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Election 2021: Adam van Koeverden on the Liberal Party‘s Record in Government and Platform for the 905 The 905er Podcast

In our second interview with candidates from the 905 Region ahead of the Federal Election, we talk today to Adam van Koeverden, who is seeking re-election as the MP for Milton for the Liberals, a seat he won just two years ago when he defeated former Conservative minister Lisa Rait. Van Koeverden was a Canadian household name as an Olympic Gold, and multi-Silver and Bronze medal winner in Sprint Kayak before entering politics. In his first term as an MP he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. We discuss the climate change, electoral reform, First Nations reconciliation, the COVID recovery plan and much more in a wide-ranging conversation. Programming note: we have continued to approach numerous Conservative candidates with the opportunity to discuss their platform as NDP and Liberal candidates have done. This includes offering to add an extra episode in order that we can make sure a CPC voice is heard before election day. As of September 16th only one CPC campaign office has taken the time to return any of our messages. While we make no apology for the fact the 905er Podcast sees the news through a progressive lens, the reason we exist is to let listeners hear direct from people with influence in our region. We accord anybody who is willing to be a guest equal courtesy and respect, and we are delighted that MPs, mayors and councillors from across the political spectrum have been guests during the 905er's first year. It is disappointing that not one Conservative candidate has yet been willing to speak on the record to voters interested in hearing their party's platform. It takes money and time to create two podcasts a week. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and paying the bills. Why not buy us a coffee? Or you can support us by becoming a patron for a month, for six months, or forever. See https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Thanks to our existing patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team. Nicholas Paul: sound editing. The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes! Don’t forget to check out 905er.ca, even if you get the podcast delivered to your automatically. We post additional news and stories there when we can, and welcome submissions and ideas for additional content.
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Covid-19 has upended a lot of norms in our lives. Most impacted has been the tourism and hospitality sectors. Where business was most often conducted face to face and in more intimate and comfortable surroundings, the entire industry has been forced to throw out old business models and invent new ones.

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The second wave is here, the time to act is now

Second wave, stupid people

It appears our leaders aren’t on the same page

Yesterday, I shared the Prime Minister’s address to the nation this week. A big point that has been making the rounds with people is the frank admission that Trudeau doesn’t think Thanksgiving will look like a normal gathering this year.

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Tonight, Trudeau tries to change the future

Tonight, Prime Minister Trudeau is going to try and change the end goals for his government. Rightly so too. This isn’t the same country that existed when this current government first introduced their throne speech. The pandemic has exacerbated in equalities, and decimated entire segments of the economy. It is certainly reasonable to say that Canada is not returning to it’s past self. In that light, it is prudent for leadership to embrace the change that has been thrust upon us all. Rather than let Canada succumb to the storm of change, it is right for him to try and seize the wheel of the ship and steer us towards a new port of prosperity.

I have no insight of forewarned knowledge of what is in the Throne speech. I do have some wishful thinking though. So here is what I am hoping to see this afternoon and tonight in his address:

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Hamilton, WTF?

The good people of Hamilton are known to have an opinion or two. God forbid however, should you want to exercise your right and share it with your elected city council.

Over the last few weeks, Hamilton City Council has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Councillor Terry Whitehead has made headlines for his abrasive and confrontational tone in committee. Against anyone who might disagree with him apparently. Staff and even citizens are not immune from his wrath it seems.

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A follow up on my RBG post

Now is a good time to plan for the future

This huge news for the Ford Assembly plant in Oakville. If this deal goes through it would mean a lot for the auto industry here in Canada. The trend over the last five years or so, has been for the major automakers to dive into the electric vehicle market. Currently, every major vehicle manufacturer has an electric vehicle planned for the market in the next few years. Car company Tesla has taken the market by storm. Sparking would be competitors such as Rivian or Bollinger Motors. It’s becoming clear that electric vehicles is not a fad or trend, but the future of the auto industry.

Which is one of the reasons why the Ford announcement is so curious. Any casual observer of the industry can see the future is electric. Yet the provincial government has been reluctant to encourage the development of the market in Ontario. The belief that green initiatives are not worth the energy so to speak is prevalent in the current government.

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