'Our New Democratic Party starts at the grass roots'

Inside a ballroom—the Pearson Room, so named for Lester B.—at the Lord Elgin hotel in downtown Ottawa this afternoon, Paul Dewar launched his campaign for the NDP leadership.

For me, this leadership campaign is our chance to build on our social democratic principles. This is our opportunity to work with Canadians on the challenges we face together:

To build a brighter economic future for working people and their families. To make Canada a leader, not a laggard, in combating climate change. To restore the opportunity for young people to get a quality education, and not a crippling debt. To achieve true reconciliation and respect in our relationship with First Nations. And to strengthen health care for all Canadians with improved access to prescription drugs and quality home-care.

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