Saturday, December 31, 2005

Picture-Rama Part II

Hey all,

Here's the remainder of the pictures:

Picture of me and Jack from the Breakthrough Conference in Ottawa (later that evening I had the privilege of introducing NB NDP Leader Allison Brewer to Jack for the first time).

Pictures from the Dec. 6th Memorial in Riverview.

Christmas in Cape Breton with Nanny and GrandDad (Sookie and Dave) LeBlanc.

Have a safe and Happy New Years!


Thursday, December 29, 2005

Year End "Picture-Rama"

Hey all,

I'm just packing up to head down to Saint John for my cousin's wedding, but I thought I'd end the year by putting up some photos that for one reason or another never made it onto the blog.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Provincial Executive Meeting in Miramichi last May

Dee Dee Daigle nominates me at the convention in June

Sebastien Bezeau seconds the nomination

My acceptance speech

Speaking at the Moncton and District Labour Council Picnic on Labour Day.

First on the Ballot!

Left: I share a smile with returning officer Ghislaine Ringuette Crawford (In the back: Al Daly, Leo Cassista and Ian Thorn)

Right: Cecile Cassista (Campaign Manager) signs on as a witness.

(Seems I've hit my pic limit for the day. I'll post the rest tomorrow)

Jack's Speech

Well, what was supposed to be a quiet holiday break is certainly generating a lot of news between the tragic shootings in Toronto, the RCMP investigation into Ralph Goodale, and the bizarre "blog attacks" on Jack and Olivia.

I thought I'd throw up a link to Jack's speech today that really puts things into perspective.

Jack Layton's Speech in Toronto



Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Season's Greetings!

Dear friends,

Just a quick note to wish all of you the happiest of Holidays and hoping that you get to spend a much needed break with family and loved ones.

I also wanted to thank everyone for the hard work that made "Phase 1" of this campaign a huge success. From the signs, to the media exposure, to the canvassing, we’ve really proved we are the party to watch in this campaign. It's been a terrific start!

A few "housekeeping" notices:

January is going to be very intense and in order to capitalise on our December momentum we’re going to need everyone rested and ready. If you haven’t done so, please contact Cecile, Ian or myself about any volunteer work you can perform for the rest of the campaign. We’re putting the schedule together over the break and want to make sure we’re using all of our resources to the best of our ability.

Also, please remember that contributions made before December 31st go towards this year’s taxes and those made afterwards go towards your 2006 filings. The other parties will be blitzing us hard and we still need your financial help to keep the pressure on with advertising, flyers and more campaign materials. If you are able to contribute sooner than later it will help us make important decisions that much earlier.

And remember money donated to the riding, stays in the riding. Please contact the office (or myself) about any contributions.

Have a great Holiday Break and we’ll see you all in the New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Media Expsoure Notice!

Article by Charles Perry in today's Times Transcript on all three candidates.

Quoting our portion of it:

"New Democratic Party hopeful David Hackett, a test analyst with Whitehill Technologies, said his campaign headquarters is located in Wedgwood Centre at 1201 Mountain Rd. "I am very happy with the work our team has been doing. We have been campaigning all over the place and we were the first to get our signs out in the area."

He said he has got the jump on his two opponents, by being the first NDP candidate nominated in Canada and the first candidate of any stripe to be nominated in the Atlantic provinces.

As a result, Hackett said he has had the chance to visit a lot of homes. "We want to send out a strong message that we are very serious about winning this race and we have our organization in place. I think people are taking more notice of us this time around," he said.

However, they will be slowing down the campaigning during the Christmas week, said the NDP standard-bearer. "Our office will still be open, but we have no intention of aggressively knocking on people's doors and bothering them during the holidays. But we will be following the holidays with a big blitz in January."

Hackett said many of the electors are telling him that they are "very afraid" of losing their medicare and public health care. He said a large part of the reason there is a federal election, now, is that his party was trying to get assurance from the Liberal government that it would protect health care in Canada.

He has also heard a lot of interest from the people regarding the future of the Petitcodiac River, said the NDP hopeful. He said his party has thrown its support behind Option 4B, which is to remove the Causeway gates and have a new bridge built."

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Our First Celebrity Endorsement!

The Christmas Social was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came out, and thanks to the team for their hard work putting it together. Thanks also to the "Guy in Red" for giving his support to the NDP.

And to prove I didn't hog the big guy all afternoon, here's Brady and Abby getting in on some of the Santa action.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


(English version follows)

L'équipe électorale de David Hackett

« Faites connaissance avec votre candidat »

Dimanche 18 décembre - de 14 h à 16 h 30
au quartier général - 1201, ch. Mountain

Activité parrainée par l'Association néodémocrate de la circonscription de
Renseignements : 861-1180


David Hackett Campaign Team

"Get to Know Your Candidate "

Sunday afternoon December 18th - 2:00 to 4:30 PM
Campaign Head Quarters - 1201 Mountain Road

Sponsored by the Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe NDP Riding Association
For information call the Campaign Office at 861 1180
Refreshment will be served

Where's Dave this week?

Tuesday Dec. 13th - canvassing
Wednesday Dec 14th. - Canvassing and Volunteer Orientation.
Thursday Dec 15th. - Canvassing, Volunteer Orientation and Office move.
Friday Dec 16th. Canvassing
Saturday Dec 17th. Canvassing, Office decorating
Sunday Dec 18th. Office Open House from 2-4pm

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Day at the Market

Léopold Belliveau (former mayor of Moncton), David Hackett (NDP candidate for the Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe Riding), Bill Malenfant (former mayor of Dieppe) and former candidate Hélène Lapointe talk politics at the Dieppe Farmer's Market.

Léopold Belliveau (ex-maire de Moncton), David Hackett (candidat néo-démocrate pour la circonscription Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe), Bill Malenfant (ex-maire de Dieppe) et Hélène Lapointe (l'ancienne candidate) discutent de politique au Marché des fermiers de Dieppe.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Two Very Important Fans....

"I want to join Dave's party. Can I make my own signs too?"
- Chloe C. (age 3)

"Look Daddy! It's your sign again. They're everywhere. And they have colours like your friend Jack!"
-Abigail H. (age 3)

Where's Dave for the weekend?

I'll be at the Dieppe Market tomorrow from 9-11 and Again on Sunday (time TBA).

I'll also be canvassing through the weekend and the party will be doing drops of the budget flyers as well.

Saturday night I'll be a the Whitehill Staff Christmas party celebrating another great year in the software biz.

The Office is open!

We have our new space set up now. It's at the Wedgewood centre on 1201 Mountain Road. We're currently in smaller temporary space until Dec. 17th when we move to the much larger, front-facing office (expect an announcement soon on the "Grand Opening" of that space).

Office phone is 861-1180

The landlord has been great and the spot is awesome. My only regret is that the office is not wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately due to time and budget concerns we could not get a ground floor space secured. I promise that we will make every effort to accommodate everyone who wants to come in and talk to us.

And rest assured that when we set up our Constituency office in February, access won't be an issue.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Media Exposure Notices!

Global News tonight (Tuesday) @ 11:00 will be running a piece on the Memorial Service in Riverview for Violence against Women. I gave a sound byte that they may well use.

CBC Radio News did a spot on the Press Release (see previous post). It will be in the morning rotation.

Our Mascaret ad came out this morning as well as an article (of all the candidates profiled, ours was the only bilingual article).

Had a quick interview with News 91.9, expect to hear it in rotation sometime in the next 48 hours.

Whew. No wonder I'm tired tonight!

Press Release

Here' s a copy of the Press Release that went out today regarding the Campaign.....


December 6th 2005 - Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe NDP Candidate David Hackett was first out of the gates last week in the race to determine who will represent the riding in the next Parliament of Canada. In addition to having his signs in place around the riding well ahead of his opponents, he was also the first NDP candidate to be confirmed by Elections Canada in the entire country and the first candidate from any party to be confirmed anywhere in Atlantic Canada.

“We wanted to come out strong and show the people of Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe that we’re serious about winning this riding,” said Hackett. “I’m very fortunate to have such a well-organised and exceptional team behind me. It really shows this is a party out to get results, and I think that will resonate with a lot of voters.”

Hackett has begun to canvass the riding and expects to be out on the doorsteps until the week before Christmas, when his team will break for the holidays and prepare for the big January push.

“It’s important to get visible early. Both of my opponents will be funneling a lot of money into this riding, so we have to counter that with good old-fashioned hard work. We have to be out talking to people and on the phones getting our message out.”

Hackett likes his chances in the contest, and is determined to keep the momentum going until E-Day.

“People are tired of broken promises from the Liberals and wrong ideas from the Conservatives. The NDP is about getting results and once voters are turned on to that, I believe you’ll see a big surge of support in the riding.”

A Day of Sad Reflection

14 names you should think about when you talk with your wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, familes and friends today.

Genevieve Bergeron
Nathalie Croteau
Anne-Marie Edward
Maryse Laganiere
Anne-Marie Lemay
Michele Richard
Annie Turcotte
Helene Colgan
Barbara Daigneault
Maud Haviernick
Maryse LeClair
Sonia Pelletier
Annie St-Arneault
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

Be sure and light a candle today.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Where's Dave this week?

A quick look at the tentative schedule for the week:

Monday Dec 5th. Canvassing (location TBA)

Tuesday Dec 6th. Candlelight Vigil at Riverview's Caseley Park to commenerate victims of Violence against Women.

Wednesday Dec 7th, Canvassing (location TBA) & Office opening.

Thursday Dec 8th. -
Canvassing (location TBA) & Executive Meeting.

Friday Dec 9th - Canvassing (location TBA)

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Interesting news

No, not the Liberal nomination (we knew the outcome of that before it started).

I am officially the first NDP Candidate in all of Canada to be confirmed for this election. I'm also the first Candidate from any party anywhere in this Province, let alone this riding, to have been confirmed.

More evidence of our tremendous momentum!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Coming out of the Gates Strong!

Hello Everyone,

What an absolutely incredible first week it's been! Signs are up, ads and pamphlets are on the way, and very shortly we'll have some new office space to talk about. This campaign, like this party, are on the move and it's because of the contributions all of you have made.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere the Signs....

Those of you in the area don't need to be told that signs are up and very visible throughout the riding. George, Elmo, Ian and Leo worked especially hard all week and it's made a huge impact. I'm already getting lots of great feedback and we are, to date, the only party with sign presence in the area. It shows that we're serious and on top of our game.

Beyond the road signs, I still have many "Jack Layton and the New Brunswick Team" Window signs, available in both languages. Please contact me if you can use them and get them displayed in a public window somewhere.

These Boots are made for Walking....

The canvas team is firing up it's cylinders, and Canvass organiser Ian Thorn is laying out the gameplan for how to blanket this riding, both by foot and by phone. We've received our donor and supporter list from provincial office, and as soon as Elections Canada opens the Returning Office, we should have an electors list as well. If you are interested in doing door-to-door or phone work (even if you've already mentioned it to me before), get in touch and I'll have Ian send your marching orders.

Picture on the Cover....

The back cover of Mascaret, that is. Look for our first major ad next week as we get the back cover plus an article in one of the ridings most-read periodicals. Expect more ads over the course of the campaign. Thanks to Andrew and Gérard for their hard work on short notice.

Let's keep this party moving!

A lot of the success we've had this week has been the direct result of your very generous donations over the last few months. But in order to keep the momentum we have, we are going to need more advertisements, more campaign materials, and more visibility. Unlike the other parties, we don't rely on corporate benefactors and we certainly don't have 10 Grand coming in from Alberta. This campaign relies solely on donations from individuals and small business. I sincerely hope you will consider joining our fight and contributing any way you are able in the coming weeks. Together we can win this riding!

I'll have more next week. In the meantime, let's keep the pressure on and show Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe why we're the party to watch this election!