Joe Gee accepted the nomination for the New Brunswick NDP in Victoria-Carleton Friday night in Perth-Andover. Gee, a community support worker and part-time farmer grew up in Carlingford and attended Southern Victoria High School in Perth-Andover. Gee believes his deep roots in the community will serve him well in representing the people of Carleton-Victoria as their next MLA.
“My goal is to work with the NDP to help change the common stereotype people have of politicians by listening to people, keeping people informed and continuing to work hard for progressive change,” Gee said. “I welcome everyone in the riding getting to know me and bringing me their concerns. New Brunswick will not change until people know who and what they are voting for.”
Gee is no stranger to being active in provincial politics. Last spring he became involved in the fight to restore hospital services at Hotel Dieu of St. Joseph and circulated a petition to over-turn the Progressive Conservatives decision to close obstetrics and the OR. After collecting over 4000 names, Gee was involved in the organization of a peaceful rally at the NB Legislature where the petition was presented to MLA Wes McLean for tabling.
Gee has also been active in helping develop the local culture and tourism industry. To commemorate those who were escaping slavery in the US and that made their way to Canada, Gee organized the Tomlinson Lake Hike to Freedom that retraced those last few miles through the forest to freedom in Canada. Over 70 people ranging from 3 to 89 had participated in the inaugural event last year. Gee continues to work on this project to make it a signature event and tourist attraction for our province.