#GreenWave 3 Things to Do In E-DAY 2019 in #BrantfordBrant


If you have not received your voting card, you can find out where to go to vote with the poll finder on the Elections Canada website:

If you receive an automated message telling you to vote somewhere else, always check with Elections Canada to be sure.  

Make sure you have the necessary Identification Documents

Option 1: Show one of these pieces of ID

  • your driver’s licence
  • any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address

Option 2: Show two pieces of ID

Both must have your name and at least one must have your current address.

  • voter information card and bank statement
  • utility bill and student ID card

Don’t have these? No problem!  Check the list of accepted ID.

Option 3: If you don’t have ID

You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).

Important information about ID

    • We accept pieces of ID in their original format. If your document was issued electronically, like an e-statement or an e-invoice, bring a printout or show it on a mobile device.
    • We accept different pieces of ID from the same source if the documents serve different purposes. For example, we accept an invoice and a transcript from the same school.
    • Your name and address must be printed on the ID. They can’t be added by hand, unless they are added by the issuer of the document, like a residence administrator or a guardian.
    • We accept expired ID, as long as it has your name and current address.
    • The pieces of ID listed above are authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer. No other pieces will be accepted.
    • The pieces of ID required for a federal election are not the same as for provincial, territorial or municipal elections.


In Canada you can register to vote right at the Polling Station on Election Day!

To check if you’re registered at your current address, use the Online Voter Registration Service or contact your local Elections Canada office.

You can also register or update your voter information, including your name, at your assigned polling station before you vote on election day, Monday, October 21.

Information from Elections Canada 

2. Join Us!  

Feel the Green Wave! Join us for Sign Waving at Prominence Point today!  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Join Bob Jonkman and the Brant Greens team to celebrate a hard fought election.

21 October 2019 @ 7:15 pm – 11:59 pm

WHERE: Socialable Kitchen and Tavern
45 King George Road, Brantford, Ontario

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Closing Remarks

These were my closing remarks to the audience at the Canadian Federation of University Women of Brantford’s All Candidates Meeting, held on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. I think they serve nicely as closing remarks to the entire campaign.

YouTube: Bob Jonkman’s closing remarks at the University Women Debate #2019

Today is Election Day in Canada — Look at the candidates in your riding, check their policies, then choose the candidate who will best represent you, who will not have their votes whipped in Parliament, who will work with others to implement electoral reform (and not just promise to), who will work with others to enact the resolution of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples now (not ten years from now), and whose party has a strong, science-based climate action plan.


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Catch the Green Wave!

YouTube: Green Wave

Green Wave is Free Culture

Please help share the video by sharing it with your friends and family on social media:

Bob’s YouTube

We were incredibly fortunate to have the multi-talented Josh Woodward create the music for our video.  (Laurel and I are long time fans.)

Josh is a free culture pioneer who publishes all his work under a Creative Commons attribution license which allows everyone to download and share it legally.  This particular license means you can use this music any way you like, even commercially, so long as you conform to the terms of the license agreement by making the appropriate attribution.

Download the Green Wave MP3 here

Creative Commons Licence
Green Wave by Josh Woodward is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

For your listening pleasure, you also have the option of downloading the video soundtrack!

Green Wave Original Cast Soundtrack MP3

And for your viewing pleasure, you don’t need to be dependent on someone’s online site, you also have the option of downloading the video!

Download the Green Wave MP4 Video here

On this day of rest before tomorrow’s 43rd Canadian Federal election, enjoy!

For more great music by @Josh Woodward visit his website

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Biking with Bob Jonkman, Saturday 19 October 2019

Google Map of Bike Route around a section of the Grand River

Let’s go Biking With Bob Jonkman, The Green Party Candidate for Brantford-Brant!

We’ll take a ride around a section of the Grand River, starting at George Campbell Park (D), west to the SCJT trail (B), north along the river to Colborne Street (C), then back to George Campbell Park (D) along the TH&B trail south of the river.

I estimate it at about 15km, done in a leisurely 90 minutes, finished by 6:00pm. Temperature is expected to be 15C, so a light jacket may be called for.

Bring a water bottle, bike helmet, and your bike (of course). We’ll meet in the parking lot just south of George Cambell Park at 4:00pm.

What: Bike Ride with Bob Jonkman
When: Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Meet in the parking lot south of George Campbell Park
Location: 5 Spalding Drive, Brantford, Ontario Map

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Climate Panel Discussion at Russell Reid Public School, 16 Oct 2019 at 6:30pm

I’ve been invited to participate in a panel discussion on Climate Change at Russell Reid Public School:

What: Climate Change Discussion Panel
When: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 6:30pm
Where: Russell Reid Public School
Location: 43 Cambridge Drive, Brantford, Ontario Map

If you’d like to do some homework, you can read Mission: Possible, the Green Party’s 20 step Climate Action Plan that discusses how and why we will ensure the reduction in Green House Gas emissions to 60% of 2005 levels before the end of 2030.


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Final #BrantfordBrant Debate TONIGHT! (Tue, 15 Oct 2019)

What would have been the 1st debate (planned by the Paris Chamber of Commerce) was cancelled because both Liberal and Conservative candidates declined to attend. Thus the Rogers/Brantford Chamber of Commerce debate was the first. The

Here’s one small clip from the second 2019 Brantford Brant All Candidate Meeting, last week’s excellent “Women Inspiring Women, Women’s Institute Branch” event.

YouTube: Bob Jonkman on Internet Access ~ Women Inspiring Women WI All Candidates Soundbite

The third and Brantford-Brant Debate of the 2019 election will take place at 7pm this evening. I hope to see you there!

Though the final week of the 2019 campaign, we plan to publish more videos. Subscribe to this blog, or my YouTube Channel to be sure not to miss any of it!

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Green BBQ & Social Fundraiser Tonight! (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)

Come join the Brant Greens for drinks and a barbeque!

Saturday October 12th
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Steel Wheel Brewery
105 Powerline Road, Brantford, Ontario Canada

BBQ with local organic beef burgs and beyond meat burgs, potato salad, and some munchies. And of course, the full Steel Wheel selection of local craft brew to go with it! Enjoyable evening of local food, good fun, and generous fundraising.

This is also a fundraiser for the Bob Jonkman federal election campaign!
If you think Bob might be the candidate who will best represent you in Parliament, join us on Saturday night for an excellent opportunity to meet him.

RSVP https://vote.greenparty.ca/rsvp/eve_6d867eb82

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2019 Brantford—Brant Debates

Citizens have a big decision to make in this election. Do we want to keep the status quo? Or do we want change?

In 2015, a lot of citizens wanted change.  And so, as often happens, we replaced a Conservative false majority (39%) government for a Liberal false majority (39%) government.

But it turned out not to be so very different after all.

To make good decisions, voters need information. We need to know who and what we are voting for.

Brantford—Brant voters have a wide field of candidates from which to choose.  To my mind one of the best ways for voters to get a sense of the candidates and the parties they represent is by hearing directly from them.  Meeting candidates in person when they knock on your door is lovely, but in a riding with more than 100,000 voters, no candidate could possibly visit every household in a year, much less in an election campaign.

2019 Brantford-Brant Election Debates

Election Debates may even be better, because voters get a chance to compare before they decide.  When both Liberal and Conservative candidates declined to attend what would have been the 1st debate of the campaign, I was disappointed to learn the Paris Chamber of Commerce chose to cancel it instead.

And so the televised Rogers Local Campaign debate became our first 2019 All Candidates Debate.  It was televised on Rogers Cable, but if you missed it, you can watch it online here:

YouTube: Brantford-Brant Debate

These are the other two All Candidate Debates scheduled for the last few weeks of the campaign:

Women Inspiring Women, Women’s Institute Branch

Wednesday, 9 October 2019
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bethel Community Hall
Bethel Road, Paris ON

All Candidates Debate, University Women’s Club

Tuesday, 15 October 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
North Park Collegiate Vocational School
280 N Park St, Brantford, ON N3R 4L1

Unlike the televised debates, these debates will be held before a live audience, so you will have the opportunity to hear us in person, and perhaps chat with us before or after.

Making Informed Choices

Naturally I believe I would be the your best choice of Member of Parliament.  Like all the other Brantford—Brant candidates, I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t.  But the choice is yours.  I hope you take the time to look us all over, and make sure to vote for the person who will best represent you..

Here in Brantford—Brant, we vote for our local candidate. The MP we elect will represent us here on the ground: Their office will help us out when we need help navigating federal government services available.

But that is only part of what we elect our Member of Parliament to do. The main reason we go through the expensive time consuming election process is to choose the candidate who will best represent our interests in Parliament. The most important work MPs do is voting on the laws and policies the federal government makes.

So we’re not just voting for the candidate, we’re voting for the party they represent. Political parties have platforms that tell us what policies they would enact if elected.  Party leaders go across Canada explaining their plans, as well as publishing them on their website.

When we cast a vote for our local candidate, we are also casting a vote for their party platform.

Danielle Takacs (Liberal), Bob Jonkman (Green), Phil McColeman (Conservative) & Dave Wrobel (PPC)

Rogers Local Campaign Political Parties

This is where you’ll find the party platforms of the political parties invited to participate in the 2019 Rogers Debate.

Liberal Party of Canada: https://2019.liberal.ca/our-platform/
Green Party of Canada: https://www.greenparty.ca/en/platform
Conservative Party of Canada https://www.conservative.ca/
People’s Party of Canada https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/platform
New Democratic Party https://www.ndp.ca/commitments

In this election, the parties have had the option of submitting their budget materials to the Parliamentary Budget Office to determine whether or not the party’s costed budgets are likely to cost what the parties say they will.

The Conservative Party has taken a page from the Doug Ford playbook by not releasing an actual platform, much less a budget (or even asking for anything to be vetted by the PBO at all).  Instead they are making ad hoc announcements on the fly, expecting voters to trust them with a blank cheque.  Curiously, the Liberals asked only for independent review of ‘big ticket’ budget items and the NDP only 4.  The Green Party budget submission was by far the most comprehensive.

See for yourself which budget items have been independently corroborated for all of the parties.

2019 Brantford—Brant Candidates

Conservatives: Phil McColeman (Incumbent)
MP website http://www.philmccolemanmp.ca/
Liberals: Danielle Takacs
Candidate website: https://danielletakacs.liberal.ca/
NDP: Sabrina Sawyer
Candidate website:  https://sabrinasawyer.ndp.ca/
Green: Bob Jonkman
Candidate website: https://bobjonkman.ca/
Libertarian: Rob Ferguson
Withdrawn due to health

I was unable to find candidate websites for all the candidates, so I’ve included what turned up in internet searches.

The Sarnia Observer published a piece about Brantford—Brant’s other Candidates:

People’s Party of Canada: Dave Wrobel
website: https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/
reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/brantford/comments/c9g2wd/dave_wrobel_ppc_for_brantfordbrantcounty/

Veteran’s Coalition Party: Jeffrey Gallagher

Independent: John The Engineer Turmel
CBC: The biggest loser: John Turmel is making his 99th try for office this fall https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/election-record-biggest-loser-1.5264087

Independent: Leslie Bory
reddit:  Leslie Bory, MP candidate in Brantford-Brant, drops the N-bomb in a complaint video https://www.reddit.com/r/brantford/comments/dbsj5f/leslie_bory_mp_candidate_in_brantfordbrant_drops/

Party Platforms and “Whipped” Votes

Something the three biggest parties have in common is “whipped” votes.  This makes the party platform even more important than the candidate in parties that “whip” votes, because when our MP votes on legislation, they are obliged to vote the way they are told to vote by the party.  Whipped votes used to be uncommon, but these days are the norm for the 3 big parties.

This means if you disagree with legislation our elected MP’s party wants to pass, s/he won’t have the choice to be able to vote the way their constituents want, they will have to vote the way the Party says.  MPs who don’t “vote the party line” run the risk of being expelled from the party.

You may recall Mr Trudeau’s promise to reform our voting system.  Despite the fact that policy was overwhelmingly adopted by the Liberal Party, and echoed by most LPC candidates in the 2015 election, when Mr Trudeau unilaterally decided to break that promise, only 2 Liberal MPs dared vote against it.

The Green Party allows its MPs to put the needs of constituents ahead of the party.  As your Green MP, I will be your representative first.  When Brantford—Brant has local issues that need to be brought to Parliament, I will do so by representing your interests when I vote on the federal legislation that will affect our lives.

It’s easy to think there is no point in voting when so often our votes don’t count, but even strategic voters can vote for what we want in this election because it will probably be a minority government.   With enough Green Party candidates in Parliament, 2019 would actually be the last election under First Past The Post, making it safe to vote for what you want in every election.


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Super Saturday with Cynthia Trentelman @CCTrentelman on 12 October 2019 at Noon

Cynthia Trentelman holds a lawn sign

Cynthia Trentelman

Cynthia Trentelman

October 12, 2019 at Noon

Super Saturday

Come join Cynthia, Bob Jonkman (Brantford-Brant) and Dan Turcotte (Don Valley East) for a fun day of sign waving, door knocking and yummy treats.

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 12:00noon
Where: Lincoln Hollow, next to the Sheridan Centre on Erin Mills Parkway & Lincoln Greenway Map
What to bring: Water bottle, warm coat, and your good cheer!

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Busy Weekend!

We started Saturday at the 7th Annual Brantford Mosque Open House.  Imam Tarek invited the federal candidates and offered us the opportunity to introduce ourselves to the community.

We also made it to Art in the Park and Scare in the Square.

The Chronicle.Lance got into our spirit of fun:

@ChronicleLance tweeted "MOB OF BOB JONKMAN CLONES on the loose. (Just kidding, folks! I'm sure he's out door knocking today.)" on a Retweet of a signwaving photo where everyone holds Bob's sign face in front of their own faces.

You can subscribe to the calendar iCal in the sidebar to keep track of where our campaign will be. Come by and say “Hi!”

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