It was back-to-back candidate chat this past Thursday on Open Sources Guelph as two of the candidates stopped by the studio. In the first half, we had Christian Heritage Party candidate Gordon Truscott, and in the second half, we had People’s Party Candidate Mark Paralovos. What all did they have to say?
Truscott: More than Christian values, democratic ones.
“We [the Christian Heritage Party] will have draft legislation, and we will put it out to people and say, ‘Is this what you want?’ And if they say, ‘Yes,’ then we would try to get that passed, and if not, we would say, ‘Well, what do you want to change?’ It would only be a few things that we would find significant as Christians, but for the rest of the things in society, we’re going to try and work for the good of others.”
Truscott is Batman!?
“At the WC Wood company where I work, they called me Batman, so I wore shirt that said ‘Batman,’ and that silenced them for a while. For two nights, I was up from two in the morning till eight putting up signs. It’s quiet then, and I met this man. He had had grown up for 17 years and was forced to go to Sunday School and church and he said he would never be a Christian, and that religion caused half of the problems in the world. You know what he did? He signed my nomination papers, and I thought, ‘Well, look at that, here’s somebody you wouldn’t expect to sign your nomination papers,’ but he did. And that was about three o’clock in the morning as well.”
Paralovos: Seriously, he’s not that controversial.
“I have to tell you, I’m not a very controversial person. I spent 15 years working in children’s mental health. I worked in schools and group homes, I worked in situations that required calm even when no one else is calm, crisis situations, I’m trained in crisis intervention. This is what I do.”
Paralovos: Seriously, let’s talk.
“The core question is, do we want our democracy hijacked by these groups of people who can write letters and be loud with the goal of shutting down the event, and it doesn’t matter there’s collateral damage, and it doesn’t matter that the students of this university get the short end of the stick, because they don’t get to hear from the Federal candidates? It doesn’t matter that the Federal candidate himself has his rights trampled all over for discussing these ideas, because these ideas are hard, and they should be discussed? And what better way and place to discuss them that at a university during an election time? This is our democracy at stake.”
The candidate guests this week will be independent Kornelis Klevering, and the Green Party’s Steve Dyck. Tune in at 5 pm on CFRU 93.3 fm or cfru.ca.