After 10 years…

A decade ago, Duncan was serving North Dundas from the councillor’s chair, helping out at local events like the Rotary Club’s annual Breakfast with Santa. Now, he continues to reach higher as he recently got the confirmation that he will be campaigning as the Conservative candidate for the SDSG region in the upcoming federal election this October. Also pictured: Brent Geertsma. File Photo

NORTH DUNDAS – As nominations closed last Thursday, Eric Duncan got the confirmation notice the morning of Fri., Feb. 22 that he had officially been acclaimed as Conservative candidate for the SDSG region.

“Earning this nomination has been humbling,” he said. “The support has been very good, allowed us to finish this phase early and have a strong start. Now we’ve got about six, seven months before the election to get out to events, get volunteers and to get lawn signs and get ourselves organized. We’re very excited about this head start we’ve got.”

During his campaign, Duncan hopes to tackle different issues involving ethics and finance within the government.

“There will be a lot of separate issues that we’re going to be talking about and right now, the issue that I’m hearing about is this [SNC] Lavalin issue and the ethics issue around the Prime Minister’s office,” he said. “A lot of people are concerned about that. A lot of people see resemblances back to the sponsorship scandal, so we’re definitely going to be talking about the ethics issue in the government and then financials. Balancing the budget and not going out with the carbon tax, making sure we do it in better ways.”

Ever since announcing his intention to run, Duncan has received a number of endorsements from the community and fellow politicians including North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser, SDSG MPP Jim McDonell and SDSG MP Guy Lauzon, who plans to retire after his term ends.

“People are going to our website, setting up to volunteer and putting up lawn signs, so the fact that we have this time to get organized early is great,” said Duncan. “We want people to reach out and we’re going to reach out to them to build support and build momentum early as best we can.”