The 44th general federal election is well underway with only days left until the Sept. 20 vote. There are four candidates running in the St. Albert-Edmonton riding: Conservative incumbent Michael Cooper, People's Party of Canada Candidates Brigitte Cecelia, Liberal candidate Greg Springate, and New Democratic Party candidate Kathleen Mpulubusi. Each candidate was given a series of questions and up to 100 words to answer each one.
What specific goals would you like to achieve?
New Democratic Party candidate Kathleen Mpulubusi:
We constantly see the same wave of representatives who go to Ottawa and ignore the people of this riding. The people of St. Albert-Edmonton are neglected to further agendas that ignore this province. My goals are simple: to represent us with a voice that comes from the community. Our businesses suffer from the constant flip-flops in policy, and they need a voice. Our people need to be heard. Our economy runs on our workers! We need to support them for this country to recover. My goals are your goals; it begins with being heard.
Liberal candidate Greg Springate:
I am especially concerned about helping companies and individuals recover. I want to help companies achieve top-line revenue growth so they can hire more people. I want young St. Albertans to be able to buy a home and remain in our community. The Liberal plan for a First Home Savings Account would allow first-time homebuyers to withdraw up to $40,000 tax-free to purchase a home, without paying it back. I also want to help the parents of St. Albert-Edmonton to raise their families with the aid of the Canada Child Benefit and affordable quality child care.
Conservative incumbent Michael Cooper:
I am committed to continuing to champion issues, including standing up for Alberta’s energy sector; putting the rights of victims first in our criminal justice system; and supporting workers and businesses as our economy reopens. I hope to advance a private member’s bill that I previously introduced to support juror mental health that passed unanimously in the House of Commons but did not pass the Senate due to an election call. I plan to champion the Canada-Taiwan Relations Framework Act I introduced in the last Parliament that would provide a mechanism by which to conduct relations between Canada and Taiwan.
People's Party of Canada candidate Brigitte Cecelia:
I will be the voice of my constituents in upholding Canadian identity, bringing prosperity, and most of all, honouring our rights and freedoms.