by Selena Mann
“It’s not looking good,” John McKay said frowning, while watching the polls at his campaign office on election night.With his election party open to the public with free food and drinks, for the third time in a row Tuesday, McKay was elected Liberal MP of the Scarborough-Guildwood ridingalthough the Liberals suffered a major loss across the country. McKay still plans to focus on bettering his community by helping people in need economically.
In an interview a few weeks before the election, he said that Canada’s economy is greatly affected by the United States’ declining economy.
“We are in a recession; Stephen Harper started out with a surplus and put us in a deficit,” McKay said, waving his arms around.
McKay believes that going green could help create more jobs. He outlined a component of the Liberal Party’s platform, the Green Shift plan, which is to create more jobs that are environmentally friendly, cut income taxes, and increase fossil fuel taxes. He argued that this would cut back on pollution and help shift Canada toward a greener future. He also said that in this plan the party’s spending and earnings would balance out. This would be done through balancing tax breaks with tax cuts.
“The economy’s secondary effect is that people in fossil fuels are being greatly affected because America’s stopped buying,” McKay said.
McKay, 60, has been an MP in both the Scarborough East riding and the Scarborough-Guildwood one. According to his website:www.johnmckayliberal.ca/biography.htm, he has been in politics since 1997. Before he became a politician, McKay practiced law. He got his law degree from Queen’s University after receiving an undergraduate degree from University of Toronto Scarborough. He was also the 2007 chair of the caucus committee on economic prosperity. Aside from his political and law careers, he was vice-president of CIDO, which is an organization that assists developing countries financially. He contributed to a published book, as well.
McKay’s hobbies include playing hockey with an “old boys club” as he called it in an interview before the election. He also plays golf, tennis, and runs. Apart from recreational activities, McKay also hosts and attends events for the community such as the Scarborough-Guildwood community picnic, which is hosted annually. He also hosted a Kingston Road and Galloway Community Anti-Violence march.
As an MP, he feels it is important to get involved with residents of his riding.
Differences can be made in our community by these kinds of events because it gives me an opportunity to chat with people, which is something that I don’t get to do a lot because I travel a lot between here and Ottawa, so I’m not always around,” McKay said, leaning forward at his desk in an interview before the election.
“Working here is very community-oriented,” said Shawn Boyle a constituency office assistant, smiling.
(hear Selena’s radio report from the riding, on election night. click here.)http://centennialondemand.com/radio/?p=129