A Mount Hope therapist hopes the third time is the charm in seeking political office.
Nick Lauwers, 32, became the first candidate in the riding to announce he is seeking the nomination in the new Flamborough-Glanbrook riding for the provincial Progressive Conservative nomination Oct. 11, launching his bid at the home of his campaign manager Dan Muys.
Surrounded by about 40 people, Lauwers, 32, said he wants to put “13 years of corrupt, neglectful and inept (Ontario) government behind us and get Ontario back on track.”
Lauwers was introduced by Flamborough-Glanbrook federal Conservative MP David Sweet who is endorsing the Mount Hope resident.
Sweet said Lauwers “understands the struggles young families have to face. He has the work ethic of a lion.”
Lauwers said the top issues for Flamborough and Glanbrook residents are infrastructure woes and high hydro bills. He said with a young family, he knows the financial pressures people in the rural areas are having.
He said when homeowners, including himself, open their hydro bills “we have been shocked.”
But when asked later during an interview how to cut hydro rates, Lauwers said “that’s a very hard question.” He said it’s an issue that would be “studied” once the Tories assume power in the aftermath of the 2018 provincial election.
He didn’t answer if the Tories would eliminate the Green Energy Act, which some critics blame for some of the higher electricity prices.
“I’m not against green energy,” he said.
But he was opposed to how it was implemented by the Liberals
He was also non-committal if a Tory government would reform how the Ontario Energy Board approves requests by companies to raise electricity rates.
As for infrastructure projects, Lauwers wanted to study the idea of building a mid-Peninsula Corridor, even though his leader Patrick Brown during a roundtable discussion in Flamborough a few months ago supported the idea. Lauwers also followed his leader’s position on Hamilton’s light-rail transit project, saying if Hamilton wants the $1 billion in capital costs for the project a Tory government would support it.
Lauwers said he needed more time to review whether or not to expand Highway 403 in the hopes of alleviating traffic congestion. An environmental assessment of the highway by the provincial transportation ministry has identified a need for an extra lane.
But Lauwers said he would support studying the idea of adding lanes to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway and the Red Hill Parkway.