By-election: Steve Pinsonneault, Progressive Conservative

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Why are you running to represent the riding of L-K-M?

With 17 years as a municipal councillor, 26 years as a business owner, and 32 years as a volunteer firefighter, I have extensive experience with our region’s infrastructure, cost of living, housing, and homelessness issues. My work with local service clubs also underscores my commitment to community improvement. This background has prepared me to be a strong voice for the residents of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex in Queen’s Park.

What are the biggest issues facing the riding?

The cost of living – housing heating, groceries, and fuel – is a primary concern. Our strategy to improve housing affordability involves cutting red tape to enable the construction of 1.5 million new homes. Additionally, we are challenging the federal carbon tax to lower expenses for groceries, home heating, and transportation.

Do you feel rural Ontario is getting overlooked? If elected, what if any steps will you take to remedy that?

My team and I have knocked on almost 30,000 doors, and the consensus is that the Ford government has a strong grasp of rural issues. We’re investing heavily in rural areas: $4 billion in broadband, $15 billion in schools, $3.7 million in the Strathroy hospital, and expanding the Wallaceburg hospital. Additionally, we’re widening the 401 from Tilbury to London to increase safety and facilitate transportation of local products.

  1. What are your goals as a Member of Provincial Parliament?

I look forward to building on the strong legacy of my predecessor, Monte McNaughton. He broke down barriers with labour and brought skilled trades to another level.

I’m a tradesman and I want to continue that work. I’ll also use my experience as a municipal councillor to bring the issues that concern rural Ontario to Queen’s Park.

Please share some personal details about yourself.

I have spent my entire life in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, born and raised in Thamesville. My partner, Jodi, and I have three children and now enjoy two grandchildren.

For 17 years, I served as a municipal councillor and have been protecting our community as a volunteer firefighter for 32 years. Additionally, I hold licenses in three trades from the Ontario College of Trades, which I apply in my local business.

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