Allan Thompson opens Exeter Volunteer Centre
August 29, 2015
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Allan Thompson cuts the ribbon in Exeter
Flanked by legendary local Liberals Jack Riddell and Paul Steckle and other campaign volunteers, Huron-Bruce Liberal candidate Allan Thompson cut the ribbon on his Exeter campaign office – the third in the riding.
The Allan Thompson Volunteer Centre at 378 Main St., in Exeter is now open for business and will become a hub for campaign volunteers.
“It’s a statement to put up the flag in Exeter, to say that we’re here,” Thompson said in brief remarks at the opening. “We see a lot of growth here and when I’ve been out canvassing, people are asking for signs and saying what I hear all across the riding, that they want a change, that they’re tired of Stephen Harper’s way of governing.
“People say that they want their Canada back,’’ Thompson said.
“This culture of cynicism and secrecy is just not the Canadian way,” Thompson said. “It is simply not the Canadian way of doing business. It wasn’t in the Paul Martin or Jean Chretien era, it wasn’t either in the time of Kim Campbell or Brian Mulroney or those before them. This is a totally new breed. And I think that is why people rally around the cry ‘we want our Canada back.”
Jack Riddell, who was the Liberal MPP in Huron-Bruce from 1973-1990 and served as Minister of Agriculture, welcomed the crowd and introduced Allan.
“This is a very important election and we’ve got an excellent candidate. Excuse me Paul, but I don’t know when we’ve had a better candidate,” Riddell said, teasing former MP Paul Steckle.
“Just check his record. I mean he’s well educated, he’s had experience over in Rwanda, you name it the list goes on. He can meet anybody, he can talk to anybody, he’s just the ideal candidate.”
In his speech, Thompson said he is now hearing
voters on the doorsteps repeating his campaign slogan that he wants to
offer integrity, fairness and a rural voice for Huron-Bruce.
The official opening of the Exeter volunteer
centre is the latest development in a grassroots campaign that has been
picking up momentum and recruiting scores of volunteers from across the
riding as well as high-level national endorsements. On Sunday afternoon,
a campaign volunteer BBQ will be held on the beach in Kincardine, at
Thompson is committed to building the rural
economy in Huron-Bruce and becoming a strong voice for farmers, as well
as those who live in the riding’s small towns and surrounding areas. He
believes that his farm upbringing combined with his deep knowledge of
how Ottawa works will help him to bridge the rural-urban gap.
Since the Oct. 19 election was called on Aug. 2, Allan has been spending
much of his time going door-to-door across the riding.
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