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Barbara Doyle chosen as federal NDP candidate

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Barbara Doyle has been chosen to represent the NDP in Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock for the next federal election. She was one of two candidates, topping local union leader James Mulhern.

Doyle is focusing on a platform that fights for “change and progress in areas of affordable housing, universal Pharmacare, justice reforms, skilled trades and implementing robust climate policies that include fighting for an aggressive transition to green alternatives and moving away from carbon-intensive industries while also addressing limiting trade policies that go against Canadian interests,” according to a press release.

Doyle says, “We must focus on the health, stability and well-being of 100 per cent of Canadians, not growing the wealth of the top one per cent.”

“Health care, education and housing are the mainstays of a supported and vibrant community. As Canadians, we take care of each other, to the very best of our ability. The current government is failing us. We have our most vulnerable citizens struggling to keep a roof over their heads, to put food on the table and that is unacceptable. We have a government that prioritizes corporations over families and that must end now,” she says.

Doyle also believes it is possible for Canada to have a 100 per cent clean economy by 2050. But in order to do that, we need real leadership in the House of Commons. Someone who isn’t shy about wanting to end fossil fuel subsidies, raise royalties on resources, increase income taxes on corporations, carbon tax and dividend, and most importantly, move to a more locally based economy by ending trade deals that directly interfere with sustaining and investing in our local economies.

“The more we have our current MP propping up the fossil fuel industry, the less money there is for opportunities in Ontario. Why do you think Ontario’s once strong manufacturing industry has been disappearing decade after decade? Why factories around rural Ontario are shutting down? It’s happening by handing money out to the carbon-intensive industry with no strings attached, which ends up draining funds that could have gone into supporting manufacturing. That could have gone into supporting low-carbon sectors jobs like in education, and in social work, or in child care,” Doyle says.

The nomination meeting was wrapped up with a fundraising drive to support Doyle’s campaign which garnered just over $10,000 in donations and pledges. For more information about the campaign, to donate, request a sign or to volunteer, contact the Barbara Doyle Campaign through www.barbaradoyle.ca.

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