Peter­son plan­ning more am­bi­tious NDP cam­paign in Cy­press Hills Grass­lands

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - BY SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Trevor Peter­son is pre­par­ing for a more ag­gres­sive cam­paign when he car­ries the NDP banner into the up­com­ing fed­eral elec­tion in the Cy­press Hills Grass­lands Con­stituency.

Peter­son has an en­thu­si­as­tic ap­proach fol­low­ing his se­lec­tion as the NDP can­di­date for the Cy­press Hills Grass­lands Con­stituency dur­ing a nom­i­nat­ing meet­ing on Nov. 1.

“I’m go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent can­di­date than I was four years ago,” Peter­son said dur­ing his ac­cep­tance speech. “The ex­pe­ri­ence that I’ve gained, and the con­tacts I’ve made … is go­ing to make this elec­tion cam­paign to­tally dif­fer­ent. David An­der­son is go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence an NDP op­po­si­tion like he’s not seen in the last 14 years.”

Peter­son, a teacher at the Assini­boia Com­pos­ite High School, will be look­ing to make some ad­di­tional strides after help­ing the NDP earn an in­crease in vote dur­ing the past elec­tion. In the 2011 elec­tion MP David An­der­son was re-elected with 69.8 per cent of the popular vote, while Pederson and the NDP placed sec­ond with 21.2 per cent (6,248 votes) in support. Back in the Oc­to­ber 2008 fed­eral elec­tion Scott Wilson ran as the NDP can­di­date and placed sec­ond with 15.77 per cent (4,394 votes) of the popular vote. An­der­son had 64.35 per cent of the bal­lots cast in 2008.

“The last elec­tion, I said I only ran a one month cam­paign, and we gained over six to seven per cent. I think this time around we’re go­ing to gain a lot more,” Peter­son said.

“I’m go­ing to put up a fight for sure. I think (David An­der­son’s) had it fairly easy over the last four years. And I think the gov­ern­ment he rep­re­sents is mak­ing mis­takes that are go­ing to make his re-elec­tion a lot more dif­fi­cult.”

Peter­son said he has been work­ing be­hind the scenes on his cam­paign and build­ing a strong grass­roots team to run a bet­ter cam­paign.

“I had ab­so­lutely zero ex­pe­ri­ence last time around. So one mis­take I re­al­ize I made was only cam­paign­ing for the one month,” he ad­mit­ted. “I’ve been work­ing the last four years do­ing things, and we’ve built a great ex­ec­u­tive in Swift Cur­rent here.”

Dur­ing his ac­cep­tance speech he poked some light hearted fun as the Con­ser­va­tives, but did not pull any punches about Prime Min­is­ter Harper.

“I think he’s in­tro­duc­ing some poli­cies that are un­demo­cratic. Bill C13, the Surveil­lance Poli­cies, things like that.”

“I be­lieve the theme for the 2015 elec­tion cam­paign has now been set. The Con­ser­va­tive are go­ing to ask Cana­di­ans to make a choice, a choice be­tween se­cu­rity and free­dom. As New Democrats, we need to fight for both.”

Peter­son said the NDP look good head­ing into the fed­eral cam­paign in 2015 un­der the lead­er­ship of Tom Mul­cair.

“No­body can re­place Jack Lay­ton, and who knows what would have hap­pened if Jack Lay­ton was still around. I don’t want to com­pare the two. I think Tom Mul­cair has been do­ing a heck of a job in Par­lia­ment. I not only think he makes Harper look bad and holds him to task, but he shows the weak­nesses of Mr. Trudeau also. Mul­cair is a very good politi­cian and he’s do­ing a great job in the House.”

Peter­son said he would work hard for change in Ot­tawa, ad­vo­cat­ing for a na­tional child­care pro- gram, fight­ing for the CWB and the CBC, and fight­ing for a strong Cana­dian Health Ac­cord.

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