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I am a life long resident of Ottawa born in Ottawa Center. Have worked at a local business (Capital Radiator) and am a transport driver for 27 years, long and short hall.
My passion is the belief that anything is possible with a little effort and a lot of hard work.
My goal is for the opportunity to represent the place I call Home Center Town!
I am a husband and father of three, huge lover of animals and have spent my entire life fixing anything and everything.
I am still helping strangers broken down on the side of the road. Still helping anyone who asks for help if I'm able.
- Licensed Car Mechanic
- Licensed Transport Driver
Why am I running?
Sick of Government scandals and the poor value we receive for our tax dollars.
Tired of Government insiders and associates becoming wealthy on the taxpayers dime.
My name is Stefanos Karatopis.
I am single, and a proud Father who values hard work and raised my sons on my own.
I speak, read, and write Greek fluently.
I have lived in West Lincoln almost all my life.
At the age of 13 I obtained my Computer Technician Diploma and shortly after opened my own home based computer business.
I have been in our family owned and operated poultry business up till 2011.
I have completed an entrepreneur course at Niagara College.
I was a Director on the Agios Haralambos Greek Association in West Lincoln.
I am a member and volunteer with the International Tribunal for Natural Justice.
I am a past President of the Niagara Landowners Association.
I am currently a Governor with the Ontario Landowners Association.
I am one of the Founding Directors on the International Property Rights Association.
I am a Reporter/Photographer for The Landowner Magazine.
I have recently obtained my Paralegal Diploma from Algonquin Careers Academy.
I have been an advocate for people all over Ontario assisting them free of charge from overzealous bureaucrats and Government overreach on all levels. In 2016 I was presented the Landowner of the Year award for my private property rights work in the Niagara Region where I had achieved many successful outcomes, including for my parents while they were out of country in 2009.
I have worked and will continue to work tirelessly for private property rights and the reason why I will strive to become a licensed paralegal and open a law firm with a lawyer partner in Niagara.
I am a Libertarian and stand for Liberty and to keep Ontario a non-communist state and make it so that everyone can keep their hard earned money instead of it being stolen by a greedy needy grossly overgrown Government and to bring wealth and prosperity back to Ontario. To make Ontario a place where our children and their children can enjoy a life of wealth and freedom where private property is NOT considered a social injustice.
Why am I running?
I have decided to run in this election after 30 years of promises by the big 3 parties and not delivering on those promises. I voted Conservative all my life and realized about 4 yrs ago, my vote did not count. For me, the simple reality was that the current parties no longer have your needs in mind. For the big parties, it seems to be a game of power and somewhere along the line, we the voters have gotten lost in that democratic process.
A power struggle exists between the taxpayer and the power of the politician. Each election period and in between, more and more of our tax dollars have been taken from us, with less and less services being provided. The ever-present growth in government and regulations have strangled the innovation and business sectors in Ontario. The constant attacks on taxpayers must stop and government needs to be controlled, by the people.
Ontario went from the Engine of Canada (2003), to needing transfer payments and have lost our way as the business leader of Canada.
I found the Ontario Libertarian Party in 2015, right off the bat, the principles of the Party struck a nerve with me. It spoke to me right away about the problem of government being over reaching into individuals lives. The more I considered that reach, the more I learned how much we as Parents and receivers of government services is wasted on bureaucracy which is taking away from services. It is that rationing of every government service that is wrong.
We pay taxes, fees, and we expect those taxes/fees to be used wisely. This is not occurring and needs to be fixed. The big 3 parties are not interested in that, they are out there trying to buy your vote with your own Tax Dollars and it is wrong.
The people of Ontario should control those tax dollars, and with that, then they will control all government service with choice. That choice and control over your tax dollars will then put you, the taxpayer in charge. We will do what no politician can ever do, give you control of your government controlled services. That is true power, that is true democracy, that can and should be the power of the people over government.
When this occurs, then you (the people) control the government and the government only becomes a guide to the people’s choices.
My name is Mark Snow and I am your Ontario Libertarian Candidate for Leeds--Grenville--Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
My wife and I moved to Barrhaven in Nepean in 2005 and have been raising our two kids since then. My wife is a nurse and has worked in the Public and Private environment since 1994, between my military missions overseas. We have been married 23 years and enjoy our summers at a trailer park, living the cottage life. We moved to the country in 2020 where I will run as your candidate for Leeds--Grenville--Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes in 2022.
Professionally, I’m an actuary and I’ve worked in the life insurance industry for 35 years including 10 as an Appointed Actuary. My area of expertise is the funding of financial security systems such as life insurance, pensions and government programs such as Medicare, OAS and the CPP. The staggering $2.7 trillion of unfunded liabilities of these programs is unsustainable and must be addressed as soon as possible.
Until 16 years ago I was a typical middle-of-the-road Canadian who, at one point or another, had voted for each of the traditional parties. But I then discovered the works of Mises, Hayek, Rothbard, Bastiat and many others and realized that I could no longer defend my previously held beliefs because they were wrong.
I now believe in the non-aggression principle, freedom, liberty and the smallest government we can get away with.