• James Armstrong

Red wave washes through Vaudreuil-Soulanges riding


Newly elected Federal Liberal Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke with wife Paula Ruttle (left) celebrate the stunning Liberal majority government victory the evening of Monday, October 19 at Château Vaudreuil in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

An eruption of loud cheers and applause at the local Liberal party election-night gathering in the Château Vaudreuil Hotel & Suites marked the moment when Peter Schiefke and his team realized they had won the Vaudreuil-Soulanges seat in the federal parliament. When the applause and cheers finally began to fade slightly, Schiefke thanked his family and his team for their support and dedication. “A very special thank you to my wife, Paula,” said Schiefke with apparent emotion noting that she had essentially been raising their young son as a single parent during the election campaign. “Thank you for letting me realize my dream of representing all of you as the Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges,” he said to the ebullient crowd around him.

“I realize as I look out the window of the hotel’ “ said Schiefke on Tuesday morning, “that my job is about helping to realize the needs, wants, dreams and desires of the people of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.” When asked how he felt about his victory the previous evening, Schiefke replied, “Surreal, I think is the best word to describe the feeling. To be elected a member of parliament, the highest legislative body in our country, is an incredible honor and very humbling. To see so many people putting their trust in me means a great deal to me.” He attributed the Liberal’s winning a strong mandate in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges riding to Justin Trudeau’s plan and promises. “I am looking forward to putting in place that plan and keeping all the promises we have made.”

According to Schiefke, the first thing the new Liberal government will do is implement a tax cut for the middle class. “Based on what I have heard in this riding for over a year and a half, is that families are struggling,” said Schiefke. “I think it is very important to people that we do that first.” He pointed to the Canada Child Benefit and its need to be progressive, providing more for those without the means to live well and less for those that are economically well off. “One thing that I am really proud of, is that our plan is going to lift 315,000 children in Canada out of poverty,” he stated.

Schiefke attributed his electoral success to the policies and leadership of Justin Trudeau, the efforts of his campaign manager Rami Khoriaty and his communications director Jennifer Frezza. “Social media and new forms of reaching out to people was a huge part of our campaign,” Schiefke said. He thanked Frezza for her work in this area of communication. “She is a specialist in social media and taught us so much about the power of social media and how to reach out to younger members of the community. It was a major component of our plan,” he said.

“I am incredibly grateful for the trust the people of Vaudreuil-Soulanges have put in me,” said the newly elected parliamentarian adding that he is looking forward to working as he did during the campaign to be the strongest voice Vaudreuil-Soulanges can have in Ottawa.

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