The Lib­eral Party of anada ue­bec is ready

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

ver 300 mem­bers of the of the Lib­eral Party of Canada (Que­bec) met to­day in Sher­brooke un­der the joint chair­man­ship of Francine Gaudet, can­di­date in Berthier-Mask­i­nong and il­liam Hogg, can­di­date in Comp­ton-Stanstead, to dis­cuss and ap­prove the 10 res­o­lu­tions that will be de­bated at the next bi­en­nial con­ven­tion in June 011. “I am de­lighted to see such mo­bili ation amongst our mem­bers,” said Lu­ci­enne Ro­bil­lard, Pres­i­dent of the Lib­eral Party of Canada (Que­bec). “This bodes well on the eve of a pos­si­ble gen­eral elec­tion.”

“Since 00 I have wel­comed more than 30 MPs to the

astern Town­ships,” said Mr. Hogg. “They’ve come to dis­cuss im­por­tant lo­cal is­sues with so­cio-eco­nomic ac­tors, mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials and citi ens. The Gen­eral coun­cil meet­ing to­day is the con­tinua- tion of my en­gage­ment with our re­gion.”

The meet­ing of the Gen­eral Coun­cil of the LPC(Q) fol­lowed-up on the Canada at 150 con­fer­ence, held in Mon­treal

last year, and nu­mer­ous other fo­rums which aimed to pre­pare the Lib­eral or­gan­i­sa­tion and de­ter­mine the con­tent of the Party’s pro­gram in the next elec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Pablo Ro­driguez, MP for HonoréMercier and Pres­i­dent of the Que­bec Lib­eral cau­cus in the House of Com­mons, “the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment is reap­ing what it sowed: peo­ple can see that Stephen Harper is putting the in­ter­ests the Con­ser­va­tive Party ahead of those of Cana­di­ans. It’s one scan­dal af­ter an­other; all the while the Prime Min­is­ter has noth­ing but con­tempt for Cana­di­ans and their Par­lia­ment.”

“This gov­ern­ment’s be­hav­iour is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ir­ra­tional,” said Michael Ig­nati­eff’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Que­bec and MP for West­moun­tVille-Marie, Marc Garneau. “Con­sider the fighter jets: they want to pro­ceed with a pur­chase that will cost al­most dou­ble what they say it will cost, and they refuse to hold a pub­lic competition that would guar­an­tee con­tracts for our com­pa­nies! Be­lieve me, if Stephen Harper thinks he will have it easy, he’s go­ing to find us on his way. Our mem­bers and our or­ga­ni­za­tion are read­ier than ever and the Leader’s many vis­its across Que­bec are gen­er­at­ing in­ter­est and en­thu­si­asm. Peo­ple want to change gov­ern­ments; we see it on the ground.”

“The Con­ser­va­tives don’t re­flect our val­ues as Que­be­cers and Town­ship­pers. As for the Bloc, it sim­ply can’t de­liver the goods, even if it wanted to. So Bloc MPs play make be­lieve, like with the case of in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing in our re­gion,” crit­i­cized Mr. Hogg. “I’ll con­tinue to en­gage with cit­i­zens in the weeks and months ahead so that our re­gion can be bet­ter rep­re­sented in Ot­tawa.”

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Head­ing up last Satur­day’s Gen­eral Coun­cil Meet­ing of the fed­eral Lib­eral party were (l. to r.) can­di­date Wil­liam Hogg Lib­eral Party pres­i­dent Lu­ci­enne Ro­bil­lard, MP Marc Garneau, MP Pablo Ro­drigue and can­di­date Francine Gaudet.

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