NDP ac­claims in­cum­bent Hat­field in Wind­sor-Te­cum­seh for 2018 elec­tion

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A 16-year-old NDP sup­porter nom­i­nated in­cum­bent MPP Percy Hat­field as can­di­date for Wind­sorTe­cum­seh in the up­com­ing provin­cial elec­tion.

Un­con­tested, Hat­field ac­cepted the nom­i­na­tion and will run for the NDP in 2018.

“I’m known for speak­ing up on is­sues for this area, and I’ll con­tinue to do that,” Hat­field said. “I think it’s im­por­tant, at this stage, a year in ad­vance, to re­mind peo­ple that they will have a can­di­date that they know and can re­spect.”

The nom­i­na­tion meet­ing, held at Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 255 on Wyan­dotte Street Sun­day af­ter­noon, was at­tended by about 25 NDP mem­bers from the Wind­sor-Te­cum­seh rid­ing.

“I know that some­times peo­ple can feel that it’s more ex­cit­ing when there’s a huge con­test in­volved,” said Noah Tep­per­man, pres­i­dent of the fed­eral Wind­sorTe­cum­seh NDP rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tion.

“But to be able to come to­gether as a group of peo­ple, re­ally in sup­port of a sin­gle can­di­date, is also a won­der­ful feel­ing.”

Tep­per­man pointed out the vast range of ages in the room; the youngest and old­est mem­bers present joined to nom­i­nate Hat­field.

Hat­field’s 16-year-old nom­i­na­tor, Evan Tanovich, was also his first leg­isla­tive page.

“Speak­ing as a young per­son, there’s a lot of en­ergy to take this elec­tion and hope­fully make it a vic­tory,” Tanovich said.

As Hat­field’s nom­i­na­tion was un­con­tested, much of the talk fo­cused on the up­com­ing elec­tion.

In in­ter­views prior to and after the nom­i­na­tion, many mem­bers raised the Hy­dro One sell-off as a ma­jor con­cern. Tanovich called the sell-off a “detri­ment” to the On­tario Lib­eral Party’s chances of win­ning.

Oth­ers said they don’t have a sense of the On­tario Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive voice.

Hat­field said mem­bers of the public don’t know what Pa­trick Brown stands for be­cause the party isn’t for­mally adopt­ing any poli­cies un­til after their Novem­ber con­ven­tion.

“So we don’t know where they stand on any­thing,” Hat­field said. “They don’t have a hy­dro plan, they don’t have a phar­ma­care plan, they don’t have a min­i­mum wage plan.”

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives are cur­rently polling ahead of the On­tario Lib­er­als and NDP. Tanovich said he thinks the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives are the party to beat.

“But I be­lieve our pro­gres­sive agenda, the NDP’s pro­gres­sive ideas, are go­ing to ul­ti­mately over­come some of the aus­ter­ity mea­sures pro­posed by the Con­ser­va­tives.”

Oth­ers were im­pressed by An­drea Hor­wath, leader of the On­tario NDP.

Dur­ing the last On­tario elec­tion, Tep­per­man said he didn’t think the party’s vi­sion of lead­er­ship was “quite ready for show­time.”

But now, he says: “I think it’s an en­tirely dif­fer­ent story.

“I find it re­ally ex­cit­ing to see just how much strength of pol­icy and of pre­sen­ta­tion that the On­tario NDP lead­er­ship is putting out there. An­drea Hor­wath has come through to be a much ... stronger leader than I found her to be just a cou­ple years ago.”

Peter Pel­ler­ito, a NDP sup­porter for over 40 years, said he was “to­tally amazed” at how far Hor­wath has come in the last few years after see­ing her at the last provin­cial NDP con­ven­tion.

“I think she would be the per­son to vote for.”

The meet­ing ended on a united — and op­ti­mistic — note.

“For my money,” said Pel­ler­ito, “I’ll vote NDP un­til the cows come home.”

Percy Hat­field

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