Business leader Harry Jaaskelainen of Echo Bay is carrying the standard for the People's Party of Canada (PPC) for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing in the fast-approaching general election.
He is a self-described forester/businessman who's resided in Algoma for most of his life.
His top-of-list concerns are the rise of globalism, Canadian COVID-19 vaccine policies and the nation's lack of a policy on abortion.
He said Maxime Bernier's People's Party of Canada is the best hope for northern Ontario and all of Canada.
"We are the only party that will have an open debate on social issues. We are in the club of nations with no abortion policies," Jaaskelainen said. "Throw in Canada with China, North Korea, Cuba and Vietnam where you could abort a child up to the day of birth. I find that horrific."
He also slammed Canada's overseas aid policies and relationships with other countries, saying the Trudeau Liberals have sold out Canada's sovereignty to globalist interests.
"Get the establishment parties out of there. We're going to stop development funding overseas, much of which is being wasted. Billions of dollars flowing overseas often to despotic regimes needs to be stopped," said Jaaskelainen.
"I'm a little disgusted with the establishment parties and what's happening in parliament. We see Canada being sold out to globalist entities like the UN's World Health Organization. We're losing our sovereignty, we're losing our autonomy."
"Trudeau stated back in 2015 we're a post sovereign state. He views Canada as just a globalist state now," he said. "That really we should yield our decision making, our laws, to global entities. And that's what he's doing."
Jaaskelainen also waded into the controversy surrounding COVID-19, saying it's a globalist push for power and much less of a health threat than those with 'a globalist agenda' would have us believe.
"We've bought into the global pandemic. Almost 100 per cent of us have survived without a vaccine, you know."
In response to the observation that some people are saying that's the reason why the threat of further COVID-19 virus outbreaks remains a serious health issue, Jaaskelainen said, "Eighty per cent of us have natural immunity. My immune system is better than any untested vaccine out there."
"The College of Physicians and Surgeons have been threatening the doctors and silencing those who aren't pushing the globalist agenda," he added.
When asked about incumbent New Democrat MP Carol Hughes he said the following.
"Carol's probably a wonderful person, but look at the NDP policies they've bought into. They're right in bed with the Liberals. Whatever the Liberals are doing, the NDP is essentially supporting," Jaaskelainen said.
"We've got Saudi oil pouring into eastern Canada. We should be energy self-sufficient. You think of electric as a solution? That's years away if it ever happens."
Harry Jaaskelainen is involved in a six-way fight for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing in the Sept. 20 election.
Besides New Democrat incumbent Hughes, he faces four men including CHP rep. Clarence Baarda, Green Party candidate Stephen Zimmermann, Conservative John Sagman, and Liberal Duke Peltier.