Marc Laferriere is passionate about building strong, resilient communities. With more than a decade of experience as a college professor, small business owner, community volunteer and social worker, Marc is ready to deliver concrete results for the people of Ward 2 – Paris.

Let’s change local politics for the better together!

You can contact Marc directly at marc@marcyourvote.ca or by phone at 226-934-7379 with your ideas, questions and concerns.

 

Key Voting Dates and Locations for Ward 2 Voters

Advance Voting Day: October 1, 2018 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • County of Brant Council Chambers, 7 Broadway Street West, Paris

Advance Voting Day: October 13, 2018 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Fire Administration Building, 61 Dundas Street East, Paris
  • Brant Sports Complex, Lafarge Room, 944 Powerline Road, Paris

Election Day: October 22, 2018 from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

  • Paris Fairgrounds, Agricultural Hall, 139 Silver St, Paris, ON N3L 1V5
  • Syl Apps Community Centre, 51 William St, Paris, ON N3L 1L2

Call or email Marc at 226-934-7379 or marc@marcyourvote.ca to arrange a ride for ANY voting days.

 

Below are excerpts from The Paris Star story announcing the campaign:

Laferriere Seeks Municipal Seat

by Michael-Allan Marion, January 3rd, 2018

PARIS – Local political and social advocate Marc Laferriere says he is taking his message of change from the federal to the municipal scene.

Laferriere said he will pursue a campaign focused on fostering social change that reflects the demographic transformation going on in Paris and other expanding Brant communities.

“It is not just a question of providing the physical infrastructure to support growth, it’s also important to foster social infrastructure,” he said.

“We need mechanisms to allow council to hear all the voices in our communities and their needs, more than what the county has traditionally offered. I listen carefully to what people say in our community and there are many who feel they are not really listened to.

“We have had a lot of the same old attitudes on council and nothing is changing. We need fresh eyes and newer councillors who listen to the community and understand it at the grassroots level.”

Laferriere is a justice studies professor at Mohawk College’s school of community and urban studies. He is an award-winning educator and has been featured on a variety of television and print publications discussing issues of mental health, system change and community development.

He is the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal for his efforts in social work, child and youth work and community advocacy.”

A holder of bachelor and master’s degrees in social work, Laferriere has been a clinical social worker for Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services and previously served in various youth and children’s organizations, and worked at the Grand River Community Health Centre.

 

I'd like to share a recent online conversation I had on a Facebook page designed to let local residents and candidates interact. It seems appropriate to share today on Cannabis legalization day.

Our next council will have to have this discussion in a broader way with the community and each other and make decisions based on the present stance of the provincial government.

Question from a Ward 2 resident:
This morning I heard an interview on the radio about the Provincial Government giving municipalities a "one-time" opt out option if municipalities want to opt out of brick and mortar "pot shops". The deadline for municipalities will apparently be by mid Jan. 2019.

I am neither a strong proponent of, nor opponent of, having them ( I simply have not done my home work to make an informed choice and; don't have any strong feelings about it either way).

I am interested where each candidate stands on this matter. Do you support opting out of having them in the County or not and; on what evidence do you support your stance?

My Answer:
My understanding is that it is not just an opt in or opt out of having the shops but it is more specifically opting into private, for-profit cannabis retail model and then no longer having any control over the model of distribution for example - number of shops, their locations etc.

And then the municipalities have to pick up the cost of enforcement through police (which are already lagging behind on traffic enforcement locally) or bylaw officers. So municipalities like ours are quite stuck - if we do nothing we are opting in.

I would hold off on opting in (at this time) and try to have some extensive consultation with the community before voting to opt in and while doing so get to work with the AMO and other lobbying bodies on a better system. We can always opt in later but if we opt in now we can not opt out.

I also support the retrofitting of LCBO's as pot dispensaries and think that should be a viable option for communities like ours. A recent Nanos poll showed only a third of voters in Ontario favour a completely private cannabis system - so let's see what we can leverage with the province. I am not against legal pot at all but let's get or at least try to get a system that works for our community on the retail side.
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Marc Laferriere for Ward 2 - Paris

This is an important locally made video about the issues our county is facing with over-development and sprawl. I urge you to watch it and follow the Better Growth in Brant page.

As a bonus for those looking to hear more from local candidates ahead of Monday's election there are numerous County of Brant candidates that contributed to this video. For my thoughts on this hot button issue please wait for the last minute of the video.

Interested to hear your thoughts on this important topic in the comments below.

Better Growth in Brant
Residents throughout the County of Brant have concerns with the loss of heritage buildings and the rapid pace of development and sprawl. Today as this video is being released, the demolition of the Royal Hotel building is being completed. We present some thoughtful critique and advice for Smart Growth from people who are (or were recently) candidates for the County of Brant and Brantford-Brant.

This project was funded by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation (/cc Ontario Greenbelt)
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This is the right time to see an increase in likes and engagements. Thank you to all the new folks who have recently liked this page and remember to vote on October 22nd.

You can get in touch anytime here and at marc@marcyourvote.ca if you have any questions or concerns about our County of Brant, #ParisOntario or Ward 2 communities.

Also be in touch if you have any policy questions, want to volunteer or need a ride to vote on Monday.
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This is the right time to see an increase in likes and engagements. Thank you to all the new folks who have recently liked this page and remember to vote on October 22nd. 

You can get in touch anytime here and at marc@marcyourvote.ca if you have any questions or concerns about our County of Brant, #ParisOntario or Ward 2 communities. 

Also be in touch if you have any policy questions, want to volunteer or need a ride to vote on Monday.

I’ve been so humbled by cross party support this municipal election.

All candidates have political leanings but because I’ve run twice before mine are out there for all to see.

And yet here is Dave Carrol the president of the local Conservatives canvassing with me today. Former PC Cabinet Minister Phil Gillies has supported my run. Several former Dave Levac staffers and Liberal organizers have also helped me at the doors this campaign. Two former Green Party candidates have endorsed me and the current President of the local Greens has knocked on doors with me this month.

I don’t regret my time as a federal candidate. It taught me so much and the experience of running with and learning from Jack Layton was priceless but this part of municipal politics is wonderful. The lack of antagonism and arbitrary party lines is so refreshing.

Our community is all on the same team and we can work together - I hope to do this as a member of our local council.

Thank you to everyone from every colour team out there who’s supported. Let’s change local politics together 🙂
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I’ve been so humbled by cross party support this municipal election. 

All candidates have political leanings but because I’ve run twice before mine are out there for all to see. 

And yet here is Dave Carrol the president of the local Conservatives canvassing with me today. Former PC Cabinet Minister Phil Gillies has supported my run. Several former Dave Levac staffers and Liberal organizers have also helped me at the doors this campaign. Two former Green Party candidates have endorsed me and the current President of the local Greens has knocked on doors with me this month. 

I don’t regret my time as a federal candidate. It taught me so much and the experience of running with and learning from Jack Layton was priceless but this part of municipal politics is wonderful. The lack of antagonism and arbitrary party lines is so refreshing. 

Our community is all on the same team and we can work together - I hope to do this as a member of our local council. 

Thank you to everyone from every colour team out there who’s supported. Let’s change local politics together 🙂

 

Comment on Facebook

I wish I could vote for you!!

That's how politics should be. Country/province/community over party. I don't live in the riding anymore, but you'd have my vote if I did!

we need more common ground with all reasonable people who care about our communities, and you are the candidate for unity

Good luck Marc, looks like you are doing right things if you are gaining support from across the political spectrum

You are seen as a respectful and hard working person who cares about people Marc, and a very welcome addition to our community, the approbation is well earned.

Can't wait to see you win!

I believe that the only true democracy exists at the municipal level. No parties and no Whips

Good work Marc. People see the good in you and trust you.

Thanks Marc Laferriere for Ward 2 - Paris. The politics of division are designed to pit citizen against citizen and distract from the real issues. You are a voice for unity and cooperation.

Realpolitik and the myth of bipartisanship.

All the best, Marc. Good luck!

Absolutely Marc!!!

Hmmmmm.

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“Marc Laferriere is involved in the community and genuinely cares about it. He doesn’t just show this interest when there is an election coming up. He is also an all-around nice guy who will always stop and say hi.”

“On October 22nd I will “Marc” my vote for this man as I am lucky enough to live in Ward 2 and have the opportunity to be represented by Marc as my County of Brant councillor.”

-Mike Shea, Paris Resident:
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“Marc Laferriere is involved in the community and genuinely cares about it. He doesn’t just show this interest when there is an election coming up. He is also an all-around nice guy who will always stop and say hi.”

“On October 22nd I will “Marc” my vote for this man as I am lucky enough to live in Ward 2 and have the opportunity to be represented by Marc as my County of Brant councillor.”

-Mike Shea, Paris Resident:
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