1 – Please give us a brief biography / tell the readers about yourself.
I was born and raised in the west-island of Montreal, Quebec. My parents are both teachers and I am an only child. I graduated from McGill University in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science. I began law school at the University of Ottawa in 2004 and since 2009 I have been a lawyer with my own law practice. My practice is based in Ottawa but covers all of Ontario and Quebec and I regularly appear before all courts in Eastern Ontario including the Courthouses of Cornwall, Morrisburg and Alexandria. I have two children aged 10 and 7.
2 – What makes you the best choice to be our Member of Parliament?
My experience as a lawyer running my own law firm has given me a lot of exposure to the law and to the economic issues faced by small business owners. My personality is one that likes to solve problems. I am open minded to hearing various solutions and have a steadfast desire to ‘get it right’ when it comes to finding the right solutions to complex problems.
3 – What is the most important Federal issue affecting people here in the riding of SDSG? How will your party address this issue?
We undoubtedly need to get our financial house in order. There is no doubt that the pandemic presented unusual challenges which called for some government intervention. The Liberals, however, went overboard, drastically driving up our debt and allowing inflation to start to accelerate.
4 – What are your thoughts on Canada’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic? What is your party’s plan to address the pandemic moving forward?
Canada’s handling of the pandemic has been mis-managed from start to finish at all levels of Government. Particular shame belongs to both Justin Trudeau and Doug Ford. At every stage of the pandemic we have focused on COVID theatre — i.e. masking in grocery stores and shutting down schools (when there is no scientific evidence to suggest that there was any meaningful result in doing so) and yet in places that needed attention the most (long-term care facilities, and certain workplaces) the response was lethargic and incomplete. At the present time, over 76% of Ontarians are fully vaccinated. The significant effect of that high level of vaccination is that COVID right now no longer poses a serious threat. Measures should be removed everywhere except in targeted areas (i.e. long-term care facilities).
5 – What are the best ways to support economic recovery after a pandemic? What will your party do to support small businesses?
Our approach to a simplified and fairer tax system will leave more money in the hands of individuals and more capital in the hands of small and medium size business owners who have been devastated by the pandemic. This extra capital will help stimulate new hiring and economic growth.
6 – What is your reaction to the UN climate report? Does Canada have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, and if yes, what is the best course of action?
There is no climate crisis. There are certainly environmental issues that Canada should attend to including, where feasible to do so, reducing CO2 emissions. But there is no crisis, and it is foolish to think that we can make any significant changes to C02 emissions (without drastically changing the way humanity operates).
7 – Tragic discoveries have been made at Residential schools. What should the Federal Government do to address this and other issues impacting Aboriginals (e.g., land claims, clean drinking water, etc.)?
The first and most important step is to shed light on and bring awareness about the issues that have been in the news recently. For the most part this is done. Moving forward, governments should keep their promises to solutions such as clean drinking water.
8 – Canada banned blood donations from gay men since 1992. Since 2013, there have been ongoing restrictions. Do you support lifting the remaining restrictions? Why or why not?
If the science supports there being absolutely no health impact to lifting the remaining restrictions, they should be lifted immediately.
9 – What are your thoughts on the Trudeau government? Most significant accomplishment and/or biggest failures?
The biggest accomplishment of the Trudeau government is its performative virtue signalling. To be sure, there is no substance to any of this. Justin Trudeau calls himself a feminist and a friend of indigenous peoples and yet he fired an excellent, female, indigenous Minister because she would not go along with his corruption.
10 – Which political leader is the best choice for Prime Minister and why?
Maxim Bernier is the best political leader for the job. He is the only leader who steadfastly supports free speech, free markets, civil liberties and Canadian unity.