Marc Laferriere is passionate about building strong, resilient communities. With over a decade of experience as a professor, small business owner and social worker, Marc is ready to deliver concrete results for us in Parliament.

As co-owner of the Brant Advocate, a multi-media brand successful in print, digital and television, Marc provides a platform for our community’s stories and perspectives. He is also a professor of Justice Studies at Mohawk College and previously worked in the Department of Social Work at Laurier Brantford and on the frontline of our community at the Grand River Community Health Centre.

Marc is renowned for his innovative approach to civic engagement. He co-founded the Brantford Community Garden Project, the Brantford Youth Leadership Conference and the Brant United Way’s GenNext Committee. He has also served as national director for Canada Without Poverty, working alongside former Prime Minister Joe Clark and former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent.

Marc is also a proud member of the Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise. He was also a member of the steering committee for the City of Brantford and County of Brant’s Housing Stability Plan.

Local citizens and organizations have regularly recognized Marc’s contributions. The YMCA awarded him a Peace Medal in 2012. Samara named him Brant’s “Everyday Political Citizen of the Year” in 2013. In the same year he was named a Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie “Education Champion.” And he is a multiple recipient of the Brant NewsReader’s Choice Platinum Award for “Best Local Politician.”

Born in Brantford and raised in Eagle Place, Marc now lives in the County of Brant with his wife Rebekah. He holds a B.A from the University of Ottawa, as well as Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Lakehead University.

See more about Marc’s lengthy record of community and national service here: http://brantmarc.tumblr.com

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On a day when the NDP released their Indigenous Platform I had the opportunity to speak with APTN National News who are doing a profile on our riding and how the First Nations vote can make change here.

They wanted to do the interview in my office but I thought it was more important to help highlight the Save The Evidence campaign instead of my signage.

I'm glad they agreed.

See below for a full release on our platform:

October 7, 2015

Commitment to First Nations, Inuit, Métis includes urban communities

BRANTFORD — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has made a commitment to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people to build a new Nation to Nation relationship based on respect and making real investments to close the gaps in Indigenous education, health care and housing, says NDP candidate Marc Laferriere (Brantford Brant).

“Instead fighting First Nations in court, an NDP government will work in partnership for a better quality of life with investments in education for Indigenous children, better housing for families and clean drinking water that communities deserve,” said Laferriere. “And we will act on the reality that many Indigenous peoples are now making their homes in Canada’s cities.”

As Prime Minister, Tom Mulcair would chair a cabinet committee to ensure government decisions respect federal commitments to indigenous peoples. Other key commitments include:

· Devoting $4.8 billion over eight years for Indigenous education;

· Infrastructure investments for better housing, clean drinking water and other community priorities;

· Calling an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls within 100 days of taking office;

· Addressing the needs of urban First Nations, Inuit and Métis citizens with special attention to affordable housing, public health care, education, and skills training; and

· Working with Friendship Centres and urban Indigenous organizations to ensure the long-run sustainability of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

“Together, we can improve Indigenous education and health outcomes, address housing and homelessness, strengthen communities and provide young people with the opportunities to succeed and thrive,” said Laferriere.
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When you look up from your canvas sheet and realize before you knock that you probably have all of the votes in this house :-) ... See MoreSee Less

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With about 50 of my neighbours in the county at tonight's debate in St. George - the only debate in The County of Brant.

Kudos to all who came by to hear contrast and ideas for our community.

Kudos also to the candidates who attended to take questions from the community. The fact that all questions come from the crowd makes this one of my favourite debates.
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