Volume 94, Issue 46

Tuesday, November 21, 2000


NEWS

Code goes back to drawing board

Stockwell pops into London

UWO caretaker strike averted - CUPE and administration finally agree

London North Centre race heating up

Auto break-ins on the rise, UPD warns

Campus Briefs

Moran outlines new buildings at Senate

Planet Me

London North Centre race heating up

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff



The stage is set. The battle-lines are drawn. The battle for the federal riding of London North Centre is raging on in full force.

Incumbent Liberal Member of Parliament, Joe Fontana, said the primary issues in the riding include health care, education and tax reduction.

"London is going to be at the forefront of research in Canada," he said, adding the Liberal party has pushed for vast increases in federal funding towards medical research within the riding.

Fontana said the Liberals have also invested heavily in post-secondary infrastructure, as well developing tax deductibles and tax credits for students. One major Liberal accomplishment was the creation of the Millennium Scholarship Program, he added.

Fontana said one of the biggest challenges of the Liberal campaign is to ensure the party is investing in people as much as it is investing in tax and debt reduction. "I'm the voice of London North Centre in Ottawa and, believe me, I let that voice be heard loud and clear."

Nancy Branscombe, the North Centre candidate for the Canadian Alliance, said one of her main goals is to ensure democratic accountability in Ottawa. "The Liberals don't treat the taxpayer with respect," she said. "Their MP's have an obligation to follow their leader and party line before their own constituents."

Branscombe said a Canadian Alliance government would immediately restore any funding the Liberals have slashed from health care.

She said Stockwell Day would make the best leader of the country because of his fresh perspective and his provincial experience in Alberta.

Lori Johnson, the riding candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party, said the party would re-invest in post-secondary education to deal with issues of student debt and rising tuition fees. She said the PC's would introduce an income contingent repayment plan, which would link the repayment of student debt to a percentage of income earned upon graduation.

"The media has chosen to polarize this election," she said, adding her biggest challenge during the campaign has been to overcome the media's attempt to portray the election as a two-horse race.

Colleen Redmond, the New Democratic Party candidate said student tuition has seen an increase of 125 per cent over the last 10 years.

"One of the main things we want to do is freeze tuition and roll it back to 1995 levels," she said. Redmond said an NDP government would also offer interest free loans to students and dump the Millennium Scholarship Program because it only reaches 7 per cent of students.

"If we don't invest in the future of students, we're not investing in the future of anyone," Redmond said.

"Voting for the NDP is not a wasted vote," she said. "People are frightened of Branscombe and frustrated with Fontana. We have the best platform that would do the most for Canadians. We stand for helping people get ahead and not leaving anyone behind."


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