Getting to know your representatives.
Sure, I’ve already voted, but figured this would be a good opportunity to take a good look at the local representatives in the area to make as informed a decision as possible when it come time to take to the polls. So tonight, we’re looking at Peter Ferguson, the NDP candidate for the London West riding – the fightin’ West!
The straight-up stats, from peterferguson.ndp.ca .:
* A scientist with 12 years research experience at the University of Western Ontario.
* Holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of New Brunswick.
* Founding member and first President of the Postdoctoral Association at Western (established 2004).
* Has taken a leading role in organizing a union to represent nearly 250 postdoctoral researchers at UWO.
* Local organizer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
* Resident of London since 1995.
* Married to Judith, a psychologist; they have two sons.
And then… yep. That’s all there is out there on this guy. At least, from an official NDP standpoint. Digging a little deeper, I found answers to some startling questions; I sat with Mr. Ferguson in the days leading to the election to get some answers.
Are you Drowning or Waving?
“Good morning, Mr. Ferguson, how are you today?”
“Mr. Harper is not a strong leader – he is a strict disciplinarian who muzzles his MPs. With Jack Layton, a strong, collaborative leader, I can represent London West effectively in a two-way communication to and from Ottawa.”
Dw “Oh… right. I didn’t mean to jump straight into the issues, but I understand you’re a busy man. What do you say we just cut the chase, then?”
Pf “While an important part of my job will take place in Ottawa, the most effective constituent representation begins in London. That means listening to the people of London West and putting the priorities of the community before those of the boardroom.”
Dw “Cool, sure, a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer would have sufficed, but whatevah. Um… CANOE News recently wrote a piece about just how critical the London West riding truly is, even on a federal level, and goes on to indicate that you yourself concede to not being very well known here. In such a light, do you like your chances in the riding when compared to everyone else’s, considering the impact it could have?”
Pf “The biggest single issue in London West is ECO, as in ‘economy’ and ‘ecology’. They go together.”
Pf “Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.”
Dw “Dude, what’s your problem?”
Pf “I think we will make gains at the expense of the Liberals and the Greens at the expense of the Conservatives. It’s an open race.”
Dw “Seriously, now. In a recent letter to Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and the London City Council, you stated your wish for a permanent ban to be placed on the construction of drive-through facilities within the city limits, citing our responsibility to clean air. You further indicated that such places should have posted signage prohibiting vehicle idling over 60 seconds. So really, are you trying to alienate the coffee-drinking demographic, or… what?”
Pf “Green-collar jobs.”
Dw “Okay, forget it. Thanks for your time, but in truth this all began because I was trying to make my girlfriend happy.”
Pf “Me, too.”
London Topic, “LONDON VOTES” .:
CANOE News, “London West a critical electoral battleground” .:
London Free Press, “Candidate Profiles, Peter Ferguson, NDP” .:
London Free Press, “London West Grit stronghold figures to be a battleground” .:
Drive-thru Lies, “London West NDP Riding Association Endorsement” .:
Note .: all are actual quotes from Peter Ferguson, though the conversation may not exactly have happened as described above or in fact at all.