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Joseph Zelezny

Fourth hopeful joins Yukon election race

Whitehorse resident Joseph Zelezny has been acclaimed by the Yukon-People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Association executive to represent the Yukon riding in October’s federal election.

By Whitehorse Star on June 5, 2019

Whitehorse resident Joseph Zelezny has been acclaimed by the Yukon-People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Association executive to represent the Yukon riding in October’s federal election.

With (party leader) Maxime Bernier’s example, “it is time to stand up and fight for freedom since it directly relates to prosperity,” Zelezny said in a statement today.

It’s time to act responsibly and be fair, respectful, and to restore Canada to its former glory; a nation built on unity Canadians can be proud of,” Zelezny added.

“A nation that innovates and leads the world in energy, technology, health, environment, science, space, agriculture and industry,” the statement said.

“I am proud and excited to be representing Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada in the riding of Yukon,” Zelezny said.

“Maxime’s voice and message represent the opinions and perspectives of thousands of Canadians across the country who feel like the traditional political parties have ignored them in favour of political posturing and pandering.

“It is critical that the Constitution be respected to enable a nation where all Canadians can prosper. When prosperity abounds, we can then help solve other problems to ensure the continuous progress.”

Zelezny has been endorsed by Mike Nixon, a former Yukon Party cabinet minister.

“Joseph’s knowledge and support of the People’s Party of Canada’s stance on policies and promoting the betterment of Canadians, is impressive,” Nixon said today.

“He has proven to be hardworking, dedicated and loyal to the Yukon. Both Joseph and Maxime Bernier have earned my support in the upcoming federal election.”

“Countless times, I’ve thought to myself, ‘Canada could and should be the most prosperous nation on Earth – we are blessed with so much abundance of natural resources and amazing people from all over the world,’” Zelezny said.

“Why is our economy and hope for a prosperous and free future being destroyed?”

He said he has witnessed the politics of late deteriorate much of what once made Canada a world class destination to live, work, travel to and admire for just how free and prosperous all Canadians made it so.

He describes himself as a principled advocate for freedom, free markets, health and fiscal responsibility.

Zelezny was born to immigrant parents who came to Canada for a better life after escaping the communist regime in eastern Europe in the 1980s. He grew up in Ontario and later in British Columbia.

Learning to understand the value of money and being appreciative of how challenging it was to save enough through hard work to enable him to travel were critical in his formative years, he said.

After several years of studying political science, hstory, communications and international relations in B.C. and Europe, Zelezny set his focus on a certificate of technical studies program at BCIT to become a network administrator technician.

He then continued his studies at the Justice Institute and has been pursuing a Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies on a part-time basis. He has paused those studies to focus on his work and this campaign.

Zelezny has had jobs ranging from coaching gymnastics and trampoline, to construction, operating a gardening and landscaping business, as well as working for Elections Canada and elections BC.

With IT as his passion, he has held various roles and consulting contracts, ranging from working at Simon Fraser University to working in the oilsands for several construction management and oil and gas companies, followed later by roles in a power generating company and in the telecommunications sector.

“It was during the last three years that Joseph began to discover how and why economic conditions have changed so rapidly when one day everything seemed to be going well for countless Canadians and then, in very short time, countless Canadians fell on hard times and haven’t recovered since,” said the statement announcing his candidacy.

“This research took him in some unexpected paths to eventually discover a passion for finding solutions not only for IT problems, but rather for the woes that ail countless Canadians today and to help fix and ensure a more prosperous Canada.”

That led to his joining the PPC, first as the president of the Yukon Electoral District Association and now as the candidate for the Yukon.

Bernier, a Quebec-based former Conservative MP and cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, formed the PCP after losing the Conservatives’ leadership race to Andrew Scheer. He remains an MP.

The other Yukon candidates for October’s election are incumbent Liberal Larry Bagnell, Conservative Jonas Smith and New Democrat Justin Lemphers.

Comments (31)

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Wilf on Jun 11, 2019 at 3:15 pm

So I am not very nice when people make comments about you and you can't set the record straight. Anyway that just the way it is. So liberals are serving lobster and steak in China when two Canada are sentenced to death. What do you think Yukoners?

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Darrell Drugstore's smartest neighbour on Jun 10, 2019 at 8:53 am

Who is the bigger SORE LOSER ?
Wilf Carter or Max Bernier ?

Vote - Thumb Up for Wilf - Thumb Down for Max

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Politico on Jun 9, 2019 at 9:27 pm

@JJ Really. The 2 Prime ministers that added the most debt to Canada was Brian and Harper. Mr T is in a paltry 3rd place. Your right wing bias means your glasses need to be cleaned.

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Woodcutter on Jun 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm

Wilf, you make it sound like Harper and his gang paid for all this and not the tax payer.. This is typical conservative tactics of speaking out of both sides of their mouths. One hand look at all the money we have dished out, but we're the only party that are fiscally responsible.

if memory serves me right, the only budget surplus in my lifetime was created by liberals

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Allan Stanley on Jun 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Woodcutter - the other right wing candidate is Pasloski's red-headed stepchild as it were.

The guy who ran Darryl's disastrous reelection campaign and was a big part of
his condescending , self-serving term as Premier.

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Wilf Carter on Jun 9, 2019 at 7:19 am

Larry the liberal. Great handle. The facts are the liberal government had nothing to do with the unemployment rate. It was set up by strong cabinet ministers in the last Yukon Party Government. The amount of money for infrastructure and housing dropped by 80% under Larry the liberal. Let's look at the list; Women's shelter, new hospital in Watson and Dawson, expansion to Whitehorse Hosptial, Sav Arm new building and Whistle Bend. So people don't have to leave the Yukon, $50 million housing trust fund plus over another $80 million in housing, airport upgrade, senior housing in the communities like Teslin and Haines Junction, plans to upgrade and make Alaska highway safer through Whitehorse. But liberals killed it and more people are getting hurt.

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Brian on Jun 9, 2019 at 6:17 am

Oh boy, Trampline master and consultant, with a little Gardening too. I met this guy in person, and had such a hard time remembering his name. Mainly because he kept telling me about how good things were in other jurisdictions.
He states: “Why is our economy and hope for a prosperous and free future being destroyed?”
Answer: because our blue collar sector wants everything now, and has financed themselves into a heavy debt load. So when $1.68 of every $1 you make goes to servicing your debt and to the banks pockets in form of Interest payments. Doesn’t leave much in the cup after. That with a combination of their search for Show Wealth with New Crap from bottom end Big Box stores. Look at the largest Corporations and their supply countries. That’s where all the disposable wealth goes; off shore.
So our population needs a mandatory education on Financial management. Not more taxes and not Make Work tax funded projects.
Also says ‘Canada could and should be the most prosperous nation on Earth – we are blessed with so much abundance of natural resources and amazing people from all over the world,’” Zelezny said
Well dude, maybe if we were China or India we could be. We don’t have the worlds largest Middle Class population in the world. Therefore we don’t have the population to support that statement. Plus a combination of Red Tape for Natural resource Extraction and increased operating costs for small business. Look how many small Mom and Pop operations are left in the Mining, Forestry Sector. Not many, Corporations and Staffing Company supplied disposable workers.
He doesn’t mention anything about First Nations, wonder if he even knows what UFA stands for.
PPC sounds like a socialist or communist party. Think PRC People’s Republic of China, or United Soviet Socialist Republic, National German Socialist Workers Party. All of which represent “The People”. It’s sounds like what you want reflected, but is it?
Seems like it’s time for a Minority party to come up, just hope there are solid leaders in those groups.
With reflecting on 75 years since D-Day. We have taken our home care providers and put them into factories and labour pool. Which helps, but our nations homes have suffered and sense of Family and Community has gone to Self and Me.
Electing our leaders needs to focus on the Health of our society and GPI (Genuine Progress Index). GDP doesn’t reflect actual growth. Especially when the profits don’t stay home.
He may be a nice guy, but the party is wearing a mask.

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Woodcutter on Jun 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm

The "Paz" is running too? I am sorry but is it the same pharmacist that I am thinking of, or is Dean Larue pulling a Rick and Morty and stepping thru a worm hole and onto an alternative reality? Why did he have to bring me?

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Dean LaRue on Jun 8, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Four more years of Pasloski Politics would be the WORST possible result for the YUKON in the upcoming Federal Election.

This guy would get MY Right Wing vote

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Larry Liberal on Jun 8, 2019 at 5:37 am

I believe this gentleman will have trouble explaining how he will improve on a 4.2% record unemployment rate that the Liberals have established what with all the airport improvements and highway upgrades to name a couple achievements.

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Woodcutter on Jun 8, 2019 at 12:30 am

Where's your QAnon patch? Don't believe man has gone to the moon? Mad max despite his lunacy was able to get 10% of the vote in a Vancouver area riding, I bet he gets over 500 in this election, pretty much giving Larry a free ride past the post first.
Perhaps the election reform efforts that failed was a good thing, hard to see how things would work out with a party like this having a voice in government.

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curious george on Jun 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm

The Trudeau liberals were the protest to the Harper conservatives. Time for a team that will do good for everyone and NOT be a protest vote.. read the platform.

The conservatives are the same as the liberals and are all corrupt at this point. Time for normal people doing things that will benefit all other normal people and not the UN or multinationals etc.

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curious george on Jun 7, 2019 at 6:16 pm

The LibCons are toast.
Only Maxime and the PPC is standing up for freedom of speech. Andrew is whipping votes in support of the paris accords as well as censorship.




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North_of_60 on Jun 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm

A vote for the PPC helps the LIB. If you want the LIB regime out, then vote CPC; they have the best chance of doing that.
It's clear from many comments that too many people are playing personality politics instead of looking at the LIB regime's failures and considering the issues.
Just be sure your 'protest vote' doesn't have unintended consequences.

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Bob Folster on Jun 7, 2019 at 10:09 am

Please Help Us Obi MAX BERNobi !

You're Our Only Hope !

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Snowball on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:56 pm

Nice to see someone running for the People's Party here, I wasn't sure they would. I was just going to stay home on voting day but now I have a place to park my ballot. The conservatives grovelling to Liberal voters was too much for me to handle. Scheer walking back all of his conservative commitments like axing the CBC, balancing the budget, etc . Then he punishes an MP for defending conservatives against slander. Anyone with libertarian or conservative principles should feel betrayed by the Conservatives right now. If you don't, you are no better than the Liberals. Voting for the same but now featuring blue lipstick! Go Joe and go Max Bernier!

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Clifford on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm

This man has a lot of fresh ideas with the PPC. I can see him doing very well in the next election.

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BnR on Jun 6, 2019 at 7:17 pm

I like Wilfs comments.
Always so.......insightful?
Regardless, what a mayor he would have made....

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Yukoner79 on Jun 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Sad that these guys think they have a chance but in reality they are just stealing a few radical right wing votes from the Conservatives. Still, being a conservative myself I would like those crazy right wingers to distance themselves from the rest of us anyway. Scared to see a Canada in Max's hands, also scared to see a Canada continue in the hands of Trudeau. Good luck to you, Jonas!

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Bob Ablanalp on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:48 am

When does he get his booth at the Fireweed Community Market ?
It had better be right beside Kate White's!

Their verbal jousting could be epic methinks.

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BnR on Jun 6, 2019 at 6:21 am

Ah, good. The libertarian showed up.
Jonas has way nicer hair though....

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Paterson on Jun 5, 2019 at 10:47 pm

..so... does he even live here? And I’m not sure Nixon should be endorsing anyone.

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Juniper Jackson on Jun 5, 2019 at 9:20 pm

This might be a surprise.. Jonas still carries the taint of the Paslowski government.. got the nomination by acclaim.. I am totally surprised by the numbers of people that think it's ok to pick up 5 guilty ethic's charges and will vote Liberal because they've always voted Liberal and besides, they are only teensie guilty charges..uh huh.
I am afraid for the trillion (1.4) dollar debt the Liberals have racked up..We're going to have to pay it... I might have gone green had it not been for May's recent antic's.. Personally? I will go Conservative this time, and hope that Max does not split the vote and Trudeau stumble into office again.. It's going to be an interesting election.. I know..I left out the NDP. Not enough Kate White's in there. In any case, Mr. Zelezny is giving it a shot.. it takes a lot of guts to stand up and be counted..especially if you think you are going to be standing there all alone.

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Allan Stanley on Jun 5, 2019 at 7:59 pm

Unlike "Rusty Pasloski" this right wing candidate
has done something other than being a political sycophant.

SOOOO - he's not the worst candidate so far .....

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Henry Wensleydale on Jun 5, 2019 at 7:46 pm

Was hoping the Ryan Leef was going to run for the Mad Max Party.

Bagnell - Leef - round 3 would be entertaining.

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Ginger Johnson on Jun 5, 2019 at 7:39 pm

How long has this guy lived in the Yukon ?
His vacuous platitudes aren't what a riding as unique and complicated
as ours need.
Anyone want to bet that he gets less votes than the 179 Wilf Carter got when he recently ran for Mayor ?

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curious george on Jun 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Seems like the haters don't bother reading the easy to search for platform details available at yukonppc.com or peoplespartyofcanada.ca
Also looks like this was a candidate intro and not a platform summary.
Things like cutting income taxes to only 3 brackets (0, 15 and 25%) as well as no capital gains tax, no carbon tax and upholding freedom of speech etc., seem pretty awesome that none of the other parties propose - just spending into infinite deficit. This new party has plenty of great plans on how to make things better for everyone - like attracting investment and jobs which will result in much needed prosperity. Taxes are just getting insane and the amount of waste, vote buying and billions spent outside of Canada are unreal and nothing to show for it except increasing poverty levels in Canada.

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Wilf on Jun 5, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Trying to help the liberals

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Johnson on Jun 5, 2019 at 4:04 pm

"restore Canada to its former glory; a nation built on unity Canadians can be proud of" Give me a break, that's a white nationalist dog whistle if ever I've heard one.

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Mick on Jun 5, 2019 at 3:54 pm

I'll go out on a limb and say this guy rakes in about 154 votes and then fades into oblivion with Max and his cronies.

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Kyle on Jun 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm

So he plans on running for the Yukon riding but his announcement makes no mention of the Yukon or Yukoners. He brought up advancing the space industry before giving any insight into what he would do for Yukoners. Absurd.

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