Dave Braden, Candidate for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale in Federal Election 2011

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NameDave Braden
ElectionFederal Election 2011
PartyLiberal Party of Canada
Email info@davebraden.ca
Website http://davebraden.ca/
BioMy name is Dave Braden, and I’m the federal Liberal candidate for the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale (ADFW). I’m looking forward to representing this great riding in the upcoming federal election, and to working closely with the constituents of the ADFW to ensure that our voices are heard on Parliament Hill.

Here, you’ll find some information about who I am, and why I’m confident that we’ll bring the ADFW back to the Liberal Party in the upcoming federal election.

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Responses to Questions (top)

QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
Will you call for a full public inquiry into the 2010 G20? Why or why not? Yes An inquiry at some point is mandatory.
Do you support some form of proportional representation instead of first-past-the-post voting? If so, what will you do to promote it? If not, why not? Yes Yes. I would be interested in pursuing it by talking about it in the appropriate committee meetings to get it moved forward.
Will your party take steps to make sure the foreign purchase of Canadian companies does not cost Canadian jobs? If so, what will you do? If not, why not? Yes I would suggest that we buy from a country as much as they buy from Canada.
Do you believe global oil production is at or near an historic peak? If so, what will your party do to prepare Canada for declining oil production? If not, why not? Yes The world has probably reached peak oil. In 2004 even though prices tripled, production was unable to increase. Thus we reached the point of maximum peak oil production. Today, supply = demand. Only Saudi Arabia has a small quantity of spare capacity, in the event of another war in the Middle East. France is the first and so far only nation to admit that the world has now reached the point of peak oil production. Most oil companies, independent researchers, U. S. and German militaries and the investor community confirm this.

Immediately we will implement the Green Renovation Tax Credit which will enable families to make their homes more energy efficient and will provide immediate jobs.

In the longer term, we need to promote energy efficiency, applied conservation and eliminate waste.

Encourage co-generation as in Europe. This entails locating gas fired generators in office buildings. The advantage of this is that the waste heat can heat these buildings, hospitals etc for free.

I would promote the elimination of all subsidies for oil and gas as the prices increase.

This money should be applied to run of river hydro, solar thermovoltaics and wind. The costs of the latter two are falling faster than any other source. Our house "that heats with a hair dryer" is a perfect example of applied affordable conservation.

I would suggest that we follow Denmark's lead and drop the speed limits on highways. Reduction to 80km would bring savings in fuel equal to removing 1/3 of cars from the road.
Will you always vote along party lines, or are you prepared to vote your conscience on a matter in which you disagree with your party's position? No I will always vote my conscience.
Do you believe parliamentary rule has been eroding in Canada? If so, what will you do to reverse it? If not, why not? Yes Yes. Eliminate proroguing.
Do you believe human activity is contributing to climate change? If so, what should we do about it? If not, why not? Yes Yes I would suggest that the solution would be to ensure through taxes and subsidies, that goods and services that don't contribute to global warming eg. electric cars powered by renewables) are cheaper than those that do. The market will look after the rest.
Do you support Vrancor's attempt to remove heritage protection from 150 Main Street West (the old Revenue Canada building)? Why or why not? Maybe I don't know the details required to answer that.
Will your platform promote the growth of manufacturing jobs in Hamilton? If so, how? If not, why not? Yes The Liberal Platform recognizes a deficiency in funding innovation. We've increased support for training and education through the New Learning Passport but we need to promote and provide funding to commercialize ideas and inventions. We will consider conditional support of basic primary industry with legal consequences determined in advance. We will focus on long term, green industries where there is a strong potential for long term employment.
Do you believe the Federal Government is doing everything it can to complete the cleanup of Randle Reef? Why or why not? No The government is not committed enough.