Update Feb. 4. Martha Hall Findlay reconfirmed for Feb. 14, Gravenhurst. Update Feb. 3 – Removes reference to Martha Hall Findlay date – now TBA.
Update Feb 2. Parry Sound-Muskoka Liberals are watching the federal Liberal leadership debate streamed from Winnipeg today at the Log Cabin Inn in Parry Sound. Debate runs
until 5pm. Shown here, some Liberals wondering for whom to cast their leadership vote take notes – perhaps there will be follow up questions for leadership contenders visiting? For that schedule, see post below.
Posted Jan 31, 3pm: Justin Trudeau is the latest of the federal Liberal leadership contenders who will visit Parry Sound-Muskoka during the race for the Liberal party’s top job. Trudeau will be at Bracebridge Sportsplex for a noon hour meet and greet on Friday, February 15.
“We think there is going to be a lot of interest and a lot of excitement about Justin coming to this riding,” says Greg Black, the riding captain for the Trudeau campaign in Parry Sound-Muskoka, “and we wanted to host an event where a lot of people can come and meet him.” (See the full press release from the local campaign team below this post).
In 1974, Gravenhurst experienced its own form of “Trudeau Mania” when Justin’s father, Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, made an official visit for the re-launching of the restored Segwun. Prime Minister Paul Martin also visited Muskoka in June 2004 to show support for then Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Andy Mitchell. But since Mitchell lost his seat to Conservative Tony Clement, we haven’t seen many head Liberal ‘honchos in these here parts’.
That’s changing with a new voting system where each riding gets 100 points toward a leadership decision — it literally makes Parry Sound-Muskoka as powerful as a huge Toronto riding when it comes to determining the next Liberal leader.
Marc Garneau was first to greet Liberal supporters and curious non-committed voters on Jan. 24 at the Riverside Inn. Former riding MP Andy Mitchell is his campaign manager.
Here’s the full list of top Grits gracing our riding:
- Justin Trudeau, Feb. 15, Bracebridge Sportsplex, 12pm.
- Martha Hall Findlay (Date and Location TBD)
- Karen McCrimmon February 27 (Location TBD).
- Federal Liberal Leader Bob Rae, March 8, Huntsville for his farewell tour.
There are five others in the race for the Liberal party’s top job, but there’s no word on whether Parry Sound-Muskoka is on their radar – at least, not yet.
PRESS RELEASE FROM JUSTIN TRUDEAU CAMPAIGN, Released Jan. 31 (verbatim).
Justin Trudeau Coming to Parry Sound-Muskoka in mid-February
One of the country’s most engaging and active politicians, Justin Trudeau, is coming to Parry Sound-Muskoka in mid-February.
Trudeau’s federal Liberal leadership campaign has been flying high in communities across western Canada over the past few days, and starting next week the campaign is moving into Ontario. The local campaign organization had been hoping Trudeau would be able to make a stop in the Parry Sound-Muskoka riding, and a visit on February 15th has now been confirmed.
There will be an open meet-and-greet event for supporters and the public over the lunch hour at the Bracebridge Sportsplex Auditorium, and organizers are expecting a good turnout.
“We think there is going to be a lot of interest and a lot of excitement about Justin coming to this riding,” says Greg Black, the riding captain for the Trudeau campaign in Parry Sound-Muskoka, “and we wanted to host an event where a lot of people can come and meet him.
“There has been a lot of enthusiasm and very keen interest in small and large communities across the country as Justin has been touring, and we certainly expect people here are going to want to meet him and hear what he has to say,” said Black.
There will be no cost to attend the event on February 15th, where a light lunch and refreshments will be available, but organizers are asking people to register in advance so they have an idea on how many people to expect.
The federal Liberal leadership race is following a selection process that is unprecedented in this country, whereby people do not have to pay a membership fee and join the Liberal Party to vote for the new leader. They can simply register as a Supporter of the Party, at no cost, and they will be able to vote in April.
“In keeping with that concept, we aren’t selling tickets for this event, we just want to give our supporters, and the general public, a chance to meet Justin,” said Black, “and we hope people will get really enthused about getting involved in a little bit of politics and decide to register as Justin supporters.”
People interested in attending the Justin Trudeau meet-and-greet can get more information and RSVP by email, at email@example.com, or on Facebook, at facebook.com/PSM4justin. The Parry Sound-Muskoka Justin Campaign is on Twitter @PSM4justin.