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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

Follow Marc on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brantmarc

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From Tom Mulcair:

I had the honour of visiting La Loche, Saskatchewan yesterday with our extraordinary new colleague from the area, Georgina Jolibois, the MP for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River.

As you can imagine, the community is still reeling from the tragic shootings involving the local high school. Yesterday, two student victims were buried.

I had the opportunity to meet with many members of the community, including medical personnel, students and a courageous high school staff member who is recovering from her wounds.

The pain and fear in the community run deep but so do the scars of centuries of colonialism, racism and indifference. The people I met in La Loche are resilient and resolute but the shootings that occurred here are a Canadian tragedy and we, as a country, have to face some tough questions.

Condolences are not enough.

From boil water advisories and inadequate housing to systematically underfunded schools, too many young people in Indigenous communities like La Loche are losing hope. Suicide rates among First Nations youth are many times the national average.

In a meeting with the Prince Albert Grand Council, I got to listen to elders and chiefs whose strength and wisdom are inspiring. They know that the future of their culture, the future of their nations lies with young people.

Improved teaching of native language and culture is one of the most important recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. There's no excuse not to implement this recommendation right away. It’s a first step in establishing a true nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples.

As social democrats, we have made the fight against inequality our mission in this country. Today, I am more committed than ever to fight for a Canada where the pain of this type of tragedy is never felt again.

-Tom
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