New federal Liberal candidate for redesigned Vaudreuil-Soulanges riding
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
Federal Liberal candidate for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Peter Schiefke (left) sets his sights on Ottawa with the support of Mario Bissonnette (center) and Richard Beaumier (right).
Peter Schiefke, Federal Liberal party nomination candidate in the Vaudreuil- Soulanges riding beamed with enthusiasm as his win was announced Tuesday evening , February 24, at the Pavillon du Château Vaudreuil.
“We will continue to knock on doors, sign up new members and encourage people in the riding to vote Liberal in October,” said Schiefke when asked what he plans to do next following his immediate goal to spend some quality time with his wife and infant son.
“At this point in time I would be surprised if Mr. Harper didn’t stick to his fixed election date in October,” replied Schiefke to a query about the possibility of an early election. “Whatever the Prime Minister decides to do, we’re going to be ready,” he said.
Raised in Hudson, Schiefke currently resides in Montreal. A graduate of McGill University, Schiefke has extensive experience in sustainable development with various non-profit organizations. He is serving as a board member for The Climate Reality Project Canada, a non-profit organization supporting the international initiative created by former U.S. presidential candidate Al Gore.
In spite of frigid temperatures, the jam-packed parking lots around the Pavillon sur le lac du Château Vaudreuil indicated that local Liberals were out in full force to support their candidates.
Besides Schiefke, local high school teacher Mario Bissonnette and business man Richard Beaumier were also serious contenders for the position. At the national level, the polls published on Wednesday, February 25, on threehundredeight.com indicated a close race with the Conservatives leading the Liberals by one point.
As Schiefke pointed out on his Facebook page, “We won. Two words that mean so much. Words that we were hoping to be able to say at the end of this long and incredible campaign. After almost a year of hard work, we can look back and say that we did something special and laid the foundation for the next step in our journey - the general elections on the horizon.”