Are you socially progressive and your heart votes New Democrat every time it can? We need you!”

That is what Bonnie Jean-Louis, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell’s past NDP candidate in the provincial election, says.

During this federal election year, the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell NDP Association is looking to recruit people that are willing and looking forward to making a difference!

First and foremost, we are hoping to recruit new blood! New ideas = new possibilities!” exclaimed Jean-Louis, who would love to see an ongoing rise in the NDP votes in the region.

In between the last two provincial elections, the rise in NDP supporters nearly doubled. Jean-Louis wants to inspire new devotees, in this new year, to take an active role.

I am sure that there are many other people in our community, that makes a New Year’s resolution, of doing good in 2019! I’m here to say that political action, is exactly that, a way to contribute to our community’s well-being on the long run!”

Getting involved in politics is not easy, especially for a candidate. It necessitates a lot of time, energy, availability and encouragement. But as a volunteer, it can mean everything. Especially, the impact it has on our surrounding such as our riding!

This fall’s federal election promises to be a special one, says Jean-Louis.

“Two men who both have had their turn to sit in the House of Commons will go against each other once again. Debating issues that are too often, not ours.  The New Democrats are hoping to find the candidate that will be there to represent us in GPR and stand up for the issues that are essential,” adds Jean-Louis.

I can’t hide it, we are looking for a champion! But one thing is for sure, we are hoping that the next candidate will be nominated way before the writ is dropped! We need someone who knows the issues and who is willing to stand against the projects that don’t represent us! People keep on saying it, we have had enough of a government that promised everything in regards to the environment and agriculture during the last campaign, only to turn around and buy a pipeline while negotiating to a deficit, our dairy farmers quotas. Plus, we certainly don’t need someone that always is looking forward to taking a step back in women’s rights for choosing an abortion if the needs arise…”

The next annual general meeting of the NDP will be held at the end of March. If the desire to try out as a candidate appeals to you, you have until Friday, March 8 to complete the forms and submit them to NDP of Canada headquarters.

In the meantime, anyone who would like to sit on the executive committee is welcome. You just have to make sure your membership is renewed anytime in the next two weeks, to have the right to vote at the AGM and be elected as part of the team.