Kyle Thompson

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Position: Ward 9 Councillor

Incumbent: No

Previous council experience: None.

Other political experience: None.

Responded to Electipedia survey: Yes

Political affiliation: None. [1]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response

Political donations: None found.

Occupation / Profession: Firefighter

Languages: English

Transit: “The current transit plan will rip our infrastructure apart, at a massive cost and at little to no benefit. Here’s an idea – let’s buy some more buses and add a dozen more routes for starters. I feel like there are a lot of politicians looking to ‘make their mark’ with this project, and as such it has been made much more complex than it actually has to be.” [2]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Social Housing: “I’ve seen firsthand the mentality that can develop when one is subjected to substandard conditions in the community. The bottom line is that when we fail our system’s most vulnerable, we also fail the majority so it is in everyone’s best’s interest to maintain a quality standard of living for all.” [3]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Business Climate: “London is a world class city in my opinion, and we need to be actively promoting investment from our neighbours to the south and beyond. Land is still relatively cheap, and we’re perfectly nestled between Toronto and the border providing easy transportation access. It’s also a gorgeous city to live and work in. Digging up roads and putting concrete barriers everywhere will not spur economic growth, it will deter it – especially when the plan is to populate the ‘new’ lanes with archaic technology…buses!” [4]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Fiscal Responsibility: “There is SO MUCH WASTE at every level of government. The public sector has lagged behind the private sector forever, due to the fact that there is little to no accountability when it comes to the books. Can you imagine what our city would look like if our politicians handled tax money as if they themselves had earned it?” [5]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Safe Injection Sites: “I’d like to minimize the harm associated with intravenous drug use as effectively as possible. I like the idea of safe injection sites in theory, much more than I do in a practical sense… If we’re going to roll them out let’s do it properly and with police presence to keep pushers away.” [6]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Other: Supports weekly garbage pickup on a regular schedule.” [7]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

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Electipedia Survey Response

This candidate responded to Electipedia's survey. Read the candidate's reponses below:

NameKyle Thompson
How would you describe your political outlook?Centre
Do you currently belong to a political party at the federal or provincial level?No
Have you previously been a member of a political party at the federal or provincial level?No
Instructions

For the following, please select one option that best indicates how each statement reflects your position or philosophy:

Social assistance payments should never be tied to mandated work or education requirements.Somewhat Disagree
Fiscal prudence is the hallmark of sound governance.Somewhat Agree
All public servants should be prohibited from going on strike.Somewhat Agree
Fees for using vehicles at certain times in high traffic zones is a reasonable way to subsidize and encourage the use of public transit.Somewhat Disagree
Climate change represents an imminent threat that should be addressed by governments at every level.Somewhat Agree
Oil pipelines are an effective way to boost Canada’s economy and energy self-sufficiency.Somewhat Agree
While environmental concerns are important, government’s first priority is to build infrastructure that is safe and cost effective.Somewhat Agree
Spending on social programs is more effective than spending on law enforcement and jails.Somewhat Agree
Borrowing by governments, if done responsibly, is necessary to meet the needs of citizens.Somewhat Agree
Mandatory minimum sentences for criminal convictions are needed to ensure equality before the law, and to act as a deterrent.Somewhat Disagree
Safe injection sites are necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.Choose not to answer
Instructions

Please provide a one-paragraph response outlining your position on each of the issues indicated. Keeping mind that a) your answers will be publicly available, b) answers may be lightly edited for spelling, grammar, clarity, or length and c) while subsequent amendments to answers may be considered, the original response will remain visible to the public:

Transit

When I said the bar was low on my election signs, I wasn't talking about the Ward 9 incumbent in particular. Every current council member that voted in favour of the current rapid transit plan, while ignoring the opinions of their constituents, needs to be held accountable. As a life long Londoner and west side juggernaut, I feel like this is the time to step up and vote if you care about the City Of London. I am running for council to keep not only Byron, Lambeth and Riverbend amazing, but our city as a whole too. The current transit plan will rip our infrastructure apart, at a massive cost and at little to no benefit. Here's an idea - let's buy some more buses and add a dozen more routes for starters. I feel like there are a lot of politicians looking to 'make their mark' with this project, and as such it has been made much more complex than it actually has to be.

Environment

If any of you know me, you'd know that I'm out daily in our parks and conservation areas with my dog Reggie. We have to keep these amazing areas clean, safe, and above all FREE for our community.

Social Housing

This topic is near and dear to me due to my experiences on the job as a Toronto firefighter. I've seen firsthand the mentality that can develop when one is subjected to substandard conditions in the community. The bottom line is that when we fail our system's most vulnerable, we also fail the majority so it is in everyone's best's interest to maintain a quality standard of living for all.

Business Climate

London is a world class city in my opinion, and we need to be actively promoting investment from our neighbours to the south and beyond. Land is still relatively cheap, and we're perfectly nestled between Toronto and the border providing easy transportation access. It's also a gorgeous city to live and work in. Digging up roads and putting concrete barriers everywhere will not spur economic growth, it will deter it - especially when the plan is to populate the 'new' lanes with archaic technology...buses!

Fiscal Responsibility

I've said countless times that I'm all for being taxed - provided that the money we pay actually goes towards where our politicians say it is going. Remember when tolls were suggested to raise money to fix the Gardiner Expressway? Not wanting to upset voters in the GTA, the last provincial government instead opted to simply pull money from the Carbon Tax fund instead. To me, any account that you can dip into at your convenience to secure votes sounds more like a Slush Tax than anything else. There is SO MUCH WASTE at every level of government. The public sector has lagged behind the private sector forever, due to the fact that there is little to no accountability when it comes to the books. Can you imagine what our city would look like if our politicians handled tax money as if they themselves had earned it?

Law and Order

Policing is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet, probably today more than ever. I have nothing but support and respect for my brothers and sisters in blue.

Safe Injection Sites

Some people use drugs. Some don't. Both statements have held true for thousands of years, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. I'd like to minimize the harm associated with intravenous drug use as effectively as possible. I like the idea of safe injection sites in theory, much more than I do in a practical sense. While no one can argue the efficacy of these sites in preventing disease transmission among admitted patients, it's hard to determine if the bulk of the addicted community would actually use it. If anyone has ever smoked a joint and tried to order a pizza, you can probably guess the difficulty level of going through a heroin withdrawal and having to get across town to feel okay again. I'm not saying safe injection sites aren't a good idea - they are. If we're going to roll them out let's do it properly and with police presence to keep pushers away.

Other Issues

Seven days in a week. Seven deadly sins. Seven dwarves. Seven Minute Abs!! What the hell is going on that I don't know which damn day it is that I should put my garbage out? Does anyone know what nine bags of diapers smells like in August after they've been out in the bin all week? My Grandpa didn't fight in the war so that I would have to endure 11 day old diapers for no reason other than to hold a few tax dollars back. Nuh-uh. We can do better.

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