Morton backing Topp in leadership bid

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Federal NDP leadership candidate Brian Topp speaks at a meeting of the Kings-Hants NDP riding association in 2011.

Kings North MLA Jim Morton intends to support Brian Topp in his bid to become the next leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party.

Morton said Sunday in a news release he first met Topp when he visited Nova Scotia last fall.

“He impressed me then,” said Morton, “and he continues to impress me with his frank commitment to increased social equality and with his belief that we don’t have to become Liberals or Conservatives to form the next government of Canada.”

Morton added social equality, reducing income disparity between Canadians and doing a better job of caring for each other have been consistent themes in Topp’s literature, media interviews and debate performance.

“Brian Topp is a principled man with the discipline and intelligence to lead a complex agenda. He is fluently bilingual, thoughtful and articulate, with a wealth of provincial, national and international experience that allows him to connect with Canadians from all walks of life, throughout the country.”

The federal NDP will elect a leader March 24 and Morton plans to be at the national convention in Toronto.

“I belong to a party that was founded on concern for human wellbeing and human welfare.  Brian Topp understands that vision and has the skills to help us build a better future for every Canadian.”

Organizations: Conservatives

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia, Toronto

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