I love the chance to visit and see the wonders of New Brunswick. So to experience Kent County as a volunteer for the Kent NDP campaign to elect Susan Levi-Peters as MLA was an opportunity I did not want to miss. It is a reasonable facsimile to heading to Montreal for the federal NDP convention. Election day is Monday April 15, so e-day minus 3.
Rural New Brunswick is amazingly beautiful, even in the onset of early spring. The snow is almost all gone, the mud is starting to develop, only to wait for the April showers. The only rule is not to travel down a dirt road. Rule broken on my first day helping the campaign. It was perfect for rally racing, or mudding. Just not fun in a rented Yaris. Though that said, we saw two moose. Kent County is rustic to say the least. And I say that having grown up in the rustic North Esk Parish of Northumberland County.
I still wonder what can be done to draw our people back from Alberta and other provinces to our wonderful province. All I know is that jobs and economic opportunity are needed. New ways of thinking and solving the problems of New Brunswick will come by electing people who understand the difficulties of rural living. Independent, resourceful individuals are key to changing the political landscape.
Susan is one such individual. She was the first women elected Chief of Elsipogtog First Nation. She owned a small business in the community. She is an advocate and activist, helping to lead the fight against fracking in Kent County.
I am proud to be part of her volunteer team. I am proud of the work of the team to date. Come Monday, I expect an NDP MLA named Susan will be heading to Fredericton to represent the people of Kent.
Have you contributed to the campaign? If so, thank you. If not, please consider it. Go to http://www.nbndp.ca/donate. Thank you in advance.