Hill's article on Ash too narrow

Gregor Ash also cares about kids, the future, his country and his community.

Dear Editor of the Coast;

Last week’s article on Gregor Ash’s bid for the Halifax West riding in the next Federal Election was a good one in that it highlighted some of Mr. Ash’s interests and strengths. That being said, it also had too narrow of a focus and left the reader with the feeling that Mr. Ash is running simply to forward his own, somewhat narrow, Arts agenda.

I think a truly balanced article should have shed a little light on the other side of Mr. Ash, and let us know the real reason he’s running in Halifax West: because he’s tired of the old-style politics, indifference and infighting of many of those currently in office; because he cares about people; because he wants a better future for his kids and yours; and because he feels it’s time he stopped talking about serving his community and his country, and did something. Yes, he’s obviously a supporter of the Arts, but a good interviewer would have asked about his position on some truly pressing issues. Issues such as climate change, our challenged healthcare system, the economy, childcare, eldercare, aging infrastructure, etc. The list goes on. It’s because he has very strong opinions as well as a strong understanding of these issues, that the NDP approached him about running in the Halifax West riding in the first place. He’s an informed, involved, caring person, who’s passionate about his community and his country, and that somehow got left out.

Nathaniel Smith
President, Halifax West NDP

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