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Brantford-Brant’s Federal NDP Candidate Marc Laferriere took the stage at his Birthday Bash Fundraiser to announce that the local campaign has secured a campaign office ahead of the upcoming federal election scheduled for October of this year.

“We’ve been working hard continually in all corners of the riding for the last 7 years and we will do everything we can in the next 7 months to bring progressive representation to our community,” said Laferriere who turned 34 this Saturday.

The office is located at 69 Erie Ave and the local campaign will be holding an office opening event on Saturday April 25th beginning at Noon.

“We’ve reached a level in our fundraising where we can do this and I’m frankly excited to be bringing this to my home neighbourhood” said Laferriere who was raised in the area of the Brantford known as Eagle Place where the office is located.

This is Laferriere’s second run for MP having come in 2nd earning nearly 30% of the vote in 2011.

“We’re taking nothing for granted and are making sure our volunteers have the resources needed to get our positive message for change to our community,” he said. “We’ve been more successful at fundraising, recruiting volunteers and organizing in the pre-election period than we have ever been locally all towards our goal of running the best campaign this riding has ever seen and winning here.”

Last night’s event at the Polish Hall Brantford was another in Laferriere’s commitment to only hold affordable events unlike his Liberal and Conservative competitors.

Tickets were only $5-$10 and the over 100 who attended were treated to live music from acts such as James Gordon, Ian Reid and local band Terra Cotta as well as a slice of cake from Sophia’s Bakery and Cafe. Many who couldn’t attend purchased tickets for those who couldn’t afford the cost and employees from recently closed Future Shops were given free admission in response to the “snap” closures of their stores.

“People shouldn’t have to pay for access to their politicians. Affordability and access is a major issue in our community and across the country,” said Laferriere. “You can’t just say you are going to do things differently if you are elected – I believe you have to show it on the road to an election too.”
If you’d like to make an affordable one-time or monthly contribution to the Laferriere campaign you can do so here:

A Photo Booth from the event can be seen by clicking here.