Ramsey Hart will be the NDP candidate for Lanark-Frontenac and Kingston in the upcoming provincial election. Hart was named at a nomination ceremony in the small town of Maberly on Saturday.
Hart is executive director of The Table Community Food Centre in Perth. The Table was previously the Perth and District Food Bank before 2012, when it was rebranded as a food centre that focuses on serving healthy and fresh food at its communal table, sourced locally from its own garden and farmers nearby.
Before Hart started his work in Perth, he worked for the Ottawa-based research and advocacy group MiningWatch Canada. He also served as a community representative on the Mayor’s task force on local climate change in Perth. Hart is currently working on Indigenous justice and reconciliation with the Lanark County Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation.
“I’m thrilled to be officially joining Andrea Horwath’s NDP team today,” Hart said.
Hart said that he would like to focus on the area’s skyrocketing hydro bills, underfunded health care and rural schools threatened with closure under Kathleen Wynne’s watch.
“For decades we as a province have chosen Liberals or Conservatives — but where has that gotten us?” Hart asked. “Too many people have been left behind, and we are now at a point where people are faced with sky high hydro bills, and cuts to the public services our community needs.”
Hart was unchallenged for the NDP nomination.