Making inroads

Jason Malloy
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Robinson hopes to become NDP's first MP in Cumberland-Colchester

STEWIACKE - Wendy Robinson is trying to meet as many people as she can as she campaigns to be central and northern Nova Scotia's next member of Parliament.

The Stewiacke resident is the only new face running in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley from the 2009 byelection.

"It is very much a challenge," she admits. "I think getting the name out is one thing, but knowing who the person is behind the name is difficult as well."

Robinson is trying to show people who she is and what she stands for while going door to door in a vast riding that stretches from the New Brunswick boarder south to the Halifax international airport and east to the Colchester-Pictou county line. She spent yesterday afternoon canvassing in a Bible Hill trailer court and while many people were away, the few who were home listened to her and took her information.

"The NDP is the only one that seems to have any concern for the people who make up the country," said longtime NDP support Gary Robar. "If it wasn't for the average Joe this country wouldn't be where it is. All (the other parties) talk about is buying airplanes and getting the country out of the hole. (But) to get the country out of the hole they make us suffer."

Robar said the party has made a lot of inroads from its early days and is now an alternative to the Conservative and Liberal parties.

Robinson would make history if elected. She would become the first NDP member to represent the region since Cumberland and Colchester became a federal riding in 1979. Robinson would be the first woman to hold the seat since Dianne Brushett held the riding for the Liberals from 1993 to 1997.

Robinson said she is hearing concerns of everyday Canadians as she speaks with residents in the riding.

"How can I make the limited dollars I have work for me," Robinson said as one of the common comments she hears. "They're looking for jobs that pay them enough that they can afford the basics in life."

She is not hearing about tax cuts for big businesses or abolishing the long-gun registry.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: NDP, Cumberland

Geographic location: STEWIACKE, Cumberland-Colchester, Northern Nova Scotia Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley New Brunswick Halifax Bible Hill

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