Former Liberal MLA Abel LeBlanc accepted the nomination for the New Brunswick NDP in Saint John Lancaster Monday night at the Assumption Centre in Saint John. Speaking to party supporters, LeBlanc said he is eager to once again fight for Saint John Lancaster in Fredericton.
“The whole reason I got involved in politics was to fight for the people in my community who needed help,” LeBlanc said. “I’ve been doing it all my life and hopefully I’ll be able to fight for them in Fredericton once again.”
NDP Fredericton South candidate Kelly Lamrock served as keynote speaker for the nomination meeting. Lamrock said he is excited about running alongside LeBlanc in the lead up to the September 22nd election.
“As someone who has served his community as an MLA, Abel brings a wealth of experience to the table,” Lamrock said. “His track record of tireless work on behalf of his constituents is something I admire. He continued that work even when he wasn’t sitting as an MLA.”
LeBlanc said he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of local support since the announcement he is joining the NDP.
“I can’t tell you how many people came up to me and said they are supporting me and will be voting NDP this fall,” LeBlanc said. “It speaks not only to me but also to the positive message of meaningful change that Dominic Cardy represents. People want a strong leader, and a real plan to create jobs and a plan to reduce our debt and deficit. Dominic is the only leader offering that.”