Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles about the federal candidates in the Sarnia-Lambton and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex ridings for the Oct. 21 election.
The Christian Heritage Party has returned to the Sarnia-Lambton ballot this election
First-time candidate Tom Laird will run for the party Oct. 21.
Laird has been a personal support worker for the past 14 years. He recently joined the CHP’s Sarnia-Lambton riding association board.
In the 2015 election, the national party decided not to run candidates saying the Conservative Party was representing the pro-life agenda. But with the Conservative leader vowing not to reopen the debate, the pro-life CHP stepped into action fielding 51 candidates across the nation.
The CHP’s platform says abortion is not a charter right and should be defunded. It is also calling for gender-reassignment surgery to be defunded.
Laird says that money should be reinvested into the health care system. “If we actually stopped funding these things abortion…changing genders…I don’t know how much that costs, but we roll that over into our health care system and make it better…Let’s face it, our health care system is not as good as it could be.”
On climate change, the CHP would scrap the carbon tax. It’s platform states the government can’t legally force province to collect it.
Two courts recently ruled the Liberal’s carbon pricing is not a tax because it gives rebates to Canadians. The Ontario court ruled the provincial government acted illegally when it axed the carbon tax.
Laird says the party would want to “address the issue” after consulting with experts. The party platform says “CO2 as the cause of climate change is an unproven theory. CHP opposes all carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, carbon credits.”
The CHP also pledges to balance the budget and pass a law making balanced budgets mandatory, defund the CBC because it “continues to push abortion, gender confusion and assisted suicide,” institute loyalty pledge to Canada and Canadian values for immigrants, improve health care by putting more emphasis on preventative an alternative medicine.
It also states “radical Islam has proven to be a threat to Western democracy.”