An Interview with Robert Kiley
Members of the Kingston and The Islands Green Party Constituency Association recently sat down with MPP candidate, Robert Kiley to ask some questions that you might be interested in. Here’s that interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
There are a number of things that I am passionate about, which is why I am so committed to the Green Party and running for office. I care deeply about economic, social, environmental and democratic justice. I believe we should have balanced budgets, publicly funded dental and pharmacare programs, protections for prime farmland and water, and proportional representation. I am committed to honesty and positivity in politics.
Where did you grow up?
I’m a true Kingstonian – born, raised and educated in Kingston. Over the years, I’ve worked in different places in Ontario and Quebec, and have traveled extensively, but my community and my politics are here.
Speaking of education, what’s your training?
I’m a certified teacher and community leader. I earned my bachelor of education and master of public administration degrees from Queen’s University.
What’s your day job?
I’m a small business marketer for a local company. We work with small businesses and non-profits to help them innovate and grow. Previously, I was the executive director of a local charity that assists seniors, and was an educator, working with students across Ontario and Quebec.
This is your third election for MPP. Why do you keep running?
I ran in 2011 and was able to double my vote in 2014. I keep running because I want to show that politics can be done differently. To show that politicians can be honest and that government can help people, small business and the planet, together.
The advantage to being an experienced candidate is that I’ve had the opportunity to speak with so many people. I’ve heard what they care about and I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about the issues. I’m ready to act on climate change, a basic income guarantee, lowering payroll taxes, proportional representation and addressing skyrocketing hydro bills by saying no to new nuclear. These are all distinctively Green positions that need a voice in Queen’s Park.
Why should voters elect you?
I want to help make things better for people and the planet and the profits of local economies. I call this justice. Plus, I will always put the best interests of my constituents ahead of my party. The Green Party is the only party that doesn’t force its members to vote along party lines. That makes a huge difference in how an MPP can represent his or her district.
The Green Party is gaining momentum including electing officials in British Columbia, New Brunswick and PEI. I have the support of a progressive, professional and growing team who share my vision for justice. Voters have the power to break from the status quo parties and elect me as one of Ontario’s first group of Green MPPs!
Did you know that there are four provincial parties that are eligible for a per vote subsidy from Elections Ontario, including the Green Party? So when you cast your ballot ask yourself: who do I want to support? What do I want to stand for? This gets results by electing better representatives and better governments and your vote can provide funding to the party you vote for!
Also, did you know that in every riding where Greens are elected voter turnout has gone up? And that Greens have always come from behind to win their seats? In other words, no one owns your vote. No one is entitled to your support. As candidates, we have to earn your trust. So vote with your head and your heart. Vote for what you believe in! You have the power!
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