Hatfield wins NDP nomination for Windsor-Tecumseh
Percy Hatfield will represent the provincial NDP in the riding of Windsor-Tecumseh in the next election.
The former CBC reporter and current city councillor won the nomination Thursday night over Laurie Komon.
"I think my experience, my six years on council, and during that time, being on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, being on AMO, chairing the large urban caucus at AMO, regionally, being on ERCA, being the chair of ERCA, the vice-chair. I just have a full record of complete involvement," Hatfield said.
Hatfield does not have the full support of the Windsor and District Labour Council.
That's because of the city workers' strike in 2009. Hatfield was on council at the time of the strike.
"I believe the labour council did not want to get involved in the nomination process, but I believe they will become involved in the campaign. You'll have to check with them," Hatfield said. "But I expect that labour will see if they want to win this riding for the new democrats, they're going to have to come out and support us."
The Windsor-Tecumseh riding had been represented by former cabinet minister Dwight Duncan, who retired from provincial politics.
A by-election must be held by August, unless there's a general election before that.
Hatfield thinks the New Democrats can take the riding away from the Liberals.
"Well, I think it was a Liberal stronghold because of Dwight Duncan," Hatfield said. "Dwight's not there anymore, and I think if you look at the voting patterns, a lot of the people that voted for Dwight would also vote for Joe Comartin."
Comartin is the riding's federal NDP MP.