Perth-Wellington People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate, Wayne Baker, took time out of his campaign schedule on Aug. 19 to give his thoughts to the Listowel Banner on some of the issues facing voters in the 2021 federal election.
This is the second of two Q&A instalments.
Listowel Banner: Rural broadband remains a major issue for many within Perth-Wellington. How do you see that being dealt with if your party is elected?
Baker: Frankly, we’re about freedom – free enterprise. What we would be looking for is innovative people. Elon Musk is addressing that worldwide. We would be looking for people who are innovative enough to come up with ideas and we would be encouraging and staying out of the way of people who would be innovative enough to come up with ideas who would help to address that issue. It is an issue. I live in rural Wellington. A couple of years ago my provider couldn’t provide me with the internet because the trees would be covered in leaves and the leaves would stop the radio waves from going through. I was basically out of business for two months of the year when the trees were in full foliage. So yes, I know the issues.
LB: How will your party help people who have been hit hard financially by the pandemic? Some examples are small business owners, people who work in arts and entertainment and the tourism industry?
Baker: Let me try to be diplomatic here. Relief comes from the person that looks back at you in the mirror. The government’s job is to allow for a stable environment to provide your own relief. As far as – I’m going to be very blunt – as far as sucking the government’s mammary – I’m dead set against that. We need to open up opportunities. We need to open this country up and we need to get people back to work – period. There are small businesses that are very good small businesses and they are screaming for help. They are willing to pay, people are not willing to work – that’s wrong. Especially when we have people that are willing to sit at home and collect their CERB. That’s so far from right it’s not funny. There is this socialist argument that if the business is competitive enough it wouldn’t have a problem finding employees. The problem is the businesses cannot compete against our government. The government has way too many resources and (is) way too liberal with how it puts its resources out and too restrictive on the people receiving the resources to be able to go out and work. What we need to do is we need to turn the taps off and get people back to work. There are more benefits to working than there is to not. You’re hitting me with all the hard stuff. As long as you do not take me out of context
I do not mind it.
LB: How would you provide relief to parents of young children in desperate need of support due to the high costs of child care services?
Baker: I understand the high cost. I appreciate that. A lot of that is a provincial issue. Education is provincial, it’s not federal so therefore it’s less my responsibility to address that. One of the problems I have with our system right now is, especially for our children and I’m seeing the results of children coming through the education system, it seems to me, a system of indoctrination and indoctrination starts as early as possible. Healthy daycare – why did we take private daycare out of homes? I mean when my daughter was growing up I knew a family that could use the extra help, we could use the extra help with her daycare and so it was a great symbiotic relationship. They didn’t charge us full pop. They were happy with what they got and I knew my daughter was in very good healthy hands. Why can’t we return to that? Why does the government have to have its finger and control over daycare? I mean, when we get into that control we get an added layer of cost, that added layer of cost translates back to the poor parents so I’m an advocate, I think people should, they’ll use – I mean I love what Ben Shapiro says – they take one bad apple and they create an entire legal system around a bad incident. Bad incidents are bad. We don’t want them. We want to do what we can to prevent them but there’s a practical limit to that in terms of our society as a whole and I think parents need to be more proactive and know the environment their children are in… I think it’s incumbent on the parents to selectively place their children where they feel most comfortable.
LB: Indigenous issues have been at the forefront of the news recently. What would you say Canadians can expect as far as the furthering of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action if your party is elected?
Baker: That’s cool. Where do I begin? I think we need to lose focus on issues that create division or issues that create a sense of guilt. I think we need to focus on learning from our past mistakes. I think that is what we are lacking with regards to Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous issues. Just to make the record straight I am Indigenous. I identify as being Indigenous and my family hid that fact from me because of some of the issues with the Indigenous people. So I was in my 40s before I realized I was Indigenous. So there is a history there and I think that we need to learn and grow and move on.
LB: The demographics of Perth-Wellington have changed greatly in recent years and continue to change. How would you and your party represent the needs of a more diverse riding?
Baker: The best answer that I can come up with off the top of my head is we live in one Canada. We are under one nation and one flag and we are all Canadians and I’m going to parliament to represent the Canadians in my riding. We’re all Canadians. I think that addresses that question.
LB: Is there anything else you would like to let constituents know about what you intend to do for them that has not been asked?
Baker: We’re going into debt $40 million an hour [Reporter’s note: According to the debt counting clocks at debt.ca and debtclock.ca based on information collected by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation the number at the time of writing this article on Aug. 21 was $17,671,232.88 per hour]. That number is scary. I met with a group of individuals. They were all well-to-do farmers and quite frankly their net worth is easily over $40 million. I used that as an example and said if your net worth combined is $40 million this government will have blown through twice your net worth before we are through with this meeting. I said if you want to analyze how bad that is, figure out how hard it is to make a million dollars – that’s a serious issue in this country and that’s just our federal government. Our provincial government is just as bad and blowing through money just as much. We need to put the brakes on that and the sooner we do it the better we’ll be off as a nation. We’re running into a period now where if the brakes aren’t applied we’re going to see our savings go through the floor. We’re going to see our housing costs go through the roof and we’re going to see our government go completely out of control. This is our time to stand up and say we want our Canada back. We want to stop the tyranny and it’s time to vote for PPC.
Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner