Candidate Stories: Tales from the NDP Trenches

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Candidate Stories: Tales from the NDP Trenches

I want to share an article about my MP and needed a thread and none of the titles currently seemed to fit. I would love to read other local media articles about NDP candidates in other parts of the country. Here is my contribution. 

Gord Johns, the incumbent MP for the Courtenay-Alberni riding, went to Ottawa in 2015 believing that members of minority parties could get things done in the Canadian Parliament. And, he says, he proved it was true.

During Johns first term as a New Democratic Party MP, he passed two motions with unanimous support. One that benefited 40,000 Canadian veterans and another that benefited the world’s oceans. He helped bring $100 million to his riding for community infrastructure projects.

And, he says, he has been a voice for indigenous people on the national stage. He secured funding for a new Coast Guard Auxiliary Indigenous Peoples program that will employ 10 First Nations people located in Tofino.

Johns got funding for the art gallery on Hornby Island, where 40 percent of residents make their living from the arts. And he used the media to shine a light on the derelict and abandoned vessels in Deep Bay, something the former Conservative MP John Duncan promised for years but didn’t do.

He found $3 million to restore the Sproat Lake water bombers with a new technology that enables them to fight fires at night. And he got $200,000 for a pilot program at Pacific Coast University that could ultimately expand to benefit 1.2 million Canadians who have been hurt on the job.

“We have lots of little communities in this riding, and everybody counts,” John said. “The mayors and councils know who’s been helping and working collaboratively for their benefit.”

https://decafnation.net/2019/09/25/gord-johns-touts-record-federal-inves...

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Was working in the campaign office of Min Sook Lee in Toronto Danforth.   Most of us were wrapping up for the evening and a couple just walked in and said "we have to pick up our son in half an hour.  Can you give us something to do for the next 30 minutes?"

Those are the kinds of little things that brighten your day when working on a campaign.
 

KarlL

kropotkin1951 wrote:

I want to share an article about my MP and needed a thread and none of the titles currently seemed to fit. I would love to read other local media articles about NDP candidates in other parts of the country. Here is my contribution. 

Gord Johns, the incumbent MP for the Courtenay-Alberni riding, went to Ottawa in 2015 believing that members of minority parties could get things done in the Canadian Parliament. And, he says, he proved it was true.

During Johns first term as a New Democratic Party MP, he passed two motions with unanimous support. One that benefited 40,000 Canadian veterans and another that benefited the world’s oceans. He helped bring $100 million to his riding for community infrastructure projects.

And, he says, he has been a voice for indigenous people on the national stage. He secured funding for a new Coast Guard Auxiliary Indigenous Peoples program that will employ 10 First Nations people located in Tofino.

Johns got funding for the art gallery on Hornby Island, where 40 percent of residents make their living from the arts. And he used the media to shine a light on the derelict and abandoned vessels in Deep Bay, something the former Conservative MP John Duncan promised for years but didn’t do.

He found $3 million to restore the Sproat Lake water bombers with a new technology that enables them to fight fires at night. And he got $200,000 for a pilot program at Pacific Coast University that could ultimately expand to benefit 1.2 million Canadians who have been hurt on the job.

“We have lots of little communities in this riding, and everybody counts,” John said. “The mayors and councils know who’s been helping and working collaboratively for their benefit.”

https://decafnation.net/2019/09/25/gord-johns-touts-record-federal-inves...

Gord Johns is a good MP, having dealt with him on a file - and I say that as a Liberal.  If I lived in Courtenay-Alberni, I'd vote for Gord, which would be made all the easier by the Conservatives being the threat there and the Liberals' lack of competitiveness in the riding.