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Mental health, pandemic recovery and ties to rural communities are some of the issues that preoccupy Thunder Bay Superior North candidates as they speak to their constituents ahead of Monday’s federal election. .

As a lawyer, NDP candidate Chantelle Bryson has worked in most municipalities and First Nations in the riding. The issues match those of the people she spoke to in Thunder Bay-Superior-North, she said.

“People want to see action,” Bryson said. “They want to see a fundamental change in fairness to protect families and workers from additional taxation, additional support for small businesses, fair mobile and broadband plans.”

Every community also talks about the need for housing, including affordable rental housing as well as social and cooperative housing and mental health and addictions care, Bryson said.

“Every community is inundated with mental health and substance abuse crises,” she said.

Bryson is also concerned about how the region will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and does not want social and economic recovery to rest on the backs of working people.

“We need a strong and decent voice that knows this constituency and the problems, and is ready to stand up and try to get solutions to these problems,” she said.

Liberal incumbent Patty Hajdu has said she wants continued support for small and medium-sized businesses as the COVID-19 recovery begins.

“We worked very hard during the pandemic to make sure that businesses and people had supports to stay open, to stay vibrant,” she said.

“We will continue to have everyone’s back.”

While speaking with voters, Hajdu said she heard people wanting to see more funding for health care, but with conditions.

“People don’t want government funding health care willy-nilly without getting a commitment from the provinces and territories to increase access to doctors, for example, and nurses,” she said. “It’s a priority for me.

Hajdu has been the MP for Thunder Bay-Superior-North for six years and said that during that time she fell in love with the riding.

“I have had the privilege of knowing not only the regions and the communities, but also the people of those regions,” she said. “I am deeply proud of this community. I know we have so much to contribute and I know we have so much to do together. “

After placing fourth in the 2019 federal election, Amanda Moddejonge is once again the Green Party of Canada candidate in Thunder Bay-Superior-North.

“I am running because Canadians deserve ethical and transparent leadership,” she said. “This is exactly what my party is proposing.”

Moddejonge said with the Green Party that she has learned the importance of disagreeing without being obnoxious and while it is not easy, it needs to be done to foster cohesion.

“I have spoken to many people this year who are disinterested in this election and who do not feel that the government is particularly caring for their interests,” she said. “Some of the things I heard them say is that they wished there were more mental health supports available to people; others said they believed more needed to be done to tackle climate change, and some said people needed something more like a universal basic income accessible to all. The one thing that was the most consistent across the board was that people are fed up with politicians not working together. “

Moddejonge said she is focused on working cooperatively for the best interests of the people of Thunder Bay and it is impossible to deny that there has not been enough effort in the areas of mental health and rehabilitation. climate change.

“The effects and the overall cost of these two problems disproportionately affect marginalized communities,” she said. “Focusing on these two areas in particular would help improve health at the individual level, but it would also create rewarding, long-term and sustainable jobs in Thunder Bay. “

First-time candidate Joshua Taylor is running for the Conservative Party of Canada and says being born and raised in Geraldton gives him a distinct perspective on the issues facing the riding. He is concerned about the lack of representation from rural communities and that is what prompted Taylor to run in this federal election.

With Thunder Bay often referred to as the murder capital of Canada and having a high rate of opioid overdoses, reducing crime is also a goal for Taylor in addition to economic recovery from the pandemic.

Alex Vodden also wishes to bring forward the perspective of district communities as a candidate for the Libertarian Party of Canada in Thunder Bay-Superior-North.

“I find there is a lot of voter apathy,” said Vodden, who calls Marathon home. “A lot of them didn’t vote the way Thunder Bay voted historically and I understand their frustration. So I give everyone another option that still has financial responsibility but less social conservatism. “

Vodden would like to see more accessibility to services and funding for every group, especially for Indigenous organizations and communities. He also wants the government to step back in its involvement in First Nations affairs such as mining.

“It would be more directly between the band and the mining company,” he said. “It comes down to land sovereignty. “

“We worked very hard during the pandemic to make sure that businesses and people had supports to stay open, to stay vibrant,” she said.

“We will continue to have everyone’s back.”

While speaking with voters, Hajdu said she heard people wanting to see more funding for health care, but with conditions.

“People don’t want government funding health care willy-nilly without getting a commitment from the provinces and territories to increase access to doctors, for example, and nurses,” she said. “It’s a priority for me.

Hajdu has been the MP for Thunder Bay-Superior-North for six years and said that during that time she fell in love with the riding.

“I have had the privilege of knowing not only the regions and the communities, but also the people of those regions,” she said. “I am deeply proud of this community. I know we have so much to contribute and I know we have so much to do together. “

After placing fourth in the 2019 federal election, Amanda Moddejonge is once again the Green Party of Canada candidate in Thunder Bay-Superior-North.

“I am running because Canadians deserve ethical and transparent leadership,” she said. “This is exactly what my party is proposing.”

Moddejonge said with the Green Party that she has learned the importance of disagreeing without being obnoxious and while it is not easy, it needs to be done to foster cohesion.

“I have spoken to many people this year who are disinterested in this election and who do not feel that the government is particularly caring for their interests,” she said. “Some of the things I heard them say is that they wished there were more mental health supports available to people; others said they believed more needed to be done to tackle climate change, and some said people needed something more like a universal basic income accessible to all. The one thing that was the most consistent across the board was that people are fed up with politicians not working together. “

Moddejonge said she is focused on working cooperatively for the best interests of the people of Thunder Bay and it is impossible to deny that there has not been enough effort in the areas of mental health and rehabilitation. climate change.

“The effects and the overall cost of these two problems disproportionately affect marginalized communities,” she said. “Focusing on these two areas in particular would help improve health at the individual level, but it would also create rewarding, long-term and sustainable jobs in Thunder Bay. “

First-time candidate Joshua Taylor is running for the Conservative Party of Canada and says being born and raised in Geraldton gives him a distinct perspective on the issues facing the riding. He is concerned about the lack of representation from rural communities and that is what prompted Taylor to run in this federal election.

With Thunder Bay often referred to as the murder capital of Canada and having a high rate of opioid overdoses, reducing crime is also a goal for Taylor in addition to economic recovery from the pandemic.

Alex Vodden also wishes to bring forward the perspective of district communities as a candidate for the Libertarian Party of Canada in Thunder Bay-Superior-North.

“I find there is a lot of voter apathy,” said Vodden, who calls Marathon home. “A lot of them didn’t vote the way Thunder Bay voted historically and I understand their frustration. So I give everyone another option that still has financial responsibility but less social conservatism. “

Vodden would like to see more accessibility to services and funding for every group, especially for Indigenous organizations and communities. He also wants the government to step back in its involvement in First Nations affairs such as mining.

“It would be more directly between the band and the mining company,” he said. “It comes down to land sovereignty. “

People’s Party of Canada candidate Rick Daines is also a candidate in Thunder Bay-Superior North. Daines did not respond to the Chronicle-Journal’s request for an interview.

(This story originally appeared in The Chronicle-Journal on September 16, 2021)


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