June 23 – A meeting of 500 New Democrats yesterday afternoon at the Orr Centre nominated economist Erin Weir as the NDP candidate for next year’s federal election in the new riding of Regina–Lewvan on the city’s west side.
“I’m excited about electing New Democratic MPs from Saskatchewan for the first time in a decade and helping to replace Stephen Harper’s Conservative government with a progressive government led by Tom Mulcair,” said Weir. Elections Canada reports that the NDP would have won Regina–Lewvan had it existed in the last federal election.
Weir grew up in the riding and completed his first degree at the University of Regina. He campaigned in 2004 as a federal NDP candidate in Regina and ran last year for leader of the Saskatchewan NDP. He has gained national experience working in the federal public service and trade union movement.
“I am honoured to be chosen as the federal NDP candidate in Regina–Lewvan and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I encountered on doorsteps throughout the riding,” said Weir, who has an extensive track record of research, writing and advocacy for quality public services, strong social programs, fair corporate taxes, workers’ rights and a clean environment.
“Erin has demonstrated his abilities on the national stage as a sharp and insightful progressive economist in both official languages,” said Linda McQuaig, a national best-selling author and recent federal candidate. “He is a brilliant addition to the federal NDP team who will help it shape a progressive economic vision for our country.”
Steelworkers Support Erin Weir:
May 2014 – Erin Weir is seeking the federal NDP nomination in the new riding of Regina–Lewvan on the west side of our city.
I campaigned in 2004 as a federal NDP candidate in Regina and ran last year for leader of the Saskatchewan NDP. After joining the federal public service through the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office, I also worked in both official languages as an economist for the Canadian Labour Congress, the International Trade Union Confederation and the United Steelworkers.
I am running to provide a progressive voice in Parliament on issues that matter to Regina. We need an MP with the conviction to push back against the Conservative assault on our values and to articulate policy alternatives. I would be honored to have your support for the nomination and would welcome the opportunity to discuss my candidacy.
You can also share your ideas, ask a question or volunteer by calling my cell phone: (306) 541-3746. Together, we can make Regina’s progressive voice heard on the national stage.