John was interviewed by YourOttawaRegion.com.
Here are some highlights(or read the full article):
On Getting Into Politics:
“Somebody has to be a voice – if not me, then who?” said Hogg. He said it’s not enough to just talk about why green is good, but action needs to happen...
“It’s not just two years, four years, but 10, 20 years,” he said. “The Green Party sees the future.”
He also appreciates that the Green Party is different than other parties in the entire approach to politics. Instead of looking at large issues, they rally for issues that are smaller and decentralized, and encourage parties to work together.
He used the example of biofuel – instead of focus on increased production; there should be a focus on using less. And they should be looking at ways to mix more environmentally friendly power sources – such as wind farms and solar power – in with more traditional and reliable forms.
He said the greatest misconception about the Green Party is the inability to govern. The Green Party has Vision Green, a full campaign platform including budget and a strategy to decrease the deficit. “For voters that want something different, I’m the choice,” he said.
On His Platform:
Hogg’s main campaign points are green technology support and development, increase rural access to Internet to improve services, better health care plans and pensions.
For the Carleton-Mississippi Mills riding, Hogg wants to see a strengthened community with increased public transportation, and better pension and long-term disability benefits.
Hogg, like many in the high-tech community, doesn’t have the pension he wants in place. He wants to rework pensions so residents, whose futures may have been hurt financially by Nortel, wouldn’t have to worry. Hogg is lucky and can usually walk to his office, but sees a struggle in Ottawa’s public transportation.
“When we cut costs for public transportation, we don’t save money – people take cars,” he said. “Clearly the municipal level has had problems for years and need federal help.”
Where Kanata is struggling with transportation, the area has anything but a deficit of high-tech workers, who he wants to support in environmental projects and startups.