Glenn Langton, Candidate for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale in Ontario Provincial Election 2011

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NameGlenn Langton
ElectionOntario Provincial Election 2011
PartyOntario Libertarian Party
Email glenn.langton@libertarian.on.ca
Website http://libertarian.on.ca/profiles/glenn-langton
BioGlenn Langton Is a 48 yr old, single father of 2, who has lived in A.D.F.W. for 46 years, he is a Musician /Music Teacher, Audio Engineer / Producer, Handyman, teaching guitar, bass guitar, drums and doing small home repairs in the Flamborough area. He is a graduate of Waterdown District High school and the Recording Arts program of Canada where he received his certificate graduating at the top of his class.

Why Are You Running?:

"I am running because , like many, I feel that there is no real difference between the big 3 parties " they are all the same suits with different coloured ties " Tax and spend, Borrow and spend, spend, spend, and more spend,! I see them as people who will say, promise and spend anything to either get, or stay, in power regardless of future consequences.

We need real, structural, change in the way things are currently done, not simply a change of management, a revamping of the entire operation starting at the top for a change.

Because doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result ... is the definition of insanity! PC>Lib>NDP>PC>LIB ... they have had their chances, are things really better? It's definitely more expensive!

The main reason is: "Our children's future is more important than our now"they don't get to vote on the Ontario we leave them, WE need to stop government spending their inheritance, mortgaging their future, we need to cut spending in an organised, efficient and effective manner, rather than having others dictate it for us, when we get to the point of defaulting on our govt debts. Just look at the U.S.A. The E.U., the U.K. I believe that can & will happen here if we don't stop now."

Your Top Issue:

Limited Government

Issue Details:

To me the top issue is the 4 S's of big government, I believe these are the cause of most, if not all, the other issues we face in Ontario today. "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take everything you have" that includes your personal rights and freedoms, the most important of which is "choice." The 4 S's of Big government are: 1: Size!... 1.1 million paycheques directly from the province, plus many more via operations which receive all or most of their funding from the government. 2: Scope!... with 30 ministries, over 630 Agencies Boards and Commissions (ABCs), reducing our Choices to the ones the ABC's recommend = the Nanny state! 3: Salaries!... We have been made aware of scandals at the OLG, E-health, Ontario Power Generation, the ludicrous salaries and golden handshakes of the people on OUR payroll. The average pay of a "Public Servant" including salary benefits and pension, is on Avg 30% higher than a similar job in the private sector. 4: Spending... Grants, subsidies, bailouts, etc. etc. etc. there is an endless stream of money pouring out of the government but our Healthcare, Education, Highway, Power and other infrastructures are crumbling...where has our money really been spent? All the big govt parties claim the problems are going to be solved by allocating more resources ( spending more money ), so every year they take more, they create more A,B,C,s to administer it... This leads to the problems we experience in every facet of government, over management, under accountability, inefficient delivery of services and higher and higher costs, It's ultimately unsustainable and has to stop before we mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren. The government needs to learn, when something is going to cost 5 dollars and you only have two, you can't have it! its just that simple, like every Ontarian needs to live within their means, so must the government!

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Responses to Questions (top)

QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
In 2007, the Ontario Government promised two light rail lines in Hamilton. Will you fulfill that promise to build light rail in Hamilton? Why or why not? No No I would not as a Libertarian I believe in free markets and less government, less taxes and less spending, the governments of Hamilton and Ontario are awash in red ink and heavily in debt as well, I believe it would be irresponsible to spend on such a project, I would however invite private transportation companies to assess the need, and viability of such systems and reduce the red tape and bureaucracy involved in allowing them to provide these services if they believed they could do so profitably.
Will you complete the job of uploading social services costs to the Province? Why or why not? No The government has had 50 years to reduce poverty and reliance on social programs in Ontario yet we have more now than ever, Libertarians do not believe in government forcibly taking peoples property ( money ) to give to those they deem more fitting, Libertarians believe that private charities can and do a better job of providing for those in need than government ever will, Just think, if you had the tax dollars back in your pocket and were asked to give a dollar to a charity like the salvation army or a food bank, or a government bureaucrats? which would you choose? the government is driving private charities out of business with regulation and over taxation so they cannot compete with the welfare state, thereby creating a government monopoly on charity...this is absolutely wrong.
Hamilton has a lot of available office space in the downtown. Will you move any departments to Hamilton to boost the local economy and save on rent costs? Why or why not? No Libertarians believe in smaller government therefore there would be lees government office space required, so no we would not move any provincial offices to Hamilton. It's entirely up to the city and politicians of Hamilton to create the market environment for private business to move in to these office spaces and boost the local economy, government jobs / stimulus are simply more obligations the taxpayers and businesses are forced to fulfill through taxation, this does not create a better economy, it creates an unfavourable business and living environment which chases the real wealth creators away.
The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area has some of the worst traffic congestion in North America. What, if anything, will you do to alleviate the gridlock? Yes See a need. Fill a need! A Libertarian government would advocate for private industry to assess and provide creative and manageable means to eliminate the gridlock via whatever options they can come up with, for example private shipping across the lakes making use of the largest fresh water shipping lanes in the world to move goods and people, expansion of the private rail lines, more private air transport etc. The government for over 50 years has not been able been able to adequately address the need for better, newer or more well maintained infrastructure, in fact they are now calling for more money to repair the "Failing infrastructures" we already have, its time to take a different approach because "doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result is the definition of insanity".
Hamilton has a large number of contaminated brownfield properties that present a risk for investors. What, if anything, will you do to make it easier to remediate brownfields? Yes Make the previous owners responsible for restoration of these properties, if that is not possible, then remove the government impediments to businesses who would purchase these properties and allow them to clean them up themselves. A Libertarian government would prevent this type of problem occurring by implementing restorative justice and removing the ability of a company to commit theft via bankruptcy, these companies would then be forced to respect their properties and use them responsibly because it is in their long and short term best interest to do so.
Do you believe municipalities should have more powers to generate revenue? If so, what would you propose? If not, why not? No Libertarians believe in smaller, decentralized government so we would support municipalities choosing for themselves by democratic process how they would govern themselves at the request of, with accountability to, the people of their particular municipality. In general we believe all government should be small as possible and be accountable to those who pay their salaries. we oppose the tax and spend system and support fee's for services by whomever provides them ( preferably private enterprise ) taxation would be far less removing the need to raise more revenue.
Do you support term limits for municipal politicians? Why or why not? No Libertarians support Choice, therefore if the people want term limits on their municipal leaders then they should have term limits, if not then they won't, this should not be a decision of elected representatives but a decision made by those they serve.
Do you support completing the Mid-Peninsula Highway? Why or why not? No I Do not support that project, for the same reasons as I gave in my other responses due to budgetary concerns and bureaucratic / infrastructure concerns. I also feel that maximizing the existing secondary routes with small bypasses, lane additions, utilizing rail, air and shipping, would be a better and more cost effective solution to reducing the traffic flow on the major arteries.