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Sandra O'Connor named Green Party candidate
Sandra O'Connor was nominated as Green Party candidate for Niagara Falls riding in the 2019 federal election. (Supplied)

Sandra O’Connor wants to usher Niagara into a greener and more sustainable economy as the newly nominated candidate for the Green Party in Niagara Falls riding in the 2019 federal election.

The riding also includes Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie.

O’Connor said she stands for strengthening the link between a healthy environment and a healthy society.

“I’ve been very keen on our environment and how it impacts the way we live. I believe in the Green Party – in their visions and their principles. I think they are one of the most democratic parties that there is,” she said, adding that the Green Party’s fact-based solutions for Canadian issues will positively affect the environment and the economy.

O’Connor said she was born and raised in Niagara, and studied at Brock University, making her invested and informed on the issues and concerns of Niagara residents. She has been an active member in the Niagara community, contributing to the urban tree bylaw special committee, Smarter Niagara steering committee and the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society, to name a few.

“I think Niagara has been neglected from the political scene, and I think that we can have a stronger and more sustainable economy, society and  environment in Niagara, and that’s what I’m here for – to improve the situation for the people in our riding,” said O’Connor, who was selected during a nomination meeting in Niagara Falls on July 17.

She ran for the Niagara-on-the-Lake town council in the last election, but lost by 32 votes. 

“Personally, I’ve been helping in the community, I like to give back to the community and since I have retired that’s what I have been doing," she said.

She spent most of her career working for conservation authorities in Canada, retiring from the Natural Sciences and and Engineering Research Council before moving back to Niagara.

Prior to taking a stand on the tree bylaw, O'Connor said she fought to keep the local hospital, which she said unfortunately wasn't a successful battle. But she'll continue to fight for critical issues.

"It's going to be an exciting time, I'm looking forward to it. I really think that I'll be able to represent the people of this riding," she said.