Talk:CanadaVOTES: Liberal Dr. Eric Hoskins running in Haldimand—Norfolk

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The interview portion is great! But I really think it need to introduce who Dr. Hoskins is, what the riding is, and a backgrounder on the actual election at the very least. Fails review so far, but easily upgradeable. - Amgine | t 17:21, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

Do remember to put the articles back into {{develop}} if they fail review. Thanks --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 07:31, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Added the raw text, for the verifiability section. As for information on the candidates, I agree in principle, however, if everything works as planned, I'll have a few hundred interviews to publish. I simply don't have the time to write individual intros.
I've now added to the template a sentence that says "For more information on this candidate, visit their official website, listed below." It also links to that section of each article. Does that work? -- Zanimum (talk) 13:31, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

RAW TEXT[edit]

On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 11:31 PM, Courtney Brady
<> wrote:
> Nick,
> Thanks for contacting the campaign. I've attached a copy of the
> answers to your interview questions, and copied them below in case you
> have problems with the attachment. If you have any questions or
> require further information please let me know. I think this is a
> great initiative and we're happy to be a part of it.
> All the best,
> Courtney Brady
> Your name: Dr. Eric Hoskins
> Political party: Liberal Party of Canada
> Riding: Haldimand-Norfolk
> Why are you running for political office, why at the federal level,
> why this party, and why in this riding?
> I am running for political office because I feel that it is time to
> change the way we do politics at the federal level. We need a bold,
> courageous vision for the future of our country, one that rises above
> party politics and speaks to all Canadians.
> I am running in Haldimand-Norfolk because my family's roots in this
> riding go back five generations and nearly 150 years. I grew up here,
> and continue to call Simcoe my home. I have spent the last twenty
> years giving a voice to people, families and communities facing
> challenges, helping them take hold of opportunities and grow strong.
> Now I want to stand up for Haldimand-Norfolk in Ottawa and represent
> its priorities. We need leadership in Haldimand-Norfolk that works for
> all citizens, finding common ground and seizing every opportunity for
> advancement of our families, communities and our economy.
> Previous to this campaign, have you been politically involved? How
> will you apply your previous work/volunteer/life experience to serving
> your constituents?
> Political involvement has been an important part of my professional
> career. After completing my studies at McMaster and Oxford
> universities I found myself drawn to humanitarian work as a doctor in
> some of the world's most troubled war zones. Upon returning to Canada
> I spent three years in federal government as the Senior Advisor to
> Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy. I now practice medicine and serve as
> President of War Child, a leading Canadian charity helping children in
> war zones. I have spent the last twenty years advocating for people,
> families and communities. This experience has prepared me to give a
> voice to the people of Haldimand-Norfolk in Ottawa.
> As you campaign around your riding, it's likely that some issues are
> mentioned more often by voters, than other issues. What would you say
> are the three hottest topics this election, in your riding? What would
> you and your party do to address these issues?
> In Haldimand-Norfolk, the three hottest topics in this election are
> the impasse over land claims in Caledonia, the state of agriculture
> and food policy, and health care.
> Land Claims
> I will make the impasse in Caledonia a cabinet priority. This dispute
> is a federal problem that requires a federal response. Negotiations
> must happen with frequency, and I will ensure that interim targets are
> established and met within a timeline. I will do more to ensure this
> dispute is resolved, and ensure that the Federal, Provincial and local
> governments work together with Police Services to resolve this impasse
> in a timely manner.
> Agriculture and Food Policy
> We need a food policy that puts Canadian farmers first. I will fight
> for a national food strategy that prioritizes Canadian farming by
> promoting local agriculture, food safety and food security. Canadians
> should be encouraged to buy local food stuffs, however, we have to
> ensure they are protected from food-born illnesses. The government
> must do more to support farmers and to keep our food supply safe.
> I believe in the wheat board and support supply management. Farm
> programs should be simplified and made transparent. The Conservative
> government has marginalized the farming communities it claims to
> represent. We need concrete support for our farmers and a real
> solution for tobacco producers, not more politics and posturing.
> Health Care
> Families in Haldimand-Norfolk deserve quality health care. As a
> medical doctor, I understand the challenges facing our communities,
> including a lack of physicians, long wait times and spiraling drug
> costs. The size of your bank account should not be the determinant of
> the quality of care you receive. We will continue to fight to ensure
> that the future of health care does not follow this course. Our health
> care system should remain publicly-funded and properly funded.
> All patients have a fundamental right to receive access to timely care
> for necessary medical services. It is unacceptable that too many
> Canadians are without a family physician. Wait times in emergency
> rooms or for important diagnoses are too long because there aren't
> enough nurses or other medical professionals to keep up with the
> increasing needs. With an aging population we need a plan to ensure
> greater access to health care professionals. I will work hard to
> attract new doctors and bring better health services to our
> communities. I will support the Liberal Doctors and Nurses Fund, which
> will invest $420 million to ensure all Canadians have access to a
> medical professional. I will also work to ensure that the goals of the
> National Pharmaceuticals Strategy are achieved, namely catastrophic
> drug coverage.
> Are there any misconceptions about you, your leader, or your party and platform?
> I think there are several misconceptions about Stéphane Dion. He is a
> strong, thoughtful leader who is genuine in his desire to serve the
> best interests of Canadians. Throughout the Liberal leadership
> campaign, his integrity was never questioned.
> This is a man who stood up to Lucien Bouchard during the height of the
> separatist debate in Quebec. He took criticism because of his stance
> in his home province, yet he continued to fight for national unity.
> This strong vision of Canada remains evident today; his innovative
> ideas promise to deliver prosperity to Canadians.
> The Green Shift plan is poorly understood. This marriage of the
> economy to the environment is an innovative step that will provide
> Canada with the opportunity to reinvigorate the economy and resume its
> place as a global leader in fighting climate change effectively.
> The Green Shift is designed to tax less the things we want more of
> (like income, investment, and jobs), and tax more the things we want
> less of (like pollution and greenhouse gas emissions). It is revenue
> neutral; the Auditor General will certify that every dollar collected
> from the carbon tax will be returned to Canadians. I support the Green
> Shift, and I support Stéphane Dion.
> There are more ways than ever to get your message out, from the
> traditional campaign fliers and lawn signs, to new media like
> websites, Facebook, and YouTube. The tried-and-true routes get the
> message out to the masses much easier, but digital alternatives are
> much more measurable in how many are seeing or interacting with your
> campaign. What seems to be the most effective, from your experience?
> New media like websites and Facebook are very effective at getting out
> the message to the masses. They allow candidates to explain their
> position on numerous issues and also provide a venue to explain policy
> options. While these applications are useful, going out and talking to
> voters remains may favourite way to campaign and spread my message.
> Nothing is more effective than discussing the issues with voters and
> answering their questions in person.