Talk:CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Hana Razga running in Edmonton—Leduc

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Your name: Hana Razga

Political party: New Democratic Party

Riding: Edmonton-Leduc

New candidates: Why are you running for political office, why at the

federal level, why this party, and why in this riding?

I decided to get involved (again) because I have the time and enough energy to do it; because I believe it is imperative to have more women around the decision making table and because I hope to make a difference. The NDP is closest to my views and beliefs regarding the environment, social justice and gender equality

New candidates: Previous to this campaign, have you been politically involved? How will you apply your previous work/volunteer/lifeexperience to serving your constituents?

I ran provincially for NDP in 1997 (Edmonton Manning), 2001 (Edmonton Manning), 2008 (Edmonton Whitemud), federally in 1997 (Edmonton East), as well as in municipal elections in 2007.

My lengthy career as a Human Resources Consultant for the federal government has provided her with skills in communicating, mediating, team building, negotiating, collaboration, all skills that will serve me well in my political career.

As you campaign around your riding, it's likely that some issues are

mentioned more often by voters, than other issues. What would you say are the three hottest topics this election, in your riding? What would you and your party do to address these issues?

The issue of leadership - When the Harper’s conservatives got elected and formed the government in 2006, they were supposed to be a different, more open and accountable government. Instead, they are and continue to cover up mistakes, avoid speaking truth and answer legitimate questions from the members of the opposition, constantly lay blame on members of the opposition or previous liberal regime, show little respect for diverse opinions or beliefs, mistreat others and abuse power.

They demotivate and offend others through cynicism and aggression. Instead being more open and accountable, Mr. Harper’s government is the most secretive and divisive that I ever remember. And people that I talk to on the doorstep are voicing their disappointment with this government. The are also disappointed in the government’s handling of the environmental file, war in Afganistan, Omar Khadr file and all the other gaffes, either during their reign (Maxime Bernier, “in and out” scandal, Chuck Cadman controversy) or during the campaign (attack ads aired even before the campaignstarted, pooping puffin, Jerry Ritz etc), well you get the picture…..

Jack Layton and his team (of which I hope to be a part), have been the real opposition to Stephen Harper. And we believe it is time that we have a Prime Minister that puts the needs of the ordinary Canadians families first.

We will fight to protect jobs; reduce the growing income gap between the best-off and the rest of us; and unlike Stephen Harper, we will protect Canadian families from rip-offs and food scandals.

We will make sure health care is there when you need it, reducing wait times by hiring more doctors and nurses

And we will cut pollution with tough new laws and firm targets.

Is there any misconceptions about you, your leader, or your party and platform?

Not so much about Jack Layton or myself, however people feel that we are the tax and spend party. This is actually not borne out. Most of our platform commitments (in any of the elections I ran) were all costed out, and most of the money for our initiatives would be coming from shifting the enormous tax cuts for profitable corporations that do not need it (given by the previous governments both liberal and conservative), to areas where the benefits would be to much larger Canadian population.

There's a more ways than ever to get your message out, from the

traditional campaign fliers and lawn signs, to new media like

websites, Facebook, and YouTube. The tried-and-true routes get the message out to the masses much easier, but digital alternatives are much more measurable in how many are seeing or interacting with your campaign. What seems to be the most effective, from your experience?

  1. Direct voter contact through door knocking
  2. Combination of all of the above noted ways