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Liberal Executive Board meets in Kitchener

March 13, 2016
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Winning the next federal election in rural ridings like Huron-Bruce was a focus of discussion at the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) executive board held in Kitchener on March 12.

A delegation from the Huron-Bruce Federal Liberal Assocaition - led by riding association president Virginia Schenk - attended the meeting. Former Huron-Bruce Liberal candidate Allan Thompson, now the chair of the ProjectRURAL task force, also led an extended workshop on rural issues. 

The gathering was attended by nearly 400 federal Liberals from ridings across Ontario. It was presided over by Tyler Banham, president of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario). The event dealt with policy resolutions being considered for the party’s major national convention, to be held in Winnipeg in late May. It also included sessions on modernizing the party and building up riding associations following the recent election.

Allan Thompson’s session on the ProjectRURAL initiative was standing room only and included more than 90 minutes of intense discussion about the experience of Liberal candidates and campaign teams in the recent federal election and some of the key policy issues that came forward. 

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Anna Gainey, the national president of the Liberal Party of Canada, also participated in the meeting, having just returned from Washington D.C., where she took part in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s historic state visit. 

The keynote speaker over lunch was the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and the MP for Waterloo. Chagger said one of her top priorities is helping the Liberal party to win the 2019 election in the 41 ridings in Ontario where the party was not successful. 

 Chagger also reminded the group of the Trudeau government’s successful initiatives in its first months in office, such as cutting taxes for the middle class, restoring the longform census and fulfilling a pledge to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada. 

“We are real people working for real Canadians and working for real change,’’ Chagger said.


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