SHE HAS MY VOTE.. I don’t care how many current councillors are NDP..

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Social advocate named as Cambridge’s NDP provincial candidate

Marjorie Knight lifted herself out of poverty, now she wants to help others

Marjorie Knight was nominated as the NDP candidate in the Cambridge and North Dumfries riding to run in the provincial election slated for June 2018. – Cambridge NDP Riding Association


Marjorie Knight, a single mother who fought to lift her own family out of poverty and homelessness, is now planning to continue that fight for all families as Cambridge’s new NDP provincial candidate.

Knight was named to run as Cambridge and North Dumfries’ NDP contender in the provincial election following a vote Saturday by members of the party’s provincial riding association. The election is slated for June 2018.

As a family outreach worker at Kitchener’s House of Friendship, Knight says she understands the struggles families face to make ends meet.

However, she believes her personal journey — knowing what it’s like to scrape by to raise a family — provides unique insight to shape much-needed political perspectives capable of developing communities in which everyone can prosper.

It’s easy for politicians to forget who they represent, she insists.

“We need to look after the people because we all rise and fall together.”

Born in Montreal but raised in Jamaica, Knight immigrated to Canada in 2004 and found a good job, making enough to get by. Her position was later eliminated, however, leaving her with nothing once savings ran out, and little option but to find refuge in a homeless shelter.

Refusing to give up, Knight found a part-time job and returned to school, finally graduating last summer with a bachelor’s in social work from the University of Waterloo.

This turning point in her life also made her more attuned to the need to effect real change to address issues of poverty. Knight soon found herself engaged in social movements calling for a higher minimum wage, and employee protection in the workplace.

Many took notice of her passion and willingness to add her voice to lobby efforts and urged her to put her name on the provincial ballot.

She recalls the moment when she knew it was her dream, too.

“Maybe they’re right,” she laughed. “Maybe this is something I need to do.”

Her political will soon gained momentum, motivated by opportunities to fight for quality of life by shifting legislation.

“One of the things that really called me to do this is that we need legislation,” said Knight. “Maybe it’s time for me to move from, the grassroots side to the legislative side. I want to serve.”

Issues Knight hopes to tackle under the NDP banner include a fight to lower the cost of electrical bills by bringing Hydro One back into public ownership, as well as lobbying to establish universal pharmacare drug programs that cover everyone regardless of age or income.

Knight’s personal journey in the fight to overcome poverty was covered as part of the Cambridge Times’ award-winning series entitled The Working Poor, which looked at the challenges workers experience in trying to get ahead, as well as initiatives undertaken to ensure fair play in the workplace for employers and employees.

Knight beat out nominate Justin Allen, political science student and labour rights advocate, to win the riding association’s vote.


Lisa Rutledge

by Lisa Rutledge

Lisa Rutledge is a Reporter/Photographer for the Cambridge Times. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @LisaReporting, and the Cambridge Times on Facebook.

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7 Responses to SHE HAS MY VOTE.. I don’t care how many current councillors are NDP..

    Reg Corning May 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    The Fiberals are done. Too many scandals and lies. The race is on between the NDP and PC’S.

  2. Debbie Duff Vitez May 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm


    Alan Marshall May 18, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Me too! This election should be pretty clear. The Liberals and Conservatives have held government since Confederation federally and in Ontario all but four years. Are you satisfied with the governing you’ve received? Time to see what Andrea Horvath and the NDP can do for the next four years.

    Vincent Benjamin May 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    She has my vote! Doug Ford is an idiot he just what to slash and burn program to put a “FEW” dollars in your pocket. Sorry, that will do nothing for anyone.

    Danny Reid May 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Remember BOB REA. Same party ideas. Everything is free! You don’t even need to work.

  6. Debbie Duff Vitez May 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm


    Tom Vann May 20, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Remember that Pam and Donna are involved and their influence and past record frighten me. Everything will be free. Dental, health care, needles, motels. Magic accounting. “Remember” Horvath refused to wear a Poppy to honor our vets from the wars and you want her to lead us? This lady had to read from a written script because she didn’t know the answers to questions. Somebody wrote them for her. That tells me all I need to know. Not her thoughts but a script written. Maybe a nice person but… Then we have damaged signs, signs put right in front of others, 4 of the same party signs within 20 feet, and stolen signs all around Cambridge except theirs. Sound familiar. Nope, I won’t tell you from what party you already got that figured out. I can tell you my vote won’t be for the magic party, right Mr. Rea. Just elect us and we’ll figure it out later.

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