NDP’s Taras Natyshak to run for MPP

By Joel Charron

Taras Natyshak is once again running for elected office.

Last week, Natyshak was acclaimed as the provincial candidate for the NDP in the Oct. 6 provincial election. The NDP made this announcement at the party’s June 14 meeting at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 201 in Essex.

Natyshak said he plans on carrying the NDP’s momentum that it built during the federal campaign.

Natyshak ran what many people thought was a successful campaign and finished second to incumbent Conservative MP Jeff Watson.

The NDP provincial candidate said calls started coming in shortly after the federal election concluded for him to take the reins as the party’s provincial nomination in the Essex riding.

“The calls starting coming in fast and furious after the federal election,” said Natyshak. “There is a new interests in the New Democratic Party in Essex. Our vote tally went up by just over 5,000 votes in the federal election.”

Natyshak shrugged off any indication that he would have to “play catch-up” with Conservative candidate Dave Brister, who has already been campaigning for some time now.

“I’ve been campaigning as a political candidate since 2006,” said Natyshak. “I’ve dedicated my life to doing the right thing and that means getting out and meeting people in Essex County.”

Natyshak said during three federal campaigns he has knocked on tens of thousands of doors.

“I know the county and the county knows me,” he said. “If anyone is playing catch up it is someone trying to come in from the city, bringing city politics, someone who has never really advocated for county issues.”

Natyshak added that he welcomes all challengers.

“If some of their ideas are any indication of what they have to offer in terms of focusing on reducing the cost of a can of beer to a buck and putting prisoners on the side of the road to clean up garbage, that’s not what creates jobs in Essex County and that’s not what the people of Essex County ever asked for,’ said Natyshak.

He added that the people want to know if jobs are going to be created, the economy is stimulated and know if they are going to able to work and make a living.

Issues such as agriculture and manufacturing are both federal and provincial issues and are two of the issues Natyshak said he has been talking about with residents.

“I’m excited about our chances,” said Natyshak.

One response to “NDP’s Taras Natyshak to run for MPP”

  1. D. Stanley says:

    I find it comical that a prospective politician who has lost every election he’s ever entered and has never represented any constituents in any capacity can have the gall to call out an opponent with a solid political background.

    Einstein said the definition of insanity was doing something over and over again and expecting a different outcome. I guess no one told Mr. Natyshak.

    Have fun finishing as a Runner-up again, Taras.