Posts Tagged ‘The economy’

Tim Hudak Interview

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Tim Hudak has a good mix of youthfulness and experience. Speaking with him you get a real sense of the sincerity he brings to his work as an MPP and his belief that he is seeking his party’s leadership for the right reasons. Many have said that Hudak is a second generation Harris, but it is clear in speaking to him and hearing his ideas for his party and Ontario that he is his own man.

For more on this interview, read the rest of John Laforet’s post at Laforet.ca.

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Randy Hillier Interview

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The single largest impression I got from my time speaking with Randy Hillier and observing him at the debate, both on and off camera was the passion he brings to the issues he champions and his candidacy in general. I observed him truly in his element after the debate as he worked the halls as people exited. Always smiling, frequently laughing with party members, Hillier demonstrated an ease and comfort at connecting with people on a personal level. His sincerity may be his candidacy’s greatest asset.

For more on this interview, read the rest of John Laforet’s post at Laforet.ca.

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Christine Elliott Interview

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Christine Elliott’s candidacy is in many ways refreshing. When speaking with her both on and off camera it was very easy to get a real sense that she has a desire to help everyday Ontarians and the province as a whole. As a candidate she has demonstrated a boldness that is admirable and developed a platform of ideas that in many ways isn’t ideological. In politics, regardless of party, this fairly unique and for those who vote on issues, it has the potential to be engaging.

For more on this interview, read the rest of John Laforet’s post at Laforet.ca.

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Emergency Resolution Stelco Layoffs

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

This afternoon the NDP passed an emergency resolution in response to the US Steel layoffs in Hamilton and Nanticoke. This video features the responses of the NDP’s four leadership candidates to the resolution and the text of the motion itself.

For more on this resolution, read the rest of John Laforet’s post at Laforet.ca.

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Andrea Horwath Interview

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Andrea Horwath is definitely an impressive politician. She kicked off her campaign later than others, and has been viewed by many as the under dog, but quite possibly could surprise a lot of folks in Hamilton. She is well spoken, passionate and her life story represents the right reasons for entering public life. As in 2004 when Horwath won the seat of Hamilton East and restored party status to the NDP, she brings a sense of renewal to this race as well.

For more on this interview, read the rest of John Laforet’s post at Laforet.ca.

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Peter Tabuns Interview

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Peter Tabuns is an interesting guy to say the least. He is ballsy which is something I admire in a politician. He isn’t afraid of a principled fight, but doesn’t go out seeking them. He’s won some, lost some but always found opportunity to continue his work, even in defeat. From talking to him, it also became clear he has a strong sense of what he thinks is the right thing to do, and deals the repercussions as they come. The ‘New Energy Economy’ is a plan that calls for a major re-tooling of industry in Ontario, and regardless of one’s support for the plan it is comprehensive, bold and a gamble.

For more on this interview, read the rest of John Laforet’s post at Laforet.ca.

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Gilles Bisson Interview

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Gilles Bisson is an outlier in NDP Leadership race. If one were to play the “one of these things is not like the other” game, at least in the context of this race, that one would likely be Gilles Bisson. This isn’t necessarily good or bad, and I’m not attempting to say there aren’t differences between the other candidates, but perhaps with Bisson the differences are more pronounced.

For more on this interview, read the rest of John Laforet’s post at Laforet.ca.

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Michael Prue Interview Part 2

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I want to start by saying I had a lot of fun talking to Michael Prue. He is an excellent story teller and very engaging speaker. When speaking with Prue, we spoke a lot about his background, how that has shaped him and what he would like to do for Ontario as Leader of the NDP and candidate for Premier in 2011. His interview the longest I believe and probably the most light hearted.

For more on this interview, read the rest of John Laforet’s post at Laforet.ca.

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