Peggy Nash Elected - Takes Fair Trade Fight to Ottawa
January 24, 2006
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Peggy Nash Elected-Takes Fair Trade Fight To Ottawa
dated January 24, 2006
January 23, 2006
Peggy Nash, assistant to Canadian Auto Workers national president Buzz Hargrove is leaving the union and going to Ottawa as a newly elected NDP Member of Parliament. Nash defeated the Liberal incumbent in Parkdale-High Park in Toronto in the federal election January 23rd. She credited the CAW with helping prepare her for this day.
"It's the training in the union that helped me develop the skills that allowed me to run for public office, so I am incredibly grateful. In the union debating the issues and really understanding how working people can influence political life; it has been fundamental in my personal development."
Flushed with the victory Nash remained true to her CAW roots and promised to take the fight for "fair trade" to Ottawa.
"The issue about fair trade is something that came up at our all candidates meetings and it is something that I feel very strongly about. It means the difference between good jobs and poor jobs in our country."
As the early results came in, the Peggy Nash supporters apprehensive mood quickly changed as Nash's lead over the liberal incumbent climbed steadily through the evening.
Pandemonium of joy broke loose when Nash arrived at the victory party.
"I can tell you that it is a wonderful, wonderful feeling tonight in Parkdale High Park."
"I am so humbled by the decision of the voters of Parkdale High Park. I was very nervous all day but everyone kept coming up to me and saying what a great feeling in our community-that people want change."
"It is an amazing experience to be part of a campaign where so many people come together and give their time, and volunteer and build and work for a goal which is to make life better for working people in our community."
Nash has fought all her working life as a CAW activist and women's advocate and vows to carry the fight forward with her, as she moves into the halls of power in Ottawa.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."