Ottawa Citizen endorses NDP Elaine MacDonald in SDSG
Each election, the Ottawa Citizen's editorial board holds a session with all candidates from each of the area ridings. From this meeting, the board throws their endorsement behind one of the candidates and in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry the Citizen is endorsing NDP Candidate Elaine MacDonald.
Cornwall - Sep. 29, 2011 - Each election, the Ottawa Citizen's editorial board holds a session with all candidates from each of the area ridings. From this meeting, the board throws their endorsement behind one of the candidates and in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry the Citizen is endorsing NDP Candidate Elaine MacDonald.
Quotes from their article include:
"But it's the NDP's Elaine MacDonald (no relation to Mark) who impressed the editorial board most in its meeting. She's a current Cornwall councillor, and a former teacher with valuable on-the-ground experience in the fields of labour and health care. She knows the riding well. She has run for the riding before at the federal level in 2004 and 2006, and this board didn't endorse her either time. But this time around, her wealth of local experience, her commitment to fairness and the thoughtfulness of her proposals made her the clear choice."
"Liberal candidate Mark MacDonald spoke in generalities and didn't have a lot of concrete local solutions to offer. He had a lot to say about the successes of the Liberal government and what the Liberals have done for the riding. He's a candidate who looks good on paper - a retired firefighter and former Cornwall councillor. And he has brought a few ideas to the campaign - for example, he wants to build a new highway between Cornwall and Ottawa. But he's facing two bright, articulate and experienced challengers, either of whom would be a better choice for the riding."
"Jim McDonell is the Progressive Conservative. He grew up on a dairy farm in the area. He has been a municipal councillor and is currently the mayor of South Glengarry. He's got a lot to say about making municipal funding more stable - as well as the standard PC critiques of the Liberals' approach to energy and taxes."
"No matter which of the three main parties wins this riding, it seems likely the next MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry will bring first-hand knowledge of municipal issues to Queen's Park, and that's always useful. Either McDonell or Elaine MacDonald would make a good MPP, but the NDP's MacDonald has the edge."