Saturday, August 17, 2013

Federal Politics

Engaging People

Ex-Finance Minister Ralph Goodale in Chilliwack August 23

Released by Paul Boileau, BC Liberals/Website photo


n Friday, August 23rd MP and former Canadian Finance Minister Ralph Goodale will tour our community while volunteers will share a splash of red giveaways at Party in the Park in Chilliwack.

Organized by the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon Riding Association the hour and a half meet & greet will see Goodale joined by volunteers from the riding association walking and sharing a message of Hope & Hard work.

“This is a fabulous opportunity that shows that federal Liberals are vibrant and growing.  As shared by our Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau during his summer BC tour, this isn't about convincing people to vote Liberal. It's about doing things differently and making room in Canadian politics for Canadians again”, said local federal Liberal riding Vice-President, Kate Zabell.

Ms. Zabell, who is also the event Co-Chair, believes “in building on our liberal Leader’s commitment of having conversations with as many people as we can. That’s at the heart of our way of doing politics: open, honest, positive conversations about the change we want to see.”

Canada’s former Finance Minister, Goodale is the Member of Parliament for the Regina-area constituency of Wascana and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Ralph’s riding is similar to Chilliwack’s, with suburban and agricultural areas mixed with light industry. The relationship with the Chilliwack area includes his service as Minister of Agriculture and co-hosting a Telephone Town Hall in the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding with 2011 Liberal candidate Diane Janzen.

 “Following the Justin Trudeau visit last November, this event is a next step for our Party’s community engagement and outreach,” added Jan Polderman, a Dutch businessman and President of the local federal Liberal Association. “There is an incredible diversity of volunteers to be found in Chilliwack -Fraser Canyon Riding”, observed Polderman. “It’s one of the organization’s outstanding assets and something we can build upon as we prepare for the next election.”

“Our hope is that this community event will be the continuation of a process of engaging Canadians and inviting them back into politics,” concluded Past-President, local businesswoman Lorraine Dyck. 

Ralph Goodale's Biography


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