Cornwall ON – In what has been one of the least possible surprising announcements, Cornwall Ontario City councilor Elaine MacDonald announced today that she will be seeking the NDP provincial nomination for the SD&SG Ontario riding.
Currently Jim McDonell is the Progressive Conservative candidate while the Liberals decide on their man on June 13th.
Ms MacDonald has run previously at the federal level for the NDP and has served on City Council now for two terms.
The Official Press Release:
Cornwall city councillor Elaine MacDonald is seeking the nomination for the New Democratic Party in the provincial election of October 2011. MacDonald says she is prompted by the current situation in Ontario, in which ordinary people are finding it harder and harder to keep up while the government at Queens Park is growing increasingly more remote from their everyday concerns.
MacDonald says people are scrambling to stay afloat while being hit on all sides by rising costs for food, energy, fuel and shelter, all of which are aggravated by the HST, the tax that was imposed to finance a series of tax cuts to corporations.
MacDonald feels that the McGuinty government has lost sight of working people’sconcerns as a priority. Even though economists have declared that Ontario’s corporate tax rate is more than competitive, the government is holding to its policies of corporate tax cuts, a policy also promoted by Tim Hudak’s conservatives, at the expense of the family budgetary needs. The NDP is committed to dealing with job losses, stagnating wages, and growing costs, all of which are made worse by unfair policies like the HST. MacDonald hopes to be part of the team that will offer a positive alternative to Ontarians in October.
The NDP will focus on innovative strategies to create and protect jobs – using a “Buy Ontario” plan to grow new sectors, pursuing value-added strategies to make the most of our resources and create strategies for key sectors and hard-hit regions.
As party leader Andrea Horwath rolls out the party’s platform, voters will see that security and stability in jobs, social programs, an improved healthcare and a green economy are the touchstones of NDP policies and electoral platform.
In addition to her duties as city councillor, which she will step away from during the campaign period, September 7 to October 6, MacDonald is co-chair of the Cornwall Chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition, a founding member of the SD&G Coalition for Social Justice, President of the Cornwall & District Labour Council and vice-president of the SDSG NDP Riding Association.
It’s time for Government to focus on the basic issues which are really important. Looking at people’s basic needs. With access to healthcare at a trickle and schools closing libraries within their buildings we need our government to focus on the basic issues again.