Paul Durst is a proud Canadian and 20-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He grew up in rural southern Ontario, and has lived in Ottawa for the last 19 years - he currently resides in Beacon Hill North. Happily married to his wife Vanessa for 29 years, they are proud of their five children: Paul Jr, Rachel, David, Elisabeth and Joseph. Paul is often heard emphasizing the importance of family.
Paul has served his country as an officer in The Royal Canadian Regiment from 1987-2002 where he held command and staff positions. Most notably he served in Germany from 1989-1991 when the Berlin wall came down, and in the NATO Implementation Force in 1996 to enforce the Dayton Peace Accord in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since 2002 Paul has continued to serve his country in the Public Service as a manager and senior advisor and has specialized in relationship building, partnerships and collaboration. Paul has a BA in Political Science from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.
- FREEDOM OF THE INDIVIDUAL
Canadian citizens should be free to do what they feel is right provided that it does not take away from another person’s freedom. The government must respect people’s Treaty, Charter and Constitutional rights!
- LIMITED ROLE OF GOVERNMENT:
Government involvement in citizens' lives should be minimalized, providing the essential services that could not be carried out by individuals and families acting independently.
- PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY:
The government should promote self-reliance and the principle of personal integrity by setting an example and encouraging individuals and families to seek education and/or employment, and properly manage their own finances.
- FOCUS ON ACHIEVEMENT:
Government should enable achievement particularly for our youth, by providing equality of opportunity to everyone-not equality of outcome: hard workers will benefit the most.
Government should show compassion to those in need, helping individuals and families who are working to overcome hardships, while maintaining the dignity of all.
- RESPONSIBLE SPENDING AND LOWER TAXES:
Government should respect tax-payers - their money should be used effectively, efficiently, and economically to promote Canadian priorities. Let's not burden our children with debt.
- SECURE AND SMART IMMIGRATION:
Canada should welcome the diverse skills required for our country to grow while preserving Canadian founding values.
- CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT:
Canadians must take measures to protect the quality of the air we breathe, our land, and our water– whether it is the water we drink, or the water that is home to a big part of the animal kingdom.