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Meet Peggy



PEGGY NASH for M.P. in Parkdale-High Park

Peggy Nash believes it is time to restore hope and principled leadership to our national agenda. After almost 20 years of cutbacks to social programs, job losses and environmental degradation, she has a vision of a reinvigorated economy and responsible solutions to environmental and social concerns.

Peggy’s roots go generations deep in the Parkdale-High Park community. Along with Carl, her partner they have raised their 3 sons here, living for many years at their home on Garden and on Parkside Drive. Their youngest son is about to graduate from Western Tech where his grandfather graduated 60 years ago. For almost 20 years, they have participated fully in the community life of this riding.

As a lifelong advocate of progressive social change, Peggy prides herself on her years of practical experience and action. She led union collective bargaining with some of the largest corporations in the world and some of the smallest community agencies and businesses. What they all share in common is the requirement to grapple with difficult problems and find practical solutions that make a positive difference in the lives of working people, their families and their communities.

Peggy has demonstrated her ability to find practical solutions to tough problems

  1. Working to create the NDP Green Car Strategy that brings together Greenpeace and the Canadian Auto Workers to promote more responsible, sustainable investment in auto manufacturing;
  2. Supporting Eva’s Phoenix, a community project to assist homeless youth
    by offering them a chance to develop practical skills while getting off the street;
  3. Negotiating employer-paid child development and care programs to provide quality care for the children of shift workers;
  4. Taking action to end violence against women and children by advocating for women in the workplace, creating worker training programs, and ongoing financial support for women’s shelters and agencies;
  5. Negotiating with Ford Canada as the first union woman responsible for major auto negotiations in North America.

Peggy is an internationally recognized Canadian spokesperson on a range of issues such as labour market policy, trade and the economy, human rights and social policy. A frequent media commentator in English and French, she has been invited to speak at many national and international conferences such as the World Social Forum in Porto Allegre, Brazil.

As a long-time human rights activist, she represented Canada as an Official Observer in the first post-apartheid elections in South Africa in 1994. More recently, she appeared before the Federal Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on the proposed Safe Third Country Regulations, to oppose restrictions on the ability of refugees to gain safe access to Canada.

Electing Peggy to the House of Commons would mean electing a national figure, with strong local roots, who can speak effectively for all communities in Parkdale-High Park.