspired me to take a closer look at the political scene. This is someone that was talking about the kind of politics I felt everyone wanted to see: openness, acceptance, fairness, engagement for real people regardless of who they were.

I got involved. I did what I hope every Canadian would do, I educated myself on the parties, but more importantly, the people representing them. I’ve worked with lots of different companies, huge multi-billion dollar organizations and small mom-and-pop shops, as well as throughout all three levels of government, and what I found throughout my life is that it was always people – strong leaders – that set the tone for their group. The people we elect to office need to be capable enough to represent their constituents, run an office, manage the political infighting and maneuvering, while still staying true to the people that put them there: you and me.

I had met, discussed and even volunteered where I could, with amazing political thinkers. I had also realized that there are far too many career politicians, that play the game rather than show genuine concern for their constituents. It disheartened me whenever I met politicians that would only espouse party talking points, playing safe around any topics of real substance, such as how we're addressing the visible plight of homelessness in our communities.

Finally, I was disappointed these last few years with Trudeau and the Liberal party in the majority, not seeing the government change in the way I felt we were promised. When Maxime Bernier started the People’s Party of Canada, to me he demonstrated strong leadership in the way he spoke, and how he carried himself. As of right now, with his silence and avoidance of so many issues that a leader of a national party should be concerned with, as well as his persistent embrace of far-right rhetoric and hateful, harmful extremist groups, I’m afraid he's just another career politician catering to a base of supporters, and doesn't have the strength to represent Canadians equally and fairly, and evidently through the turmoil his party is facing, he can barely manage a group of people that do believe in him.

And forget about the political allies and friends I’ve made along the way. I’ve talked about fighting for homelessness and social programs, but siding with a party like the PPC made my friends believe that I didn’t actually care. I grew up in poverty, I’ve relied on welfare, the social security net and the generosity of strangers for almost the entirety of my youth – I don’t just say I care about these programs, I owe a huge part of my wellbeing to them. However, I’ve also worked with government agencies throughout the municipal, provincial and federal levels handling millions of dollars worth of contracts, and I’ve seen first-hand the waste that improper leadership from our politicians generate. This is why I truly do believe in local politicians actually working with their communities, not acting as a speakerboard for their party, and providing the kind of oversight and reform that would help restore faith in our legislative bodies of government.

The PPC had a core message to revamp the equalization programs and get rid of the fiscal feudalism that plagues the services that all Canadians, specifically lower-income Canadians, rely upon. My electoral district of Kelowna-Lake Country would see more than a $100mil pushed back into the local economy, to make a real and significant impact on our social safety net without raising taxes. Of course I could reconcile my social-conscious with this new party, it would help strengthen our social programs while being fiscally responsible, a political unicorn.

It wasn't long after I was elected in as Kelowna-Lake Country's EDA President for the PPC, that the political unicorn unveiled itself as just another betting horse. The fact of the matter is at the junction when I publicly called out Maxime Bernier's lack of leadership, also happened to be when it was very clear that the PPC's intention was not at all to win any seats. Which is unfortunate, simply because rather than having another political entity pushing legitimate concerns and viewpoints, there was an exodus of well-meaning and intelligent members, and what's left is a propaganda machine to bolster Maxime Bernier's own finances and his personal identity in Canadian politics.

I'm not a career-politician and don't intend at all to be, but I see drastic flaws and vulnerabilities in our electoral system, and massive gaps in engaging with the people that vote our leaders into office. Every choice I’ve made up to this point has been done with careful consideration and candid acceptance of the outcome. I stand by and accept responsibility for my decisions as I always have, and I do truly believe that Canadians want to be a leader in the world, and not just elect people that are followers of trends, sometimes harmful trends, simply that could benefit their own personal gain.

Can we please just show the world: Real political discourse. Real local engagement. Real Canadian politics?

 

 

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Election Debate Forum Recorded Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mary Ann Murphy

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Mary Ann Murphy

“I will bring a fresh, inclusive, and innovative approach to federal politics for this Riding. My professional and volunteer background as a policy advocate allows me to be a strong representative for constituents of all ages, on the issues that matter."

Mary Ann Murphy, has a Ph.D. in Health and Social Policy. She has  worked in private industry, government, and academia with a variety of populations (children, youth, families and seniors) and stakeholders (businesses, not-for-profits, NGOs).

Dr. Murphy worked at the United Nations (Vienna) and spent 10 years of her career working for consulting firms on social research, strategic and urban planning, and community/new town development. For the past number of years, she has worked at UBC’s Okanagan campus as an Associate Professor with a Cross-Appointment on Aging, teaching courses in the areas of: Canadian families; gerontological social work; social policy; and global aging. Mary Ann has received awards for excellence in teaching, media engagement, and community service.

As a long-term resident of West Kelowna, Mary Ann has worked tirelessly in her own Okanagan communities, donating hundreds of volunteer service hours to veterans, families, and organizations advocating for the needs of seniors’ and youth, healthy aging, housing, civic engagement, and intergenerational relations.​

"I believe that voters are tired of divisive politics and that they're ready for positive, progressive change in 2019!"

 

 

Dan Albas

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Dan Albas

Dan Albas is the Conservative Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. Dan is also the Shadow Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and sits on the House of Commons Industry Committee.

In the past Parliament, Dan Albas was one of the first MPs to have a private members bill passed and was nominated for a Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ “Golden Scissors” award which acknowledges efforts to reduce red tape. He has since tabled legislation to better protect the savings for those with disabilities. Prior to the dissolution of the 41st Parliament, Dan was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the President of Treasury Board and was recognized for his near perfect voting attendance record.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training adults and young people in the mental and physical discipline of the martial arts. Also active in the community, Dan served as the Chair of the United Way and in 2008 he topped the polls and was elected to the City of Penticton municipal council.

Dan is a firm believer in accountability and is well known for maintaining a 24/7 answering service and frequently returns calls on evening and weekends. In addition to monitoring his own emails, Dan writes weekly columns to provide citizens with regular updates of his activities in Ottawa and is recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active Members of Parliament on social media.

 

 

Joan Phillip

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Joan Phillip

Since she was 16 years old, Joan has been an active voice for Indigenous and environmental rights. Joan has worked with the First Nations communities throughout the Okanagan and fought to protect BC from pipelines and pollution. 

Joan and her husband, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, received the Eugene Rogers Environmental Award for their commitment to defending lands, waters, and the environment. She is a proud mother and grandmother who believes in leading by listening. 

Joan is dedicated to building a strong, healthy community that works for the next generation. She is standing with Jagmeet Singh and the NDP to make life more affordable for all Canadians with bold action on housing, universal pharmacare, and good jobs in a green economy.

 

 

Robert Mellilieu

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Robert Mellalieu

Robert Mellalieu was born in Chemainus and grew up in Duncan. In the 1980's, he moved to Alberta to pursue an education in the high tech world of computers. After completing his education, Rob accepted a position with ADP to head up the Central Canada Office in Winnipeg. In those days, he worked on mainframe computers the size of refrigerators.

In 1993, Rob moved back to British Columbia to launch F1 Computer Services. His clients were other hard-working small businesses, big businesses and regular folk. He also instructed computer classes at Okanagan College and UBC. Rob's business grew because of referrals and not from advertising — he is proud of his reputation and honoured to have the trust of his clients.

Around the time he moved back to BC, Rob met and married the love of his life, Dawn, and soon after their wonderful son Russell was born. They have lived in West Kelowna for over 25 years, and plan to stay for at least 25 more.

Rob is an active member of the community. He has freely given his time to Rotary, Toastmasters, Big Brothers, Freedom's Door, Antique and Classic Boat Society and, of course, the provincial and federal Green Party. His community spirit was inherited from his father who was involved with politics, writing letters to the editor and serving as an Alderman for The City of Duncan.

Rob is the quintessential Canadian. He loves fishing, boating and skiing, and occasionally packs all three in on the same Sunday afternoon. Rob deeply cares about our environment, and is prepared to fight hard to prevent further environmental degradation and create a sustainable economy that allows everyone to prosper.

 

 

Allan C. Duncan

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Allan C. Duncan

Allan C. Duncan is a successful small business owner living in Kelowna with his wife and four beautiful, young children. He fully appreciates the freedom and opportunities historically valued and enjoyed as Canadian citizens. Standing together with the People's Party of Canada and the electorate of Central Okanagan Similkameen Nicola, Allan will work with enthusiasm to ensure our national integrity and prosperity is strong and free, not only for Canadian families of today but to ensure these freedoms endure and are improved upon for the future generations of Canadians!