Three in race for fed­eral Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Comp­ton Stanstead

There are now three can­di­dates vy­ing for the chance to rep­re­sent the fed­eral Lib­eral party in the Comp­tonS­tanstead rid­ing dur­ing the next fed­eral elec­tion, ex­pected to be held in Oc­to­ber of this year.

Colin Standish was the first to throw his hat into the ring in the spring of 2014. Mr. Standish has been po­lit­i­cally ac­tive for sev­eral years, ap­pear­ing in the me­dia, in­clud­ing on the popular French lan­guage tele­vi­sion show Tout le monde en parle, be­cause of his work against Law 14 and the PQ’s Char­ter of Val­ues. He has a law de­gree from Univer­sité Laval.

Max­im­i­lien Roy, a na­tive of Stanstead, de­clared his in­ter­est in the nom­i­na­tion in De­cem­ber of 2014 and was quickly en­dorsed by for­mer pro­vin­cial Lib­eral MNA, Robert Benoit. He has worked in pol­i­tics for eight years, in­clud­ing as the direc­tor of the dis­trict of­fice of Justin Trudeau and as a com­mu­ni­ca­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions co­or­di­na­tor for the Que­bec Lib­eral Party.

Both men have been as­so­ci­ated with the Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr. Standish as a Board mem­ber while Mr. Roy worked there as a Re­search As­sis­tant.

Join­ing the race at the end of Jan­uary of this year was Marie-Claude Bibeau, the wife of Sher­brooke mayor Bernard Se­vi­gny. Ms. Bibeau has worked as the Gen­eral Direc­tor of the Sher­brooke Science and Na­ture Mu­seum since 2008 and is co-owner of Camp­ing du Comp­ton. She is orig­i­nally from Sher­brooke but now lives in Rock For­est.

The Comp­ton-Stanstead rid­ing is presently held by NDP MP Jean Rousseau.

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