Another NDP leadership candidate visiting Comox Valley

Peggy Nash, a top contender for the leadership of the NDP, is bringing her cross-country tour to the Zocalo Café on Dec. 12.

Peggy Nash, a top contender for the leadership of the NDP, is bringing her cross-country tour to the Zocalo Café on Dec. 12 from 12:15 to 2 p.m. to meet and listen to the people of the Comox Valley and area.

Nash will also host an evening event on Monday at the Native Sons Hall starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome at both events.

“British Columbians know the NDP has its heart in the right place,” says Nash, appointed by the late Jack Layton as the NDP finance critic after the spring federal election.

Nash’s message: The “explosion of inequality” — the price of corporate freedom —is too high. The middle class is shrinking and our environment is at a critical point.

Nash says Canadians “know we can do better for families and that we can have a child care plan like a normal developed democracy.  They know that seniors don’t have to be fretful about retirement …there is room in a healthy economy for all. Harper’s divide-and-conquer mentality must end.”

Duncan Cameron, professor of Political Economy at Simon Fraser University, is an outspoken supporter of Nash. She has a wealth of experience; she’s fluent in English, French and Spanish.

And she has a command of economic issues, health care, human rights and international experience including as an international monitor in the election of Nelson Mandela.  Awards from the Sierra Club for environmental work and the YWCA Woman of Distinction are just two examples.

Political commentators as such as CTV’s Craig Oliver and CBC’s At Issues panellist Andrew Coyne are saying that Peggy Nash is the one to watch in this leadership race.