NDP holds party convention
Time to build party in federal, provincial ridings, says leader
The P.E.I. New Democratic Party held a policy convention in Charlottetown over the weekend.
Leader Mike Redmond says the party passed key policies on affordable housing, a basic income guarantee and youth addictions treatment, as well as deep water wells and cosmetic pesticides.
Now Redmond says it's time to build the party organization in P.E.I.'s 27 provincial electoral districts and four federal ridings to prepare for provincial and federal campaigns over the next two years.
"We have a fantastic executive, very focused on building ridings federally and provincially, and there's a real unified group at the table now and we're quite confident moving forward," said Redmond, who was voted party leader in 2012.
"Obviously, you can't build a house without a basement, a foundation. So that's where we're starting from."
The NDP have been polling solidly in second place on P.E.I. behind the governing Liberals. They have not had an MLA in province house since Herb Dickieson was elected in 1996.