This is one of five profiles of the candidates for the Abbotsford electoral district, which includes most areas south of Bateman and Maclure roads and east of Mount Lehman Road. For links to the other profiles, see the bottom of the story. Watch The News and Abbynews.com for profiles of candidates in the Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding next week.
David Mackay, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada candidate for Abbotsford, ran in the last federal election, in 2011, and has been involved in politics since his youth, when he protested against the Vietnam War at the University of British Columbia.
He did not attend either of the two candidates’ debates for the Abbotsford riding this campaign, and has not been in contact with The News.
Mackay is an ESL teacher and retired postal worker living in Vancouver’s West End. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from UBC.
He criticizes the mainstream parties in this election, calling them “cartel parties,” and urges people to consider alternative candidates who may better represent their views.
Mackay would like to make employment insurance accessible to more out-of-work Canadians, and would also like to increase funding for veterans’ services. His party would strengthen public sector unions, like the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Mackay opposes any plans to sell resources like water.
“Crucially, we need to defeat Harper in the election, and hold to account whatever government forms after October 19th,” he wrote in a platform statement.