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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 52

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Kenneth "Mike" Canada

University Professor
8,268 votes (4.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Immigration: The real issue is whether current immigration laws are being enforced. It's time to apply existing immigration laws, secure the borders and reform the H-1B Visa program.
  • Defense: the U.S. military is under-manned and there is too much overspending on failed military projects, like the F-35, our government seems to have forgotten what “National Defense” really means.
  • We have too many entitlement programs that are heaped on the backs of the middle-class tax-payer base.



Profession:UAS Pilot, Lawyer and University Professor
Assistant Professor, Lewis University (2015–current)
UAS Pilot and Mission Commander, Academi (2013–2015)
UAS Pilot and Mission Commander, VT Group (2011–2012)
Tax Analyst, Jefferson Wells (2008–2012)
UAS Pilot and Mission Commander and Site Lead, Boeing (2009–2011)


Johns Hopkins University AGIG Certification, Advanced Electronic and Unmanned Aerial Systems (2012)
University of San Diego LL.M., Comparative International Law (2005)
Durham University, UK LL.B. (JD) Honors, English Common Law and European Community Law (2004)
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL BS, Education and Workforce Deveolpment (1994)

Community Activities

Student Attorney/Advisor, University of San Diego Tax Law Legal Clinic (2006–2006)
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity (1999–2001)
Volunteer, Operation Stand-down, San Diego (1987–1994)
Teacher/Volunteer, Partnerships in Education (1989–1984)


Professor Kenneth “Mike” Canada – Professor Canada is a Coronado resident and an Assistant Professor of Aviation Transportation and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at Lewis University and a UAS pilot with 1,500 logged pilot in command (PIC) combat flight hours.  Previously employed by Boeing IDS, VT Group, AAI, Neany Inc., and Academi, he has forward deployed with US and International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He has supported the US Marine Corps, US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF) in combat operations – providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), battle damage assessment (BDA), mission coordination planning, flight crew mission briefing, and airspace coordination.  In addition to being Flight Director certified by Boeing, and an Insitu Level 1 certified Scaneagle maintenance technician, Prof. Canada also has tactical experience with electro-optical (EO), infrared, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) remote sensors for counter IED operations.


Before entering the UAS industry, Mike Canada spent 10 years in the United States Navy, as an S-3A/S-3B Viking tactical aircraft Instructor and Fleet NATOPS Evaluator.  He also worked as a Program Manager for L3 Communications, a Flight Simulator Instructor for Lockheed Martin Corporation, and an Aircrew Training Coordination Consultant for CDI Corporation.  Having obtained a B.Sc. in Education from Southern Illinois University, an LL.B. (Honors) in Law and European Community Law from Durham University Law School (UK), and an LL.M. in Comparative Law (with further studies inTaxation Law) at the University of San Diego School of Law, Prof. Canada’s legal background includes:  M&A, transfer pricing, international, federal, SALT, and corporate taxation experience with Hewlett Packard; Partner of the Firm (POF) taxation experience with Ernst & Young; and corporate taxation planning, analysis and training with LexisNexis and Jefferson Wells International.

In 2013, Prof. Canada was commissioned to write a paper in support of the UN Special Rapporteur’s investigation on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights, analyzing the international legal ramifications regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in asymmetrical warfare.  In June 2014, Prof. Canada was a featured speaker and expert panelist at the McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP Commercial UAS Symposium in Washington D.C. June 2014.

Mike and his wife have 3 children and live in Coronado.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Kenneth "Mike" Canada:

The real issue is whether current immigration laws are being enforced.  For example, sanctuary cities, The Dream Act and other related programs tear down the very provisions that were instituted as the basis of US immigration policy.

Instead of enforcing current immigration, the Obama administration has (through executive fiat) chosen to reward illegal aliens for breaking the law, by offering widespread amnesty and permitting the establishment of sanctuary cities. Quite simply, this has to stop and we must secure our border! By failing to enforce the laws of our land, we are essentially inviting illegal immigrants to do as they please, with absolutely no concern for the millions of citizens who are subsequently burdened with higher taxes in order to support them.


Before we start changing our immigration laws, we need to see if the law already existing work, then make logical rather than emotional decisions to institute immigration reform.

The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
Answer from Kenneth "Mike" Canada:

I would actually do the job I was sent to do, legislate for the sake of my constituents.  I'm a problem solver, I have a proven track record of accomplishments and I possess the skills to garner broad support for my endeavors.  We, the US, look to far into the problems we face to see the solutions right in front of our eyes.  This means taking the hard decisions and not putting issues aside to prance to the next D.C. gala or politcal function.  I thrive on adversity, I'll listen to both sides of the argument and I'll build consesus for any plan that benefits my constituents and country.

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from Kenneth "Mike" Canada:

The Middle East has a history of issues that predate our involvement.  One of those issues is terrorism. What most bureaucrats and politicians fail to understand is that the current unrest is not primarily political and economic, it’s sociological and anthropological as well.  Western governments believe that because western democracy works for them, then the same should apply to Middle East. Not so.  Afghanistan is a prime example of our failure to understand the four aforementioned influences that differentiate the West from Middle East at a base level.  We should back governments that are benevolent towards its citizenry, in whatever form that government takes.  Only after a period of stabilization, can we assist in transitioning a government to democracy.  This “one size fits all” philosophy is a recipe for failure.

Additionally, the US is also overspending on failed military projects, like the F-35, our government seems to have forgotten what “National Defense” really means.

Our economy is based on the Military Industrial Complex.  However, the shift to employ government contractors under this system to do the jobs historically accomplished by military personnel is eroding our military manpower.  Geneva Convention rules also limit the involvement of contracting agents, whereas, military personnel are not restricted in their military roles.  Making cuts in this area would help solve some of the DoD man power and budgetary shortfalls.  These all have led to a weaking in our ability to fight terrorism on a global scale.


Additionally, the Obama administration’s pressuring of the DoD to cutback spending, laboring under the misapprehension there is no real global military threat after the end of combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, is dangerous.  Recent incursions against US warships by Russian fighters shows us that our enemies are emboldened because they view the US as weak militarily, thus an easy target for terrorist to strike us and home and abroad..


The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

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Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $17,000

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Mike Canada

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Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Affordable Care Act


Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

It’s failed and it’s costing millions.

Let’s face it, there is nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act. Chances are, if you haven’t been billed by the IRS recently, for failing to purchase health insurance this past year, you’re probably one of the millions of people nationwide who has been struggling to pay the skyrocketing costs of mandatory healthcare. For most of us, premiums have tripled over the past couple of years, to the extent that it now costs an arm and a leg to stay covered! For many, it costs as much as their monthly mortgage or rent payment! For others, it’s means near bankruptcy!

“The current system is unsustainable (and) the financial burden … should not be tolerated.”

While we probably all agree that everyone should have access to healthcare, I firmly believe that the current system is unsustainable. The financial burden that has been placed on the middle class, as part of Obama’s attempt at redistributing wealth, should not be tolerated. The middle class should not be forced to pay higher premiums to compensate for those who could never afford the premiums in the first place.

What we need is a fairer system that meets people’s needs at a price that everyone can afford, not punitive legislation that jeopardizes the health and wealth of the majority. I propose, therefore, that we stop trying to make bad legislation work, and focus on repealing Obama care instead. By making it a priority to tackle the healthcare industry head on, I am certain that I will be able to provide the industry with incentives that will reduce the cost of healthcare universally. Let’s resuscitate our ailing healthcare system once and for all!

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