Dan Janssen was acclaimed as the federal NDP candidate for the riding of Barrie-Springwater-Ore Medonte during a meeting of party supporters on Apr. 9.

Janssen is a local community activist and union leader.

“Canada’s NDP has a proud history of fighting for everyday Canadians,” Janssen said. “New Democrats brought our great nation universal healthcare, public pensions and the expansion of Canada’s social safety net.

“I’m proud to stand on the shoulders of giants like Tommy Douglas and Jack Layton, and I’m ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to bring an NDP government to Canadians this fall.”

The NDP has already started to unveil pieces of its federal election program. The party’s plans include universal pharmacare, a plan to fix what they call the “unfair system of taxation,” and a commitment to build 500,000 new affordable housing units and making it easier for people to purchase or rent a home.

Their platform also includes having cellphone companies reduce their prices, a ban on single-use plastics and a transition to a green economy.

“I’m not only looking forward to listening to the concerns of people in our community, I’m looking forward to working together to offer solutions – solutions that will make life better for people in our community and across the country,” Janssen said. “It’s time to elect an NDP member of Parliament right here in this riding.

“Together, we can make history. Together, we have the power to change our community and our country.”

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