Jagmeet Singh listens as an attendee asks a question about dual citizenship at an event put on by the federal NDP leadership contender at Penticton’s Craft Corner Kitchen in 2017. Singh returns to the area on Aug. 29 to help kick off the campaign for South Okanagan — West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings. (Western News file photo)

MP Richard Cannings to kick off campaign with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

Shindig in the Garden takes place Aug. 29 at Linden Gardens in Kaleden

South Okanagan — West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings announced he is kicking-off his re-election campaign by hosting, Shindig in the Garden.

On Aug. 29, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will join Cannings at Linden Gardens in Kaleden from 7 to 9 p.m.

According to a media release, the NDP leader’s last two visits to Penticton have drawn large crowds. The event, which costs $20, will have bubbly and desserts. Cannings will even be serenading visitors by playing the fiddle with his neighbourhood jam band.

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“Just as I prefer a bike tour over a campaign convoy, a garden campaign launch suits me quite well,” Cannings said in the news release. “Jagmeet and I are looking forward to mixing in a bit of music with the roll out of our platform, ‘A New Deal for People.’”

Cannings announced he is launching a campaign with enviromental protection front and centre. As a biologist, Cannings is recognized for his lifelong work to protect B.C.’s environment.

Other key facets of the NDP platform to be discussed next Thursday include expand Canada’s health care system to include, not just pharmacare, but mental, dental, eye and hearing coverage for all citizens and put a price cap on cellphone and internet bills, the release states.

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Cannings, as the NDP critic for natural resources, said he has fought hard to focus on revitalizing industries, such as forestry and agriculture. He is the recipient of the Forest Product Association of Canada’s Community Champion Award.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in person at Dragon’s Den at 12 Front St. in Penticton or online. Space is limited.

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