Essex NDP Candidate Taras Natyshak opens campaign headquarters

By Aaron Jahn

About 100 New Democratic Party supporters were on hand for the grand opening of NDP candidate for Essex Taras Natyshak’s campaign headquarters with special guest Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath on Tuesday.

Natyshak is running for office for the fourth time, but the first time for the Provincial Legislature.  He feels the issues are the same as they were in the most recent Federal Election in May, jobs, health care and cost of living.

Essex NDP Candidate Taras Natychak looks on as Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath addresses supporters at Natyshak’s campaign headquarters grand opening Sep. 13, 2011.

“People are looking for a plan on job creation,” said Natyshak. “Everyone I’ve spoken to at the door is very engaged and looking for serious change in Queens Park.”

This theme was ever present at the rally type event, with signs carrying the slogan “Jobs First” held by supporters greeting Horwath on her entrance.

“New Democrats won’t sit by and watch while our communities crumble, while life gets more expensive and people scramble to find work,” said Horwath.  “Our solution will increase the number of jobs available to everyone – men, women, new Canadians, or young people – anyone who needs work.”

Horwath also took aim at Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty, stating that his policies had failed Ontarians, mentioning the recently shuttered NaviStar plant in Chatham.

“McGuinty’s Status quo isn’t working.” Horwath said.  “Instead of no strings attached corporate tax giveaways, New Democrats will create jobs by saving tax breaks for the companies that create jobs in Ontario.”

Natyshak feels that the NDP surge in the polls to 24 per cent is indicative of the message resonating with voters and is confident that another “Orange Crush”, like the one seen federally, is possible provincially.  He pointed to the NDP’s promises not only on jobs, but the call for change to health care.

“People are looking for substantive changes in healthcare and progress in improving overall quality of life,” said Natyshak.

The election date is October 6. Polling stations are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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