OTTAWA– In remarks today to the Liberal Party’s Council of Presidents, including Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Federal Liberal Association President, Carolynne Griffith, Liberal Leader Bob Rae underscored the need for Liberals to connect with their communities and re-engage Canadians in every one of the country’s 308 ridings.
“Riding associations are the building blocks of the Liberal Party of Canada and yet far too many are inactive or ineffective,” said Mr. Rae. “Rebuilding the Liberal Party of Canada depends on our ability to reach out to those who share our values, speak to people about the issues affecting them locally and reconnect with communities where we have weak or no organization.”
Mr. Rae challenged riding association presidents to take their expertise and energy into surrounding ridings to help build party capacity.
“The onus is on both you and I to help the communities where there are no Liberal voices or organizations to build a Liberal movement across this great country,” said Mr. Rae. “I want to understand the issues that are affecting Canadians in their homes across the country, but I can’t presume to speak for them without your help. There is no denying that rebuilding our riding associations will be hard work, but I promise that while I am asking a lot of each and every one of you, I am asking the same of myself. And we will do this together.”-30-
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