We don’t endorse any single candidate. Our comments on these answers are an assessment of whether the candidate gave a candid answer as we asked for (REAL) or relied on party platforms, leadership or attacks on rivals for their answers (PUPPET).
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OUR TAKE: It's hard to discern much from Samantha Troy's answers. While she chose to be a puppet in four of seven answers, she isn't adding much to Green Party persuasion in the riding.
1. The number one concern I hear from voters is:
The number one concern I hear from voters is how disenfranchised they feel by our current FPTP system of voting. Voters feel compelled to act against their principles, and thus their voices are not really being heard.
OUR TAKE: We're not buying it. As a Green candidate you've been talking about FPTP so much, you presume everyone knows what it means (First Past The Post). Pretty sure many voters find the FPTP frustrating sometimes, but unlikely to be their major issue. PUPPET
2. As an MP, what could you do to ensure zebra/quagga mussels stay out of B.C. water systems?
Zebra/ quagga mussels control requires dedicated funding (federal) for more education & de-contamination stations. Funding is also required to establish new ( enforceable ) regulations at the Border. Presently border officials have no mandate to effectively control contaminated vessels entering Canada.
OUR TAKE: We expected a little more understanding and sophistication on this important issue. Hard to say it's a party line, so much as it's no line. PUPPET
3. Do you personally believe in criminal penalties for recreational marijuana use?
OUR TAKE: All righty. REAL
4. Name one example of an issue you disagree with your party on. How would you reconcile that disagreement?
I do not agree with my party position that all Canadians need postal delivery to their door. Lots do, but not all of us. Collaborative dialogue would surely reconcile our slight differences regarding the future of Canada Post. I do agree with the Green Party's position regarding expanding other services offered by Canada Post.
OUR TAKE: That's a clearly stated diversion from the party line as we asked for. REAL
5. Do you believe the federal government is doing enough to deal with mental health in our communities, in our courts and in our prisons? What can it do better?
Our federal government is not doing enough regarding mental health. Instead, they seem to be punitively marginalizing people needing help. We need to renew the Canada Health Accord, and ensure adequate funding for mental health in our hospitals, prisons and communities.
OUR TAKE: Lame answer that simply mimics the question, but it appears to be her own. REAL
6. Do you believe the federal government is doing enough to help veterans? What can it do better?
No. We need to listen better to what our veterans needs are (and their families) and respond appropriately. The GP would restore the $200 million cut to Veteran Affairs, which includes re-opening the closed offices.
OUR TAKE: We're sensing a bit of a theme to these (very short) answers. This one's all Green Party. PUPPET
7. Do you believe a minority government can be effective?
I hope so!
OUR TAKE: One word: PUPPET
BONUS Will you declare your support for increasing openness and transparency in government and commit to interviews by the news media once elected? Yes or No.