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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Alexa McDonough

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 11:15 AM

I don't know that I have anything more to say about Alexa McDonough's forthcoming retirement that hasn't already been said: she's a remarkable person who, against all odds, rebuilt the NDP here in Nova Scotia and then across the nation. The media attention has rightly been focused on McDonough's many accomplishments, but the press release she sent out this week looks not to the past, but the future:

A new generation must now tackle the immense challenge we face — addressing climate change, reducing the growing income gap, strengthening public health care, and advancing gender equality, peace and justice in our turbulent world.

Just reading that sentence make me want to retire, but it's exactly right. We'll need lots of people tirelessly devoting their entire lives to the agenda. The task appears overwhelming, unreachable; but if McDonough's taught us anything, it's that the seemingly hopeless is, indeed, doable.

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