Spencer Katerynuk is a lifelong resident of Kildonan-St. Paul. He graduated from St. Paul’s High School in 2016 and completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in the spring. Spencer recently wrote his LSAT and hopes to attend law school at the University of Manitoba in 2020.
Katerynuk endorses the CHP due to their strong stance against his personal commitments to defend life and challenge deceptive phraseologies created through political correctness.
The Selkirk Journal sent a series of questions to all candidates in the federal riding of Kildonan-St. Paul.
Selkirk Journal: What has inspired you to run in the 2019 Federal Election for Member of Parliament?
Spencer Katerynuk: I was inspired to run in the 2019 Federal Election because none of the other political parties or candidates running in Kildonan-St. Paul represented my convictions. I feel that it is of the upmost importance to make sure that the democratic principle of representing all citizens’ viewpoints in Parliament is not undermined. I also want to encourage young people such as myself to get out and vote, especially if they feel that their vote is not significant.
SJ: How do you feel you can make a difference for your local community?
The easiest way to way a difference in your local community is to volunteer your gifts and talents to others. What I have learned through my time assisting our Ukrainian Catholic Parishes with various fundraiser events, dinners, and speaking engagements is that an extra set of hands always makes a difference! You must find your passion and pursue it. If you don’t know what your passion is, spending some time at a local venue such as the North Kildonan Community Centre can help you to find it. For me, a longtime passion has been serving as a volunteer tour guide at the Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky Martyr Shrine. It has been an absolute joy to meet so many interesting individuals come to visit the shrine from all over the world and share with them how the Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine ended up in West Kildonan as well as the rich heritage of the neighbourhood.
SJ: What aspect of your party’s platform do you admire most in order to make a difference locally and for all residents of Canada?
SK: Our comprehensive policy ideas address many needs at once. One of these ideas is our Family Friendly Childcare Allowance: a payment of $1,000 a month for families with school-age children or younger if one parent chooses to stay home to care for their own children. I agree with researchers who have found that parental care is best for children and believe it is time to give Canadian parents who would choose to leave their jobs if they could afford it that very choice. Many existing jobs would be opened with this policy which would reduce unemployment and families would be strengthened since parents would be able to spend more time with their children.
SJ: How do you feel you can contribute most to your political party if elected?
SK: If elected, I would be a trailblazer for our party. I would be able to carefully analyze our government spending so that we lead in good things like clean water, energy, and justice, not abortion-on-demand, gender confusion and debt.
SJ: What is the number one issue in your mind for the constituency that you are running in (Kildonan-St. Paul)?
SK: The number one issue on my mind for this constituency of Kildonan-St. Paul is increasing income security for seniors. I have met with many seniors along Henderson Highway in North Kildonan that are unhappy with the current Canadian Pension Plan. Our party proposes to replace the current CPP with a Personal Income Security Account (PISA), which would be built up through a person’s working years through both personal and employer contributions. As the name suggests, the account would be managed by each individual to provide income during periods of sickness or unemployment, with a cap of 15% withdrawal of funds each year, after which government support would kick in. Upon retirement, the funds in the account would be available as retirement income. Also, unlike the CPP, a beneficiary could also be named so that the funds are transferable.
SJ: What is the number one issue in your mind for Canada?
SK: The number one issue in my mind is to obtain responsible management of Canadian taxes.
SJ: What are you doing personally and what is your party doing in order to get a higher voter turnout and to engage voters in this federal election?
SK: There is no excuse for a voter turnout that is less than 100%. If a voter cares deeply about this country and feel that their voice is unheard then they should put their name on the ballot.