Candidate: Frank de Jong
Frank de Jong was born to Dutch immigrant parents and grew up on a dairy farm north of Guelph, Ontario. He has degrees from the University of London, Ontario, and is a public school teacher in Faro, Yukon where he lives with his partner Tove Christensen.
His interest in politics stems from his desire to help build healthy, vibrant communities in balance with nature. He worries that climate change could potentially cause widespread disruption to our societies and economies, and feels that prudent action should be taken.
He thinks Canada is well placed to be the first country in the world to move to 100% renewable electricity, where all power is generated by wind, water, solar, geothermal and wood fuel co-generation.
He suggests that taxes should be shifted off of jobs, businesses and sales, and onto the use and abuse of nature. Un-taxing labour and right-pricing resources would encourage businesses to hire more people and reduce material throughput. There are far more jobs in value-added production then in simple resource extraction. People and businesses should "pay for what they burn, not for what they earn."
De Jong was one of seven siblings who all managed to achieve postsecondary educations, but as a result of this experience, he thinks college and university tuition should be low –following the European model– to ensure access for all, regardless of income or background.
Frank is a strong supporter of local, community-based arts and music. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys canoeing, hiking and cross-country skiing.
The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Frank de Jong as our candidate in the riding of Yukon.