Peggy with Mayor David Miller and
his children, plus local firefighters
September 12, all of those who helped to create such an exciting NDP
campaign in Parkdale-HIgh Park last June were invited to a BBQ in High
Park. Well over 100 people attended the celebration and 'thank you' to
election donors, workers and volunteers. The weather was wonderful, the
live band was great, the food was the best, and there were even games
and fun for kids. Mayor David Miller dropped by with his children
to join in the festivities.
Many of you wrote
to me after the election to say that you wanted to stay involved. I
want to make sure that is possible. We will be meeting
to plan future events and to reorganize in preparation for a federal
election that may come at anytime.
We are now in an
important period of minority government. The Liberals got elected with
promises of health care, child care and support for
cities. We need to work had to ensure that they keep their promises so
that we can make progress after so many years of cutbacks.
Also we need to work
to ensure that Canada does not sign on to George Bush's Missile Defence
Shield. Most scientists agree that this
technology will lead to the militarization of space and has not yet been
proven to work. Canada needs to establish an independent foreign
policy and not become a junior partner to the U.S.
In the meantime there
is an NDP
provincial convention in Hamilton in November, and there will
be a policy discussion in the local riding
association leading up to that event. If any these activities are of
interest to you, please let me know so that I can send you details.
I continue to be
eager to attend community events to take our message of
hope and accountability to those who live in our community. Please let
me know of any events that you think I should attend.
I wish you a great
beginning to another school year, and a new parliamentary session -
one where New Democrats will be taking every
opportunity to remind the federal Liberal government of its campaign