Vote on Tuesday, October 14th - how, where, when, who, why

Saturday, October 11, 2008

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Written by Scott Gilbert and Arden Hagedorn

We asked the candidates one question: Why you believe you deserve student votes?
Here are their answers in the order they were received. We ask that you note the lack of response from the three largest parties.

Mike Nagy
Green Party of Canada

The Green Party has real values which will ensure that all decisions are made based on social, economic, and environmental costs. All decisions must be long term and focused on future generations, not just the next year or two.

The quality of education has decreased over the years, as student/teacher ratios have climbed to a 39 to 1 ratio, when it used to be 23 to 1 in the 1970's.

The Green platform calls for a reduction of tuition fees but these are controlled by the Provinces. We are asking for debt relief by forgiving 50% of student loans upon graduation. We want a 'fund for excellence' which funds institutions that actively work towards lower student/teacher ratios. We also will increase R&D funds for pure research, no strings attached, in order to foster more graduated creative research.

I have been active in this community for 20 years on issues of environment, water quality, sustainability, and poverty. I have worked to promote local arts and culture through my volunteer work. I have been recognized as a national leader in environmental issues, and I am the environment critic for the Green Party. The Green Party speaks to youth and polls have always showed that we are favoured by the majority of youth because we address the future in a positive and inspirational manner.

Guelph can make a unique contribution to the nation by ensuring that a Green goes to Parliament. Doing this will make the strongest local, national and international statement.

Drew Garvie
Communist Party of Canada
In this election we are facing a very real danger; a Harper majority. Mulroney used to say, “give me twenty years and you won’t recognize Canada”. Harper hopes to accomplish this right-wing transformation in less time. This will mean gutting Medicare, the loss of industrial jobs, further environmental disintegration, a continued drive towards war, racist immigration policies, and attacks on civil and democratic rights.

A vote for me is a vote for a truly progressive youth policy with the elimination of tuition fees and the creation of decent paying jobs. A vote for the communist party sends the strongest possible message that capitalist globalization and imperialist war must end. Our goal is a socialist Canada in which resources and economic wealth are socially owned and democratically controlled by the working people, not private capitalists. It’s not about people working for the economy but getting the economy to work for people. Its people’s needs that come first, not corporate greed. On October 14th vote for fundamental change –Vote communist!

That being said the struggle doesn’t start and end every four years or so with elections. Don’t choose your rulers but work with others to make your own rules. That’s what democracy should be and what socialism is about. Don’t look to politicians for leadership but hold them accountable to public opinion – to your demands. Whoever is our next MP for Guelph, we should be outside their office from October 15th onward making sure that promises are kept and our needs are met.

Philip Bender
Libertarian Party of Canada
The growing power of the Canadian state is stifling us all. The problem is many Canadians believe that all problems can be solved by government. The only justification for government is to protect the individual from the use of force or fraud by others. To counter this doctrine, the Libertarian Party and I are promoting principles of personal liberty and responsibility. These principles are:

1. Each individual has the right to his/her own life. This right is the source of all other rights.
2. Property rights are essential to the maintenance of those rights.
3. So that these rights are respected, it's essential that no individual or group use force or fraud against another.
4. To bar the use of force or fraud from social relationships and to place the use of retaliatory force under objective control, society requires an institution charged with protecting individual rights under an objective code of rules. This is the basic task, and the only justification, for government.
5. The only proper government functions, whose powers must be constitutionally limited, are as follows: settling disputes among individuals, where private, voluntary arbitration has failed; providing protection from criminals; providing protection from foreign invaders.
6. Because of the above, every individual – provided he/she respects the rights of others – has the right to live as he/she alone sees fit, as a free trader in a free market.

For minimal taxes, an immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the greatest personal freedom, vote Philip Bender. More at www.libertarian.ca

For primer on education-related issues in this election, please check out:


A student can vote in his/her ordinary residence. A student's ordinary
residence can be: the family home; or if living away to study, the
place where the student is living.

  • Information provided by Elections Canada [ss. 8(1), Canada Elections Act]

Check your voter information card. During a general election, electors
will receive a voter information card. This confirms that your name is
on the voters list and tells you when and where to vote. If you did
not register by Oct. 7th, you can register on Election Day when you

Go to your polling station. You can find the address on your voter
information card or by visiting www.elections.ca and typing your
postal code in where applicable in the centre section of the main

To register and vote you must have proof of address. Two common ways
of providing that information is a phone bill or utility bill or
your lease. You also will need photo ID and ID with your date of birth
and signature on it. For a complete list of usable ID visit

If you are an On-Campus Student you will have to print off your
residence status on webadvisor and bring it with you to vote, as well
as ID with your photo, date of birth and signature.

Off-Campus Students must vote in their respective voting stations off
campus. To find out where your station is, visit elections.ca and type
your postal code in the section in the middle. Again you will have to
bring the ID specified above.

On-Campus Students will be voting on-campus. There are three places to
vote on-campus and they are the following.

If you live Mountain, Prairie and Maritime Halls you will vote in Eccles Centre.

If you live in Johnston, Mills, Maids, Watson, Lambton, Macdonald,
Addington, Lennon-A, Lennox-C Halls you will vote in Lambton Games

If you live in Village townhouses, Dundas, Lanark, Glengarry Halls you
will vote in East Fireplace Lounge.

If you have any other questions please contact Arden Hagedorn at
or at extension 54407.

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