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BRANTFORD — After hearing directly from Brantford-Brant voters during a telephone town hall with federal NDP candidate Marc Laferriere last night, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says there’s no doubt people are ready for change.

“Voters were excited to take part in a lively conversation about the issues,” Horwath said about the town hall, which connected with almost 9,000 local residents. “Voters in Brantford-Brant are looking for an MP who can offer them hope after Stephen Harper’s lost decade.”

Whether they were talking about the economy, affordable childcare or keeping healthcare strong, participants were eager to hear more from Laferriere, who is a professor at Mohawk College as well as a small business owner.

“We’re campaigning in Brantford-Brant to bring trust and accountability to government,” Laferriere said. “My goal last night was to listen to the priorities of the people in this riding. What I heard on the phone reflected what I’ve been hearing at the door.”

“One thing is for sure, voters have had it with Stephen Harper. And Justin Trudeau just hasn’t lived up to their expectations,” Horwath said. “They’re putting their trust in Marc Laferriere and the NDP to defeat Stephen Harper and bring change to Ottawa.”