Ontario 2018 provincial election

Responses from the Electoral Candidates
Responses are arranged according to the date we received them. The first response received in each party appears at the top of that section.

Green Party of Ontario individual candidate responses
Andrew West - candidate for Kanata-Carleton
David Urquhart - candidate for Hamilton Mountain
Cherie Wong - candidate for Ottawa Centre
Deirdre Pike - candidate for Hamilton Centre

Date: May 12, 2018, 2:17pm PDT
Subject: : re: Arthritis Consumer Experts Survey for ON Election 2018 – Arthritis in Ontario
From: Andrew West


Hi Cheryl.

Thanks for the e-mail. I'm sure you can appreciate that I'm very busy right now but I wanted to quickly say that, as someone that suffers from painful arthritis, I would advocate for the proper resources for arthritis patients. Please pass this message along to the voters of Kanata--Carleton.

Thank you.

Andrew West

Date: May 12, 2018, 5:19pm PDT
Subject: : re: Arthritis Consumer Experts Survey for ON Election 2018 – Arthritis in Ontario
From: David Urquhart


Dear Cheryl Koehn,

Green is a party that is interested in doing politics differently. We are a party whose policy revolves around strong values. Values which are based on the people (not powerful corporations and lobbyists) and the planet that sustains us. Many powerful corporations have used (and continue to use) our air, water and soil as a garbage can. It would seem highly likely that this is a factor in the increase, and expected further increases, of many diseases that affect us. We recognize that because of such a polluted environment, our health care system also ails. Unlike the far-right party, our party has the intention of strengthening healthcare, not cutting it. When I mentioned that we are interested in doing things differently - in healthcare - that would include preventative measures, not just treatment. With arthritis numbers that are expected to grow very rapidly, focusing on the cause (preventative) is likely to be just as helpful as treating it. The education and exercise programs (GLA:D) that you have mentioned, would seem to be logical choices. Our party will also continue to push for a federally funded pharmacare program. In the absence of it, we would extend a provincially funded program to provide all Ontarian's with access to medicine. My knowledge on the subject is limited compared to the Arthritis Consumer Experts and I'm not aware of any other specific policies that our party has regarding arthritis, so I don't have all of the answers that you seek. However, our values are in place; so that we don't "leave anyone behind," and we recognize that arthritis has a very devastating and debilitating effect on many within our province. I hope that this gives you an idea of how Greens can help with an infliction that is devastating to many and expected to grow.

Dave Urquhart
Hamilton Mountain, GPO Candidate

Date: May 14, 2018, 11:01am PDT
Subject: : re: Arthritis Consumer Experts Survey for ON Election 2018 – Arthritis in Ontario
From: Cherie Wong


Hi Cheryl,

Thank you so much for writing to us about your concerns. It is fundamental to our democracy that constituents be able to engage with their candidates and elected representatives.

Cherie will be addressing some of the issues we hear from constituents at these debates throughout the election campaign:
  • Provincial Election Debate on Gender Issues
    • Wednesday, May 16th, 6:30 PM, Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave)
  • All Candidates Debate
    • Thursday, May 17th, 7:00 PM, Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Ave)
  • Continuing Care Debate
    • Tuesday, May 22nd, 2:00 PM, The Glebe Centre (77 Monk St)
  • Teachers Federation Debate
    • Thursday, May 24th, 6:00 PM, Adult High School (300 Rochester St)
  • All Candidates Debate
    • Monday, May 28th, 7:00 PM, St. George’s Parish (415 Piccadilly Ave)
  • Community Living Debate
    • Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 PM, Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Dr)
We hope you’ll be able to make it out to hear from her in person! We are canvassing around the riding extensively, and Cherie is trying to meet as many voters as possible. We are also opening our campaign office soon, you can register to our newsletter here, and we will send you updates!

If you would like to know more about Cherie’s platform, please

You can also find Cherie on her social media:
Facebook & Twitter


Campaign to Elect Cherie Wong, Ottawa Centre
Date: May 14, 2018, 1:44pm
Subject: : re: Arthritis Consumer Experts Survey for ON Election 2018 – Arthritis in Ontario
From: Deirdre Pike


Hi Cheryl:

Thanks for your email. My mom has arthritis (rheumatoid) so for that and many reasons, I will be paying attention to this. I will get back to you with a response soon.