CAW's Peggy Nash Elected President of NDP

August 25, 2009, 9:35 AM EST

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Peggy Nash, assistant to the CAW National President, has been elected President of the New Democratic Party of Canada at the NDP's federal convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia August 14-16.

"As Canadians long for a vision of a better tomorrow, we need to focus on what unites us," Nash said after her election. "How do we create a green recovery with new kinds of jobs for young people?  How do we build a sustainable economy?  What sectors do we want to see developed? These are our challenges. I believe we can meet them."

Nash was a MP for Parkdale-High Park in Toronto (2006-2008) and a long time party member. As federal NDP industry critic, Nash pressed the government to reject, for the first time in more than 20 years, the foreign takeover of a major Canadian firm, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (maker of the Canadarm) to a U.S. munitions manufacturer.

"We couldn't be happier that Peggy Nash has been elected President," said federal New Democrat leader Jack Layton. "I have absolute confidence that she will bring energy, innovation and leadership to the role."

Nash replaces Anne McGrath, outgoing president and current chief of staff to Layton. The presidential term is three years and is a volunteer position.  Nash will remain as the assistant to the CAW National President.

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