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Adam McAllister is the People’s Party of Canada candidate for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital in the upcoming federal election.
An electrical engineer in training in the construction field, the 24-year-old is originally from Steinbach and lived in Island Lakes for two years before recently moving to Riverview.
McAllister said he was motivated to run in the upcoming Oct. 21 election, in part, because the values of the PPC and its leader, Maxime Bernier, resonate with him.
"I’m passionate about principles such as freedom, liberty, and small government," McAllister said.
"I supported Mr. Bernier when he was running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, and it continued when he formed his own party."
McAllister is also a big proponent of lowering taxes, which will increase affordability and give more Canadians the opportunity to get ahead, he said.
"I believe that if taxes are lower, people will be able to do more to support their families. Lower taxes will generally benefit Canadians, and enhance their sense of personal liberty," McAllister said.
The PPC’s policy calls for zero tax for those earning up to $15,000, a 15 per cent tax for those earning between $15,001 and $100,000, and 25 per cent for those earning over $100,000.
McAllister is also a big believer in "the freedom platform."
"The government doesn’t know how you should live your life. Individuals should be free to choose for themselves, and shouldn’t be told how to think about certain things and what values to have," he said.
The issue of immigration has been another talking point in this year’s election campaign. According the party’s website, reducing immigration levels and prioritizing skilled immigrants is one of its campaign platforms. McAllister stressed that his party isn’t against immigration per se.
"I think immigration is important, and I don’t think the party is against immigration. Our focus is encouraging skilled immigrants who can contribute in some way, and come here and contribute in their communities," he said, adding the party advocates for tighter open-border refugee controls.
In terms of campaigning in his local riding, McAllister said he’s has had some positive responses from constituents.
"I think lots of people are excited about the difference between our policies and the rest of the parties, as they see us as the only party committed to lowering taxes and having a go at cutting the deficit," he said. "I’ve faced some negative responses, too, but there have been a lot of positive responses."
"As a kid, I was always very driven by the idea of individuals being able to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. I think the party’s ideas are very powerful, and if I can advance them, that’s very important."
Go online at www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca for more information.
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Simon Fuller is the community journalist for The Lance. Canstar’s senior reporter, he joined the team in June 2009 to write for The Sou’wester, which was then the new paper in the Canstar family.