Candidates' campus campaigning
By Marshall Bellamy
BELIEVE RYAN MALCOLM IS THE CANADIAN IDOL? Liberal candidate
for London North Centre, Deb Matthews (right), chats it
up with Sandra Hickey (left) and Sandra Yoon (centre),
both second-year ACS students.
As students passed to and fro during Clubs Week, London North
Centre New Democratic Party candidate Rebecca Coulter and Liberal
candidate Deb Matthews each made a campaign stop at Western.
Coulter stopped by Clubs Week tables early yesterday morning.
"I came by to meet the young New Democrats that are signing
up," she explained, noting only the NDP were going to make
Coulter added she had attended a protest with the Ontario
Health Coalition at University Hospital against the privatization
of hydro and health care in Ontario. She said she also planned
to take part in a press conference yesterday afternoon dealing
with public auto insurance to offer savings for Ontario motorists.
Coulter said she is looking forward to the on campus all-candidates
debate on Sep. 24 with a great deal of anticipation.
During her visit, Matthews pointed out various problems in
the post-secondary policy of the current Progressive Conservative
government, adding the Liberal Party is concerned with accessibility
to Ontario's post-secondary system.
"We need a change in government," Matthews asserted,
adding if elected, the Liberals intend to freeze tuition, reform
the Ontario Student Assistance Program and increase funding
to the Ontario Graduate Scholarships.
According to Matthews, the only tuition fee reduction the
Liberals are planning will affect the bottom 10 per cent of
low income families.
"[I'm] from out of province [where] tuition is $3,000
in British Columbia, so lowering it sounds good," said
second-year administration and commercial studies student Brent
Matthews touched on the hydro issue by stating the provincial
government should retain the power grid and import energy from
Manitoba and Quebec, as opposed to relying on the United States
for hydro power.
Mike Davidson, computer science lecturer at Western and candidate
in the riding of London-Fanshawe for the Freedom Party, was
present for Matthews' appearance at the University Community
Davidson pointed out the Freedom Party is concerned with offering
Ontario voters choices between private and public services in
education and health care.
"Monopolies are perceived as evil because they often
offer poor service at a high cost," Davidson stated, noting
the health care system is a prime example of this issue. "You
can put all the money you want into a broken machine and it
won't work," he added.
"[Matthews] came to campus to say that voters have the
opportunity to fire Dianne Cunningham," said Matt Lerner,
riding liaison of the Young Liberal Association at Western.
-with files from
Emmett Macfarlane and Dan Perry