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Candidates line up to be Simcoe-Grey’s next MPP

May 26, 2022   ·   0 Comments

The 2022 Ontario provincial election will be taking place on June 2, 2022.

In the riding of Simcoe-Grey, seven candidates are running for the position of Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding

Incumbent Jim Wilson is not running for election after completing over 30 years as the provincial representative for Simcoe-Grey.

Ontario PC

Candidate: Brian Saunderson

Current Mayor of Collingwood (away on temporary leave due to provincial election). Elected to Town Council in 2014.

Mr. Saunderson is a lawyer/teacher by profession. He has served on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations on the local, provincial, and national level. Former member of the Canadian National Rowing Team and is a two-time Olympian as well as three-time World Championship competitor.

Ontario PC plan: Focusing on COVID-19 recovery, Implementing policies and programs to revitalize the economy, implementing the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, implement policies and programs to support Simcoe-Gery regional healthcare sector, long-term care, facilities, and expansion of community hospitals.

Green Party of Ontario

Candidate: Allan Kuhn

Mr. Kuhn has been an environmental activist for nearly three decades.

He is an Organic Market Gardener by profession. He has spent the last 15 years working in the not-for-profit sector, helping adults with development disabilities develop gardening skills.

Mr. Kuhn is active in his community and is involved with the Angus Farmer’s Market Committee, and Playing For Connor – a youth and mental health initiative.

Green Party plan: To sit down with all stakeholders and take immediate and effective action to crush climate pollution, create affordable housing, and implement affordable and accessible mental health care.

The party is against urban sprawl and prefers retrofitting homes with green technology, as well being behind the transition to electric powered vehicles.

Ontario Liberal Party

Candidate: Ted Crysler

Mr. Crysler was born and raised in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach.

He is a lawyer by profession practising technology and corporate/commercial law and has his own practice.

Mr. Crysler has also started business and knows about the challenges, opportunities, and importance of small business in Ontario. He is a lifelong environmentalist, participating in groups such as the Wasaga Beach Climate Action Team, and has served as a Presbyterian Church Elder. He enjoys several outdoor sports and is a musician.

Liberal Party Plan: Make life more affordable with attainable housing, a living wage, portable benefits, and support for small business. Invest in services to enable seniors to remain in their homes, and support progress on Stevenson Memorial Hospital and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Ensuring strong public education, and protecting farmland, wetlands and forests.


Candidate: Keith Nunn

Mr. Nunn was born and raised in small-town Ontario.

He is an IT professional who has provided infrastructure design and strategic planning for non-profits, start-ups and financial companies.

Mr. Nunn has worked in the outdoor recreation sector as a canoe guide, white water canoeing instructor, and is a long-standing volunteer in the world-wide Scouting movement.

NDP plan: Mr. Nunn believes all Ontarians deserved the infrastructure and stewardship to grow and maintain thriving and liveable communities, including protecting natural environment, farmland, and town centres. The NDP says it will make life more affordable, work on fixing the health care system, fix home care and long-term care and help Ontarians age in place, fix education and schools, and fix Ontario’s social safety net, and ensure people with disabilities live a good life.

Ontario Party

Candidate: Rodney Sacrey

This is Mr. Sacrey’s first foray into politics.

He is an Industrial Millwright by trade.

Mr. Sacrey believes that solid family units are the bedrock of a thriving culture.

He believes in faith, freedom, and country, which has inspired him to fight for constitutional rights, vowing to safeguard the liberty and prosperity of communities.

Party plan: The Ontario Party believes strongly in individual rights. It plans to ensure religious freedom so no citizen can be compelled to act on an idea that contracts beliefs. It wants to protect free speech and freedom of expression, and withhold provincial funding from any provincially-subsidized organization that compels any of its members to contradict their legally protected religious beliefs or moral convictions.

Mr. Sacrey said he would work to “reform the province’s K-12 education system to that public schools return to the core mandate.”

New Blue Ontario

Candidate: David Ghobrial

A resident of Bond Head, Dr. Ghobrial was born in Cairo, Egypt, immigrating to Canada when he was ten years old.

He graduated from the medical at the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

In addition to practising medicine and operating a local walk-in clinic in New Tecumseth, Dr. Ghobrial has business experience having a construction consulting company that planned and executed numerous small to medium-sized projects.

He volunteers at his home church and leads small home church meetings. For the past 15 years he has been active with Christian organizations as a doctor on humanitarian missions overseas.

Party Plan: The New Blue Party of Ontario is a self-described “anti-establishment centre-right party.”

They are opposed to established political parties which they say are entrenched in radical left-wing ideology that seeks to socially re-engineer the province through tax-and-spend economics, government overreach, and crony capitalism.

None of the Above Direct Democracy Party

Candidate: William Gordon

The None of the Above Party was founded in 2014 in response to disillusionment with the current major political parties.

The party aims to elect independent MPPs who are not bound by party control and who can represent their constituents first. 

It supports the use of referendums, term limits, and recall elections.

By Brian Lockhart

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