2019 Federal Election: Candidate Profiles L-K-M

 

LAMBTON-KENT-MIDDLESEX CANDIDATES

 

BRIA ATKINS – PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA

Bria Atkins was born and raised in the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex riding. She is a graduate of York University with a Bachelors in Kinesiology & Psychology. She spent 15 years working in public service as a Kinesiologist in the field of physical rehabilitation and geriatric physiotherapy.

In 2014, Bria became an Ontario Certified Teacher and continues to work as an elementary educator in her local public school board. Additionally, she and her husband have developed several small businesses in their hometown of Dresdon, Ontario.

Bria is running as a candidate because of her growing concern with Canadian governance. As a tax-payer committed to the future of this country, she joined the PPC movement in an effort to give a voice back to Canadians who feel left out of the conversation. Bria is not a traditional politician, but she strives to stand as a new voice for Freedom, Fairness, Responsibility, and Respect.

What does Bria stand for?

  • Smaller and more effective government and lower taxes
  • Uniting all Canadian’s through a shared love of Western values
  • Fiscal Responsibility–Eliminating government debt dependence
  • Supporting our military & honouring veterans who make great sacrifices to keep Canada safe and free
  • Upholding Free Speech and civilized debate
  • Supporting law-abiding firearms owners
  • Reducing taxes, regulations, and fees for net producers like farmers and businesses
  • Ending corruption in established government
  • Maintaining a responsible approach to immigration and preserving Canadian sovereignty

ANTHONY LI – GREEN PARTY OF CANADA

Anthony is a medical student at Queen’s who recently completed a degree in Biology and Economics at Western University. He has an interdisciplinary background, having worked in public service at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, in research with the London Health Sciences Centre, and in teaching as a computer science teaching assistant and an MCAT Instructor at Western University. Anthony recently served as the provincial Green candidate in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, becoming the youngest candidate in the riding’s history. Notwithstanding his age, he ran an effective campaign, travelling to all corners of the riding to connect with constituents in a dozen municipalities.

Anthony has extensive volunteer experience, engaging locally with community centres and hospitals, nationally with the Special Olympics Program, and internationally at youth development centres and orphanages. Anthony firmly believes youth have immense potential to impact their communities. He has strived to solidify his position as a youth leader by joining the board of directors of LEADS Employment Services, an agency that provides employment assistance to individuals facing barriers to employment in Southwestern Ontario. He also served on the board of directors of the Western USC as a director and chair of the finance committee. Furthermore, Anthony sits on the National Youth Advisory Council of Plan International Canada and attended the 61st Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. Alongside youth empowerment, Anthony advocates for sustainable development, having extensively researched alternative food-sources such as entomophagy, cultured meat, and biotechnology.

Canadians want a change from the status quo and are looking for a government with fiscal responsibility, sustainable practices, and trust. The Green Party offers all three, focusing on having a sustainable economy, building a strong community, and forming good government.

Passionate about sustainable development, health policy, and democratic reform, Anthony believes he can use his leadership in education and non-profit boards to serve Lambton-Kent-Middlesex with a new, higher standard of service to you.

JESSE MCCORMICK – LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA

Jesse was born and raised in the heart of Middlesex County surrounded by cornfields and country roads. He is a long-time advocate for community led decision making, environmental protection and Indigenous rights. As a father, Jesse knows that the decisions we take today will define the future for our children and he is proud to have helped to shape key environmental protection policies as an advisor to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

During his career as a lawyer, political advisor and academic, Jesse has worked for the United Nations, the Federal Court of Canada and Indigenous Peoples across the country. He has served as legal counsel on many large and important infrastructure projects for Indigenous Peoples and he has built a reputation as a skilled negotiator capable of bringing people together to solve complex problems. Jesse holds degrees from the University of Guelph, the University of Ottawa and the Harvard Law School and he has practiced law in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Jesse is proud member of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and he has relations in both the Oneida Nation of the Thames and Batchewana First Nation. He is committed to working towards reconciliation through education and the implementation of rights, treaties and responsibilities.

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex needs a strong voice in Parliament, one that understands the strength of rural communities and recognizes the importance of local participation in national decisions. Jesse McCormick has a proven track record of advocacy and experience. He knows our families and communities are the foundation of our success as a country and he will work hard for you to ensure that we can build a better Canada together.

DYLAN MCLAY – NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Dylan is a food equipment sales representative, an industry he knows very well from his many years as an award winning chef. He won his most memorable prize, the Best Chef in Britain under twenty-one, when he was sixteen and spent many years travelling the world preparing meals for celebrities, heads of government and royalty.

LIANNE ROOD – CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA

Lianne is an entrepreneur and farmer with a background in politics and small business.

She grew up on a 1,000-acre vegetable farm in Grand Bend, Ontario and is equally comfortable in potato fields as she is in the boardroom.

After receiving an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Windsor in 2003, she worked in Ottawa as a political staffer for the Stephen Harper Government for six years.

During her tenure in Ottawa, Lianne assisted Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in developing and passing the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, Bill C-19. She first worked for Bev Shipley and then also served as Assistant to David Anderson in his capacity as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture. Lianne has been involved with several federal Conservative campaigns and EDA boards since 1997. She has also been a member of the executive committee and Senior Event Manager for the Canadian National Prayer Breakfast since 2006.

Lianne is passionate about serving others especially, farmers, seniors, children and small business owners. She wishes to put her hard work ethic and experience to work for the people of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.