By Josh Howald
Alex Johnstone is in a race.
The 26-year-old is seeking the Federal NDP nomination in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale (ADFW).
Alex Johnstone is seeking the Federal NDP nomination in her ADFW riding. (submitted photo)
“I think I can bring a lot to the picture,” said the Kincardine District Secondary School graduate Monday morning. “I’m passionate about politics and I think NDP issues and value can be contagious.”
Johnstone was actually born in the ADFW riding, living there for several years before attending school in Kincardine. She has lived in the riding (which includes parts of Hamilton and most of the outskirts of the city) for the past two years, working for Amnesty International.
“The issues here are actually similar to the ones in Huron-Bruce,” she said. “Agriculture, jobs, pensions, a lot of pocketbook issues.”
She has been long-been involved in politics, and throwing her name in the NDP hat is a natural progression for Johnstone, a graduate of McMaster University and the University of British Colombia.
“I’ve been involved with the NDP since I was about 16,” she said. “I guess I’ve just always been interested.”
She was the NDP youth representative for this riding, Huron-Bruce, and was involved with NDP youth programs at both UBC and McMaster. She was recently elected to the NDP Youth Executive. The riding asked her to run for the federal nomination.
“I always thought I would run one day,” said Johnstone, “but I never thought it would be this early in my life. I believe I offer something most politicians are accused of not having: honesty and integrity.”
The election is slated for Nov. 23, so Johnstone, whose mother Jan is a trustee with the Bluewater District School Board, has been busy. She was at a climate change seminar on the weekend, and will be busy campaigning the next three weeks. A social is being held this weekend in Ancaster to raise money for the campaign.
Despite being asked to run, she is still a bit surprised at the support she has found. She has had more than 250 members on her Facebook support page “Alex Johnstone for ADFW NDP Federal Candidate” and said she has got messages from across Canada supporting her campaign. She has met with her three local NDP MPs, and even had a donation of organic chickens for a fundraiser from former Huron-Bruce NDP candidate Grant Robertson.
If anybody in this area is interested in helping Johnstone, she urges them to “join the Facebook group and get a hold of us. There are lots of different ways volunteers can help us out, in person or with a donation.”