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Local Federal Liberals Look to Rebuild

Posted on September 2, 2011

Alvinston — Local federal Liberals in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex are looking to rebuild for the next election in 2015, electing a new executive.

Past candidate Gayle Stucke attended the most inclusive Summer Caucus in Liberal history this past week, returning to the riding with a clear message for Canadians: The Liberal Party is focused on “jobs, jobs, jobs; not cuts, cuts, cuts”. Stucke has been appointed to MP Carolyn Bennett’s aboriginal affairs committee.

Elected at the annual meeting for the LKMFLA held in Strathroy last week, chaired by James Grant, Vice-President of the Sarnia-Lambton Federal Liberal Association was: Carolynne Griffith of Alvinston, President; Gary Martin of Wallaceburg, Treasurer; Frank Kennes of Strathroy, Membership Chair; Ken Roberts of Melbourne, Policy Chair; Mike Ferguson of Wallaceburg, Secretary.

“When I travelled the country this summer people told me they want a government and a Parliament that is interested in getting this country to work, not one that is obsessed with polarized debates over rigid ideology,” said Liberal Leader Bob Rae. “Those are the priorities we focused on during our meetings, those are the priorities we will bring to Parliament this Fall, and those are the priorities that inspire our movement.”

The Liberal Summer Caucus was held in Ottawa following a summer tour that saw Mr. Rae visit all 10 provinces and Canada’s North. The ideas and suggestions he received on the road fed the discussions held over the last four days, and mixed with the perspectives gathered by Members of Parliament, Senators and past-candidates. The meetings also provided input into the crucial Party rebuilding process already underway.

“The work of rebuilding the Liberal Party and launching a movement capable of replacing the Harper Conservatives began in earnest this week,” said Griffith. “By listening to Canadians, being focused on real priorities like jobs and the economy and by making major changes in our organization, I’m confident we will get there.”

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Media Contact: Carolynne Griffith at 519-847-5500

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