Ac­tive cam­paign for Wil­liam Hogg

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

“Ijust­did the rounds of the polling sta­tions to say hi to the work­ers. Yes­ter­day I saw huge num­bers of peo­ple vot­ing and that’s gone on across the coun­try. That’s a sign that peo­ple want change,” said the Lib­eral can­di­date for the Stanstead-Comp­ton rid­ing, Wil­liam Hogg, in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal on Satur­day.

When asked about im­por­tant lo­cal is­sues, he com­mented: “I was re­ally af­fected by one event about two weeks ago, the shut­ting of Caisse Pop­u­laires in small, ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. They shut down be­cause of no prof­its which is linked to a deeper is­sue: how can we help ru­ral re­gions de­velop eco­nom­i­cally, so­cially and cul­tur­ally? Through our plat­forms we’d en­cour­age eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and bring back small and medium sized busi­nesses. We have to look at how we can keep our cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions go­ing, how we can keep young peo­ple in the area.”

Say­ing that his party has not for­got­ten about young peo­ple in their plat­form, he also men­tioned the Lib­eral Party’s pro­gram to pro­vide stu­dents who wish to con­tinue go­ing to school af­ter high school with $1000 a year to­wards tu­ition fees, and $1,500 for stu­dents of low-in­come fam­i­lies. “It’s tied in with keep­ing peo­ple study­ing.” Asked if

he thought more young peo­ple would vote in this elec­tion than the last one, he said: “Maybe a lit­tle more. Un­for­tu­nately it’s exam time for univer­sity stu­dents so it’s hard for them to fo­cus on an elec­tion and to find the time to go and vote. But we’re the only party with a youth­based plat­form. A lot of what we’re say­ing af­fects them di­rectly.”

Com­ment­ing on what many can­di­dates from sev­eral dif­fer­ent par­ties have re­ferred to as the anti-demo­cratic be­hav­iour of the Con­ser­va­tives, Mr. Hogg said: “Mr. Harper has shut down Par­lia­ment twice and he was found in con­tempt of the House of Com­mons. Fifty of his can­di­dates were told not to par­tic­i­pate in de­bates; that’s not part of the demo­cratic process. He’s thrown peo­ple out of ral­lies and won’t take more than five ques­tions a day from the me­dia dur­ing the cam­paign. Michael Ig­nati­eff took thirty-four ques­tions in On­tario yes­ter­day; that’s how democ­racy works. You talk to the peo­ple.”

The Lib­eral can­di­date is run­ning a very ac­tive cam­paign. “It’s been a great cam­paign. I’ve put nine thou­sand kilo­me­tres on my car al­ready – that’s more kilo­me­tres than I put on my car in the last elec­tion. But there are still lots of is­sues to cover and I’ll even have a spe­cial an­nounce­ment for the English com­mu­nity very soon.”

He con­cluded the in­ter­view by ask­ing peo­ple to “Get out and vote on May 2nd.”

Mr. Hogg, who has lived in the East­ern Town­ships since 1994, has been ac­tive in lo­cal pol­i­tics for more than five years. He’s worked on the cam­paign of for­mer Lib­eral MP David Price, he was the pres­i­dent of the lo­cal Lib­eral party in 2006-2007, and has taught Po­lit­i­cal Science at Bishop’s Univer­sity, the Université de Mon­treal and the Université de Sher­brooke. This is his sec­ond at­tempt for a seat in Par­lia­ment.

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