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Schiefke launches re-election campaign for Vaudreuil-Soulanges federal riding seat


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Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke; Catherine McKenna, MP for Ottawa Centre and Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and retired politician and former federal Liberal cabinet minister Marc Lalonde at the launch of Schiefke’s re-election campaign for a second consecutive mandate during a meet-and-greet brunch at the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion on February 24.

Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Schiefke officially launched his federal re-election campaign to the delight of over 100 supporters during a meet-and-greet brunch at the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Sunday, February 24.

Schiefke, who is seeking his second consecutive mandate in the riding, was joined by Catherine McKenna, MP for Ottawa Centre and Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and retired politician and former federal Liberal Cabinet Minister Marc Lalonde.

Schiefke’s accomplishments lauded

McKenna and Lalonde both took to the podium to tout Schiefke’s candidacy and lauded his accomplishments ahead of the upcoming 43rd federal election that will be held in just under seven months on Monday, October 21. Lalonde praised Schiefke’s continuous commitment to his constituents.

“We have an exceptional Member of Parliament who is devoted to his task as a parliamentarian and as parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister. He is also a man of the people who is extremely devoted to his constituents and I am sure he will win the upcoming election with an even bigger majority than he had in his first term,” said Lalonde.

Creating a better community

McKenna touted Schiefke’s ongoing commitment to combating climate change saying he’s been actively involved in environmental issues for the past 15 years. She also commended Schiefke’s strong devotion to his constituency.

“Peter is in politics for the right reasons,” said McKenna. “Politics is hard. We’re in politics to create a better community. People need to know that we care and we’re listening. That’s why we knock on doors because we need to hear from people about what they’re thinking, what they’re worried about, and how we can work together to support them.”

‘Positive vision for the country’

“I feel like I have an opportunity to once again present a positive vision for the country, one that we presented in 2015 and show Canadians that politics can be done right, that we can remain positive and we can do good things,” Schiefke told The Journal.

He said one of his goals during his 2015 electoral campaign was to reduce the level of cynicism that people have in politics and with elected officials in general.

“I hope I’ve been able to do that over the last four years, whether it’s showing up at train stations at five o’clock in the morning or hosting one town hall a month or just being present at community events and making sure I listen and use that feedback to improve the lives of people in our community,” said Schiefke.

SNC Lavalin scandal

Schiefke said his priority is to focus on his constituency despite the SNC Lavalin scandal that has hit the federal Liberal party. “There are highs and lows in politics and we’re going through a challenging time right now. It’s in the hands of a very capable justice committee that’s going to be looking into it and provide a report to the government in the coming weeks and months. It’ll sort itself out,” he said.

“The thing I’m going to focus on is knocking on doors, making calls, listening to people, focusing on how I can improve on their quality of life and how I can help families. That’s not going to change no matter what’s happening in the Ottawa bubble,” Schiefke added.

Three top 50 Canadian cities in Vaudreuil-Soulanges

With three municipalities voted as being among the top 50 Canadian cities to live in, Schiefke said he’ll continue to work with regional mayors and the province to create new projects to rejuvenate old infrastructure.

“I’ll continue to work with the incredible municipal leaders we have here and the provincial representatives to look at ways we can put in place better infrastructure and provide better services for our families. That’s one of the reasons three of our cities – Pincourt, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot and Vaudreuil-Dorion – were voted among the top 50 in Canada to live in,” said Schiefke.

Keeping faith in the Liberal party

When asked why people should have faith in the Liberal party despite recent controversies, Schiefke provided a lengthy list of accomplishments. “We’ve lowered taxes for nine million Canadians in the middle class. We raised taxes on the top one percent. We put in place the Canada Child Benefit which is helping nine in 10 families put more money in their pockets every month to help put better food on the table and send their kids to sports and summer camp,” he said.

“We’ve invested more in seniors. We lowered the retirement age from 67 back to 65 and increased the Guaranteed Income Supplement for 900,000 seniors. Our focus is not on what the Conservatives want us to focus on,” Schiefke said. “Our focus is to better the lives of Canadian families and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

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