Brantford, On – Local Federal New Democrat Candidate Marc Laferriere is returning to Ottawa this week. The last time Laferriere visited Ottawa was during prorogation to discuss the needs of Brant Riding.
“People want to know that if I was elected I would work hard for the people in Brant. They don’t want their elected representatives or their candidates to just wait around for opportunities to come but to go out and search for them.” Laferriere said.
Laferriere is booked for several meetings on and around Parliament Hill including one he is most looking forward to with Former Brant NDP MP Derek Blackburn.
“Several months ago I received a phone call from Derek telling me that he was very impressed with the work we have been doing in Brant. Since that time he has taken an active role in our campaign and has made himself available for advice and mentoring.”
“Eventually the phone is just is not enough and Derek and his wife Monique have invited me to their home in the Ottawa Region to discuss issues in this riding, and to see how they can help in the next election. I could not be more pleased. ”
Mr. Blackburn may be best remembered for his focus on constituents and local issues which led him to 7 terms as the MP for Brant Riding from 1971 – 1993.
During the Ottawa trip the 29 year-old Laferriere has also been asked to be a keynote speaker for the launch of the Capital Region Young New Democrats. “It’s a pleasure to present to these young people on the dynamics of being a younger candidate. We need more youth participation in politics and more diversity in government including younger voices.”
Laferriere will also be meeting with MP Tony Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) to discuss the Poverty Elimination Act (Bill C-545) which has been receiving support across party lines, and will be meeting with MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay – Rainy River) on his private members bill on pension protection (Bill C-501). Brant residents may remember Mr. Rafferty from his visit to the riding in January where both he and Laferriere held information sessions and community discussions about the unpopular HST that was later enabled due to Federal Conservative and Liberal votes in the House of Commons.