NDP introduces federal candidate, Patrick Burger

SDSG NDP candidate Patrick Burger (holding a can of Orange Crush) with members of the SDSG NDP Riding Association. Burger was acclaimed at the nomination meeting May 6, 2015. (Photo/Marc Benoit)

Randi Belec

CORNWALL – Hot on the heels of the NDP victory in Alberta, the Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry (SDSG) Federal NDP riding association nominated its electoral candidate, Patrick Burger.

The nomination meeting was held at the Navy Veterans Association on May 6, 2015. Burger was voted unanimously by the attending party and community members.

The NDP riding is confident in its position to win the election based in the Canadian thirst for change, as well as the rising support for the party across Canada.

During his nomination speech Burger outlined many points of focus for the riding’s campaign such as health care, education and finding a solution to income inequality. This riding feels a great need to return to core Canadian values such as peacekeeping and sustaining the environment and local economies, he suggested.

“We should have a government that is fair, honest and has integrity and I hope to be that representative.”

Burger is currently a Professor of English at John Abbott College since 1997 and has been happily married for the last 18 years. His interest in politics, and specifically the NDP party, began when he was young although he had never thought his passion would turn into a career.

When asked what his personal focus is he answered with “The big picture, we spend too much time focused on the wrong things, we need to turn that around and focus on more grounded things.” A true educator at heart Burger believes that a solution to many of our problems is the proper education.

“We knew when the party vetted him, he was obviously an acceptable candidate,” says association chief financial officer Elaine MacDonald. “He did a masterful job of focusing on what this riding needs, what the deficiencies are in terms of our current government and how we intend to get us to where we need to be.”

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