Candidates in Sarnia-Lambton
Bob Bailey, Progressive Conservative Party
Bob Bailey, 71, was born and raised in Petrolia. He enjoyed a long career working at Nova Chemical and was a councillor for Enniskillen Township before being elected as MPP in 2007. He is currently serving as the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. He is seeking his fifth term as Sarnia-Lambton MP in the upcoming election.
“Our party has a plan to build new homes, new roads and highways. We have a plan to give you a break and put more money in your pocket. We have a plan to create new and better jobs and keep the province open for business.”
Keith Benn, New Blue Party
Keith Benn resides in Port Lambton. He is a professional geoscientist and former university academic. He works as an independent consultant in the mineral industry, serving in several senior executive roles since 2008.
“Our party was founded on the core principles of transparency, accountability and the respect for the rights of the dignity for the individual. That last part has been sorely lacking in Ontario in the last few years. If we formed government, we would overturn the recently passed emergency laws that were used by politicians to suppress and punish peaceful protests like we saw in Ottawa and elsewhere.”
Mason Bourdeau, Green Party
Mason Bourdeau, 21, is studying to become a registered practical nurse at Lambton College. Originally from Woodstock, he currently works as a personal support worker at a Sarnia nursing home.
“Ontario Greens are the only ones with a real plan for climate action. We’ll create thousands of good, green jobs, crush climate pollution and make Ontario a global leader in the new climate economy.”
Carla Olson, Populist Party Ontario
Carla Olson, 52, has called Sarnia Lambton home since 2003. She resides in Camlachie with her husband, Matthew and is a mother of three and a grandmother of three. She has been a small business owner, missionary and is currently a nurse. She worked at Bluewater Health until Nov. 1, 2021, when she was fired because of her stance of medical freedom, informed consent and the right to refuse medical treatment.
She has also been a clinical instructor, teaching practical nursing students at Lambton College. She has also worked at the River City Vineyard, working in the men’s shelter where she cooked meals for the residents.
“We can no longer trust a government who have imposed restrictions and mandates which have destroyed small businesses, countless relationships and our economy. Thousands of Ontarians have been either terminated or placed on unpaid leave for making the personal choice to refuse an experimental medical treatment. Moving forward, we need to protect the individual rights of each citizen, return Ontarians back into their jobs, create solutions that will realistically support small businesses.”
Ian Orchard, Ontario Party
Ian Orchard is the candidate for the Ontario Party. The Ontario Party was established in 2018. It is a conservative right wing populist party with ties to right wing Christian groups, anti-vaccination advocates and organizers of the freedom convoy protests that took place earlier this year
“The Ontario Party will use all means at its disposal to ensure that no Ontario citizen can be compelled to commit an act, or communicate an idea, that directly contradicts their sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions deemed legal under the Criminal Code and protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Neither the provincial government, its affiliated bodies, nor those organizations that receive provincial government funding will be permitted to breach the conscience rights of a citizen.”
Mark Russell, Liberal Party
Mark Russell, 41, was born and raised in Sarnia and lives with his wife of nearly 18 years. He has taught computer programming and business classes at Lambton College for the past nine year. He is no stranger to politics as he was a candidate in the 2014 election for Sarnia City Council. He has also served as the chair of the government affairs committee of the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce. He has previously been a business analyst and small business owner.
“The Ford government lied to Ontario. They said we’d see $2/L gas if we didn’t vote for them, but here we have it anyway. The Ford government has been starving public services to trick us into thinking that we have to privatize. Their kangaroo-like bouncing in and out of lockdowns, opening and closing schools and sacrificing lives for the sake of commerce was too much for me.”
Dylan Stelpstra, New Democratic Party
Dylan Stelpstra, 33, was born and raised in Sarnia. He went to school and returned to Sarnia 10 years ago with his wife Donna. Working as a social worker, he is a community advocate and children services worker with the Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society.
“I want to contribute to a government that puts people first, and not corporations or big business. The NDP is planning to invest in everyday people, in schools and education, and in health care including mental health care and seniors care.”
Blake Ellis, The Independent