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Candidate Rob Ferguson

August 8, 2007 permalink

Rob Ferguson, an advocate for families ruined by children's aid, will be a Family Coalition Party candidate for provincial parliament in the October 10 election.



City man announces candidacy for Brant's Family Coalition Party

Local News - The Ontario government must pay more attention to the principles and policies that sustain families, says a candidate who is running under the Family Coalition Party banner in Brant riding in the next election.

Rob Ferguson, who runs a home-based marketing and advertising business, says he was drawn to run for the FCP because of the party's focus on families.

"Its platform of simple values and the traditional family makes sense," he said in an interview Tuesday while announcing his candidacy.

Born and raised in Brantford, the 31-year-old Ferguson said he wants more accountability and responsibility in government. He also wants to streamline education to give teachers more preparation time.

He has also been a longtime critic of the Child and Family Services Act, which he claims allows children's aid societies to take children from their parents with little duty to show just cause.

"We should have a policy that says prove the case before apprehending a child," said Ferguson, who has been a well-known advocate on that issue for years.

He has his own ongoing dispute concerning child custody with the Children's Aid Society of Brant.

Ferguson also likes the FCP's call to give more rights to victims in the justice system.

"Today, it's gotten that criminals have more rights," he said. "There has to be a better balance."

Ferguson said he believes Brant voters are tired of Liberal broken promises and slowness to act on issues, unless an election is upon them.

He cited the government's recent decision to give Brantford $5 million for the cleanup of the Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield area.

The visually impaired candidate is also pushing for more accessibility for the disabled.

Ferguson is married to Kelena.

He is running against incumbent Liberal MPP Dave Levac, Progressive Conservative candidate Dan McCreary, a city councillor, and Brian Van Tilborg for the New Democrats. The Greens have yet to choose a candidate.

Source: Brantford Expositor