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Federal Liberal Party candidate Kenney opens campaign office

August 16, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

With just over two months left before Canadians will go to the polls to elect a federal government, Liberal Party candidate for Simcoe-Grey Lorne Kenney opened his campaign office on Victoria Street in Alliston.

He also has a similar office in Collingwood. There are seven municipalities within the riding.

Kenny previously ran for office at the provincial level in 2014 losing to incumbent Jim Wilson.

Kenney, who is an economist by profession, studied economics at the University of Toronto attaining a masters degree. He also taught economics at Seneca College in Toronto. He spent the bulk of his career in federal service.

He then turned to business along with his wife operating a company creating promotional products.

“The riding for Simcoe-Grey is so enormous you really need two offices,” Kenney explained. “If you were in the city you can drive across four or five ridings in half an hour. Here, half an hour takes you from one municipality to the other and there’s seven municipalities in the riding.”

Now that his campaign office is open, he said it is his goal to reach out to citizens in the riding.

“My job is to essentially meet every single elector in Simcoe-Grey. There are roughly 110,000 people who are eligible to vote. Whether that’s even a possible task even if you had five years to do is a good question. Obviously what we try to do is reach as many as we can and we do that with house to house, door to door visits, and we have started our door knocking.”

Kenney said that he has received a positive response from most people he has spoken to so far.

He said he enjoys that part of campaigning and even likes speaking to those with a different political view.

“An election,” he said. “Is an opportunity for all of us to express our views. We must respect the fact that people will not always agree on everything.”

Although a federal election has not yet been formally called, the election must take place on or before October 21, 2019.

The Governor General is expected to issue a Writ of Election in early September.


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