Nova Scotia MLA, Maurice Smith, endorses Paul Dewar for leader of the NDP
January 27th, 2012
HALIFAX – On the eve of Sunday’s Halifax NDP leadership debate, Paul Dewar has won a key Nova Scotia endorsement with the announcement that MLA Maurice Smith (Antigonish) has joined his campaign.
“I waited and looked at all the candidates before deciding to support Paul Dewar,” said Maurice Smith. “I am particularly impressed with Paul’s vision of a progressive direction for Canada, his ability to connect with people, and his commitment to grow the NDP in Atlantic Canada”.
Maurice Smith was elected as an NDP MLA (Antigonish) in 2009. Prior to his election, Smith was a lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid and Senior Counsel and managing lawyer in the Antigonish/Port Hawkesbury office. Smith has a long history of community involvement in Antigonish.
“Over the course of the leadership campaign Paul has consistently talked about the need to build a stronger and more caring Canada,” said Smith. “It is clear to me that Paul will be an effective Leader of the Official Opposition, and has the experience needed to become Canada’s first NDP Prime Minister”.
Paul Dewar noted that Maurice Smith’s endorsement is a sign of his commitment to grow the NDP in Atlantic Canada.
“If we are going to move from the official opposition to government, our party must build and grow in Atlantic Canada,” said Paul Dewar. “As leader, building the NDP in Nova Scotia and across Atlantic Canada will be a top priority for me.