Ron Koski is the provincial candidate for the New Blue Party in the riding of Algoma-Manitoulin.
He is the Medical Shift Supervisor and Marine Facilities Safety Officer for the Port of Algoma. He has a family, enjoys coaching sports, earned an honors degree in kinesiology from Lakehead University, and is a certified firefighter and medical responder.
Koski was born and raised in Algoma-Manitoulin and made his foray into politics in the June 2 provincial election in a bid to unseat incumbent NDP AM MP Mike Mantha.
ElliotLakeToday asked him about party leadership which was a major factor in this year’s provincial campaign.
ElliotLakeToday – On leadership – who can best lead the province, and why?
Answer: Jim Karahalios is the first provincial chief to present a full list of 124 candidates. One for each constituency. It’s a solid vote of confidence for a platform built on accountability, fiscal responsibility, practical economic strategy, and Charter rights.
In the North, the NDP still benefits from the legacy of labor-based candidates of the past. Today, it is a party that has abandoned the Labor vote in favor of identity politics. This is a party that has no idea what it is or wants to be and is led by a man more concerned with dividing Canadians and securing his retirement in 2025 than the real issues we face.
Leading with accountability, fiscal responsibility, practical economy, and defending Charter rights can be boring; we get it, but that’s where we have to go as a province.
We have a $13 billion deficit that you and I have little chance of closing in the near future. Add to that an education system that needs to be reformed, the much-needed restoration of our healthcare system and an unprecedented encroachment on rights and freedoms.
Ontario’s New Blue Party led by Jim Karahalios is building a powerful new voice in provincial politics. Join us, seriously, and meet people from across Ontario who are coming together to make it happen. You can find us at newblueontario.com. Get a membership, volunteer and be part of the momentum.
ElliotLakeToday – Health care – For all its economic wealth, Ontario spends less than the average provincial government per capita on health care. Why are we doing this at a time when we have a huge aging population?
Let’s be frank. Ontario has no wealth; it is in debt and continually borrows, at interest, to stay operational. As of this month, Ontario is on track to add more than $100 billion in debt over the next five years.
The Fraser Institute notes that “the government’s current fiscal plan (Ford-PC) provides no roadmap for improving this measure of fiscal health. In fact, he doesn’t even try. In recent financial documents, the Ford administration has spelled out weaknesses in the fiscal goal of simply preventing further growth in the debt-to-GDP ratio.
Getting ahead of the healthcare crisis is where we need to be. With all the money invested in COVID, how many new hospital expansions have you seen? How many new beds? Instead, Ford’s mishandling of COVID has resulted in the firing of thousands of nurses and the suspension and firing of countless doctors. As Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, said nurses felt “let down by this premier.”
The $500 million gaming license that Ford-PCs donated to the Toronto Star would go a long way to relieving the strain on our seniors and the doctors and nurses they depend on.
ElliotLakeToday – Regarding transportation, industry and infrastructure in Northern Ontario. Hundreds of millions of provincial government dollars have been distributed over the past month, primarily in Sudbury, North Bay and the Sault. But not in Elliot Lake. Do you have any theories?
It’s election season. That means it’s time for the NDP, Liberals and Conservatives to shop around and buy votes. The bigger your voting block, the bigger the purchase. Elliot Lake is home to over 10,700 and like many communities in Northern Ontario it doesn’t discriminate, but all of these communities, including mine in the Village of Laird, have common unmet needs. Needs that could be shared and resolved at scale with leadership focused on the well-being of all of Northern Ontario, not just vote-rich ridings.
ElliotLakeToday – What do you get out the door during your campaign?
The cost of living – housing, groceries, gas, electricity, a worn out healthcare system and “what are they teaching our kids in school!” Four bases and a corrosive leftist addition to our education system. Over the past two years, politicized mandates, unscientific shutdowns and the complete closure of small businesses, the largest employment sector in the economy, have been exhausting. People are fed up and looking for new solutions.