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NDP Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie to stop in Brantford for second 90 Cent Dinner hosted by Brantford-Brant NDP

Brantford, ON – The Brantford-Brant Federal NDP will welcome New Democrat Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie to the riding for its second 90 Cent Dinner, as it builds on its history of hosting accessible and affordable events for all community residents.

The first time the local riding association held a 90-cent dinner was with then NDP Leader Jack Layton in 2009. That dinner was a reaction to a 90 dollar-a-plate dinner also held that year in Brantford with Justin Trudeau as well as a 150 dollar-a-plate dinner the local Conservative Party held with Senator Mike Duffy

The event will take place at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, located at 81 Peel St. on Thursday, Dec. 4. First seating begins at 6 p.m. and second seating is at 8 p.m.

Leslie and local New Democrat Marc Laferriere will also be holding meetings with local environmental groups earlier that day as part of a consultative approach to the development of the 2015 NDP federal platform. The local riding association has organized several of these tours over the last 5 years on specific issues and have taken to calling them “Local Ideas Listening Tours.”

“I’m excited to meet with so many local stakeholders and advocates on environmental issues specific to Brantford-Brant and its neighbours” said Leslie. “And innovative ideas like a 90-cent dinner are great for engaging people who are often marginalized from politics. It’s great to see a continuation of the grassroots organizing that made a lot of people in Brantford-Brant stand up and take notice in the last election.”

“With the Conservatives recently holding an exclusive 800-dollar-a-table lunch when they gave their fall economic update it makes sense to bring back the 90 cent dinner here in Brantford-Brant,” said Laferriere who has recently announced his intention to run again in the next Federal election. “I want to see more money in people’s pockets and affordability is a key part of that. Political events should be affordable as well and that is why I have kept firm on my promise to only organize affordable events in the riding.”

All are welcome but space is limited. To reserve a seat contacting Marc Laferriere at marc@brantndp.ca with your name, the number of people attending from your family and if any of those attending require a vegetarian or gluten free option.

Tax receipts available for donations made above the initial 90 cents and canned goods will be collected for the St. Jude’s emergency meal program.

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