Sarnia-Lambton voters have five declared candidates to choose from when they go to the polls on Sept. 20. They are, in alphabetical order:
STEFANIE BUNKO – GREEN PARTY
Stefanie Bunko is a Sarnia-Lambton native who studied computer programming and alternative energy at Lambton College. The St. Christopher’s Catholic High School grad said many of her personal ideas and beliefs align closely with the Green Party platform. She is a vocal advocate for sustainable energy and the rights of minorities. Sarnia-Lambton’s petrochemical industries are well prepared to transition to new and greener technologies, she said.
BRIAN EVERAERT – PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA
Brian Everaert, a union ironworker with 25 years experience, is representing the PPC for a second time. He is a graduate of Fanshawe and St. Clair colleges and a member of the International Association of Bridge Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers. A vocal opponent of climate alarmism, he aims to protect the local economy and jobs, and supports oil and gas pipeline expansion to end Canada’s reliance on foreign oil. Everaert ran for the Trillium Party in the 2018 Ontario election and ran for mayor in St. Clair Township in 2018, finishing third.
MARILYN GLADU – CONSERVATIVE (INCUMBENT)
Incumbent Marilyn Gladu was the first female engineer elected to the House of Commons when she won the riding in 2015. Twice named “Most Collegial Parliamentarian” by MacLean’s Magazine, she has served on numerous committees during her two terms in office and is the former Tory health critic. In 2020, Gladu was named to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Minister for FedDev Southern Ontario and Privy Council Critic. Gladu’s bill on palliative care was one of only 278 private member bills in Parliamentary history to pass with unanimous support. Gladu handedly won the riding in 2019 with 28,430 votes.
ADAM KILNER – NEW DEMOCRATS
Adam Kilner is also running for a second time as the New Democrat Party candidate. He is an ordained minister at Dunlop United Church and on the board of several local non-profit organizations. Kilner advocates for equity, affordability, and human rights in Sarnia-Lambton. He said he believes in bringing people together and wants better long-term care, good-paying jobs, and protection for workers. Kilner and the New Democratic Party in Sarnia-Lambton received 12,372 votes in the 2019 federal election to finish in second.
LOIS NANTAIS – LIBERAL
Lois Nantais is a Professor Of Psychology at Lambton College with 20 years of teaching experience. The Lambton County native was a board member at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, and helped co-ordinate both the Ignite Sarnia speaker series and Uproar, a community writing blog. She was the co-ordinator of college’s Centre for Academic Integrity, and in 2019 co-authored an award-winning academic paper on the issue. She said her experience discussing issues in the classroom has prepared her well for the field of politics.