Phillip stands up for families at Calgary-Lougheed debate

CALGARY- Today candidates in the Calgary-Lougheed byelection squared off at an all-candidates forum at Braeside Community Association.

NDP candidate Dr. Phillip van der Merwe spoke to Calgary-Lougheed families about their priorities like public health care, education, and protecting public services.

Attendees welcomed a refreshing, positive message about working to ensure our economic recovery reaches every family, and were happy to hear about new schools in their community and a new Cancer Centre for Calgary.

Families in Calgary-Lougheed continued to be worried about UCP candidate Jason Kenney’s risky agenda of deep cuts to services.

“I’m also a vasectomy doctor, so I know a thing or two about extreme cuts,” Dr. van der Merwe told attendees. “Mr. Kenney’s proposed 20% budget cuts will make life harder.”

Dr. van der Merwe assured families that he would continue to focus on their priorities, and fight against UCP threats to public services and the Cancer Centre.

“I have a prognosis for Mr. Kenney’s agenda – it doesn’t look good,” said Dr. van der Merwe. “And, Mr. Kenney, if you want a second opinion, just ask the families in Calgary-Lougheed.”

With only 5 days left until Election Day, Dr. Phillip van der Merwe and the NDP campaign continue to focus on talking and listening to families at their doors, and working to make life better in Calgary-Lougheed.

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Aaron Manton