Federal NDP leadership candidate Dewar visiting Comox Valley

The Vancouver Island North NDP Riding Association is hosting federal NDP leadership candidate Paul Dewar on Nov. 21.

The Vancouver Island North NDP Riding Association is hosting federal NDP leadership candidate Paul Dewar on Nov. 21.

Dewar is Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre, a seat he won after the retirement of Ed Broadbent in 2006. His mother, Marion Dewar, was a popular mayor of Toronto.

Dewar worked in Nicaragua as an aid worker before becoming a special education teacher and the vice-president of the Ottawa Carleton Elementary Teachers’ Federation.

Dewar served as the New Democrats’ foreign affairs critic, taking a strong stand to end the war in Afghanistan. He created all-party support to supply affordable generic drugs for Third World countries.

He has promoted the involvement of women in peace building, stood up for the rights of Canadians abroad and has advanced a new and positive approach to politics at all levels.

This is the second time Dewar has visited B.C. since he launched his campaign for leader. He is the second of nine federal leadership candidates to visit the Comox Valley.

Members of the general public as well as supporters of the NDP are invited to hear Dewar speak at the Tsolum Building in Lewis Park. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

— Vancouver Island North NDP Riding Association