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We need public policy for the common good, in common purpose

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We need public policy for the common good, in common purpose
The economic system abdicated its former role as a system that could take of us. 

Small ‘c’ conservatism runs deeply in Kawartha Lakes. Government is largely seen as something to be wary of, even when setting needed public policy, and not overly beneficial for people’s lives.

There is an abiding faith that it is the economic system – not the political system – that will straighten everything out, if people could just get out of the way and let the ‘free market’ do its thing.

Centre-right politicians – both Liberals and Conservatives — talk like that about the economy, about the market, as if our economic system just happened naturally – as if the rules of the game weren’t written by human beings.

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Scott says cheaper hydro, more jobs on her short list if re-elected

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Scott says cheaper hydro, more jobs on her short list if re-elected
Laurie Scott says jobs are a priority for her in this election.

Local MPP and Progressive Conservative Candidate Laurie Scott says three of the most important issues she will fight for at Queen’s Park if re-elected are jobs, better health care wait times, and cheaper hydro rates.

“Too many families are struggling to make ends meet in our communities,” Scott tells The Lindsay Advocate.

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Libertarian candidate says government at all levels has become too big

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Is Queen's Park itself the problem? Gene Balfour says yes. "Libertarians...are..."defenders" against all other political parties who continue to expand the state."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns will be interviewing all provincial candidates in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding in the coming days. Today, we speak with the Libertarian candidate Gene Balfour.

Benns: As you see it, what are three of the top issues in this provincial election?

Balfour: As I see it, there is one main issue from which many other issues arise. The main issue is that Ontario voters have allowed our governments at all levels to become too big.

To substantiate this statement, I offer five metrics to consider:

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How do we deal with poverty? Local MP says ‘free market’ shows the way

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How do we deal with poverty? Local MP says 'free market' shows the way
MP Jamie Schmale: "We should not focus on income inequality but on wealth creating policies."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns recently interviewed local MP Jamie Schmale on how we should be dealing with poverty in Kawartha Lakes.

Benns: What’s the best way to fight poverty in our communities? And if the answer is good jobs, why have we never, ever, under any government of any political stripe been able to fight poverty effectively?

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