8:30 a.m., Nov. 18)
general eyes Liberal nomination in Ottawa-Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
Long time Liberal David Bertschi (left) is
facing a possible challenge from retired general
Andrew Leslie for the local Liberal nomination
in Ottawa-Orleans. File photo
Orléans lawyer David Bertsch threw his name into
the Liberal leadership race a year ago, he did so to add
his voice to those seeking to reinvigorate the party while
raising his profile both insiode and outside Liberal ranks.
also did so with the clear intention of running for the
local Liberal nominaton in the next election in the hope
of getting a second shot at Conservative incumbent Royal
no doubt expected to face a contested nomination, but
he likely didn't expect the nomination would be contested
by the likes of retired general Andrew Leslie, who according
to media reports, intends to run in the National Capital
region in the next election. The only question is where?
the area ridings currently held by Conservatives are Ottawa-Orleans,
Ottawa West-Nepean, which is held by John Baird, and Nepean-Carleton,
which is held by Pierre Poilievre.
the three, Ottawa-Orléans makes the most sense,
especially if Galipeau decides not to run in 2015. The
other possibility is in the west end, where a new riding
is being created from parts of Ottawa West-Nepean and
Nepean-Carleton. The new riding will be centred in Barrhaven
but will extend north past Hunt Club Road.
trying to figure out the best fit, Leslie said in
a recent interview with the Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa-Orléans
is certainly the most attractive that Ive seen.
leaving the military in 2011, Leslie served as chief of
land staff and then chief of transformation for the Canadian
Armed Forces. He also oversaw Canadian troops in Bosnia
and Afghanistan. In September of last year he joined Justin
Trudeau's leadership team as an adviser on military issues
and has remained in that capacity ever since.
is the grandson of Liberal politician Brooke Claxton,
who was federal minister of health and of defence in the
1940s and 50s. He also resides in Rockcliffe, which
is not a part of Ottawa-Orléans.
by the potential challenge, Bertschi says he welcomes
Leslie's participation in an open nomination contest.
never met Andy, Ive never seen him at any events
in Ottawa-Orléans, but I look forward to it and
to working with him for the good of the party, says
long time Liberal Party activist has managed to maintain
a relativelty high profile in the riding since losing
to Galipeau in 2011 in what was a difficult election for
Liberals across the country. Bertschi received 38 per
cent of the vote compared to 44 per cent for Galipeau.
a message sent out to local Liberal Party supporters on
the weekend, Bertschi pointed out that he's worked along
side other committed Liberals over the past four years
in not only retiring the riding association's debt, but
building a healthy pre-election surplus.
is my intention given the success I achieved in the last
election to run again for the nomination in my home riding
of Ottawa-Orléans," says Bertschi. "I
have supported the riding economically by owning a business
in the riding and participating in the local Chamber and
other local organizations. I care deeply about the issues
that affect our riding, our region and our country. Ottawa-Orléans
deserves local committed representation. Game on."
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