CAMPAIGNING – Doug Hart visits with local constituents at the Red Deer Farmers’ Market this past weekend. He is seeking the NDP nomination for Red Deer-Lacombe.

Ponoka resident throws hat in for Red Deer-Lacombe riding

  • Aug. 19, 2015 3:50 p.m.

A Ponoka resident has announced his plans to run for the NDP nomination in the Red Deer-Lacombe riding.

Doug Hart has been an active member of his community’s democratic and political processes for more than 30 years.

The NDP hopeful hosts a background in both nursing and education with an undergraduate degree in nursing as well as graduate degrees in both educational administration and health promotion services.

Hart spent from 2001-2008 serving as the academic vice president at Grande Prairie Regional College and served as acting president from 2006-2007, as well as time working at Alberta Hospital and Red Deer College during his 40-year career.

Hart stated aside from his background in education and health care, he is also strongly committed to rural Alberta and the issues related to agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Hart has run in four past provincial elections as the NDP candidate for the Ponoka-Rimbey riding twice, then twice more when the riding changed to Lacombe-Ponoka.

“I’m not a fair weather friend – I was the candidate in Ponoka-Rimbey when we got less than 10 per cent of the vote,” remembered Hart of the 2012 election in which he was the NDP candidate. “I’m committed to social democracy, it’s not something that is a fad or that I’m doing just because it’s popular.

“I’ve always taken the good with the bad, but this time I’m feeling particularly optimistic,” he said. “With this being my first time running federally I’m quite enthusiastic about the process and I like what I’m hearing on doorsteps.

“People are telling me they’re not happy with the Conservative’s policy, and their secrecy agenda and the Harper is so proud of (his party’s) economic record, yet unemployment is still as high as it is.”

Hart stated he believes the Conservatives are using a ‘slight of hand’ agenda to distract Canadians. “I think Thomas Mulcair and grassroots New Democrats are going to give the Conservatives a wake-up call in October.

“The Conservative record in environment, infrastructure and health research is abysmal without even looking at the legislation they are passing to stop protecting watersheds,” said Hart. “Access to water and health are important things to consider when Canadians are deciding who to cast their ballots for.”

Hart added he is proud of the NDP’s record over the last 60 years in regards to public ownership and administration of health care and access to physician/ health care services. He added making sure people have things where they need them and when they need them is a big part of the New Democrat platform.

“We’ve been hearing the same promises from Harper that we heard from Prentice – the whole ‘trust me’ thing,” said Hart. “And now I think Canadians aren’t trusting them and I think people are finally starting to say, ‘No more,’ to another four years of the same old tired thing.

“They should be focusing their attention on job creation, the economy and our international reputation instead of spending all of their time passing ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation.”

He added he is proud to live where he does, stating he enjoys the rural lifestyle especially since he has worked in major cities most of his life. “We could’ve moved to urban centres but my heart is in rural Alberta and my wife and I wouldn’t have it any other way – my obligation is to the people in my riding.”

He added he wishes to remind voters to, “Be judicious – don’t take things for granted.

“There are winds of change in the air and if you’re not part of a solution you are part of the problem.”

Just Posted

Red Deer College students host event for survivors of sexual assault

Take Back the Night aims to ‘shatter the silence and stop the violence’

City responds to this year’s provincial budget

Local health and social infrastructure needs not met, officials say

University of Calgary and RDC partner for new collaborative degree

Bachelor of Science in Psychology program launches in Red Deer

Bard on Bower will travel to more Red Deer parks

Prime Stock finishing casting for Romeo & Juliet, Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rebels, Hurricanes kick off their WHL playoff series

Game 1 starts the series Friday night in Lethbridge

WATCH: Student for a Day at Red Deer College

A video tour of the fine arts department

Calgary police investigate man posing as Calgary firefighter

Calgary police are looking for information on a suspect who stole a firefighter’s ID

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

Uber self-driving crash video calls safety, rules into question

Experts say footage shows that vehicle’s sensors should have spotted pedestrian, initiated braking

Bashaw RCMP arrest man wanted in several crimes

Variety of criminal charges, including vehicle theft, facing-29-year-old man caught in Alix

Valuable rings stolen out of car in Thorsby Mar. 22

Thorsby/Breton RCMP seek to recover special stolen items

Alberta’s budget sets path to balance

The Alberta Government announced the 2018 budget on March 22

McMaster out, Bolton in as Trump’s national security adviser

President Donald is replacing National security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton

Two killed, dozen hurt in French supermarket hostage-taking

French counterterrorism prosecutors are taking charge of the investigation into the shooting of a police officer in southern France

Most Read