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Rogers Local Campaign Kitchener-Conestoga All Candidate Debate

Let the Debate Begin!

Before the gloves come off: (left to right) Art Sinclair (Chamber of Commerce), Tim Louis (Liberal Candidate), Bob Jonkman (Green Party Candidate), Eric Drozd (host), James Villeneuve (NDP Candidate), Rich Hodgson (Libertarian Candidate) & Harold Albrecht (Conservative Candidate)


Comparing Lottery results


Preparing to Debate


Ready to Roll

YouTube: Kitchener-Conestoga – Canadian Federal Election 2015 – The Local Campaign, Rogers TV

debaters on set

A good debate, but difficult to provide comprehensive answers when you’re limited to 60 seconds.

Must Watch: Rogers Cable Debate Today!

Bob Jonkman after the Foxboro Green Debate

Election time is debate season for candidates.  Bob (pictured above at the Foxboro Centre Debate) has done well in every debate .   Tonight you can watch the debate live on Rogers Cable!

Watch it LIVE on Rogers ~ October 5th, 2015 at 7:00pm.

Find out more about Rogers Election Debate coverage here.

This should be pretty interesting as issues like the TPP heat up the campaign.

National Security meets the TPP

The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is bad for Canada because... there is no national security without food security.

Canadian Farmers are right. No trade agreement like the TPP should be entered into without proper consultation with stakeholders.

Advance Poll Locations in Kitchener–Conestoga

What’s next weekend? Yes, it’s Thanksgiving, but it’s also Advance Polling Days from Friday, 9 October to Monday, 12 October 2015!

The (un)Fair Elections Act has introduced more stringent requirements for ID at the polling stations. I expect that on election day (Monday, 19 October 2015!) it will take longer to process voter registrations. You can avoid the lineups by voting in the Advance Polls.

Make sure you have the ID required to vote: One piece of government ID with your picture, name and address; or two pieces of ID with your name, and at least one with an address; or show two pieces of ID with your name, take an oath, and have someone already registered attest to your identity.

Remember that thanks to the (un)Fair Elections Act your voter registration card is no longer accepted as ID, and you can no longer have a friend or family member vouch for your identity. The list of acceptable ID is on the Elections Canada site at ID to vote.

Advance Polling Locations

If you’re not sure where your polling station is, check the Elections Canada site Voter Information Service – Where do I vote?

Advance Poll Number 600 Map

Slovenian Cultural Association Sava Club
50 Schiefele Place
Breslau, Ontario
N0B 1M0

Advance Poll Number 601 Map

Bloomingdale Recreation Club
1031 Snyders Flats Road
Bloomingdale, Ontario
N0B 1K0

Advance Poll Number 602 Map

Gale Presbyterian Church
10 Barnswallow Drive
Elmira, Ontario
N3B 0A8

Advance Poll Number 603 Map

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 469
11 First Street East
Elmira, Ontario
N3B 2E3

Advance Poll Number 604 Map

Calvary United Church
48 Hawkesville Road
St. Jacobs, Ontario
N0B 2N0

Advance Poll Number 605 Map

St. Clements Community Centre
1 Green Street
St. Clements, Ontario
N0B 2M0

Advance Poll Number 606 Map

Wellesley Community Centre
1000 Mapleleaf Street
Wellesley, Ontario
N0B 2T0

Advance Poll Number 607 Map

Wilmot Recreation Centre
1291 Nafziger Road
Baden, Ontario
N3A 1A1

Advance Poll Number 608 Map

New Hamburg Arena & Community Centre
251 Jacob Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1C6

Advance Poll Number 609 Map

Stonecroft Recreation Centre
156 Stonecroft Way
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 4R3

Advance Poll Number 610 Map

St. Agatha Community Centre
205 Erb’s Road East
St. Agatha, Ontario
N0B 2L0

Advance Poll Number 611 Map

Resurrection Catholic Secondary School
455 University Avenue West
Kitchener, Ontario
N2N 3B9

Advance Poll Number 612 Map

Forest Heights Community Centre
1700 Queen’s Boulevard
Kitchener, Ontario
N2N 3L6

Advance Poll Number 613 Map

Highview Community Church
295 Highview Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
N2N 2K7

Advance Poll Number 614 Map

St. John the Baptist Romanian Cultural Centre
2150 Bleams Road
Kitchener, Ontario
N2E 4K5

Advance Poll Number 615 Map

Chartwell Westmount Retirement Home
190 David Bergey Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
N2E 3Y4

Advance Poll Number 616 Map

St. John the Baptist Romanian Cultural Centre
2150 Bleams Road
Kitchener, Ontario
N2E 4K5

This list is provided only as a service; for up-to-date Advanced Polling Station locations check the Elections Canada site Voter Information Service – Where do I vote?

Chamber of Commerce All-Candidate Debate in Elmira

Harold Albrecht, Bob Jonkman, Jamees uve

Bob: Chamber of Commerce Debate

Bob speaks at the Chamber of Commerec Debate.

You’ll find more photos in Laurel’s Flickr album.

The entire debate is on video at Kitchener-Conestoga Federal Candidate Forum on YouTube.

(All photos are CC BY)

Unequal Wealth Distribution

One of several questions from Jesse Bauman, editor of The Community Edition:

Wealth is very unequally distributed in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, the average net worth of the top 20 per cent of families (sorted by income group) rose by an average of 80 per cent between 1999 and 2012. The bottom 20 per cent experienced a 38 per cent increase. Do you think this is a problem? And if so, what would you do about it?

Wealth distribution and income inequality are both problems in Canada, especially for those who have neither sufficient wealth nor income. The Green Party will implement a Guaranteed Livable Income so that every Canadian has the means to survive without requiring welfare or food banks. A person with food security is healthier and more productive, so that there is a reduced burden on health care services and other support services. At the other end of the spectrum there are people with large incomes who pay disproportionally low taxes. The Green Party would remove many of the boutique tax credits and close tax loopholes so that high income earners pay a fair share of tax. Between the reduced costs of social services and the increased tax revenues the GLI is an affordable way to reduce income inequality for all Canadians.

I’m looking forward to seeing the responses from all the candidates in
The Community Edition.

I vote CBC!

CBC Logo

CBC Logo

I’ve received several letters from constituents who want funding restored to the CBC:

Bob Jonkman
Green Party

Like most Canadians, I value public broadcasting. Yet the current government has systematically attacked the CBC. After promising not to do so, the government cut CBC funding, stacked the CBC Board with Conservative Party donors, and grabbed new powers to undermine its independence. CBC has announced major cuts and more are expected.

If you are elected, will you champion a strong CBC and work to undo the damage done to CBC’s funding and independence from government interference? This is a voting issue for me. Please get back to me before October 19th.

Yours sincerely…

Thank you for your concern about CBC funding.

I’m a big fan of the CBC, and I believe that a strong, independent national broadcaster is an important part of our cultural makeup.

Happily, the Green Party agrees, and has promised to restore funding to the CBC, as well as reverse other decisions that have adversely affected the CBC’s ability to serve as an independent voice for Canadians. You can view the full statement in the Vision Green document Arts and culture: Beauty and integrity.

Thank you for your letter, and thank you for supporting the CBC!


I Support Digital Freedom

I’ve received many e-mail messages from people writing through OpenMedia’s web site asking me to support Digital Freedom, more than on any other issue. I’d send a reply to everyone, but all the messages came in with the same address (, so I’m using this blog post to state my position. Here is the message I received:

Dear Candidate, As a voter in your riding, I am asking you to take a stand for a free and open Internet. I believe that every Canadian:

  • deserves to use the Internet without fear of being spied on by their own government.
  • deserves affordable access to world-class, high-speed Internet service.
  • deserves to be able to express themselves freely online.

On October 19, I will be voting for a candidate committed to these goals. Right now you have a unique opportunity to let your constituents know where you stand.

I’m calling on you to become a pro-Internet candidate, by making the following declaration:

As a pro-Internet candidate, I care about affordable access, free expression, and a surveillance-free Internet. I’m inspired by the crowdsourced vision set out in OpenMedia’s plan, Canada’s Digital Future, and I commit to advancing policies that address Canada’s digital deficit. Should I be elected, I commit to making digital policy a priority.

Over 250,000 Canadians worked together to crowdsource OpenMedia’s election platform, which you can read at OpenMedia will soon be publishing a report card, grading each party on how committed they are to putting these crowdsourced proposals into law. I urge you to make sure your party encourages all its candidates to endorse this pro-Internet statement.

Now that the positive pro-Internet alternative exists, we need politicians to commit to implementing it. Please declare yourself a pro-Internet candidate by visiting today. If you’ve already made this declaration then thank you! Please take this message as an indication of how much voters in your riding care about the future of Canada’s Internet.

OpenMedia will keep me informed as to your stance.

Thanks for listening,

Your Constituent.

I have a very strong position on a free and open Internet. Before I became a member of the Green Party I helped found the Pirate Party of Canada, and was its Executive Director at the time the PPCA qualified as a registered political party with Elections Canada.

Both the Pirate Party and the Green Party want a reduction (or elimination) of the spying on Canadian citizens by Canadian surveillance agencies (or their foreign counterparts in Five Eyes). We champion for Net Neutrality, where the carriers treat all content equally, and are prohibited from throttling their competitors’ content.

We want an end to the arbitrary enforcement of copyright, and especially the fraudulent accusations from Big Media about copyrights that have expired, never existed, or are actually owned by the people who are distributing their own music and art. That’s so common there’s even a word for it: copyfraud.

ISPs need to be neutral in delivering content. They should in no way be held responsible for filtering infringing material (violating copyright is an infringement of a government-granted monopoly, there’s no theft, acquisition of goods, or loss of property).

I’ve been involved in community organizations to work on OpenData and FreeSoftware (software that respects your freedom). In fact, on 19 September I did a presentation for Software Freedom Day in Toronto on achieving E-mail Privacy Using Free Software.

In fact, as a computer consultant my entire livelihood depends on a Free and Open Internet. So yes, you can be assured of my support for this initiative.

By the way, did you know that Green Party leader Elizabeth May is the first party leader to sign the OpenMedia declaration? And it looks like the list of candidates endorsing digital freedom is dominated by the Green Party! I find myself in good company!


My Interview on the CBC

The candidates in Kitchener–Conestoga were invited to a panel discussion at the local CBC station in downtown Kitchener today. We were all crowded into the small studio — Amanda Grant thinks it may have been the cosiest setup in the station’s history!

In the CBC-KW 89.1FM studio

In the CBC-KW 89.1FM studio

You can hear the interview on the CBC news story Meet your Kitchener Conestoga candidates – Kitchener-Waterloo.

Promoting Participation in the Election

Bob and his sign

Bob and his sign

I received a call from a gentleman last week, asking for a sign. Happy to oblige! When I got there, I saw that he already had three signs for the other candidates on his lawn.

He told me that his purpose was not to advertise his political affiliation, but to promote awareness of the election and the candidates’ names. And he also complimented my sign because it is the only one to recognize Kitchener–Conestoga with the picture of the Kissing Bridge!

Thank you, sir, for encouraging others to become politically engaged!

You can request a sign from the Green Party website or make a donation to my campaign.

Bob puts up a sign beside others

Bob puts up a sign beside others

Bob and the other signs

Bob and the other signs

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