Mi’kmaq Leader John Frank Toney will run for NDP in Victoria – The Lakes

July 9, 2013

(Eskasoni, N.S.) Long-serving Eskasoni First Nation Councillor and School Board Chair John Frank Toney has been nominated to run for the NDP in the constituency of Victoria – The Lakes in the upcoming provincial election.

“The NDP have demonstrated a commitment to people in rural Nova Scotia and have put in place a plan that is helping us to turn the corner. Because of this I am excited to seek the nomination for the Party in Victoria – The Lakes, to continue the work of making a better life for our families,” said Toney.

Toney has held an elected position with the Eskasoni Council for nearly two decades, providing leadership in the areas of economic development, energy, housing and recreation. He also serves as Chair of the Eskasoni School Board.

“I am proud to have been involved in the leadership of the largest Mi’kmaq First Nation community for the last 17 years,” said Toney. “We have accomplished much, moving towards a more prosperous future, as we’ve improved our fiscal situation and invested in education and economic development to expand Eskasoni’s growth potential.”

“I am seeking the NDP nomination in Victoria – The Lakes so that I can provide the same leadership skills and passion for Cape Breton at the provincial level.”

Premier Darrell Dexter was a special guest at the nomination event which took place Monday evening, July 8, at the Sarah Denny Cultural Centre in Eskasoni.

“We are very excited to be welcoming John to the NDP team. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the needs of our First Nation communities and people in Cape Breton. I know it will serve the people of Victoria – The Lakes well,” said Dexter.

While as an Aboriginal leader, the focus of Toney’s work has been in First Nations communities, he has connections with and is interested in advancing the economic prospects of the entire constituency, and in providing full time representation to all constituents concerns.

“I have been impressed with the NDP’s commitment to First Nations and to rural communities, as well as their responsible handling of the provinces finances and economic development. We must continue on a path towards a better future for families in Victoria – The Lakes, which is why I’m so pleased to offer myself for this new and exciting opportunity. I look forward to meeting as many residents of Victoria – The Lakes between now and Election Day so that I can truly understand the challenges, desires and opportunities that exist, and find ways to address them as the MLA.”

Our new NDP candidate for Victoria – The Lakes, John Frank Toney (centre) with Chief Denny and three of his fellow band councillors.
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