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Thursday, May 22, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

Sault Ste. Marie voters now have two additional candidates to consider as Ontario prepares to go to the polls in the June 12 provincial election.

In addition to incumbent Liberal MPP David Orazietti and challengers Celia Ross of the NDP and Rod Fremlin of the Progressive Conservatives, Kara Flannigan of the Ontario Green Party and Austin Williams of the Ontario Libertarian Party have registered as candidates and will be offering their views to Sault voters. 

Flannigan (pictured), a public health inspector, has lived and worked in Sault Ste. Marie for the past 26 years, and the Green Party says she is committed to its vision for a more sustainable future through protecting the environment. 

For more than 10 years, Flannigan was a member of the local Binational Public Advisory Council (BPAC) for St. Mary's River and the International Joint Commission for the clean-up of the Great Lakes, and is a volunteer with Clean North promoting waste reduction and recycling.

She is also an advocate for the status of women through the Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie and is a member of the Art Gallery of Algoma and the Sault Ste. Marie Arts Council.

The Green Party says Flannigan supports the party's call for greater environmental awareness, protection and remediation, social justice, government transparency and greater accountability, as well as a greater voice for people in the making of decisions that affect them.

Core Green Party values include working towards a non-violent society, a degree of decentralization in decision-making (a stronger voice for individuals and municipalities), community-based economics (in which businesses contribute more of their profits to communities), a feminist perspective on governmental decision-making (believing that women encourage cooperation over confrontation), diversity, encouraging personal responsibility for environmental protection and ecological wisdom.

Meanwhile, the Libertarian Party says this marks the first time it will be running a full slate of candidates in a provincial election.

Austin Williams holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate from the University of Toronto, and is currently working on a double major in history and politics and an interdisciplinary aboriginal learning certificate at Algoma University.

The Libertarian Party calls for individual liberty through decriminalization of marijuana (freeing up police resources to fight serious crimes), less government and lower taxes.

Libertarians say they are also very strong advocates in regards to aboriginal issues, calling for First Nations sovereignty and independence, transfer of Crown lands instead of cash payments in treaty disputes, and a greater search for missing aboriginal women and their potential killers.

Libertarians also believe in establishing expiration dates on legislation (except the Constitution) in an effort to ensure legislation “stays fresh” and relevant in an ever-changing society.

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Stevie-E 5/22/2014 9:46:54 AM Report

English as a "foreign language" ... Isn't it time to let go, Austin. Libertarian's will never win an election...

...You speak of "fresh" legislation, yet you are still holding on to ideals that were relevant 200 years ago.

Separatism and Libertarianism are both radical and can be construed as hate, so I take offense when candidates wanting to separate from the rest of the contributing population are walking the streets that we, as taxpayers have built over the last 200+ years, with infrastructure that we built through innovation. You want to have less government, less taxes but all the benefits of modern day society...give your head a shake. How about we start with baby steps before you decide you want to separate from the rest of the population that has provided you with the modern day conveniences and technology to keep us from becoming a 3rd world country. You would be a liar if you didn't enjoy having clean, running water, available electricity, sewage treatment, roads to get to your favourite store, etc.

If your are that much for separating...there's plenty of land and water to the north. Don't bother asking the government to provide tax breaks to set up electricity and water infrastructure though...that bridge is burned.

If you were a serious candidate, maybe you would try to get the aboriginal people to properly assimilate themselves into the rest of society and not try to get your people to detract away from it. If you were a serious candidate, maybe you would try to pinpoint the reasons why the aboriginal people are treated differently by the rest of society instead of blaming government and the "immigrants" for its problems. If you were a serious candidate, you would look in the mirror and say it's not you, it's me.
Number One Son 5/22/2014 9:52:41 AM Report

Green Party might have had me before announcing they would follow a feminist agenda, .... thanks for alienating 50% of your constituents. Not getting my vote.
soowat 5/22/2014 10:02:39 AM Report

Stevie e

As you stated,"Libertarian's will never win an election" so why get your knickers in a knot.

ti-guy 5/22/2014 11:09:02 AM Report

we are having a hard enough time with 3 parties to spend our money, why is it even allowed to have more parties apply to screw the taxpayers?
Kweveye 5/22/2014 11:28:15 AM Report


Properly assimilate the people whom your ancestors stole this country from? Give your head a shake and look up the term "stockholme syndrome" , is that really what you want?
IgnorantNortherner 5/22/2014 12:34:30 PM Report

Stevie E, you have to be trolling us, right?
Is the indoctrination really that strong with this one?

How do you defend invading a nation, murdering their people and assimilating the rest into your culture at gunpoint? That's about as radical and hateful as you could possibly get and that's been our strategy up to now! lol that doesn't offend you as a sentient being?

Libertarianism on the other hand values LIBERTY above all, which I can see to someone who's grown up in Canada in the last few years might not hold the belief that your body is your own property and find such a principle "radical" since your property is regularly stolen from you and future generations by those you never asked to represent you...

...but voluntary association with others and the non aggression principle are about as common sense and non radical as it gets and to think otherwise demonstrates some serious mental health issues on your part.

Seek help immediately, statist.
yomamaissofat 5/22/2014 9:05:11 PM Report

leetvs 5/23/2014 11:55:53 AM Report

@Number One Son

Just to clarify, feminism might not be what you think it is. Many people associate feminism with the non-shaving, college-aged activists that scream about how their genitalia have enslaved their gender for a millenia and telling everyone else how they can fix it. Those people drive me crazy, and are doing more to damage women than ensure equal rights.

Modern feminism is in fact that simple belief that men and women are equal, and should have equal rights. Feminism is a poor name, I know, as well as having many ugly stereotypes (like the one above) and connotations built up around the word "Feminism".

I believe a better term for what true modern feminism is, and what the Green Party upholds, is gender equality.
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