Raised here in Kingston, Shelley Sayle-Udall (People’s Party of Canada – PPC) is a mental health therapist, currently working with Maltby Centre. As a mother and mental health care professional, her concerns regarding mental health challenges, particularly in children, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic inspired her involvement in federal politics, and she is “a strong advocate for the government to stop censoring medical experts and politicizing medicine, and believes the bureaucrats should be held accountable to the people,” according to the PPC website.
What made you decide to run in this election?
Having witnessed the erosion of civil liberties, as well as the government disregarding the very safeguards that protect Canadians from tyrannical governments which have been enshrined in our Constitution, Charter of Rights & Freedoms and Human Rights Code, compelled me to get involved in politics. We teach our children to stand up to bullies. I refuse to be a bystander. It’s our job as adults to stand up and protect our children. This is their future we are fighting for. Our veterans have sacrificed enough for all of us. It’s time for the people of Canada to stand up for our rights and freedoms and salvage democracy.
What is it about the PPC that made it a party you wanted to be a part of and represent at the federal level?
Our platform holds conservative values of paying off the huge debt we’ve accumulated in Canada, as well as decreasing taxes so Canadians can have more money in their own pockets to spend on the things they want, rather than what the government chooses to spend their money on. Our platform also holds “classical liberal” values of personal responsibility. This means people are free to live their lives the way they want without the government telling them what to do, or how to live. This value allows Canadians freedom to choose what is in their own best interests.
In your opinion, what are the top three most critical issues needing to be addressed at the federal level?
- Re-establishing the democratic process.
- Revoking the GST from the Federal government and returning to a Provincial tax system.
- Balancing the budget.
In your opinion, what are the top three most critical issues for Kingston and the Islands you plan to address?
- Helping Kingstonians recover from the collective trauma we have all experienced on a social and individual level.
- Helping re-start our local economy, including small businesses and tourism.
- Using federal level initiatives on the local level as they relate to support affordable housing.
How do you plan to provide better representation for Kingston and the Islands?
I have some great community engagement initiatives I would like to implement here in Kingston and the Islands. I’m a hands-on person, so you will find me participating in these community activities.
Do your views align with those of your party leader? How well do you think you could work with that person?
Maxime Bernier encourages and empowers his party representatives to put constituents needs above party perspectives and to do what is in the best interests of our community. This approach is very appealing and aligns with my desire to do what is best for Kingstonians.
What do you say to those who oppose the protesting done in front of KGH, including yourself and those supporting you (with your elections signs on display)?
The People’s Party of Canada supports the Charter of Rights & Freedoms and it’s protected right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. I have always encouraged people to be kind and thoughtful, because that’s who I am. What people do on an individual level, is beyond my control.
What are your views on electoral reform and is it something that would be a priority for you if elected?
The People’s Party of Canada has not taken any commitment regarding electoral reform. We are not opposed to it, but we do not see it as a way to solve Canada’s problems. All the other parties support a big, centralized government in Ottawa, that violates our constitutional rights. They also support following the lead globalist institutions like the UN. Even with electoral reform, these priorities, of the other parties, would be reflected in the next parliament. What we need is an ideological revolution. We are focused on promoting our principles and policies, and electoral reform is not a priority for us.
What is the number one issue raised so far by the constituents you’ve spoken with, and how do you plan to address it?
Based on our Kingston regional public survey and the responses we have received so far, community members have expressed their number one concern to be censorship and discrimination against freedom of expression under the Constitution. At this time, one idea would be to create a platform where important information can be shared without censorship and bias.