Election record: Time to try something different, says Ontario Party candidate for Sudbury

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Note: Candidates in the ridings of Sudbury and Nickel Belt were given the opportunity to answer the Star’s 10 questions. Below, Jason LaFace, Ontario Party candidate for the riding of Sudbury, responds. He did not answer two questions: List your top three priorities and how would you go about making housing affordable?

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Why do I want to be MPP? Quite simply because of failing leadership. We don’t get what we pay for, our leaders make very bad decisions and it’s always put on the taxpayers. We need to reform government and make it work for the people. During COVID19, myself and others were the only people fighting for our local businesses and those being extorted for their work. No other politician did anything locally.

Q: Do you think that Horizon Santé-Nord is too small? If so, how would you approach it?

A: HSN is not too small. The problem is poor floor planning. My wife and I walked floor by floor at HSN and noticed that about 40% of the space on each floor was reserved for offices or useless space. Let’s not forget that the former Memorial Hospital is used for administrative offices. Solution: Reduce the number of administrative offices at HSN, then create more rooms. Move the administrative offices to the Memorial. There’s plenty of space at Memorial Hospital.

Q: How would you support Laurentian University in its restructuring?

A: I attended public functions. The issue of LU should be on the shoulders of LU and not the taxpayer. LU must reorganize its administration and start putting on new faces.

Q: Would you support a French-language university in Sudbury?

A: Yes, but I think we should focus on more important issues. In the meantime, we could start university French courses on the Collège Boréal campus until we have the money to pay for a multi-million dollar new building. This is not a priority at the moment.

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Q: Should the provincial government fund a safe injection site in Sudbury?

A: No. The people behind this ideology in our city have ignored reports from the Alberta government. These sites are nothing more than a racketeering scheme where the board of directors receives handsome salaries. Not to mention crime and overdose rates that have soared 450%. These crosses in front of City Hall are tied to the delivery system given to them by public health officials and their allies. They created the problem seven years ago, now these people are dead and they still want an injection site? We need treatment centers instead.

Q: Do you support widening Highway 69 to four lanes? How to get the project back on track?

A: I would support it if it was a serious priority to spend taxpayers’ money. For now, I agree that it should be put on hold.

Q: How would you make life more affordable and what, if anything, would you do about gas prices?

A: Northern Ontario is ripe for agriculture. We should create more farms for vegetables, fruits and livestock. If we focus on that, we could reduce costs for everyone. When it comes to housing, we have to build build build. However, as we build, we should think about green technologies. Solar panels, community mini-wind turbines that can power an entire block. We can accomplish a lot if we think smart and innovative.

Q: How would you create jobs in Sudbury/Nickel Belt?

A: Start by investing in green industries. Green technology production factories, packaging factories, start building more farms for food sustainability. Lobby the federal government to install solar panels on every building in Canada. With the arrival of the Kingsway Entertainment District, this will also open the door to jobs in the entertainment and hospitality industry. Over the next five years, we could create more than 10,000 jobs. We just need to get rid of gatekeepers and bureaucracy. Crying babies, if you will.

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Q: List a problem not mentioned so far that you consider important.

A: Revitalization. We need to revive the heart of this city. How can we accomplish this?

– Start using old buildings to house the homeless and deal with addictions.

– We need a treatment center that can meet the needs of most northern Ontarians.

– Tourism and beautification programs: Remove municipal programs from the ZAC and create a new team of volunteers to begin to animate the downtown area. Cut out all the red tape to allow events to thrive downtown. We should do what Brantford is doing: start participating in free municipal events for Sudburians. We need to get industries to come to Sudbury, but before we even do that, we need to address fundamental issues like addictions, homelessness and the rise of street gangs and drugs from Toronto.

– We need to remove or stop funding groups that have done nothing productive for our city in the past five years. They’ve had their time, it’s time to try new things for a change.

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