OTTAWA, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Flanked by former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent
and by Gatineau MP Francoise Boivin, Brian Topp today launched his
campaign to lead the New Democratic Party of Canada.
Topp pledged to carry on Jack Layton's work by providing Canadians with
a progressive national alternative to the Harper government.
"I know that New Democrats can deliver a successful NDP government in
both official languages and in every part of the country," said Topp.
"A fiscally responsible and economically literate government that
offers Canadians hope for a better future."
"That's the work Jack left us to complete, and that's the job I pledge
to get done."
Former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent said that Topp has what it takes to take
on Stephen Harper and to win the next election.
"I have known Brian for many years. He has that special mix of character
and intelligence that is so important in a leader," said Broadbent.
"He's a listener and a team player and he knows how to get things done.
He will make a great leader of our party."
Topp said his top priority will be to fight the growing inequality in
Canada, adding that, "In today's economy we can't afford to waste the
talent of a single Canadian."
"Too many young people can't afford an education. Too many families are
living from pay check to pay check. Too many seniors can't afford to
retire in dignity. And too many children- one in seven - live in
"The time has come to stop this slide. To work towards a more equal and
prosperous country for all Canadians. It's the right thing to do. And
it's the smart thing to do."
Born in Longueuil and raised in Montreal, Topp joined the New Democrats
under Ed Broadbent. He chaired the NDP's first successful campaign in
Quebec and worked in Parliament, before moving to Saskatchewan to join
the government of Premier Roy Romanow.
Topp has worked for the credit union system, as a leader in the Labour
movement, and at the heart of all four of Jack Layton's national
Gatineau MP Francoise Boivin said that Topp has the national experience
necessary to lead the NDP.
"Brian is not only fluent in both official languages, he is at home in
Quebec and throughout the country. He understands Canada and he
understands Quebec. That's key to building our party and winning the
Topp closed by saying, "Together we can honour Jack and his legacy.
Together we can build a party and a government that would make him
proud. And together, we'll get the job done."
SOURCE Brian Topp
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