Greens did a fine job in provincial election

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Re: “Green party offers substandard candidates in recent election,” Oct. 13

As I am the candidate that Ms. Steiner wrote about in her opinion piece, I would like to respond to some of the statements made.

When I announced to a room that “the Greens probably aren’t going to form government” I was being realistic. I did follow that statement by indicating what I would do as the MPP, though that was not reported.

When I said that I “… don’t understand women” I was trying to use humour to highlight that I, or any other man on the panel, couldn’t truly understand the issues that specifically affect women. I wasn’t trying to marginalize women’s issues, I just gave a real answer, which some others did not. To say that “we need to get more women involved in politics” does not address anything.

And finally, in a bit of reporting that can only be called incompetence, when asked who the greatest Canadian was, I didn’t say “I don’t know that many great Canadians.” I said “I don’t know that I could pick just one.”

When I didn’t know the answer to a question, I said so. When Eric Davis or Elizabeth Witmer didn’t know the answer to something, they spoke about how great or terrible the last eight years have been (depending on the speaker.) I represented what the Green party stands for: doing politics differently. In my opinion, the Greens did not drop the ball in Kitchener-Waterloo. By opting for the status quo, the voters did.


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