Protestor coming to New Glasgow

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Allan Bezanson (middle) and Tamara Lorincz (right) protest the $25 billion ship building countract in front of MP Peter MacKay's constituency office on Feb. 21.

A peace activist who has been protesting the $25 billion warship contract every week outside the Irving Shipyard in Halifax is heading up to New Glasgow and Truro today. Tamara Lorincz is going to deliver open letters to Defence Minister Peter MacKay in his New Glasgow office and to Conservative MP Scott Armstrong in his Truro office. Parliament is not sitting this week so Members of Parliament are expected to be in their ridings.

“The federal government is preparing a new budget and MPs MacKay and Armstrong have invited Canadians to send them their ideas to achieve the best use of taxpayers’ dollars. So, I’m going to tell them not to waste our money on warships that we don’t need,” Lorincz said in a release.

She will also be delivering petitions calling on the federal government to redirect military spending to social and environmental programs.

“The federal government should be investing in the priorities of Canadians: healthcare, education and the environment. Plus, if the federal government really cares about job creation they should know that more jobs could be created in a green economy than building warships.”

Lorincz is further concerned that the warship contract is a risk to tax payers.

“I'm going to tell our Members of Parliament that they have increased our country's national debt to $606 billion and they are running an annual deficit of $26 billion. We simply cannot afford the financial risk of the warships.”

Lorincz will bring her signs “Action on Poverty & Climate Change: No Warships” and “Green Jobs; No Warships” and she will stand outside MacKay’s office in New Glasgow at 11 a.m. and Armstrong’s office in Truro at 2 p.m.

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Truro, Halifax

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Recent comments

  • Willy Warship
    February 21, 2013 - 16:37

    Does Tamara have anything else to do, maybe get a job, or volunteer at the SPCA?

  • Arlene
    February 21, 2013 - 16:24

    What? no mention of all the chest beating and flag waving Jobs Here by the ndp? it's always Peter's fault. How many hundreds of millions has Peter brought us over the years, and the cojntless acts he does for people behind the scenes and out of the media? How about all he does around the world as the 2nd most powerful man in government, not bad for a local boy, yet no support from the News or anyone else. NOBODY loves PC, NS and Can. more than Peter, get to know him snd you'd see. How much $ has the other 2 parties ever brought to PC? exactly! Ask who supports these full time protest every cause people instead.

  • Alden
    February 21, 2013 - 15:00

    The bigger question is why would the media even consider giving her, her 15 minutes. NOT Newswortthy

  • Johnny smoke
    February 21, 2013 - 11:33

    Well if she can protest so can I. Looking up the origins of her cause, I would think that she should be protesting the high life and high spending of our beloved senators. I have no problem, no problem at all sending our naval personnel to sea in the safest, available ships that can be designed, built, and provided. I do however have great problems with audacity of an over educated, grant sucking,job denying activist. Just think if all of these special interest groups were denied funding from the Federal,Provincial, and municipal treasuries that in of it's self would go a long way to pay down the deficit and the debt. Then again that thought would never occur to the recipients would it? I wonder if Peter MacKay reads the Evening news? I wonder if that last line re funding would make any difference? Probably not.

  • hugh mackenzie
    February 21, 2013 - 11:26

    why are we buying war ships? so that protesters and others of her ilk still have the right to protest.

  • MIke
    February 21, 2013 - 11:13

    We need the ships. Multiple generations of work $25B in the economy, unlimited housing developments, economic growth to the nth power, protection from international terrorism....PRICELESS!

  • ken
    February 21, 2013 - 10:45

    While she's out there protesting someone should ask here what it's like to live in the ozone layer.

  • Sam
    February 21, 2013 - 08:46

    Makes you wonder what colour the sky is in her naive little dreamworld, doesn't it? I highly doubt that she is qualified to comment on defence and economic matters as well.