You Are Invited to a Fundraiser – Friday, November 10th, 2017 – for Cindy Forster & the Niagara Centre NDP

Fundraiser Will Feature Key Note Speaker &          Niagara Citizen Activist extraordinaire Ed Smith

A Few Brief Words on this Event from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

When Niagara At Large was emailed the information for this Cindy Forster fundraiser a few weeks, back the person who sent it followed up with a phone call and said to me; “We know you are a journalist and you can’t get tied into partisan politics, so we’ll understand if you don’t want to post this.”

Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

So let me start this by making one thing crystal clear to those out there who will inevitably say something like this about my running this post – ‘Some journalist he is. You see he’s got partisan ties – probably hides a membership card for the New Democratic Party in his back pocket.”

Writing someone off as an “ideologue “or a “special interest” or a “partisan taking political shots” has become one of the more common tactic that the scoundrels among us use these days in an effort to divert attention away from their deeds and discredit their critics – and it doesn’t work with me!

I am not now and never have been a member of any political party and to paraphrase one of my favourite philosophers, the one and only Groucho Marx, I would never want to join any political party that would have a person like me as a member.

Now that I have said that, let the bullies out there have any fun they want with my decision to post this because I don’t bully easy. I learned how a person has to deal with a bully way back when on the schoolyard – knock them flat.

Niagara’s Welland Riding MPP at NPCA board meeting this past January, urging board to answer concerns and questions citizens are raising about how their tax dollars are being used.

So I am posting this invite to an upcoming fundraiser for Cindy Forster, not because she is an NDP. It wouldn’t matter to me what party she belongs to. She could be a Liberal or a Tory, for all I care about that.

I am posting it because I believe that we, the people out here, have got to get off our butts and p and support those we have in elected office – and there aren’t enough of them – who go above and beyond almost anyone’s expectations these days to champion the issues and concerns of not just a few, but the greater majority of people they represent.

Through her dogged determination to make those in charge of publicly paid for bodies like the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) more transparent and accountable to the people they are supposed to serve, and her determination to demand the same from the provincial government and Niagara’s regional council, Cindy Forster deserves our support and she certainly deserves to get re-elected in a Welland Riding that includes Welland, Thorold, Port Colborne and parts of St. Catharines and Wainfleet in next spring’s provincial election.

With the support of everyday people across her riding and across this Niagara region, elected representatives like Cindy Forster will prevail despite all the smear jobs and mud the bullies have thrown at her.

Niagara community activist Ed Smith will be keynote speaker at Cindy Forster fundraiser

So please consider attending her fundraiser which also features Ed Smith, a St. Catharines citizen and retired Canadian Armed Services officer who was slapped with a lawsuit by the NPCA and its former CAO (now CAO of Niagara’s regional government) Carmen D’Angelo in the wake of his raising questions and concerns about what the NPCA is doing with our tax dollars, but who refuses to be slapped down.

Ed Smith has a good deal of insightful and important things to say about citizens exercising their democratic right to get engaged and speak out in  the ugly political climate we too often face in this region today, and you shouldn’t miss it.

Now here is the information Niagara At Large was emailed on this fundraising event –

Fundraising Pasta Dinner in support of Cindy Forster & the Niagara Centre NDP

In appreciation of Cindy Forster and her leadership in demanding transparency and accountability with Keynote Speaker: Local Community Activist Ed Smith

Tickets $25.

Contact:Angie Desmarais 905-835-5021


Friday, November 10th, 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:30pm dinner thru to  9:30pm


Brebeuf Hall
300 Killaly Street East
Port Colborne, Ontario L3K 1N9
Google map and directions

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