CAW's Nash Seeks NDP Presidency

July 15, 2009, 2:47 PM EST

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Peggy Nash, assistant to the CAW president and a former New Democratic MP, is running for the role of  President of the New Democratic Party of Canada.

Nash, formerly MP for the riding of Parkdale-High Park in Toronto, is seeking the post at the Party's upcoming national convention in Halifax on August 14. If elected, Nash would remain in her job as assistant to the CAW president.

"I would consider it a great honour and privilege," Nash said. "This is a very critical time in national politics as many Canadians are struggling through this recession and are looking for strong leadership. I want to lend my voice and experience to all the great work of Jack Layton and New Democrats across the country."

As NDP president, Nash would be a party spokesperson and would be responsible for chairing all NDP national meetings. She would contribute to overall party policy and would represent the NDP at various meetings and conferences.

"I was a Member of Parliament and I've had a long career in the labour movement, but I've also worked extensively in the women's movement, and I've been a long time peace and human rights advocate," Nash said.

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