Green Party of Ontario candidates, 1995 Ontario provincial election

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The Green Party of Ontario fielded several candidates in the 1995 provincial election, none of whom were elected. Information about these candidates may be found here.

Candidates[edit]

Brantford: William Darfler[edit]

William Darfler was born on a small farm in New York State and moved to Brantford in the late 1960s. He taught high school mathematics, worked in a free school, and later worked for many years as a letter carrier.[1] He has been a leading member of the Brantford Heritage Committee,[2] and in 2004 he promoted the idea of a Canadian Industrial Heritage Museum for Brantford.[3]

Darfler has been a Green Party candidate in two provincial elections.[4] He was forty-eight years old in 1995 and promoted the idea of a guaranteed annual income.[5]

As of 2010, he is a historical researcher for the Ontario Visual Heritage Project. In 2009, he received a grant from the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund to study a little-known case of one hundred Turkish foundry workers rounded up from their homes in Brantford during World War I and sent to an internment camp in Kapuskasing.[6]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1990 provincial Brantford Green 436 1.20 5/6 Brad Ward, New Democratic Party
1995 provincial Brantford Green 430 1.28 5/5 Ron Johnson, Progressive Conservative

Downsview: Tiina Leivo[edit]

Leivo was thirty-seven years old at the time of the election, and worked as a group facilitator for health food groups. She opposed subway expansion.[7] She received 217 votes (0.94%), finishing fifth against Liberal candidate Annamarie Castrilli.

Muskoka–Georgian Bay: Michael Fenton[edit]

Michael L. Fenton received 411 votes (1.19%), finishing fourth against Progressive Conservative candidate Bill Grimmett.

Sudbury: Lewis Poulin[edit]

Lewis Poulin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Laurentian University (1982).[8] He is a meteorologist, and has worked for Environment Canada over a period of several years.[9] The first Green Party candidate to run in Sudbury, he received 290 votes (0.95%) in 1995 for a sixth-place against Liberal candidate Rick Bartolucci.

Poulin moved to Mississauga in 1997. He was later profiled in a Toronto Star piece that drew attention to the fact that he did not own a car, and walked fifteen minutes to work every day. Poulin expressed concerns about pedestrian safety in this Greater Toronto Area community.[10] In the same period, he wrote about health safety issues caused by smog, and advocated rooftop solar panels to generate power.[11] In May 1998, he wrote a piece in support of wind power projects for economically marginal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.[12]

Poulin later moved to the Montreal community of Roxboro in 2002, and became a member of that city's Green Coalition. In 2005, he called for tax incentives for people who take public transit.[13]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Brantford Expositor, 3 June 1995, A6.
  2. ^ Ross Marowits, "GRCA member denied new term: Administrative goof blamed," Brantford Expositor, 11 February 1999, A5.
  3. ^ William Darfler, "Museums make good investments," Brantford Expositor, 18 November 2004, A10.
  4. ^ He initially welcomed the New Democratic Party's victory in 1990 provincial election, saying that the incumbent NDP government had a better environmental policy than the ministry they were replacing. See Brantford Expositor, 7 September 1990, B2.
  5. ^ Brantford Expositor, 2 June 1995, p. 2.
  6. ^ Heather Ibbotson, "'Mysterious group' subject of research," Brantford Expositor, 31 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Downsview riding", Toronto Star, 1 June 1995, NY2.
  8. ^ "In the news", Laurentian, Autumn 2005.
  9. ^ "CANADA LAUNCHES ANNUAL ARCTIC OZONE RESEARCH PROJECT" [press release], Canada NewsWire, 23 January 1989, 14:14; Kris Axtman, "The long summer of our discontent", Christian Science Monitor, 21 August 2000, 1.
  10. ^ Jim Coyle, "Pedestrians use the streets, too", Toronto Star, 19 March 1998, B1.
  11. ^ Lewis Poulin, "Some simple ideas to reduce smog" [letter], Toronto Star, 2 July 1999, 1; Lewis Poulin, "Solar panels on every roof" [letter], Toronto Star, 20 April 2000, 1.
  12. ^ Lewis Poulin, "Newfoundland's answer may be blowing in the wind" [letter], Toronto Star, 25 May 1998, A17.
  13. ^ Lewis Poulin, "Imagining solutions for better transit" [letter], Montreal Gazette, 13 September 2005, A26. He also co-wrote a song lyric lamenting the end of Montreal's Cheval Blanc greenspace. See "Odes in memory of Cheval Blanc greenspace", Montreal Gazette, 1 February 2007, F7. See also Lewis Poulin, "Road conditions make it tough on pedestrians" [letter], Montreal Gazette, 19 April 2007, F7, Lewis Poulin, "Cars Still Rule" [letter], Montreal Gazette, 7 June 2007, F7; Lewis Poulin, "Let's End Car Culture" [letter], Montreal Gazette, 20 October 2007, B6.