As we come to the closing hours of this hectic election campaign, I wish to
thank all of you who supported me in letter and spirit, not just in Ottawa
South, but from coast to coast across Canada.
The past six weeks have been a huge challenge for me. When I started I was
new to politics, but this campaign has made me even more convinced that I
did the right think in running for the NDP as a candidate for Parliament in
My decision to run for the NDP was based on principles. The NDP to me, is
the only party in this country that stands for social justice, a strong and
flourishing public healthcare system; a truly independent foreign policy; a
strong commitment towards racial minorities and new Canadians; and above all
an integrity in politics that is so lacking in Ottawa.
It was the NDP that introduced healthcare in Canada. It was the NDP that was
instrumental in bringing public pensions and unemployment insurance for
ordinary Canadians. Whether it was the War Measures Act in the 1960s or the
discrimination against Chinese immigrants in the 1930s, the NDP and its
predecessors, at great cost to themselves, stood for the minority rights.
Now as new minorities face racial profiling and Canadians lose their civil
liberties, only the NDP is willing to stand up and speak for us.
Therefore, I urge all of you to seriously consider voting NDP tomorrow when
you go to the polling booth. Every vote counts and no vote is wasted.
I know that many of you have traditionally voted for other parties and there
are considerable pressures on you to continue to vote for the Liberal or
Conservatives. However, this time, I ask you to give the NDP a chance.
I understand that there is widespread propaganda by the Liberal Party that a
vote for the NDP is a vote for the conservatives. Nothing could be further
from the truth. A vote for the NDP is a vote for yourself, for your
representation, for a strong voice in Parliament for the Canada we believe
On Monday, please vote for the NDP. Vote for your values.
I thank you all for your consideration.
New Energy. A positive choice.
NDP Candidate for Ottawa South