Former NDP leader is speaking in Owen Sound

A legend of Canadian politics is speaking in Owen Sound Saturday.

Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent will appear at the Bruce Grey Owen Sound NDP association’s meeting to select a candidate for the coming federal election. Broadbent was leader of the NDP from 1975 to 1989. He’s considered one of the best known and respected public figures over the last several decades.

The local association’s past president Michael McLuhan compares Broadbent to a respected indigenous elder.

“Ed is really the archetypal elder in politics right now and he has a lot of wisdom to share and that wisdom isn’t always going to be partisan,” said McLuhan.

Broadbent will be in conversation on current political topics with former Globe and Mail columnist Michael Valpy, an Owen Sound-area resident.

There is one declared candidate for the NDP in Bruce Grey Owen Sound for the coming election, Chris Stephen of the Paisley area.

Michael McLuhan believes, what with the retirement of Larry Miller, the riding is wide open and the NDP has a good chance.

“I think that we have an opportunity here. It would be very good for Grey Bruce to get a good, active member from the NDP in there,” said McLuhan.

The meeting is at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound starting at 2 p.m. It’s open to the public and admission is free.