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Orléans lawyer David Bertschi drops out of Liberal leadership race

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans lawyer David Bertshci has withdrawn from the Liberal leadership race to concentrate on his law practice and focus on contesting the local Liberal nomination in Ottawa-Orléans.

Unable to attract the "critical mass" of support needed to have a serious shot at becoming the party's next leader, Bertschi will continue to do whatever he can to help return the Liberals to power.

Bertshi's decision comes a week after former astronaut and Liberal MP Marc Garneau dropped out of the race, paving the way for what will almost certainly be a Justin Trudeau coronation.

Although Bertsch balked at endorsing another candidate, he did reiterate his opposition to a possible alliance with the NDP which is being suggested by leadership candidate and Liberal MP Joyce Murray.

Bertschi came under criticism during his leadership bid for not being an elected MP, something he considered a plus as it allowed him to bring a fresh set of eyes and a fresh way of doing things to the race.

With two years to go before the next federal election, Bertschi plans to support whoever is chosen as the next Liberal leader and focus his efforts on unseating Ottawa-Orléans incumbent Royal Galipeau, who he lost to in the last election by almost 4,000 votes.

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