Former Selkirk mayoral candidate running for PPC

Ian Kathwaroon is the People's Party of Canada candidate in Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman for the 2019 federal election. (Photo credit: Grace Ellwood Photography)

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Ian Kathwaroon was a candidate for mayor in the 2018 civic election in Selkirk. Kathwaroon, who is running for MP in the federal riding of Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, was born to immigrant parents in Ontario.

He studied education at the University of Winnipeg and works in the area of behaviour and addictions.

Stonewall Argus: What has inspired you to run in the 2019 federal election for Member of Parliament?

IK: I have watched many children grow up during my career, as well as my niece, and when I look around, I am fearful for their futures. Our grandparents fought for our freedoms and returned to demand a good life. Since then, we have let our freedoms and our rights slip. Most Canadians are currently in severe debt and our children can’t afford education and homes.

SA: How do you feel you can make a difference for your local community?

IK: I want to effect positive change for our children and grandchildren.

SA: What aspect of your party’s platform do you admire most in order to make a difference locally and for all residents of Canada?

IK: I admire that my party wants to put more money back into the pockets of Canadians and putting our citizens first is very important.  My party seeks to end welfare for the rich and drop taxes for the working class.  We also seek to end the Liberals’ practice of letting people flood over our borders and cut the immigration lines.  I feel that the Conservatives will continue to allow this illegal immigration to continue as well.  My party wants to slow illegal immigration and take those who are in need or suit our needs for labour and our economy.  I believe our tax dollars should be used to help Canadians in need, which is a mounting issue in our country.  By keeping taxes in our own economy, we help our local residents and in fact, all Canadians. 

SA: How do you feel you can contribute most to your political party if elected?

IK: I can contribute a fresh perspective from the eyes of a working Canadian.  I am out in the workforce and want what is best for our citizens.  I bring a strong history of advocacy and determination that will help my party to gain the respect that it deserves in our system.

SA: What is the number one issue in your mind for the constituency that you are running in (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman)?

IK: We must look at basic living conditions of Canadians. With wages being frozen or increasingly low, we must fight for better financial equality, such as affordable housing.

SA: What is the number one issue in your mind for Canada?

IK: If elected, in my first four years, I plan to meet with our Indigenous populations and encourage our government to update The Indian Act.

SA: What are you doing personally and what is your party doing in order to get a higher voter turnout and to engage voters in this federal election?

IK: As we are a new party, we have no funding, so my main objective has been to make people aware of our party and its goals.  I do not receive funding from my party, as there is none, so all materials are put out and paid for by donations or by my own funds.  My party engages citizens by providing a better option to our current broken parties and by being a citizen driven endeavour, provide candidates who are passionate about their rights and freedoms as Canadians.  By voting PPC, you are voting for your future and your children’s futures.  All Canadians should consider voting for the People’s Party of Canada; the smart vote.

— Compiled by Brook Jones