Hundreds celebrate NDP campaign office grand opening


CALGARY – More than 200 Calgarians joined Rachel Notley to celebrate the grand opening of the Alberta NDP’s campaign office for the Calgary-Lougheed byelection last night, with more than a thousand people watching the event online. 

The event capped off an exciting first week for the campaign, which has seen dozens of volunteers knocking on thousands of doors, talking to hundreds of families in neighbourhoods across Calgary-Lougheed.

NDP candidate Dr. Phillip van der Merwe was joined by volunteers and supporters from across Calgary-Lougheed to kick off the campaign to represent Calgary-Lougheed in the December 14 byelection, which was triggered after former MLA Dave Rodney stepped down for UCP Leader Jason Kenney.

“We need to keep moving forward, and not go backwards,” Dr. van der Merwe said at the event. “We need to make sure that every Albertan can realize the benefits of the economic turnaround. I want to make sure you know I will be the candidate that will step up for you.” 

Throughout this campaign, Dr. van der Merwe and his team will be talking to families about how their government is making life better by focusing on jobs, affordability, and protecting public services with important investments like building Calgary’s long-awaited Cancer Centre. The campaign has heard loud and clear that families in Calgary-Lougheed aren’t interested in extreme cuts that will put the services they rely on at risk.


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