Wednesday, April 8, 2020

‘Orange’ wrist bands for Canada Day

rex isaac

While many people will be wearing red and white for Canada’s birthday, one group will be sporting orange at the Wallaceburg Fireworks Family Festival.

Rex Isaac, the New Democratic Party candidate in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex for the upcoming federal election, will be handing out orange glow-in-the-dark wristbands at the Wallaceburg festivities.

“One of the things we are trying to do is obviously promote the NDP but also to promote families and safety as well,” said Isaac, who is also a councillor on Walpole Island First Nation. “The bracelets are florescent orange so it helps keep your eye on your kids.”

In the upcoming federal election, Isaac will be going up against incumbent MP Bev Shipley of the Progressive Conservatives in Lambton-Kent Middlesex. Ken Filson has been “green-lit” to run for the Liberals, and Jim Johnston is planning to run for the Green Party.

Keeping with the Canada Day theme, Shipley is running his second annual ‘Proud to be Canadian’ Facebook photo contest.

If you are from Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and you have a picture showing your Canadian pride, people can send it to bev.shipley.c1b@parl.gc.ca and you could win a prize.

Contest entries are being accepted until midnight on July 2.

While the fireworks event in Wallaceburg is a nonpartisan event, Isaac said he is looking forward to introducing himself to people and handing out the bracelets.

“The NDP platform is all about families and working families, so that’s just a way of showing support. We are looking forward to that.”

“One of the big things is that I am a new candidate… people may or may not know me. They may not know that I’m the candidate so one of the things I’m doing particularly in Wallaceburg is to get my name out there as the NDP candidate and make people feel confident in me.”

Isaac said he is planning on having an official grand opening at his campaign office in downtown Wallaceburg, at 329 James Street.

The election is currently scheduled to occur on October 19.

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