Jan Johnstone named Huron-Bruce NDP candidate


By Barb McKay


Jan Johnstone is the NDP candidate for the Huron-Bruce riding.


Johnstone, a long-time Kincardine resident and Bluewater District School Board trustee, won the contested nomination against Willi Laurie, a retired teacher from Zurich. The vote was held at the Huron County Museum in Goderich on Thursday.


Johnstone said the Riding Association had a great turnout for the vote. After the votes were tallied and Johnstone declared the winner, Laurie put forward a motion to make the vote unanimous.


“It was really great,” Johnstone said. “At the end of the day we’re all in this together.”


She said it is no surprise the election has been called.


“Make no mistake, that was done on purpose,” she said of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s decision to dissolve the Legislature. “They did want this.”


Johnstone said she wants to bring a voice to rural Ontario and plans to use her passion and energy to work to put people first. The main issues she wants to see addressed are energy costs, industrial wind turbines, affordable child care, collective bargaining rights for teachers and smaller classroom sizes.