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Teacher and former lawyer Jennifer Villebrun is the NDP candidate for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie 

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Jennifer Villebrun is the NDP candidate for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie, and this is her fourth time running for federal office, three times for the NDP and once for the Green Party in 2008.

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“I’ve always been interested in politics, and one of the things I have felt about this region, right from when I was fairly young, is that we’ve always tended to go for the same party,” said Villebrun.

“I really feel that’s meant we’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities,” said Villebrun, adding “I feel that they have just taken for granted this region will support whatever they do.”

Villebrun grew up in the Peace Region, has lived in Grande Prairie, and she practiced law between Grande Prairie and High Level for a number of years. Recently, she retired from practicing law and has now transitioned into teaching at a small school in High Prairie.

Villebrun is running for the NDP again because she really wants to be part of the party that she believes helped people get the necessary supports they needed during the pandemic.

“I know when we look at COVID, the NDP party was significantly involved with pushing to get CERB increased, and to ensure that people had resources during this difficult time,” said Villebrun.

Another one of the biggest reasons she’s running for the NDP is their strong stance on Indigenous issues.

“There’s a lot of communities up here, when we look at first nations, who still need a number of resources like water, and appropriate infrastructure resources,” said Villebrun, “and that for me is a priority because I’m of Indigenous heritage.”

According to Villebrun, another huge piece of the NDP’s platform for this election is the party’s focus on making life more affordable.

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“I think we need to focus on a way that makes living affordable for Canadian citizens, and I think the NDP has that as their number one priority,” said Villebrun.

As an example, she points to the NDP’s pledge to cap the cost of cell and internet service in Canada.

“Canadians pay significantly more for telecommunication services than anywhere else in the world, and by reducing those costs, that’s a little bit more in people’s pockets every day,” said Villebrun.

Villebrun also talks about the rising cost of medicine, and how people are increasingly choosing between the cost of groceries and the cost of medicine.

“Something the NDP is putting forward as a solution is creating a national pharmacare program, that’s a small way in which we can help solve that problem,” said Villebrun.

Villebrun also believes the region’s strength is a strong workforce, and to create a more stable employment situation for people, she believes the government needs to put a greater emphasis on economic diversification.

“I feel that we’ve really focused our development in northern Alberta, in one area, and I feel strongly that there needs to be more support for small business owners, so they can develop new industries up here,” said Villebrun.

“I know that’s not always what people perceive when they think of the NDP, but I think it’s really important for people to know that is a priority,” said Villebrun.

Federal election day is Monday, Sept. 20. The Candidates for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie are Chris Warkentin (CPC), Dan Campbell (Liberal), Ambrose Ralph (Maverick Party), Jennifer Villebrun (NDP), Shawn McLean (PPC) and Donovan Eckstrom (Rhino Party).

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