Green Party candidate Ken Burns knows his chances of winning the riding of Brantford-Brant on June 7th are slim but that has not deterred him from running again, He ran in 2014 and tallied only just under 21-hundred votes. Liberal winner David Levac won with over 19-thousand votes. But Green Party candidate 49 year old Ken Burns says it is not about winning emphatically stating, “I would rather not win for the right reason than lose for the wrong reason.“
And what are those reasons?
“I want people to decide their vote on what they consider are the values of the candidate and his/her party bring to the table,” Burns said.
He points out some of the issues such as the environment, and climate control. People have a right to live in a healthy community, a right to drink safe, clean water, eat save food and live in clean air.” Another issue is low cost water power. Closing of the Pickering nuclear station would save millions of dollars. We could buy low-cost water power from Quebec.
Burns, employed by the provincial government’s Ministry of Labour, sites another “value” that he is strong on, It is the fact everyone is entitled to a living wage. He calls it a basic income guarantee. It would entitle a single person to $17-thousand dollars a year and a couple $24-thousand dollars a year. That social program could be paid out of the money saved by buying less expensive water powered hydro from Quebec. Again Burns points out these plans or social programs are “values for the people”.
As for his own chances, Burns points out that his Green Party has one federal MP in party leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa and also provincial MPPs in New Brunswick, PEI and British Columbia. He strongly believes he can do the job although he approaches the job from a different and perhaps unique position. It’s not about winning or losing, its about the values you put on helping your community to achieve a healthy environment. And he’s ready to do that at Queens Park after June 7th.
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