Volume 93, Issue 98

Tuesday, April 4, 2000


Western bigwigs bring home the big bucks

A brave new world for safety

New dean from down under

VP-research Bill Bridger re-appointed for a second term

Day returns as federal hopeful

New campaign gets million dollar boost



Caught on campus

Day returns as federal hopeful

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

The man who wants to lead the youth of Canada, Stockwell Day, visited Western Friday to meet and greet student, but unfortunately, not all who came to see him were satisfied with what they saw.

Day, Alberta treasurer and candidate for leadership of the Canadian Alliance, spoke in the McKellar Room in the University Community Centre. In his appearance, he outlined his plans for the country which included how he intended to deal with the national debt.

"People are really getting tired of debt," he said. "We have $577 billion of debt that is not being dealt with. You need a government that's light on its feet because of lower debt and lower taxes."

The prospective party leader also said he would focus on two areas of great concern to the public. "We need to deal with debt, health and education, not golf courses and pizza parlors [like our current government]," he said.

Day also said he felt students could be greatly impacted by changes he hopeed to make to the Canadian Pension Plan.

"Adjustments need to be made to maximize the advantages for people your age so you can maximize your opportunities," Day said.

Day added he felt the federal government must increase transfer payments to the provinces and the Canadian Alliance would work to introduce a single tax rate for all Canadians, regardless of income or tax bracket.

Before taking questions, Day said he hoped to ensure members of parliament would speak and vote freely, depending on what their constituents wanted and not what their party leader pushed them to say.

Mike Werenich, a fourth–year honours political science and history student, who asked Day what he would do first if elected Prime Minister, said he was pleased with what he saw from Day.

"He seems very charismatic and down to earth," he said. "He understands students." Werenich also said Day recognized the underfunding of universities and would work hard to change things. "If he's elected Prime Minister he could have some impact."

Co-chair of Western's Amnesty International organization and second year environmental science student, Mike Gretes said he was disappointed with Day. Gretes asked Day about his stance on Native rights, but Gretes said he was unsatisfied with the response he received.

"I don't feel that he answered my question," he said. "I feel he avoided the point."

Gretes said there was an insufficient amount of time given for students and members of the community to ask questions. "He didn't get a fair chance to answer the tough questions," Gretes added.

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