I am a Canadian who was born in the political heart of my great country, Ottawa, Ontario (the nation’s capital). I think of myself as more-or-less socially moderate but fiscally conservative. I also believe in the importance of a country’s military. Like Al Capone said, “You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile”, and it is important we remember that in a Post-9/11 world. Religiously, while I don’t always agree with my church. I believe myself to be an educated Catholic. I do hold political positions which are supported by religious teachings but I understand that there have to be some separation between the between Christianity and secular authority. “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)
I have a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Ottawa and I’m working on a second degree in history from Carleton University. I also spent a year abroad in Nantong, China teaching English at the college level. This experience help further my political and social beliefs, giving me more appreciation for our democratic system and a deeper understanding of personal rights and freedoms.