A Lindsay resident will be carrying the banner for the NDP in the next federal election.
Barbara Doyle was selected the party’s candidate when members of the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock NDP riding association hosted a nomination meeting Saturday (Feb. 23).
“We are pleased to announce that Barbara Doyle will be our candidate. Barbara 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,” reads a press release from the riding association.
Doyle outlined a number of priorities for her campaign against incumbent Conservative MP Jamie Schmale leading into the Oct. 21 election.
“We must focus on the health, stability and well-being of one hundred percent of Canadians, not growing the wealth of the top one percent. 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,” reads the media release.
“We have two very distinct but intertwined jobs ahead of us – ensuring the stability of all Canadians through health care improvements, investing in education, skilled trades and innovation, building more affordable housing, as well as healing and protecting our environment while also growing our economy in greener tech industries.”
She also described climate change as “one of the most urgent crises that faces Canada and the world today.”
“Fighting climate change must be at the top of our priorities. It is not a matter of recycling and putting a blue bin at the end of the driveway anymore. It has become an issue that our government has to take seriously. It’s not done by being a Conservative mouthpiece for the fossil fuel industry. It’s not done by buying a pipeline at the cost of $4.5 billion,” she said.
“It is entirely possible for Canada to become 100 percent renewable in the next decades and by 2050, we can have a 100 percent clean economy. 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.”
She criticized Schmale for “propping up the fossil fuel industry.”
“ 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,” she said.
“Investing in skilled trades, innovation and Canadian businesses, with our objectives of moving our country forward in a healthy and sustainable way must be our priority. Ending trade deals like Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership that allows countries like Japan or the World Trade Organization to sue Canada and Ontario when we source renewable materials from businesses in our own province. It’s policies like this that both Conservatives and Liberals embrace. Policies that shame governments from investing in small and medium sized businesses and operations, but instead help countries on the other side of the Pacific.”