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The federal election scheduled for October of this year is one that will decide a great many things and I look forward to a rigorous and honourable campaign between all those running.

In due course, all of the candidates and the community will participate in a much-needed conversation about which policies best represent our newly formed Brantford-Brant riding.

There will be a time for respectful debate on policies and issues and I very much look forward to it.

Today however, I am hoping you will indulge me as I just want to say thank you to the over 200 who attended my nomination meeting – a big jump over the attendance of my first nomination meeting in 2009 and a great sign of continued momentum after our strong second place showing in the riding from 2011.

It was great to see many of the friends I have met over the years of local advocacy, volunteering and in my professional life as a professor, social worker and small business owner at the meeting.

It was also wonderful to see many new faces from a variety of political, business, and community service backgrounds.  It seems to me that this was a group of people that wants to reach out beyond pesky partisanship to build bridges across party lines.  While critique is always useful it is clear we need less bickering and more building in Brantford-Brant and in our House of Commons.

Special thanks go to my family – especially my wife Rebekah – for all of their support; to my nominators Donna Howey and Laura Duguid for their kind words at the event; to my team of volunteers and of course to the wonderful team at the Rossini Lodge for their hospitality, professionalism and service.

If you missed the event in person – don’t worry there will be other opportunities in the near future to be a part of the campaign and all are welcome to participate. Just e-mail the team at marc@brantndp.ca to be a part of it.

Also, a crew from the popular national program W5 was there filming the event for an upcoming story about Tom Mulcair’s fifth visit to the riding and it should be airing soon.  It was a great opportunity to have a national spotlight to showcase Brantford-Brant’s hospitality and community spirit.

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Marc Laferriere, 

Brantford-Brant Federal NDP Candidate