Jason Lopez seems a bit of a natural for politics. Easy going, personable, and with a voice for radio, this sales manager with East Hamilton Radio (EHR) will be representing the Green Party in the upcoming federal election. He has previously tossed his name in the ring during the provincial election, last year. He is running, he explained, because of the climate crisis. “I really feel strongly the Green Party has the best climate policy,” he told me. “They have a common sense, evidence based approach to problem solving.” Also, he is running to demonstrate that he, and anybody, as a business person, “can care about the planet and care about social justice.”
The three issues he wants to focus on in Hamilton Centre, is the prevalence of hate groups, affordable housing, and poverty. Lopez is concerned, like many in Hamilton, with public displays by hate groups at City Hall and recently in Crown Point at Cannon and Ottawa and would address that as a priority. He says, on poverty, that he’s not focused on only the poverty we see, but also the invisible hardship of so many who are “struggling to get by.” Part of that solution is providing affordable housing, he said. “When so much of your money is for the mortgage or rent, there isn’t much left for anything else.” Lopez added he would like to see housing as a human right. “Why don’t we enshrine that?”
Of particular concern to Lopez is seniors. He said he observes many widows and widowers living alone and in sometimes difficult circumstances. He said, “We have to take care of our seniors and we’re not doing a good job that.” He would like to eliminate pension claw backs, improve the Canada Pension Plan, and offer more help to seniors on fixed incomes.
Nationally, Lopez says Canada is failing on the climate and “it’s an embarrassment”. He said the Green Party would make Canada a climate leader, reducing carbon emissions 60 percent by 2050 with their Mission Possible platform. That would include transitioning to electric vehicles. He points to the slated plant closure in Oshawa and argues that Canada could be a hub for the research and manufacture of autonomous and electric vehicles. He accuses the current government of backtracking on fighting climate change and he said “we need to take a stand.”
To learn more about Jason Lopez and Mission Possible, visit votejasonlopez.com.