Machinists Endorse Dewar for NDP Federal Leadership!

Friday February 3, 2012

 For Immediate Release

 Toronto,ON– The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers today announced, they are endorsing Paul Dewar for the leadership of the federal NDP.

“We believe Paul Dewar projects our values and those of the average Canadian,” explained IAMAW Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.

“We were looking for someone that not only can maintain the gains we made in the last federal election but expand on that base in the future. We think Paul can appeal to non-traditional NDP voters as the new party leader. He understands how together with labour, the NDP can build our economy, create well paying jobs and revive the Canadian middle class which has been under attack for so many years.”

Known as a consensus builder who is relaxed and very approachable, the Winnipeg Free Press says Dewar has all the tools needed to pick up where Jack Layton left off.

 “The bottom line is this, who is the person the Conservatives would least like to face in the next federal election? The Machinists think that person is Paul Dewar. We’re behind him 100 per cent,” said Ritchie. Building on significant labour support from acrossCanada, the IAMAW is the first national union to endorse Dewar.

 The IAMAW represents more than 39,000 members inCanada. They represent workers in the air transport, aerospace, health care and automotive sectors.

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 For further information:

Dave Ritchie – IAMAW Canadian General Vice President
416-386-1789 ext #6323

Bill Trbovich – IAMAW Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext #6331/416-735-9765

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Message from Dave Ritchie, General Vice President for Canada

On March 24, the federal New Democratic Party is choosing a new leader to replace Jack Layton and to be Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons.

The IAM, as a long-time affiliate of the NDP, has endorsed Paul Dewar, MP for Ottawa Centre for the leadership. We believe that, among a strong field of candidates, he best represents our values, and the tradition of fairness, decency and respect for working people that the NDP stands for. He will be a Prime Minister we can be proud of.

I urge you to support Paul’s candidacy in any way you can and to bring his message to your family, friends and co-workers.

The leadership election is on a one-member-one-vote basis, with a preferential ballot which can be exercised at the Convention in Toronto, by mail or on-line. In order to vote, you need to be a party member as of February 18.

If you are not currently a member, you can join at www.ndp.ca

This will be a hard-fought campaign, and Paul needs all the support we can give him. You can volunteer to help out in the Paul Dewar Campaign through http://pauldewar.ca/

Federal law allows for a personal donation of up to $1,200 to the leadership campaign, which is eligible for federal tax credits. To make a donation to the Paul Dewar Campaign, you can go to http://pauldewar.ca/

We have a chance to provide a better future for Canada. Let’s make it happen!

Dave Ritchie
General Vice President
IAMAW

For more information on how to vote

Follow Paul’s Twitter feed = @PaulDewar
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