Liberal Francis Scarpaleggia launches 2019 election marketing campaign

Liberal candidate Francis Scarpaleggia opens his 2019 marketing campaign headquarters in Pointe-Claire, Sunday.

John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

Veteran Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia kicked off his 2019 re-election marketing campaign Sunday by telling a gaggle of occasion supporters the Liberal authorities of Justin Trudeau must forge forward with efforts to construct a extra affluent and environmentally sound Canada.

Though the federal normal election has but to be formally referred to as — voters will possible head to the polls Oct. 21 — Scarpaleggia instructed supporters in his Lac St-Louis using the upcoming election “is basically about retaining the momentum going, on infrastructure and financial justice on this nation.

“But it surely’s additionally the primary time that we’re having an election of the theme of the atmosphere. I feel our authorities could be very happy with our environmental report.”

Scarpaleggia stated the 2015 federal election was a watershed election.

“Canadians needed change and we delivered change and we delivered a brand new path for the nation,” he stated. “However this election is essential as properly as a result of we’ve to take care of that path. We’ve constructed a basis, a really strong basis, in lots of coverage areas, and we would like that basis to stay robust.”

Scarpaleggia stated he’s happy with the Liberal report underneath Prime Minister Trudeau over the past 4 years.

“We invested in Canadians,” he stated, pointing to the Canada Youngster Profit.

Requested if many citizens have talked about the SNC-Lavalin scandal whereas campaigning door-to-door, Scarpaleggia replied: “I have to say no. I’ve heard it perhaps twice whereas going door-to-door. It hasn’t come up a lot.”

Scarpeleggia, first elected in 2004, is looking for a sixth time period in workplace.

“After I ran in 2004, I used to be not a identified amount. It was all the time a few good floor recreation and the grass-roots. That’s what additionally motivates me between elections.”

Scarpleggia is going through Conservative candidate Ann Francis, Dana Chevalier (NDP), Milan Kona-Mancini (Inexperienced occasion), and Gary Charles (People’s Party of Canada). The Bloc Québécois has but to appoint a candidate.

The launch at Scarpaleggia’s marketing campaign headquarters in Pointe-Claire attracted a who’s-who of native politicians, previous and current.

Clifford Lincoln, the using’s former Liberal MP, was readily available, together with former provincial MNA Geoff Kelley and his son Greg Kelley, who adopted his father’s footsteps in 2018 when he was elected as MNA for the Jacques-Cartier provincial using.

Native mayors readily available included Beaconsfield’s Georges Bourelle, Pointe-Claire’s John Belvedere and Baie-D’Urfé’s Maria Tutino. Former Kirkland Mayor John Meaney and former Pierrefonds Mayor Monique Value additionally attended, together with a number of metropolis councillors from throughout the West Island.

“I used to be honoured to see lots of the native elected representatives that I’ve identified over time,” Scarpaleggia stated.

Geoff Kelley, who retired from provincial politics final 12 months, stated though West Island ridings are usually thought of secure Liberal seats, something can occur throughout a marketing campaign.

“You by no means take something as a right,” stated Kelley. “In 2011, if I keep in mind accurately, it was pretty late within the night earlier than Francis was declared elected as a result of there was that Orange Wave (by the NDP) that nobody noticed coming.”

“However Francis is somebody who has labored very onerous and he’s represented this using very successfully,” added Kelley.

Lincoln, who served because the MP for Lac-St-Louis earlier than Scarpaleggia, stated a key difficulty for voters this election goes to be which occasion chief they belief essentially the most.

“I’ve a sense it’s going to be integrity and truthfulness and who represents the sensation of transparency. That’s going to be a giant difficulty,” Lincoln stated. “In fact, there are going to be main points just like the atmosphere and the financial system. On the similar time, immediately folks really feel very deeply about this query of sincerity. That’s what the opposition will play on and that’s what the controversy goes to be.”

Lincoln stated Justin Trudeau ought to play up his nationwide enchantment.

“If I have been he, he’s the one occasion consultant who binds all elements of Canada. For me, why I used to be a Liberal, amongst different issues, was that it was a celebration that straddled areas, it straddled concepts, the French and English. I feel that is what Trudeau’s energy is.”