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Kerstin Kelly to stand as the Ontario Party candidate

Kerstin Kelly to stand as the Ontario Party candidate

DAN CEARNS, The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: There will be a new political party on the ballot when Kawartha Lakes residents vote in the provincial election. Kerstin Kelly has been named the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock candidate for the Ontario Party.

Ms. Kelly grew up on a farm near Bobcaygeon, in Verulam Township. She represented Canada as part of the Canadian Junior International Equestrian team in competitions in Cuba and Mexico. Ms. Kelly has practised veterinary medicine in Sutton, Beaverton and in Lindsay before establishing her own clinic in Bobcaygeon.

“She expanded to Fenelon Animal Clinic in 1995 and Victoria Veterinary services in 2007, employing over 20 staff members. Retiring Veterinary Emeritus, in February 2020, Kerstin Kelly enjoys: spending time on her farm in Oakwood with her family, dogs and cat; tending to her garden, chickens and horses; and travelling in her own aerobatic Citabria airplane. On warm sunny days, you may also catch her out on a motorcycle tour, exploring the roads of Haliburton, with the Skyhawgs, and her husband of 34 years and her eldest daughter,” her candidate website explains.

The Ontario Party is led by Derek Sloan. In their charter, it explains they believe “balanced budgets [are] the most responsible fiscal policy” and they believe “in the presumption of innocence, the right to justice and a fair trial without undue delay, regardless of economic circumstances, social standing, ethnic, cultural, or ideological affiliation, or biological trait.” Their website states the party will “use all means at its disposal to ensure no Ontario citizen can be compelled to commit an act, or communicate an idea, [which] directly contradicts their sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions deemed legal under the Criminal Code and protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” The three pillars of the party, as explained on the website, are “Freedom, Family and Faith.”

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