Vote 2021 Cambridge Riding Profile

The Cambridge riding includes the portion of the City of Cambridge that lies south of Highway 401 and the township of North Dumfries and a small portion of Brant County. This riding has 89,596 eligible voters according to Elections Canada, with a median household income of $76,000 according to the 2015 census. The riding is currently represented by Liberal MP Bryan May.

The Race

Conservative party: Connie Cody has worked in social services, business management, accounting and computer systems administration. Her current platform covers the cost of living, affordable housing, mental health and addiction and secure jobs.

Liberal party: Bryan May is the current member of Parliament for Cambridge. He was first elected in 2015, and then again in 2019. He told Cambridge Times that he is focused on funding for affordable housing, green jobs, support for families, seniors and veterans.

NDP: Lorne Bruce is a retail manager at Zehrs, who ran for the federal NDP in Kitchener—South Hespeler in 2015 and in Kitchener-Conestoga in 2011. He told Cambridge Times that he is focused on addressing the challenges that everyday working people face.

Green party: Michele Braniff has worked as a lawyer, mediator, mental health provider, lecturer and entrepreneur. Her current platform includes a “green” economic recovery from COVID-19, affordable housing and calls to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

People’s Party of Canada: Maggie Segounis’ current platform includes freedom of expression, public finance, health care and support for veterans.

The Issues

Housing: The Liberals are set to build, preserve and repair 1.4 million homes in four years, while the Conservatives are set to build one million homes in three years. The NDP said they will build 500,000 homes in 10 years. The Green party is calling for buildings that use greenhouse gases more efficiently. May told in 2017 that he was advocating for a budget that included investing $11 billion into affordable housing.

Climate Change: The Liberals are set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels, while the Conservatives are set to meet Canada’s emission target under the Paris Agreement. The Green party will campaign on a carbon budget, import tariffs, and an end to all subsidies on fossil fuels. The NDP plans to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Braniff has emphasized a “green” economic recovery from COVID-19, with a plan to meet the Paris Agreement targets.

Pandemic Recovery & Preparedness: The Liberals have signed contracts for booster vaccine shots if needed, and are granting 10 days of paid sick leave to all federal workers and investing in personal support workers. The Conservatives have promised to create a Canada emergency preparedness plan. The NDP is promising to establish domestic vaccine and PPE production. The Green party is calling for an all-party committee to collaborate on COVID-19 measures.

Anti-Racism and Inclusion: The Liberals have invested $400 million in their Black entrepreneurship program, and a $96 million toward an initiative to support 1,300 projects from Black-led organizations. Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole has said at media conferences that he has zero tolerance for racism, but has not outlined concrete plans to address it. The NDP has called for a ban on carding by the RCMP, and is hoping to create a task force that addresses Black and Indigenous overrepresentation in prisons. The Green party has called for more race-based government data, and would reduce investment in police services in favour of community-based approaches.

Background: From 2004 to 2015 the riding was represented by Conservative MP Gary Goodyear, who won the 2006 election and the 2011 election. In 2015 he was dethroned by May, who was re-elected in 2019.

Genelle Levy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cambridge Times

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