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Meet the Candidates: Sherri Jackson, Green Party of Canada

October 11, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

In advance of the October 21 Federal election, The Times of New Tecumseth & Adjala–Tosorontio asked the four candidates running for the position of Member of Parliament (MP) in our riding of Simcoe–Grey 15 questions, allowing each candidate to introduce themselves, their party platform, and their personal beliefs in their own, interrupted words, so our readers can make an informed decision on election day.

(Printed in order of receipt)

Green Party of Canada

1. Full Name: Sherri Jackson

2. Town of Residence: Creemore area

3. Length of residency in Simcoe–Grey: 11 years

4. Primary reason you’re running: I see a serious need for clear, decisive leadership, and I know that I can provide that.

5. Offices/elected positions held in the past: Member of Simcoe–Grey Green Party executive. Founder/Director/Administrator of Hummingbird Montessori School. 

6. Campaign slogan, if any: Not left. Not right. Forward together.

7. What are the most important challenges facing the riding?: A shortage of high-quality, well-paying, permanent jobs. Affordable housing. A need for safe, affordable public transportation. Threats to our farmland, wetlands, and ecosystems, and our natural resources. 

8. What do you cherish most about this riding? The natural beauty; the people.

9. What type of leader you will be? An honest, ethical, caring leader who listens to the concerns of her constituents and represents them in Ottawa.

9. What are your priorities for change in our riding – both in the short term, and the long term? Investing in infrastructure for our communities (like public transportation); greening the energy grid; making housing more affordable; building the green economy to create thousands of high quality, permanent jobs in our region; legislating a Guaranteed Livable Income; protecting our fresh water; planting trees to combat emissions; ensuring our children and our youth are well cared for.

11. What are the biggest fiscal challenges in our riding, and what do you envision as the best way to address them? Affordable housing is the biggest challenge we have – people can’t afford to remain in the communities they grew up in. We will invest in infrastructure to ensure affordable housing. We will work with municipalities to implement strategies that address the specific needs in each community. Our municipalities also need support in paying for the infrastructure they require. We will invest in municipalities to ensure they can provide the necessary services their citizens require. With a higher cost of living also comes the necessity for people to earn a livable wage. We will raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hr. We will legislate a Guaranteed Livable Income. We will reduce income taxes on regular Canadians, and close loopholes on offshore tax havens. We will also implement a 5% surtax on commercial bank profits. We have to ensure that our tax system is fair and equitable.

12. What innovative projects would enhance life in this area? We will invest in building a national transportation strategy, centering on high-speed, electric trains, with regional hubs of light rail, and electric buses to ensure people have access to safe, affordable, clean transportation. This will also create jobs. We will invest in municipal infrastructure, and retrofitting public buildings for net-zero emissions. We will invest in arts and culture. We are in serious need of cultural centres in our riding, similar to those in other communities (like Meaford Hall), which draw people to communities and keep dollars flowing in the local economy.

13. What is your perspective on the best way to collaborate with other levels of government to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our riding? We will create a Council of Canadian Governments, with representatives from federal, provincial, municipal and Indigenous governments to work collaboratively on high priority projects. We believe that cooperation and transparency, and working across party lines is the best path.

14. How do you envision communicating with your constituents? Because the Green party has no party whip, my first loyalty is to my constituents,  not to my party. I will ensure an open-door policy that facilitates communication. I will make sure that my office is transparent, and accountable, and that I am available to speak to constituents about concerns they have. It is critically important to me that people know I am working for them. That’s my priority.

15. What will you do to continue to be involved with the community should you not win? I will continue my work with the Green party as part of their executive. I will continue to advocate for the changes necessary to ensure a safe, healthy, prosperous future for all people of Simcoe–Grey. I will continue to be involved with environmental activism, supporting and mentoring youth and speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.


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