Mark Cripps, Candidate for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek in Ontario Provincial Election 2011

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NameMark Cripps
ElectionOntario Provincial Election 2011
AreaHamilton East-Stoney Creek
PartyOntario Liberal Party
Email mark@votecripps.ca
Website http://www.votecripps.ca/
BioMark Cripps has been a respected member of the Hamilton media for more than 12 years. He has received numerous awards for his writing, and was also the recipient of the Ontario Community Newspaper Association's highest honour - The Mary Knowles Award for Community Service.

When it comes to community, Mark has been a tireless advocate and volunteer. He has been a board member of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice for more than seven years and played a key role in the opening of Hamilton's first residential hospice. He served as vice-president of the local Stoney Creek Junior Hockey team for nine years, and has organized numerous fundraisers for local charities. He has chaired and organized a golf tournament that has raised more than $200,000 in seven years for Mission Services. He has also been a 10-year member of the Hamilton Media Advisory Council on Racism.

Mark is a strong advocate for his community - encouraging investment in the business sector, health care, education, diversity, municipal infrastructure and environmental causes.

Mark is a graduate of the Ryerson School of Journalism where he received his Bachelor of Journalism. He is a proud husband and father.

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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? Maybe The Ontario government is working with the city of Hamilton to investigate LRT. The government provided funds to conduct studies. I think LRT can be a great asset for this community. We need buy-in across the entire city to make this happen. It happened in the Region of Waterloo. It can happen here. In the short-term, I would like to see Go Services expanded to Centennial Parkway and Winona.
Will you complete the job of uploading social services costs to the Province? Why or why not? Yes Ontario Liberals have spent 8 years trying to undo the damage done by the former Harris government. Social services should be the responsibility of every Ontario resident.
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? Maybe I would love to see more office space of any nature in Hamilton. This is a great city to live, work and play. It is affordable and we need to find ways to encourage more business to realize the opportunities in Hamilton.
Do you support completing the Mid-Peninsula Highway? Why or why not? Maybe I believe residents in the area's affected by the proposed expansion deserve to have the biggest say in whether or not this highway moves forward. Almost everything we buy and consume is transported by trucks.
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 Expand public transit to reach areas like Stoney Creek and Winona. I am a firm believer that expanded public transit is the answer to gridlock. Some people will always drive cars, but reliable, fast and efficient public transit is an important and necessary alternative.
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 I think the federal and provincial governments should partner with the cities and developers to find solutions to remediate brownfield properties.
Do you believe municipalities should have more powers to generate revenue? If so, what would you propose? If not, why not? Yes The infrastructure pressures facing cities is massive. All levels of government need to find ways to fund critical infrastructure projects. We can't ignore this looming crisis. Something has to be done.
Do you support term limits for municipal politicians? Why or why not? Yes As editor of Hamilton Community News, I have written many editorials about this in the past. We need to engage citizens in local democracy. Voter turnout in municipal elections is so low these days. New people, new ideas. New energy.