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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carmichael rules out independent run
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RONALD ZAJAC The Recorder and TimesShawn Carmichael says he won't run as an independent candidate in Leeds-Grenville.

Shawn Carmichael has ruled out a run as an independent candidate in the March 4 Leeds-Grenville byelection.

The Shanly-area rural activist, who has said his bid for the local Progressive Conservative nomination was rejected by the party, said he decided late Tuesday night to sit out the byelection.

"The timeframe on this is just going to be too short to effectively campaign," Carmichael, vice-president of the Leeds and Grenville Landowners Association, told The Recorder and Times on Wednesday morning.

"It's better to take a step back … instead of doing a half job."

Carmichael said he will now focus his energies on helping Jack MacLaren, president of the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA), win the Tory nomination in Carleton-Mississippi Mills, the Ottawa riding now held by MPP Norm Sterling, in next year's scheduled provincial election, and to help OLA vice-president Gary Otten win that nomination in his Peterborough riding.

On Monday, Carmichael still considered a run as an independent candidate in the local byelection "a viable option."

Those comments followed a dispute between Carmichael and Progressive Conservative party officials over his candidacy for the local Tory nomination, which went to Steve Clark.

Carmichael had said the party rejected his application for the nomination, although party officials said he withdrew it before they could make a decision.

He said Wednesday there is no bad blood between himself and the local Tories.

"Politics is politics and at the end of the day, we got a very good education," said Carmichael.

"We'll be prepared next time."


So far, the declared candidates in the byelection to replace newly-appointed Sentator Bob Runciman include Clark, Liberal Stephen Mazurek, the NDP's Steve Armstrong and Green candidate Neil Kudrinko.

(For more coverage, please see Thursday's print edition.)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hudak touts Tory triumph
Updated 16 hours ago

RONALD ZAJAC The Recorder and TimesOntario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, left, speaks to supporters alongside PC candidate Steve Clark, right, at the official opening of Clark's Kemptville campaign office Thursday afternoon.

KEMPTVILLE — Ontario Opposition Leader Tim Hudak helped rally the Tory troops here Thursday afternoon, urging local members to get out and campaign for local candidate Steve Clark.

The Progressive Conservative leader said Premier Dalton McGuinty's Liberal government is a sinking ship and a Clark victory here in the March 4 byelection will presage a Tory victory in next year's provincial election.

"It's time to change the government and get us back on a path of fiscal responsibility that shows respect for every tax dollar sent to Queen's Park," Hudak told a crowd of about 50 people gathered at the opening of Clark's Kemptville campaign office.

Clark, who is hoping to succeed former Leeds-Grenville MPP Bob Runciman, is battling Liberal Stephen Mazurek, New Democrat Steve Armstrong and the Green Party's Neil Kudrinko for the job, as well as Anthony Giles, of the Ontario Libertarian Party.

(For more coverage, please see Friday's print edition.)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberals breaking promise: Clark
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The McGuinty government has broken another promise by failing to follow through on plans for a correctional facility on the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC) site, Tory candidate Steve Clark is charging.

"We've got a very viable plan that's ready to go, that's got support from a number of sources and we want to move forward," said Clark.

"Things were supposed to happen and they haven't."

But a spokesman for the provincial corrections minister says he is not neglecting the file, adding these things often take time.

Clark, the Progressive Conservative standard-bearer in the March 4 Leeds-Grenville byelection, said the Liberal government has done nothing to advance a proposal to build a secure treatment unit for female offenders at the BMHC site.

Former Leeds-Grenville MPP Bob Runciman has been touting the option of such a federal facility on the site, arguing it is well-suited for the purpose and would keep jobs in the riding.

The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, which runs the BMHC, plans to close the facility's transitional care units by March 2011, costing the area more than 100 jobs, while the facility's Elmgrove Unit is slated to be transferred to Brockville General Hospital.

Clark, who worked as Runcim a n's executive assistant during much of the MPP's efforts to bring new uses to the site, said Runciman met Dec. 16 with Ontario Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci, adding officials from Royal Ottawa and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) were also present at that meeting.

At that meeting, said Clark, the minister said his deputy minister would speak to federal officials about a joint venture on the BMHC site.

That, however, has yet to happen, Clark said Wednesday.

"It's a promise he made and our expectation is we want the government to go on record as to whether they're going to proceed."


Clark said the Liberals appear to be be neglecting a project in this riding on which much "homework" has been done, even though they have poured $15 million into the Grace Hospital in Toronto Centre, helping them win a byelection there.

The government has also committed $200 million to Nortel pensioners in an effort to win the Ottawa West-Nepean byelection also scheduled for March 4, adds Clark.

Laura Blondeau, a spokesman for Bartolucci, said the accusations are merely "politicking," adding the minister is taking the BMHC file seriously.

"It's an ongoing issue. It's underway," said Blondeau. "We're open to that discussion."

Blondeau said the meeting did happen in mid-December, with Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown also in attendance.

"The federal member advised us that there was some interest from the feds," she said.

Bartolucci urged Brown to ask his fellow Conservative caucus member, then Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan, to present a proposal, said Blondeau.

Bartolucci committed to have his staff speak to Don Head, commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada, about the plan at a joint meeting in January of the federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers, added Blondeau, but Head was unable to attend that meeting.

After that, the provincial ministry staff did follow up with their federal counterparts, she said.

"As far as I understand, that conversation has yet to take place," added Blondeau, who attributed the delay in part to the subsequent transition from Van Loan to current Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

Bartolucci is willing to review any proposal put forward by the federal government, said Blondeau.

Stephen Mazurek, the Liberal candidate in the local byelection, said he is also committed to finding solutions to the BMHC issue, including Runciman's idea or others.

"That will be my first job, (if ) elected as MPP, to sit down with the different stakeholders and come up with a solution," said Mazurek.

Electing a Liberal MPP here would give the project a proponent who has the ear of cabinet, said Mazurek.

"I think we need local representation within the government," he said, adding mental health services and health care in general are Liberal priorities.

Green Party candidate Neil Kudrinko said the idea for a secure treatment unit at the site is a good plan for the riding.

However, Kudrinko said it is also a priority to extend mental health services to the rural areas, "getting the professionals and the resources in the communities where they're needed as well."

The NDP's candidate, Steve Armstrong, said the transitional care units should not be closed in the first place.

"It's needed in the community," said Armstrong. "It's completely wrong to close it down."

If elected MPP, said Arm-strong, he would push not only for the jail project, but also the reversal of the transitional care unit closure.

"We need jobs. That's what the NDP is about, creating jobs," he said.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember promises of 2003, Clark says
Updated 13 hours ago

RONALD ZAJAC The Recorder and TimesLiberal candidate Stephen Mazurek, left, Tory Steve Clark, Green Party hopeful Neil Kudrinko and New Democrat Steve Armstrong share a laugh before Wednesday night's all-candidates meeting at Brockville Collegiate Institute.

Liberal candidate Stephen Mazurek pledged to look at any project that will bring jobs to the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC) site.

Tory Steve Clark said Mazurek's Liberals promised exactly that seven years ago and reneged.

And Green candidate Neil Kudrinko said the entire affair reminds him of why he left the Liberal Party.

The future of the BMHC provided one of a few pointed debates between the four provincial byelection hopefuls present at Wednesday night's all-candidates meeting at the Brockville Collegiate Institute auditorium.

The contest between Mazurek, Clark, Kudrinko and NDP candidate Steve Armstrong was sparsely attended, with even the candidates and Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce organizers admitting most people were likely more focused on the Canada-Russia Olympic men's hockey showdown.

Libertarian candidate Anthony Giles was not present.

The five candidates are vying to succeed former Leeds-Grenville MPP and new Senator Bob Runciman.

Despite Mazurek's claims that his opponents were trying to reduce the byelection campaign to the single issue of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), the meeting's format almost seemed designed to add variety to the issues being discussed.

Topics ranged from the controversial HST to health-care costs, the provincial deficit, green energy, tourism, education and even electoral reform.

All of it was compressed into fewer than 90 minutes -in deference, perhaps, to audience members hoping to catch the rest of the game.

When asked what candidates would do to bring jobs to the BMHC site, Mazurek said he would look at any idea that gets the stakeholders together.


Clark replied that, when he was Progressive Conservative MPP Runciman's executive assistant, he helped Runciman develop just such a proposal, for a 40-bed federal secure treatment unit for female offenders.

"We need government to take action, but we've had inaction by the government before," said Clark.

The Tory candidate said Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, while in opposition, pledged to honour the then Tory government's commitment to expand the correctional centre already at the site, and Mazurek reiterated that commitment in the 2003 provincial campaign, only to see that project scrapped later.

"If he's made the commitment, let's see it through," said Clark.

"I remember those times. I was actually a Liberal," said Kudrinko, noting he was Mazurek's assistant campaign manager in 2003. "I think this just speaks to the reasons I'm not a Liberal."

Kudrinko went on to say that any MPP, regardless of the "team" they are on, needs to "get the job done" at the BMHC.

Armstrong, however, said the solution is not to redevelop the BMHC site, but to reverse the closure of the transitional care units there, a closure that will force people to drive to Ottawa to visit loved ones with dementia.

On the matter of a projected $24.7-billion provincial deficit, Clark said the Tories would bring fiscal responsibility and accountability to Queen's Park, pointing to the eHealth and Cancer Care Ontario scandals, as well as exorbitant pay raises for officials at Liberal-appointed Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).

"We need to put the brakes on the uncontrollable spending, the insatiable spending that the McGuinty government seems to have," said Clark.

Kudrinko took aim at senior government bailouts of large corporations, noting government should instead concentrate on smaller businesses to keep local economies viable.

Mazurek said the deficit is the result of the global recession.

"Government stepped in and provided the stimulus package in order to get things going," said the Liberal candidate.

Mazurek said the HST will stimulate private industry, which will grow the economy. He said his opponents are misrepresenting the tax, adding it will create 591,000 jobs and lure some $47 billion in investment to the province.

Clark disputed those figures, instead calling the HST a massive "tax grab." The Tory candidate touted his experience in municipal politics and vowed to listen to all constituents if elected.

Mazurek, meanwhile, said this byelection offers local residents a chance to elect an MPP who will sit on the government side.

By far the most entertaining moments of the meeting were provided by Armstrong, who, using a strategy he has employed in the past, often leaned heavily on humour.

His closing remarks began with a humorous imagined dialogue between McGuinty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the HST, with the pair conniving to swindle ordinary Ontarians (Armstrong used a less polite word than "swindle.")

He concluded by pounding the table, then rising to his feet as he pledged to fight against the HST and for health-care funding.

"These guys are just too nice. I'm not. I'm pissed off," said Armstrong, to raucous cheers.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clark is 'the right person for the job,' Hudak declares
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About 200 people packed Progressive Conservative candidate Steve Clark's Brockville office Friday night to greet party leader Tim Hudak.

Although the Ontario Conservative leader was making his second visit to the riding - he visited Clark's Kemptville campaign office on Feb. 18 - Hudak said in an interview that Clark did not need his help to win the byelection.

Clark and his team have visited more than 6,000 homes in the riding, and people are impressed with him, Hudak said.

"He has dominated the all-candidates debates," the leader said.

"We have the right person for the job in Steve Clark," Hudak told the crowd during his speech.

He noted Clark was elected as Brockville mayor at age 22, worked as former MPP Bob Runciman's executive assistant, served the community in many ways and is a "family man" with his wife Deanna and their five children.

"He is going to make one heck of an MPP for Leeds- Grenville," Hudak said.

He urged local party volunteers to use the last six days of the campaign " to get every single voter out to the polls."

During his own speech, Clark poked jabs at Liberal candidate Stephen Mazurek, who sent one of his campaign organizers, Jon Rose, to check on Clark's rally. Rose stood near the back, sending messages on his Blackberry.

"I know some other candidates like to speak with prepared notes," Clark said, to cheers from the crowd. He was referring to a news conference Mazurek had Thursday when he read from a prepared text.

"I'm surprised that the Liberal candidate would call health-care a red herring and say myself and the other can-d i d at e s are ganging up on him."


Clark said Mazurek, who ran in the 2003 election, had promised along with Premier Dalton McGuinty to bring jobs to the Brockville Mental Health Centre. "He broke that promise."

"When I read he's proud of their accomplishments, that's not the type of MPP we should have for Leeds-Grenville," Clark said.

Brockville Mayor David Henderson, who was defeated by Clark for the candidacy, presented Hudak with a book about Brockville.

"We have an excellent candidate who is working his butt off," Henderson said of Clark.

The mayor also appealed for Hudak and Clark's help in restoring economic prosperity to the city. "This used to be the powerhouse of the country," Henderson said.

Senator Bob Runciman, who held the Leeds-Grenville MPP seat for 29 years, and Nepean- Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod also attended the rally. MacLeod called Clark a "star candidate."

Clark said he is not concerned that the low number of signs for all parties around the riding could mean a low turnout on election day.

The candidate said he is encouraged by the advance poll turnout. The candidates receive lists of who has already voted from Elections Ontario. More than 3,500 names were listed.

Clark planned to continue to visit "plant gates, farm gates, small businesses and families" during the final days of the campaign.

"We're not taking anything for granted."


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberals can't take credit and deflect blame: Greens
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Liberal Stephen Mazurek is being hypocritical, the Green Party candidate for Leeds and Grenville charges.

"On one hand, he is saying his government has done great things, but on the other hand, he is saying, 'Don't blame me. I wasn't the MPP.' He is being hypocritical," Green candidate Neil Kudrinko said in an interview Friday.

"He is trying to deflect blame."

Kudrinko issued a news release saying he wasn't impressed with Mazurek's promise to bring Health Minister

Deb Matthews to the riding within 100 days of the byelection if he's elected.

"Ministers have come to the riding. ... and there has been no action afterwards. It's time to expect a little more than just talk from this government."

"He's promising something that hasn't any teeth," the Green candidate said of Mazurek. "The government is doing little more than providing lip service to our riding."

"I would be more convinced if Minister Matthews would be willing to keep the promises they made in 2003 on the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital. ... The only thing they have offered us is talk, and we have seen where that has led us."

Kudrinko challenged Mazurek's assertion that the Liberals have improved health care in Leeds-Grenville.

The government no longer ranks Leeds-Grenville as an under-serviced area, which means it won't receive government help to attract doctors.


Kudrinko called it a "Mike Harris" move, cutting funding and leaving Leeds-Grenville to find funding to recruit physicians.

"I don't think that is fair to the local communities. It's mandated that the provincial government provide that service," Kudrinko said.

Kudrinko also questioned the Liberal approach.

"If now the message is,'Elect Steve Mazurek and you will get the attention you deserve,' that's a very sad message to be sending its citizens."

In his news release, he expounded on the point : "Arguing that a Liberal member in the legislature will deliver greater results for the riding is an insult to the democratic choice that the voters will make on voting day.

"This government has shown a history of arbitrary decision-making, failing at every step to take into account the opinions of individual citizens,

community groups, elected school boards, even its own backbench MPPs."


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Riding stays Tory
Ex-Runciman staffer wins convincingly
By Meghan Hurley , The Ottawa CitizenMarch 4, 2010 11:09 PMBe the first to post a comment
Steve Clark inherited long-time Progressive Conservative MPP Bob Runciman’s Leeds-Grenville seat in a resounding victory during Thursday night’s byelection.

Clark, a former Runciman staffer, had beat out Brockville mayor David Henderson to clinch the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination in the recently appointed senator’s former riding.

Clark was unavailable for comment Thursday night.

In a previous interview, Clark described Runciman as a “mentor” and said he would follow the former solicitor general’s advice to “put your constituents first.”

Clark, who has spent the past six months as chief administrative officer for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, said the byelection brought local issues to the fore.

He said the decision to close rest stops along Highway 401 had put 250 of his new constituents out of work, and he criticized planned cuts to the Brockville Mental Health Centre.

However, he said, people were most worried about was the Harmonized Sales Tax, which is to take effect July 1.

The Liberals knew how daunting the odds were. The election of 1934 was the only time in more than 120 years that the Ontario Progressive Conservative party lost the seat to the Liberals.

However, Liberal standard-bearer Stephen Mazurek, a small-business owner in Brockville, said the party was unlikely to have a better shot than now, with Runciman out.

Mazurek had a little more than 20 per cent of the votes with 170 out of 230 polls returned by deadline.

“It’s obviously very disappointing, but the voters, at the end of the day, decide,” Mazurek said in a phone interview. “I just want to congratulate the great team of volunteers we had.”

Mazurek, also who ran and lost in the 2003 provincial general election, stressed the need for a new economic development model for the riding in his campaign.

The 53-year-old co-owner of Tait’s Bakery in Brockville said the recession had shown the time had come for new thinking that concentrated on a green economy and jobs.

Despite the odds, several Liberal cabinet ministers, including Ottawa’s Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur and Kingston-based Environment Minister John Gerretsen, campaigned for Mazurek. Premier Dalton McGuinty also stopped by the riding.

Others who ran in the Leeds-Grenville byelection included union representative Steve Armstrong for the NDP, Neil Kudrinko for the Green party and Anthony Giles for the Ontario Libertarian party.

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