"The Lib­eral Party needs pri­vate peo­ple from the sec­tor, like me." -

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Ben­jamin Va­chet ben­jamin.va­chet@transcon­ti­nen­tal.ca Twit­ter @Or­leansstar

Whether at the lead­er­ship of the Lib­eral Party of Canada (LPC) or to re­build a party in trou­ble, the for­mer Ot­tawa-or­léans can­di­date, David Bertschi, is con­vinced that his po­lit­i­cal camp needs peo­ple like him, that come from the pri­vate sec­tor, to learn to win again.

The east end lawyer has not yet de­cided whether or not to set his sights on chief­taincy in spring 2013, but he con­firmed that he may be in­ter­ested in the po­si­tion.

"I was ap­proached by peo­ple from Al­berta, On­tario, Québec, peo­ple across the coun­try who wished for me to com­mit my­self to a higher level in the Lib­eral Party. As I said be­fore, I have made no decision and I still have time to think about it, but I think the Lib­eral Party needs new ideas and new so­lu­tions that I can em­body."

At 52, Bertschi first wants to get a sense of the needs of the Cana­dian pop­u­la­tion dur­ing a na­tional tour and con­fer­ence calls across the coun­try be­fore de­cid­ing.

"Cana­di­ans want to have peo­ple work­ing for them and not vice versa. Maybe there are too many politi­cians who do not know any­thing but pol­i­tics and not enough peo­ple who, like me, from the pri­vate sec­tor, have man­aged a busi­ness, who have a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence and know how peo­ple live in ev­ery­day life?"

Plac­ing him­self be­yond the ide­o­log­i­cal con­flicts, Bertschi says he wants vot­ers to first lis­ten to gather ideas.

"It’s not just the Lib­eral Party that may have good ideas. These can come from any­where, so you have to first lis­ten. Cana­di­ans are tired of politi­cians who talk be­fore think­ing or those who, like the Con­ser­va­tive Party in power, think about the next elec­tion with­out hav­ing a vi­sion for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions."

A re­sponse in au­tumn?

To build his own vi­sion, Bertschi also wishes to rely on ex­perts and fed­eral of­fi­cials, shoot­ing a new, cut­ting re­mark to the gov­ern­ment.

"For too long, the value of ex­perts and of­fi­cials has been ig­nored, and the gov­ern­ment does not rec­og­nize their work. Look at Bill C-10 on crim­i­nal jus­tice. It was passed against the ad­vice of ex­perts who say the project will not solve crime prob­lems. I think we also need to lis­ten and ob­serve what is hap­pen­ing else­where. Texas and Cal­i­for­nia, for ex­am­ple, we have proven that build­ing big pris­ons does not solve crimes. We can also learn from Obama’s pol­icy that pri­or­i­tizes the buy­ing of Amer­i­can prod­ucts by trans­pos­ing it to Canada."

He does not yet wish to re­veal his in­ten­tions, pre­fer­ring to wait un­til au­tumn, but Bertschi still em­pha­sizes some of the qual­i­ties that would make him a cred­i­ble can­di­date for the head of the LPC.

"Al­ready, it is im­por­tant to have a bilin­gual leader. Then, the fail­ure to be a pre­vi­ous mem­ber is rather an as­set be­cause it al­lows me not to be re­lated to prob­lems in re­cent years, keep­ing me out of this show­ing and giv­ing me the time to lis­ten to what Cana­di­ans re­ally want. It is a chal­lenge that does not scare me. I am ready to work hard and ded­i­cate my­self to this role. As in my law ca­reer, if I go into the race, I will take care to pre­pare my­self, re­main­ing hon­est with vot­ers."

De­spite suc­ces­sive set­backs in re­cent elec­tions, Bertschi re­mains con­vinced that the LPC has a fu­ture in the Cana­dian po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

"Whether it is in lead­er­ship or else­where, I want to work for this party that will be, I am sure, an im­por­tant force in the po­lit­i­cal fu­ture of Canada. We have a good base of ac­tivists and I am con­fi­dent in our abil­ity to re­build the party that has real vi­sion for the fu­ture and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions."

Trans­lated by Ciara Mcgrath

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In chief­dom or to re­build the Lib­eral Party of Canada, the de­feated can­di­date in the last elec­tion in Ot­tawa-or­léans, David Bertschi, wishes to move within the Lib­eral Party of Canada.

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