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Local Liberals to choose candidate next Saturday

June 7, 2019   ·   0 Comments

It’s a two-person race to carry the Liberal Party’s banner for Simcoe-Grey in this fall’s municipal election, and this riding’s nominee will be formally chosen by party members next Saturday.

Lorne Kenney and Bren Munro, both residents of Collingwood, are seeking the party’s candidacy, which will be decided at the Creemore Legion on Saturday, June 15.

Mr. Kenney, a business owner based in Collingwood, comes into the race with a background as President of the Rotary Club of South Georgina Bay and with a long-standing expertise in Indigenous affairs through his service on the board of Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach, a non-profit that provides education programs in First Nations and Inuit communities.

He has also served as a senior official with the Ontario Premier’s Council, a consultative body of leaders from a cross-section of sectors. This came on the heels of his role as a senior official at Labour Canada where he led the Bureau of Labour Information.

His top issues in this election are “a stronger middle class, environmental protection, Indigenous rights, gender equality and LGBTQ2 rights, an innovative, robust and fair economy, a diverse, welcoming Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

Ms. Munro throws her hat into the ring with extensive business and entrepreneurial experience, as well as long-standing involvement with the Victoria County Cancer Society and the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre.

“I believe a political life should be part good customer service to one’s constituents, part developing policy, part restoring honour to public life, and part improving national dialogue,” she says. “Two areas for improvement in Simcoe-Grey are attainable housing and food insecurity. When you hear from local business owners that they could do more business if they had more staff, then you know there is a problem here in Simcoe-Grey. But potential employees cannot find nor afford housing in our area. Also, many individuals do not have enough food and the resources are not there.”

“According to Chrystia Freeland we are the 10th richest country in the world. I believe we are only as rich as our most vulnerable: at the most basic level…those without shelter or food. In my opinion, work needs to be done on strengthening the National Housing Policy” and Put Food in the Budget Campaign. My country and I share the same values of freedom, equality, tolerance, and openness. I believe freedom of the press is essential in a democracy. I share the Liberal Party of Canada’s (LPC’s) emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship, economic growth, and environmental protection. And, I appreciate the LPC’s ethics of modesty, responsibility, service, integrity, and statesmanship.”

The Liberal Party’s nomination meeting will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 397 (27 Wellington Street West, Creemore) with nomination speeches set for 1 p.m. The vote, open to all area members of the Federal Liberal Party in good standing, will take place from 1.30 p.m. – 4 p.m.


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