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2014 Ontario Election Party and Candidate Questionnaire

The Canadian Association for Equality sent the following questionnaire to all Liberal, PC, NDP and Green candidates in the Ontario 2014 election, as well as mailing the same questions to each party headquarters. Parties and candidates had 2 full weeks before election day to provide responses.

We have posted copies of all answers received, unedited, in the order in which they were received.

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Hi [Political candidate],

Thank you for your commitment and hard work toward equality and justice. I’m writing to you from the Canadian Association for Equality’s Office of Public Policy on behalf of many of our members who are constituents in your riding.

We have prepared a set of 5 questions which will help our members decide to whom to award their vote. The responses we receive may be posted, without modification, to our website and circulated to our members.

The Canadian Association for Equality is a public education charitable organization committed to achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability.

In particular, we are interested in gender equality, that is on achieving equality for all men, women, girls and boys. While we support all efforts at achieving gender equality, we work for balance and fairness within this societal project by focusing our limited resources on those areas of gender which are understudied in contemporary culture.

This has led us to a current focus on the status, health and well-being of boys and men, where attention, investment and support for educational and social programs stands at a level that is far from equal to the seriousness of the problem, while also being significantly underdeveloped compared to the resources in other important areas of social improvement.

We provide current evidence-based research and balanced information. We also provide opportunities to engage in furthering this cause by participating in discussions, events and family-friendly activities. We sincerely believe the goal of true equality and human rights is best served by conducting inclusive conversations based on facts and evidence, not by promoting ideology or special interest agendas.

Thank you.

Office of Public Policy
Canadian Association for Equality

Questions

1 – According to Canadian studies in peer reviewed journals, boys are twice as likely to drop out of high school as compared with girls, consistently fall behind girls in academic achievement, and have far fewer same gender role models at all levels of public education. We know that dropouts have a 300% greater chance of incarceration. Do you believe this is a problem that needs Ministry of Education attention, and if so how would you tackle the problem?

2 – Since the early 1970’s there have been many academics that have altered their view of the causes and remedies of domestic violence. Originating with a model where domestic violence is universally seen as female victims of male perpetrators, the current research shows a more balanced view where men and women contribute almost equally to the problem of domestic violence. Do you expect to support legislation that recognizes the new understanding of how domestic violence should be addressed?

3 – Our society is held together by a system of laws and their implementation. Without access to justice many Ontarians are left without the benefit of this fundamental system. Cases exist such as the York University Community Legal Assistance Program (CLASP), whereby men are denied legal assistance when, on the other hand, women are given full aid. In cases like this, the CLASP program does not follow the principle of promoting access to justice in a publicly funded institution and program. Would you assure that all Ontario Legal Aid programs treat all Ontarians equally and move to deny funding to programs that deny equal access to justice?

4 – Recent research has shown that children attach to both their fathers and mothers with equal benefit to the child. Research also shows that fatherlessness has serious negative outcomes for girls and boys. However, Statistics Canada reports that children lose access to their dads in custody judgments at a 15 to one ratio and one in five children in Ontario live entirely without their father. Do you believe that maintaining a child’s attachment to both parents after break-up or divorce is a best outcome and can be accomplished by maximizing time with both parents after separation?

5 – The most recent available analysis of the treatment men receive in the criminal justice system show that men are treated much more punitively for the same criminal behaviours as compared to women. Men are more readily arrested, charged and given harsher sentences, even for a crime done jointly by the man and a dominant woman. Do you agree that this bias is unfair and unjust, and if so how will you endeavor to balance the gender inequality in the justice system?

Official Responses from Party Headquarters
Tim Hudak on behalf of the PC Party

Responses from Candidates
Keith McAlister, Green Party, London West
Anne Faulner, Green Party, Haldimand-Norfolk
Tim Rudkins, Green Party, Parkdale-High Park
Rachel Power, Green Party, Toronto – Danforth
Karren Wallace, Green Party, Dufferin – Caledon
Ted Arnott, PC Party, Wellington – Halton Hills
Pauline Thompson, Green Party, Scarborough – Agincourt
Shuja Syed, NDP, Scarborough-Guildwood
Rod Jackson, PC Party, Barrie
Lan Daniel, Conservative Party, Davenport
Laila Zarrabi Yan, Green Party, Brampton-Springdale
Angela Salewsky, Green Party, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Nicolas Johnson, PC Party, Beaches-East York
Pina Martino, PC Party, Etobicoke Centre
Stacey Danckert, candidate, Green Party
Julia Munro, PC Party, York-Simcoe
Nancy Leblanc, Liberal Party, Parkdale–High Park
Emilia Melara, Green Party, Oak Ridges – Markham
Mark Vercouteren, Green Party, Essex

2 Comments

  • Joe
    Jun 12, 2014 at 09:36 am

    Bravo for doing this. I am glad I donated to you guys. I have reached the point where I am embarrassed by my tendency to watch videos etc, i.e. that have no possibility of effecting a change, and that if that is all I do it is defeatist.

  • QuietDesperationNOT
    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

    A LIBERAL majority for 5 years, lead by a ‘womyn’ who knows what [PATRIARCHAL] ‘discrimination’ IS on the basis of gender, sexual preference, family status, and she was NOT so discriminated… might be our best ally in the need to re-balance the sexism of today IN GOVERNMENT ‘services’, and money funding a hate-based ideaology. (aka HER Human Rights were and are fully protected under the CODE in Ontario!).

    This election is GOOD news. Time for C.A.F.E. to lobby the best opportunity we have to see an ‘Ontario Men’s Directorate’ and this government to IMPOSE on Ontario, equality rights on the basis of gender, sexual preference and family status, etc.. That is to say; we males, heterosexual or other, single, divorced, separated, MGTOW, married, common-law, single FATHER, living with or NOT with the maternal parent equal. In all things. From birth till death, NO WOMAN may be preferred by any Government, in any law or service, at any level, over ANY MALE of any age.

    Urgent ‘corrections’ to the discriminations evident and present in the ‘system’ of governance must be addressed by omibus bill… enacting immediately an ‘Ontario Men’s Directorate’, mandated for all males 16-65, IN ONTARIO.

    WHY? The metrics are screaming at a feminized society that doesn’t give a damn, worse, wishes to silence the voice of men and boys and the women who love us. To ‘victim blame’ the people suffering for the gynocentric attention-getting GOT by professional feminists IN GOVERNMENT and their operatives in well-funded, ‘independent’ NGO’s province-wide. To ‘feed’ the Divorce Industry billions annually, through direct and indirect grants, via BAD LAW and TAINTED PROCESSES, in ‘honourable’ Courts? To ‘perpetuate’ the Abuse Industry lie, with entrenched unregulated, unaudited, services that openly discriminate. That’s why.

    Premier Wynne need not fear the Conservative WHITE KNIGHT mindset that keeps ‘lesser’ men and boys, and the female population, ‘where they belong’. Conserving the ‘privilege’ of the 1%, blaming ALL males for the ills of society.

    She need not kowtow to the NDP Socialists, to maintain a minority government; they so to blame for much of the willful neglect written into law, and policy- the REAL Government (Civil Service) the monster with no soul, ever emboldened to take EVERYONE’s tax dollars and favour the voting block called ‘female’ ‘majority’ disproportionately, ABSOLUTELY.

    Quess what? That doesn’t matter now… won’t until 2019!

    Change, especially with THIS Premier is more possible than with any other single person IN CHARGE, than ever before.
    She could sign off on a BILLION dollar vote buy, waste in 2 gas plant re-locations… imagine if that money had been allocated to correct Human Rights ‘inconsistencies’ for boys and men, in a MINISTRY LEVEL administration for men and boys, the ONTARIO MEN’S DIRECTORATE.
    Graduation rates and participation rates at post-secondary level, become 50% male! Imagine.
    Suicide rates, homeless rates, EMPLOYMENT rates, etc., become ‘equivalent’ to females TODAY, or gender-neutral all drop substantially- addressing the REAL causes, with REAL attention, real SOLUTIONS.

    Solutions MONEY can buy. Ask your local professional feminists. We’ll just not lie about the ’cause’ or reality, huh?

    Premier Wynn, needs to have US ‘communicate’ what fairness IS. What HER demand for rights did, and her bravery to GET rights, will resonate in her conscience… I BELIEVE THIS.
    Frankly, I held my nose and voted Liberal this time, in the face of some very awful PAST-Premier behaviour… many others did also. But, the Cons. and the Socialists were apt to HURT any ‘average man’ FAR MORE. This Liberal Government is a NEW attitude. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL CHANCE, really… seize the day, CAFE.

    New Slogan? “Seize the day, C.A.F.E.” Or, “This is what a ‘Patriarchy Denier’ looks like!” :-)

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