Active campaign for William Hogg
“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.