Campbell captures NDP nomination

Zoey Duncan

FORT FRANCES—In a roomful of supporters with her name pinned to their chests, Sarah Campbell on Monday night was chosen to carry the NDP banner in Kenora-Rainy River riding for the Oct. 6 provincial election.
It was the final night of speeches from Campbell and fellow candidate Robert Sinding, a workers’ rights lawyer from Kenora, who also attended nomination meetings in Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake, and Kenora.
Sinding won the toonie toss and opted to speak first to the crowd of nearly 100 NDP supporters at the Adventure Inn here.
Less familiar to the local crowd than Campbell, who had worked as outgoing MPP Howard Hampton’s constituency assistant in Dryden for the past eight years, Sinding outlined his family’s history in unions and his own work advocating and litigating for workers’ rights.
“My casework takes me throughout the whole riding regularly; I know this entire riding inside and out and I’m known throughout the riding,” he noted.
“I’ve seen first-hand the devastation that inadequate worker protection laws and corporate greed have wrought.”
While Sinding spoke of his past work as a constituency assistant during the 1990s, Campbell highlighted her recent work in the same position—most recently advocating to rein in energy retailers and build a non-profit energy utility for Northwestern Ontario.
“I certainly didn’t expect to see the tears in people’s eyes as they talked to me about having to choose between paying their electricity bill and keeping the heat on in their houses and putting food on the table,” Campbell said.
As soon as the votes from all five nomination meetings were counted and Campbell was declared the winner, she said she was ready to begin her campaign.
“The next step is going to be contacting as many people as I can throughout the riding,” she remarked.
“Making sure that I raise my profile, that I get to every single event that is going on, and that I talk to people in every nook and cranny of the [riding].”
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)