Make an informed decision on October 19

This coming Monday is Election Day in Canada. By this time next week, Canadians will have chosen the next Prime Minister, and voters in Halton will have selected federal representatives for their communities.

In a previous post about the Federal Election, I highlighted the importance of advocating for a strong Halton. As our community continues to grow, we must ensure that the infrastructure and human services required to support development are planned and adequately financed in advance of need.

In order to address these growing demands, Halton Region actively reaches out to other levels of government in order to advocate for our community and ask for their support. On September 23, we invited federal election candidates to weigh in on a number of the critical issues facing the Region including infrastructure, climate change, affordable housing, economic development and child care. To help residents make an informed decision at the polls, we posted all candidate responses as they were received to halton.ca/election2015.

For this Federal Election, Halton’s community has been reorganized into five ridings: Burlington, Milton, Oakville, Oakville North-Burlington and Wellington-Halton Hills. The candidate responses outline where they and their party stand on the issues facing our communities and the region as a whole.  The issues highlighted in the questionnaire, as well as the importance of support from all levels of government, have been identified as priorities by Regional Council.

By building and strengthening relationships with all elected federal and provincial representatives, we work to achieve the support that will help us maintain our strong long-term financial position and protect taxpayers from the cost of growth. A strong Halton helps build a strong Canada.

Your vote counts this federal election! I encourage all residents to vote on October 19, stay informed and consider how all party platforms and candidate positions align with your vision for Halton’s future.

To view candidate responses and learn more about the issues facing the Region, please visit halton.ca/election2015.

As always, if you have any regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”