Doucette wins NDP nomination in Sydney-Whitney Pier

May 26, 2015

Madonna Doucette is the NDP candidate for Sydney-Whitney Pier in the upcoming provincial by-election. Doucette, the LGBTQ Resource Coordinator for the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton, won the nomination at a meeting held earlier tonight.

Doucette says she wants to hold the McNeil government accountable for the cuts it has made to not-for-profit organizations that support vulnerable Nova Scotians in Cape Breton and across Nova Scotia.

“I want a government that respects and supports not-for-profit organizations and the work they do, not a government that targets them with petty cuts,” said Doucette. “Given the decisions made by the McNeil government in the last budget, you really have to question the Liberals’ priorities. We need more voices at Province House willing to stand up for vulnerable Nova Scotians. That’s what I’ve done in my professional career and that’s what I’ll do as an MLA.”

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says Doucette’s experience as an activist for social justice will serve her well as an MLA. She says Stephen McNeil can’t keep ignoring the issues facing Nova Scotian families.

“Almost two years into his mandate and Stephen McNeil has done nothing for Cape Breton,” says MacDonald. “The rail line is on the brink of being torn up. The region has lost close to 5,000 jobs. Emergency rooms are closed on a regular basis and those that aren’t are overcrowded. Cape Breton University is raising tuition by 20%. This can’t be allowed to continue. We need more MLAs at Province House like Madonna Doucette that will stand up for the needs of families in Sydney-Whitney Pier.”