• James Armstrong

Local Federal Liberals launch new riding office in Vaudreuil-Dorion

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PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Federal Liberals and their candidate Peter Schiefke (center) in Vaudreuil-Soulanges opened their new offices and launched his new electric car on the local campaign trail.

A BBQ and corn boil welcomed guests to the official opening of the new local office of the Federal Liberal party, 223 Avenue Saint-Charles at the corner of Galt Avenue. “The final count was 207 visitors in three hours,” said Liberal candidate Peter Schiefke adding his team was very happy with the response.

“People came with questions about the economy, what are we going to do about jobs, and the closing of the veteran’s hospital in Ste. Anne de Bellevue,” said the candidate. He described his party’s position on federal-provincial relationships as being more collaborative than style of relationship promoted by the current federal government. “In all of his announcements, Justin Trudeau has a completely different approach. We will make sure we get the feedback from the provincial governments before making decisions,” he said.

Environmental issues such as climate change, pipelines and the effect of agriculture on greenhouse gases were also topics of discussion. When asked about recent events concerning the reported destruction of historic Christian sites in Syria over the weekend by ISIS forces, Schiefke replied that Trudeau is clear about Canada’s involvement in international conflicts. “We want to get out of combat position into a more humanitarian aid position,” said Schiefke adding Canada’s military contribution would be the training of local forces rather than engaging in military conflict.

A recently purchased electric car, a Chevrolet Spark was displayed on site. “My wife and I decided we needed to replace our 24-year-old second vehicle,” said Schiefke adding the old vehicle was a gas-guzzler. He said the Spark travels about 162 km before requiring recharging and that can be done by plugging the vehicle into any standard electrical outlet. Recharge time on a standard outlet is about eight hours. “However, if you have an outlet installed similar to those used for an electric stove, the time is cut in half,” he said. Schiefke said an 80 per cent recharge is available through the super charging stations available for free at various retail outlets and municipal sites in the area. “Not many people know this, but the electrical components come with an eight-year guarantee,” he added. Given his background in the environmental movement and his concerns regarding the impact of his political campaign on the environment, Schiefke said he’s excited to be taking this vehicle on the campaign trail once it’s decorated with the appropriate logos and colors. “I’m out there going door-to-door on a daily basis, the fact that I’m not going to be using an ounce of gasoline is pretty cool.”

At the end of the event, Schiefke thanked his campaign team for their dedication and hard work. “Many of them are students that have literally given up their summer to work on this campaign,” he said adding, “I’m really proud of them and I couldn’t do it without them.”

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