Radan appointed to run for Liberals in LKM
Mike Radan is the Liberal candidate for the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex riding, shown in this undated photograph. Radan was also the riding's Liberal candidate for the 2014 Ontario election. Handout/Postmedia Network
Mike Radan has quickly switched gears to become Liberal candidate for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex after the last-minute departure of former nominee Ryan O'Hagan on Sunday.
“It's just like riding a bike,” quipped Radan, 52, when asked how tough it is to step in with less than a month to go before Ontarians go to the polls on June 7.
Radan, who ran as the riding's Liberal candidate in 2014, and is currently the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Liberal Association president, said he is up-to-speed on all the issues in the riding and across the province, as well as the party's policies.
He noted that under normal circumstances, someone running as a nominee would step down as riding association president.
Citing the fact he was only appointed as the Liberal candidate on Monday, Radan said, “Given the unusual circumstances, I think it's a . . . technicality that we haven't taken care of yet, so I'm not sure what's going to happen there.”
He plans to hit the ground running as he goes up against Progressive Conservative incumbent MPP Monte McNaughton.
Other candidates vying for the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex seat include Todd Case (NDP), Anthony Li (Green Party), Brad Greulich (Libertarian Party) and Brian Everaert (Trillium Party).
“We're going to get out and talk to as many people as we can,” he said, adding they will also have a presence on social media to get their message out.
He is confident in the Liberal platform that includes increased minimum wage, free tuition to those who qualify, and free pharmacare for people under 25 and over 65, will benefit residents in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.
“I hope to get their trust to represent them at Queen's Park on June 7.”
When asked about Premier Kathleen Wynne's falling behind in the polls, Radan said, “There's always a case that over time, everything that goes wrong gets blamed on the government . . . whether it's warranted or not.”
He admits the Liberal government hasn't been perfect, but added, “neither has any government.”
He said Ontario has one of the fastest growing economies not only in Canada but the G-7 countries, with employment levels at historic highs.
“Overall, I think there's been some very positive things this government has done,” he said.
“Have things been perfect?” Radan said. “Well, no, but I think overall it's a much better plan than what the other two parties (Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats) are putting forward.”