1:30 p.m., Nov. 8)
Orléans lawyer David Bertschi enters Liberal leadership
lawyer and veteran Liberal Party organizer David Bertschi
has officially thrown his hat into the ring to replace
former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.
Ottawa-Orléans residents may remember Bertschi
from the last federal election when he fell short in his
bid to unseat local Conservative incumbent Royal Galpeau
by less than five per cent of the vote.
52, is fluently bilingual, having been born in St. Adele,
Quebec. He was a party organizer under both John Turner
and Jean Chretien during the 1980s. He took a break to
raise his family and build up his law practice through
the late 90s and into the 00s, when he decided to jump
back into the fray to help Ignatieff win the Liberal leadership
the Liberal defeat in 2011, Bertschi expressed his desire
to help rebuild the Liberal Party from through the grassroots,
and later traveled extensively across Canada to guage
support for a possible leadership bid.
must have been buoyed by what he heard, because on Tuesday
he announced his intention to run before a crowd of 250
enthusiastic supporters at École secondaire publique
Gisèle-Lalonde that included Ottawa-Orléans
MPP Phil McNeely and former MPPs Gilles Morin and Jean
obvious dark horse in a race that so far includes Justin
Trudeau and Deborah Coyne, Bertschi is confident he can
come up the middle with a strong ground game and his position
as a political "outsider".
can choose to continue down the same old path of manufactured
leadership from the backrooms.. where the grassroots are
ignored and our party is controlled by a handful of elites,
Bertschi told the gathering. Or, you can choose
leadership thats committed to rebuilding the Liberal
Party from the grassroots.
past leadership races where each riding association would
nominate delegates to attend the leadership convention,
the Liberal Party has adopted a new process that allows
Liberal supporters who are not card-carryong members to
have a say in who the next leader will be through a preferential
of the candidates will deliver a televised speech in early
April which will trigger the voting process. Anyone who
identifies themselves as a Liberal supporters will have
a week to cast a preferential ballot on line. The results
will then be announced at the Liberal convention on April
new rules can be interpreted two ways. Thay will either
help high profiles candidates like Trudeau, whose name
alone, will solicit votes, or it will help grassroots
campaigns like Bertschi's by bringing into play party
supporters who have no previous affiliation with the Liberal
is obviously hoping for the later, but it will take a
concerted effort both in terms of findraising and travel
to make it happen.
Fallingbrook resident and father of six has already visited
more than 20 different ridings in five provinces.
intention is to visit every riding in the province,"
says Bertschi whose platform includes fiscal responsibility,
youth employment, assistance for returning veterans and
seniors, developing a national stratefy with the provine
to deal with escalating health care costs, and rebuilding
and reinforcing the national fabric of the country, including
the federal bureaucracy.
Glengarry-Precott-Russell MPP Jean Poirier is one Bertschi's
most ardent supporters.
I feel a new beginning in the Liberal Party of Canada,
said Poirier. In this country, we urgently need
a leader a visionary and I see in David
Bertschi the best person to lead our country into the
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