Federal candidate questionnaire: Gary Vidal (Conservative, Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River)

1. What do you feel are your qualifications for federal office?

I believe I have had the privilege and opportunity to accumulate significant experience, knowledge, and relationships that will enable me to be an effective Member of Parliament.

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2. What is your plan for the future of Flin Flon’s economy?

What role will industry/mining play in that plan? I have visited twice during the campaign, but can’t call myself an expert on the needs for this area. What I have promised is my desire to build relationships with everyone across this vast riding and to listen more and talk less in my attempt to understand the issues. I think real solutions are going to be found when we work together and use our shared knowledge.

3. What have been the main issues you’ve heard from people in this riding?

Affordability and allowing hard working Canadians to keep more of their money. Enhancing and allowing the economy to grow and getting rid of carbon tax. Finally, I have heard a lot about bringing credibility back to Ottawa.

4. What measures to benefit northern Saskatchewan and Flin Flon would you wish to add to a federal budget?

Reduce barriers to resource development including new mining projects.

5. What is your plan regarding northern health care, specifically with local health care?

What role can the federal government play in health issues?

Conservatives have committed to shortening wait times by committing $1.5 billion to purchase new MRI’s and CT equipment.

6. What are your main concerns regarding environmental conservation? Do you support a carbon tax?

I do not believe the carbon tax will address climate change. It simply makes life more unaffordable for all Canadians. We have a real plan to protect our environment that does not include a carbon tax.

7. Where do you stand on immigration to Canada? What impact do you think immigration could have for the north? A Conservative government will restore the fairness, order and compassion to our immigration system.

8. What is your stance on electoral reform? Would changing Canada’s electoral system be a priority for you?

Not a priority.

9. What measures would you propose to help remote Indigenous communities?

We support important investments in areas, such as access to housing, health services and good quality drinking water. It is critical that government spending translates into meaningful results on the ground. We must work together to come up with new solutions for economic reconciliation and to truly share the opportunity and prosperity that Canada has to offer with Indigenous communities.

10. How do you feel about negative campaigning? Would you consider you and/or your party to be running a clean campaign? What about your opponents?

Political parties do what they think works. That includes sharing their message but it also includes pointing out the faults of their opponents. Personally I would prefer the discourse to be more about policy and ideas but unfortunately the media does not cooperate with that.

11. What policy or practice do you disagree with your party on and why? Would you consider breaking rank with the party on that issue?


12. In 30 words or less - What is your elevator pitch for undecided voters?

I believe this may be the most important election in years and I want to be part of a Conservative government and take everyone’s voice to Ottawa.

13. What question do you wish we would have asked?

Have the Toronto Maple Leafs asked you to help plan their Stanley Cup parade yet?


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