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Provincial Election 2011 : Raymond Dartsch, Green Party

Bio:

Raymond Dartsch RN is a full-time Community Nurse living in Eden Mills with his wife and four children. Committed to principles of ecological wisdom, social justice and fiscal responsibility, he is delighted to be the Green Party of Ontario candidate for Wellington Halton Hills.

As well as working as a front-line Registered Nurse since 1998, Raymond has completed an Administrative Internship at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton in 2005 and served as a Legislative Assistant at Queen's Park in 1999/2000. A native of Hamilton, he was a member of the Hamilton Spectator's Community Editorial Board and an activist with Friends of Red Hill Valley. In 2002 he was presented with the Award for Outstanding Service by Transport 2000 Ontario, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation.

Raymond and his family live in a moderately-sized, well-insulated home, complete with composting toilet and air-to-air heat pump, overlooking the pond in Eden Mills. They have found that living sustainably also means living comfortably, affordably and beautifully. For the future of his children and yours, Raymond Dartsch as a Green MPP would like to promote these values province-wide.


Brief platform:

Since 2009 Raymond has been looking after home care clients in Erin, Puslinch, Guelph-Eramosa and Guelph. He has a strong professional interest in effective delivery of health care services. As MPP Raymond is prepared to advocate for improvements to the full-service hospitals and other medical facilities in Wellington Halton Hills. In the meantime as a visiting nurse, he works to take the burden off these hospitals and to allow patients to recover in their own familiar, comfortable surroundings.

Raymond's other passion is sensible transportation solutions for Wellington Halton Hills and Ontario. He's looking forward to seeing GO Trains rolling beside Highway 7 again soon, and will demand more of them, with more stops. Raymond would promote provincial support for bus service to Wellington County communities such as Erin, Rockwood, Fergus and Elora, with connections from these communities to Guelph, Orangeville, Kitchener-Waterloo and Georgetown. Furthermore, Wellington County and Guelph need better connections to Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton, so that users of public transit don't need to travel into downtown Toronto to make connections for these destinations.

No fan of mega-highways, Raymond doesn't see the expansion of Highways 401 and 407 through the riding as options. Ontario can't afford to lose more prime farmland by digging up gravel in one location to dump in another, just to create more habitat for cars and trucks. Since moving goods and people by rail consumes less space and less energy than moving them by road, Raymond would work to make both quarries and air pollution redundant by promoting rail-based transportation solutions within Wellington Halton Hills and Ontario.

Questions and Answers

Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September on 26 September to Dartsch
In view of the many similarities between the NDP and the Green Party on many issues such as defending the Green Energy Act and phasing out nuclear energy. Do you not feel that you are splitting the vote in this election.
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Dartsch, Ray

  

The NDP and Green Party have a fundamentally different philosophical basis, even if there are a few policies in common. A Green voter is not an NDP voter.

In the 2007 Ontario election and the 2008 federal election the Green Party finished third in Wellington Halton Hills and the NDP finished fourth. So who is splitting whose vote?

The federal Liberals would accuse the federal NDP of "splitting the vote" in every election since the founding of the NDP. Should the NDP have apologized and gone home in each of those elections? If they had, would they now be the Official Opposition in Ottawa?

Similarly, the time will come soon that elected Green MPP's will be recognized as legitimate expressions of the public voice and not as "vote-splitters."

 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September on 26 September to all
The high price of volatility of conventional carbon-based fuels creates economic uncertainty and drives up the cost of doing business in Ontario. How does your party plan to support business for the long-term stability and competitiveness of Ontario?s business and Energy systems?
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 Dartsch, Ray  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September on 26 September to all
Why is it that when it comes to wind farms no signs were ever put up and all knowledge of the development was kept quiet until the last minute.
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 Dartsch, Ray  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
Do you believe that renewable energy should be part of our future?
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 Dartsch, Ray  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
How will you and your party protect and improve health care? Do you party?s past positions and policies support your promises?
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 Dartsch, Ray  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
More & more, I?ve noticed that the province repeatedly ignores mental health. Group home and one-to-one workers for youths and adults with developmental disabilities are underfunded and underpaid. Parliament says there?s not enough money, yet there seems to be enough for their personal interests. If you?re elected, what funding solutions will you recommend?
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 Dartsch, Ray  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
A recent announcement was made that Centre Wellington well be receiving funding for a new hospital. With Ontario?s goal of eliminating the budget deficit threatening by steadily rising health care costs, what will your party do to make rural health care programming and operations sustainable?
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 Dartsch, Ray  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by Bruce Lloyd on 15 September to all
With the LHIN system in place, would you keep it in place or scrap it to add the estimated $1 billion dollar administration costs back in to direct healthcare?
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 Dartsch, Ray  No response yet.

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