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Saturday, April 14, 2018

NDP Select Their Candidate In Huron Bruce.

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Jan Johnstone will run for the party in the June 7th Ontario election campaign.

The Vice-Chair of the Bluewater District Board of Education will be the next NDP candidate in the provincial election, June 7th.

Jan Johnstone of Kincardine was acclaimed at the Huron Bruce NDP Association nomination meeting in Kincardine Friday night.

Johnstone is no stranger to political campaigns, having run unsuccessfully in the 2014 provincial election and federally, before that.

However, she sees the 2018 election as a "change election."

Johnstone says polls have consistently showed over 80% want change in the provincial government.

In a prepared release, Johnstone says, choosing Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne or Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is "going from bad to worse."

Johnstone says she believes in leader Andrea Horwath because "Only Andrea has a plan that will make life more affordable by putting back Hydro One into public hands.  She will undo decades of cuts to our public services, restore hospital funding and provide dental and pharmacare for everyone."

She says when parts of hydro were privatized, rates went up and people were having to make a decision on whether or not to pay for hydro or put food on the table.

Johnstone says the NDP will return rates to a more affordable level.

The school board trustee also says she has the support of Horwath in reviewing the contentious education funding formula in the province.

Johnstone points out the Liberals promised such a review in 2003 and nothing happened.

She says she'd like to see Queen's Park stay out of decisions such as what schools should stay open or close and what areas should get new schools.

Johnstone believes in "local democracy" and wants to make that, one of her goals.

She says, "I want to be part of an NDP government that gives everyone in Huron Bruce the chance to build a great life."

It was a small but enthusiastic, supportive crowd that was out for the Association's meeting and they pledged over $12,000 to help Johnstone with her campaign expenses.

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