University student from Stettler represents area at NDP convention

Stettler youth Woody Brown went politicking in Montreal last weekend.

Woody Brown

Stettler youth Woody Brown went politicking in Montreal last weekend.

Brown, a 2012 graduate of William E. Hay Composite High School, took part in the federal NDP policy convention.

“I attended both the youth convention and the regular convention as a delegate from Crowfoot,” said the 18-year-old Brown, who’s a first-year student at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B.

“Much of our time was spent debating and voting on resolutions, and we also heard from guest speakers, including economics Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz and Australian Labour Party Minister Bill Shorten.

“At the Prairie caucus meeting, we elected our representatives for the next two years, and now Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will each have one representative on the federal executive — as opposed to just two representatives from the Prairie provinces.”

Brown soaked up the political atmosphere, and met federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

“It was an awesome experience, and it was great to meet fellow New Democrats from all across the country,” Brown said. “There was a lot of energy at the convention, and everyone is really looking forward to replacing the Harper government in 2015.”

NDP MP Linda Duncan from Edmonton-Strathcona announced Sunday that Edmonton will host the next convention in two years.

“I am really looking forward to Edmonton 2015, and hope we can build upon the NDP’s success here in Alberta like we have done in Québec.”

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