Bertschi is the nominee-elect for the Conservative Party
in the next federal election.
lawyer and former Liberal beat out two other candidates
to win the nomination during a nomination meeting at the
Shenkman Arts Centre Tuesday night.
the nomination largely based on his ability to bring recruit
fellow disenfranchised Liberals to support him.
broke from the Liberal Party after having a falling out
with the Liberal leadership and the direction he felt the
Party was taking under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The
final draw for him was the SNC Lavelin affair.
the nomination Bertschi thanked his supporters who included
former Conservative nominee Walter Robinson and Royal Galipeau's
widow Anne Palascio. Bertshci also used the moment to fire
up the troops as he plans to hit the ground running by starting
his door-to-door campaign the very next day.
is for the taking but we need to work together. I think
this riding does believe in Conservative values we just
have to remind them how important they are for survival
and benefit of our country," said Bertschi.
he doesn't know who is running against yet, Bertschi says
his opponent is irrelevent. He plans to run on the Conservative
platform on on his own record of activism in the community.
you know I have been very active in the community for years
and I've always maintained my values which more closely
align with the Conservative Party right know," says
lawyer ran for the Liberal Party against Galipeau, who was
also a former Liberal, in 2011 and lost. He then put his
name forward as a candidate for the Liberal nomination in
the riding prior to the federal election in 2015 but he
was disqualified by the Liberal Party, thus allowing Andrew
Leslie to win the nomination unopposed.
if winning the Conservative nomination this time around
was vindication in any way, Bertschi said that vindication
was never his goal.
not looking for vindication," sais Bertschi. "My
running for the nomination was about our community having
quality good representation and I'm honoured to have been
selected to represent the Conservative Party of Orléans.
Now it's time to get to work and win the election."
nomination, left vacant by the retirement of Andrew Leslie,
is being contested between Orléans Liberal MPP Marie-France
Lalonde and Liberal Riding Association president Khatera
Akbari. A date for Liberal nomination meeting has yet to
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