With the possibility of a spring election on people?s minds, federal NDP candidates from coast to coast spent some talking amongst themselves and with their leader, Jack Layton on Tuesday, April 27th. The calls were designed to provide candidates with an opportunity to review campaign strategies and examine regional issues.
Jack Layton began the proceedings by noting his excitement about, ?? an astonishing team of candidates for the coming campaign?. The federal leader told his team to be prepared for an election that could well be called within the next two weeks. He noted that the NDP had nominated more women candidates than any other party with nearly 100 in place so far. Layton also told his troops that the NDP focus of working on practical solutions to resolve issues faced by Canadians was being well received.
Prince George ? Peace River candidate, Michael Hunter, said the call ?was designed to discuss key election issues such as preserving public health care, and to make sure that everyone is on the same page.? Hunter spoke to his colleagues from Fort St. John where he was in town to address a BC Government Employees seminar in the afternoon. Following the conference call Hunter attended a rally in support of proper funding for elder care at the Senior?s Hall before returning home to Tumbler Ridge.
Asked about the Conservative motion to have four-year terms and set elections, Hunter said Steven Harper and the Conservatives are copying the NDP. ?I have been promoting this idea for months now?, Hunter said. ?One again we see Liberals and Conservatives copying the New Democratic Party because they have run out of ideas?. The NDP is widely credited for developing public health care and pension plans.
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