Position: Ward 1 Councillor
Previous council experience: Yes. Defeated Bud Polhill for Ward 1 seat in 2014 election.
Other political experience: Previously ran as an independent in the 2008 federal election (Elgin-Middlesex-London), and as a candidate for the National Party (defunct) in London West in the 1993 federal election.
Political donations: Donation to self as a candidate in federal elections.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Westhttp://www.cbc.ca/news2/canadavotes/riding/128/candidate.html#michaelvanholst
Occupation / Profession: Science teacher, Thames Valley DSB
Declared positions: Transit, Environment, Social Housing, Business Climate, Other
Transit: Opposes current “Shift” BRT plan as implemented, but supports BRT in principle over LRT.https://twitter.com/mikevanholst?lang=enhttps://lfpress.com/news/local-news/city-politicians-rally-behind-brt
Environment: Believes climate change risk is exaggerated, but does not deny climate change itselfhttps://lfpress.com/2015/11/10/coun-michael-van-holst-challenged-london-joining-a-united-nations-linked-group-fighting-climate-change/wcm/b4a866b0-a7a4-b38d-1ab6-85917ee05bbfhttp://londonyodeller.ca/london/londons-lex-luthor-councillor-mike-van-holst-talks-back/
Social Housing: Charities and the federal and provincial levels of government share “a lot” of responsibility for reducing poverty.https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&ved=0ahUKEwja7Kjss5rcAhWq3YMKHZd7BkgQFghHMAY&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.healthunit.com%2Fuploads%2Fmichael-van-holst-councillor-ward-1.pdf&usg=AOvVaw3FVttn8smX_kFedfyGJwbM
Business Climate: City leaders and administrators can moderate self-interest of developers.https://lfpress.com/2014/09/10/london-ward-1-candidates-survey/wcm/e935fd78-f1e0-d9ff-1b39-43eb69b6733c
Other: Opposes London becoming a “sanctuary city” for those without official immigration status.https://q107fm.ca/news/4107579/sanctuary-city-status-sparks-heated-debate-at-london-city-hall/
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