Lawyer learned to fight for people

Former federal candidate now seeking York Centre seat as PC

After seven years of working in law, Michael Mostyn has become accustomed to representing individuals in need.

The Progressive Conservative candidate for York Centre says his previous experience as a litigator would make him a strong representative for the riding.

“I’ve learned how to fight for people,” says Mostyn. “I have a lot of experience standing up for people who are facing the greatest crises in their own life. I intend to put that same amount of hard work and effort into helping the people in this riding.”

Mostyn, who has been canvassing since May, says seniors and families in York Centre have consistently endured heavy financial struggles under McGuinty’s government.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people and so many are afraid to open their hydro bills,” he says. “Hydro bills have gone up over 84 percent with McGuinty.”

Bringing those costs down is a part of the Progressive Conservative platform, says Mostyn.

“We’re removing the HST from hydro and home heating bills,” he says. “We’re also removing the debt retirement charge that still appears in the hydro bill.”

According to Mostyn, the debt retirement charge was originally meant to be a temporary tax; however, McGuinty is attempting to change its status into permanent.

“We’re going to get rid of it,” Mostyn says. “That’s going to save the typical household in my riding around $275.”

While this is Mostyn’s first venture into provincial politics, he has run federally in 2004 and 2006. But quite a few things have changed since then.

“When I ran last time, I was a single man,” he says. “I’m married now with two young kids. Having my own family has helped me understand what other families are going through, particularly in terms of their children’s health and education.”

Mostyn says his party has a great initiative in terms of healthcare.

“We’re going to eliminate fraud and waste in health care and reduce administration,” he says.

“McGuinty set up a $300 million bureaucracy called Local Health Integration Networks. We’re going to shut those down and redirect all that money to more nurses and doctors who actually help people and not bureaucrats who are sucking up hard-earned tax dollars.”

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By: Farhana Uddin
Posted: Sep 16 2011 2:13 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto