Leadership hopeful insists NDP capable of running economy

Peggy Nash blasts Conservative government during Vernon stop

NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash brought her campaign to Vernon Tuesday.

NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash brought her campaign to Vernon Tuesday.

A federal NDP leadership hopeful says the party can increase its support by focusing on an issue important to all Canadians – the economy.

Peggy Nash, a Toronto MP, told about 22 people at Vernon’s Pantry restaurant Tuesday that she has heard from numerous people who believe economic policies are not serving their interests.

“We need to stand up for good quality jobs,” she said.

“We see a government that turns its back on working people.”

Nash openely slammed Canada’s natural resources being shipped off shore instead of being used as a base to creative sustainable employment.

“We need an economy based on environmental sustainability and smart social programs,” she said.

Nash is one of seven candidates seeking the leadership of the official opposition. A leader will be selected March 24.

Look for more details on Nash’s visit to Okanagan-Shuswap in Friday’s Morning Star.