Mungall looks to Topp

It may be early in the federal NDP leadership race, but MLA for Nelson-Creston Michelle Mungall declared her support last week for federal NDP president Brian Topp.

It may be early in the federal NDP leadership race, but MLA for Nelson-Creston Michelle Mungall declared her support last week for federal NDP president Brian Topp.

“In the time that I’ve had to get to know him, I’ve been inspired by his positive approach to politics, his creative way of doing things and his ability to really engage people,” said Mungall.

She said that she got to know Topp over the summer while he was working with the provincial NDP, who were preparing for the possibility of a fall election.

“To sit in a room of people and watch him and see how people found him so magnetic and were just captured by what he was saying, it was clear to me that he brings the skills that we need to become the government of Canada,” said Mungall.

Topp’s experience as a strategist for the NDP and as president for the federal party has allowed him to travel throughout Canada, something Mungall feels will be valuable for Canadians living in rural areas, like Nelson.

“Brian’s work from coast to coast to coast, he’s been all over this country and in my conversations with him he has a very good understanding of rural issues in our country and British Columbia and I wouldn’t be supporting him if I didn’t,” she said.

Since Topp announced his candidacy only one other candidate has declared their intention to run. Former Cree leader and rookie MP Romeo Saganash joined the race on Friday.

“This will be quite the race and it will be a long race, about seven months,” said Mungall.

“It will be interesting to see who steps forward. I have no doubt that in the New Democrats there will be a lot of great quality candidates but somebody has to stand out for every voter more than the others and for me it was Brian Topp, and in the end I still know it will be him, so I wanted to get in on his campaign early on and help him however I can.”

Other MPs such as Libby Davies of Vancouver East and Nathan Cullen of Skeena-Bulkley Valley have expressed interest in the leadership race but have not yet declared whether or not they’re running.

Mungall said it is important that the candidates don’t attempt to replace former NDP leader Jack Layton.

“I think what’s most important is that whoever is running for leadership doesn’t attempt to fill Jack’s shoes, he was one of a kind and they need to bring their own shoes to this race and I think Brian’s are excellent and they are the right pair,” she said.

Just Posted

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

Update: Car located in Pend d’Oreille River, teenagers remain missing

A fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale to help support the family

Award winning documentary to be screened in Nelson

‘The Bikes of Wrath’ will run April 5 and 6 at The Front Room

LETTER: Clean water is a right for First Nations

From readers Sandra Hartline and Keith Wiley

Winlaw Elementary to get new playground

It’s being funded by the provincial government

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

BC man ‘parks’ horse during liquor store pit stop

As long as animal wasn’t jaywalking, no problem, says Parksville official

’Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Police lock down part of Armstrong after ‘live grenade’ discovered

An ordnance believed to be a grenade found on Smith Drive between Dairy Queen and Anchor Inn Pub

Dutch police question new suspect in deadly tram shooting

Police are looking for additional suspects in the shooting

Starbucks to test recyclable cups, redesign stores in B.C., U.S. cities

The company also said it plans to redesign its stores as it adapts to increasing mobile pick-up and delivery orders

In pre-election budget, Liberals boost infrastructure cash to cities, broadband

The budget document says the Liberals have approved more than 33,000 projects, worth about $19.9 billion in federal financing

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

Most Read