Press Release, March 6, 2008, Ronin Nomination Meeting Open to Public

The first of several nomination meetings for Central Nova independent candidate, Sebastian Ronin, will be held on March 10, 2008, 7:00 P.M. at Summer Street Industries in New Glasgow. Further nomination meetings are planned for River John, Antigonish, Guysborough and Sheet Harbour.

“The nice thing about being an independent is that all voting age residents of Central Nova make up the riding association, so to speak,” explained Mr. Ronin. “I am not limited by party factions to seek the 100 signatories for the nomination papers. Actually doing grass roots democracy is much more challenging than merely mouthing it.”

Mr. Ronin will outline his platform for the pending federal election at the March 10 meeting and explain what he sees to be the role of an independent candidate in Central Nova. Time allowing, he will also show the DVD documentary “A Crude Awakening” which deals with the issue of peak oil. There will also be a question and answer session.

“The global supply of oil has hit peak,” claims Mr. Ronin. “This will spawn social crises of unforeseen proportions and no one, not from our political leaders to the individual on the street, is acknowledging it nor is prepared for it.”

One of Mr. Ronin’s major planks is the creation of a new regional federal political party recognizing the bioregion of Atlantica to address the social and eco-political shifts that will be brought about by the global depletion of oil.

“This will be a century of hurt and major transformation,” says Mr. Ronin. “It will not be a fatuous prance through a meadow of sunflowers. Peak oil obviously trumps global warming, without detracting from the seriousness of that issue. As for any potential role that I may play in Central Nova politics, that will only be as interesting and productive as the electorate wishes it and allows it to be.”

The NDP is the only official party which has welcomed Mr. Ronin’s entry into the Central Nova democratic process. John Guthro, President of the Pictou Centre NDP, informed Mr. Ronin by email that his candidacy “is an important addition to the race.”

“Although I welcome it, I have to wonder why the NDP would make an overture to an eco-Libertarian independent,” muses Mr. Ronin. “I’m such a small political gnat, yet it would seem to me that some wagons are being circled behind the scenes to deal with possible tactical fall-out. Should the electorate choose to turn me loose, Central Nova could well become the most interesting riding of the election.”

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