11 p.m., Sept. 15)
Local Liberal candidate holds 'Rally for Real Change'
By Fred Sherwin
federal Liberal candidate Andrew Leslie kicked off his post-Labour
Day campaign on the weekend in front of a hundred or so
supporters in Chapel Hill South.
Liberal candidate Andrew Leslie addresses supporters at rally
in Blue Willow Park on Saturday. Photo supplied
the Rally for Real Change, Leslie used the event to attack
incumbent MP Royal Galipeau for not doing more to attract
jobs to the east end.
particular he took issue with what he called Galipeau's
silence on the Conservative government's decisions to
move the RCMP headquarters to the old JDS Uniphase buiding
in the south end, and consolidating the Department of
National Defence at the old Nortel campus in the west
stood idly by while his government moved RCMP and DND
jobs to the western part of the city at great expense
to many of those workers who live, or perhaps, lived right
here in our community," said Leslie. "I
will fight to have our fair share of government departments
moved to the east end.
should be noted that the decision to move the RCMP headquarters
to the JDS Uniphase buidling was originally made by the
Liberal government under Paul Martin. The Conservatives
signed off on the deal after they took power in 2006.
decision to consolidate the Department of National Defence
at the old Nortel campus was made by the Conservative
government in 2010. The move has been hit by a series
of delays and the buildings are still empty.
to Pubic Works, the first DND employees will now begin
moving to the campus in the fall of 2016. Eventually more
than 8,500 military and civilian employees will be transfered
to the Carling Avenue location.
fear is that a significant number of employees who currenty
live in Orléans will decide to move to the west
end to be closer to their jobs.
said Orléans needs an MP who will work with all
elected officials, the private sector and the community
to bring economic opportunity and prosperity to Orléans.
also noted that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau recently
pledged nearly $60 billion over 10 years for infrastructure
investment. If he is elected as part of a Liberal government
he pledged to work with his fellow Liberal
MPs to secure the necessary funding to extend light rail
to Trim Road.
with a Liberal government will you ever see the LRT go
to Trim Road, said Leslie.
Leslie promised a Liberal administration would end the
bitter relationship between the federal government and
will respect the collective bargaining process, restore
frontline services and fix the relationship between government
and public service, Leslie concluded.
still have four weeks to decide who they're going to vote
for. The NDP candidate is environmental scientist and
equestrian operator Nancy Tremblay from Carlsbad Springs.
Green Party has yet to nominate a candiate.
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