Former Ward 3 councillor Mathew Green is acclaimed as the nominee to represent Hamilton Centre NDP in the 2019 federal election, today, before a standing room only crowd at the United Steelworkers Hall on Barton Street.
The nomination meeting was a who’s who of local NDP leadership including, Ontario NDP and official opposition leader, Andrea Horwath, Ontario MPP for Hamilton West Ancaster and Dundas, Sandy Shaw, Hamilton Mountain MP, Scott Duvall, and MPP, Monique Taylor. David Christopherson, retiring MP for Hamilton Centre gave a gracious and humorous speech while handing the reins over to Green.
The federal Liberals are eying the Hamilton Centre riding as winnable given Christopherson’s retirement, but Green and the NDP made it clear they plan to keep the riding in NDP hands.
Green gave an impassioned speech that reached back to the arrival of his family in Hamilton by way of the underground railroad and his roots in Hamilton’s storied labour movement. He has pledged to grow the riding’s NDP membership as well as win the election, next year.
“I am committed to ensuring the working-class values of Hamilton are well represented in Ottawa,” he said.