Frank de Jong is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the candidate for Davenport. He lives in Toronto with his partner, writer and artist Kelley Aitken.
Frank was born in Ontario in 1955 to Dutch immigrant parents and grew up on a dairy farm north of Guelph. He earned his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1978 and a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa in 1979. Throughout the 1980s de Jong was active on the issues of nuclear weapons, pro-choice, Ontario’s old growth forests, and Central America solidarity.
In the early 90s he became involved in Green electoral politics and now argues for true cost pricing, green tax shifting, 100% renewable electricity, preventive health care, province-wide organic agriculture, an end to poverty, funding for non-religious public schools only, minimal tuition, walkable communities linked by rail, bio-based manufacturing and total waste diversion.
Frank takes a strong stand on the issues that are important to Ontarians. He says that:
“Climate change, peak cheap oil and smog require that we redesign most of Ontario’s transportation, electricity, production and space heating infrastructure.”
“We should tax resource use, pollution and land values, not incomes and businesses and allow the invisible green hand get us to sustainability.”
“Net-zero energy construction should be the standard for all renovations and new buildings.”
“Farmers should stop using pesticides, serve local markets, produce bio-fuels and ask city people to visit their farms.”
“Ontario should follow the lead of Quebec, Manitoba and NFLD and fund only one public school system.”
“We should pay northern communities to sequester carbon and preserve habitat, water, soil and biodiversity.”
“PR gets rid of strategic voting, artificial majorities, wild policy swings and throw away votes.”
“Tuition, which is a tax on education, should be reduced to a minimal fee like in European countries.”
“Preventive health is the best health care system, so that fewer people get sick in the first place.”
“Ontario’s cities need to be re-orged into walkable neighbourhoods linked by clean-fuel transit so people won’t need cars.”
“We don’t have a garbage crisis, we have a design crisis. Everything should be designed to not end up in landfill.”