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Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbasePro-choice

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes


Healthcare  ›  Prescription Drugs

Should prescription drugs be covered under Canada’s universal healthcare plan?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Funding

Should the federal government increase spending on healthcare?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should the federal government put a cap on university tuition rates?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes, and the government should provide free university education

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Canada raise taxes on the rich?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

the Environment  ›  Local Environmental Guidelines

Should local governments follow environmental guidelines set by the United Nations?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Canada maintain a presence at the United Nations?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes, private companies should not be able to profit off of healthcare

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Dental Coverage

Should preventative dental care be covered under Canada’s universal healthcare plan?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes, but only for children

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare

Should healthcare be a provincial or federal responsibility?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseFederal

the Environment  ›  Logging

Should Canada allow the logging of old growth forests?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gender Identity

Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into Canada?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

the Environment  ›  Renewable Energy

Should the federal government subsidize the production and consumption of renewable energy sources?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Hate Speech

Should hate speech be protected by freedom of speech laws?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Crime  ›  Defunding the Police

Should funding for local police departments be redirected to social and community based programs?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Canada raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseKeep current rates but eliminate deductions and loop holes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseLess

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes, everyone should receive an income to cover basic necessities including food and housing

the Environment  ›  Keystone Pipeline

Should the government allow TransCanada to expropriate private property for the construction of the Keystone pipeline?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Universal Child Care

Should the federal government subsidize universal child care?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Quebec Sovereignty

Should Quebec be granted sovereignty from the rest of Canada?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Northern Gateway Pipeline

Do you support the Northern Gateway pipeline project?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Native Funding

Should Canadian aboriginals receive more government funds?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

Should Canada pursue free trade deals with other countries?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes, but only with nations that adhere to strict human rights policies

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo, but allow donations from unions and non-profits

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseHelp

Domestic Policy  ›  Commuter Rail

Should the federal government invest in urban, commuter rail infrastructure?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Pension Tax

Should the pensions of retired workers be taxed?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo, falling interest rates are already draining elderly pension payouts

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes, but producers should not be able to patent seeds

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Crime  ›  Parole Hearings

Should prisoners serving life sentences for first degree murder be eligible for a parole hearing after 15 years?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo, and reinstate the death penalty for heinous premeditated crimes

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo, funding should come from their members

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseFewer

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

Should Canada continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Prime Minister Term Limits

Should term limits be set for the role of Prime Minister?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes, and limited to two terms

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Canada accept refugees from Syria?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes, politicians should not be bought by wealthy donors

the Economy  ›  Old Age Pensions

Should old age pensions be increased?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Worker Strikes

Should government workers be allowed to strike?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in Canada, have the right to vote?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should Canada increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseIncrease

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Domestic Policy  ›  National Daycare

Do you support a national daycare policy?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Postsecondary Education

Should postsecondary education be a provincial or federal responsibility?

MJV>MJV  Party influenceProvincially managed but with federal standards to ensure consistency

Housing  ›  Non-Resident Real Tax

Should the government impose a 1% tax on real estate owned by non-residents?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to Canada be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Energy Sector

In order to reduce energy costs, should the government nationalize or privatize the energy sector?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNationalize

Housing  ›  Home Buyer Incentives

Should the government subsidize home buyers who make less than $120K per year?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Bill C-51

Do you support Bill C-51, which expands local police and intelligence agencies’ authority to prevent terrorism?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes, and drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Canadian flag?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Income Splitting

Do you support income splitting for families?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes, but cap the maximum benefit at $2k

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Canada increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseIncrease

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should Canadian citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Elections  ›  Electoral Reform

Should Canada switch to a proportional representation voting system?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Employment Insurance

Should employment insurance be given to those who work seasonal jobs including tourism, fishery and farming?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Senate

Should the federal government elect or abolish the Senate?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseElect, and require members to be non-partisan

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Pension Premiums

Should the employee contribution rate for the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) be raised above its current 4.49% rate?

MJV>MJV  Party influenceYes

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes, it will bring economic growth to all countries involved

the Economy  ›  State Ownership

Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  CBC Funding

Should the government increase funding to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseDecrease

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Long Form Census

Should the government reinstate the long form mandatory census?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support independent schools?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Copyright

Should the government allow digital publishers to place locks on their content (MP3s, etc)?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

MJV>MJV  Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  CSA Funding

Should the government increase funding to the CSA (Canadian Standards Association)?

MJV>MJV  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Commercial Drones

Should the government permit the use of drones for commercial purposes?

MJV>MJV  Party influenceNo