Laferriere opens home base for election

News Apr 25, 2015 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Marc Laferriere is in it to win it.

The Brantford-Brant federal NDP candidate officially opened his Erie Avenue campaign office on Saturday afternoon to formally kick off the start of his campaign for the federal election, which is taking place Oct. 15.

NDP MP for Hamilton-Centre David Christopherson, who was on hand to help open the office, said he was proud to stand by Laferriere.

“You don't open a campaign office this early to lose,” Christopherson said. “You open this early because you want to win.”

More than 120 people attended the opening where a barbecue lunch was served and lawn signs were given out.

Christopherson applauded Laferriere for his ambition, passion and timing.

“In politics they say timing is everything and if that has ever been true, now is the time,” he said.

He told the crowd 60 per cent of Canadians are not in favour of re-electing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He said when voters are disillusioned with the Conservatives, many of those people traditionally vote Liberal. But Christopherson said they are instead looking to the NDP and at party leader Thomas Mulcair.

“If you want substantial change instead of pretty change, it's Thomas Mulcair and the NDP,” he said.

Christopherson ended his speech by quoting famed Canadian socialist politician Tommy Douglas.

“Give me 80 seats in the House of Commons and I will turn it upside down; give me 150 seats and I will turn the country right-side-up,” Christopherson said. “And that's exactly what we are going to do with the help of candidates like (Laferriere).”

Laferriere, who lives in Paris, has been involved with local organization, community groups and grassroots initiatives for more than 20 years and sits on several boards. He helped to found lasting organizations like the Brantford-Brant Roundtable on Poverty and the Brantford Youth Leadership Conference.

He currently teaches justice and police foundations at Mohawk College and still volunteers in the community.

“It's his passion,” Christopherson said after his speech. “He cares passionately about the quality of life for people in Brantford.”

Laferriere said he doesn't want the job for the perks. He wants to take local concerns to the House of Commons to get real and lasting change. He said he is committed to staying connected to the local community.

“I want to live here and work here,” he said. “After the last election I was offered two lobbyist jobs in Ottawa and I turned them down because this is what I want to do and I have been dedicated to this community for over 20 years.”

Grand Erie District School Board trustee Alex Felsky, the NDP’s most-recent provincial candidate, was there to support Laferriere. She said she believes in the NDP's platform and in Leferriere.

“Marc is a big advocate for universal affordable licensed childcare, and as a mother and Grand Erie District School Board trustee, that's very important to me,” Felsky said. “Parents need to be able to go to work and know their child is receiving quality early childhood education that will only complement them when they go into the (public or catholic) schools.”

Laferriere is challenging Conservative incumbent MP Phil McColeman and will be running against Liberal candidate Danielle Takacs, Libertarian candidate Rob Ferguson and Green Party candidate Kevin Brandt.

Laferriere opens home base for election

NDP campaign office located in Eagle Place

News Apr 25, 2015 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Marc Laferriere is in it to win it.

The Brantford-Brant federal NDP candidate officially opened his Erie Avenue campaign office on Saturday afternoon to formally kick off the start of his campaign for the federal election, which is taking place Oct. 15.

NDP MP for Hamilton-Centre David Christopherson, who was on hand to help open the office, said he was proud to stand by Laferriere.

“You don't open a campaign office this early to lose,” Christopherson said. “You open this early because you want to win.”

More than 120 people attended the opening where a barbecue lunch was served and lawn signs were given out.

Christopherson applauded Laferriere for his ambition, passion and timing.

“In politics they say timing is everything and if that has ever been true, now is the time,” he said.

He told the crowd 60 per cent of Canadians are not in favour of re-electing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He said when voters are disillusioned with the Conservatives, many of those people traditionally vote Liberal. But Christopherson said they are instead looking to the NDP and at party leader Thomas Mulcair.

“If you want substantial change instead of pretty change, it's Thomas Mulcair and the NDP,” he said.

Christopherson ended his speech by quoting famed Canadian socialist politician Tommy Douglas.

“Give me 80 seats in the House of Commons and I will turn it upside down; give me 150 seats and I will turn the country right-side-up,” Christopherson said. “And that's exactly what we are going to do with the help of candidates like (Laferriere).”

Laferriere, who lives in Paris, has been involved with local organization, community groups and grassroots initiatives for more than 20 years and sits on several boards. He helped to found lasting organizations like the Brantford-Brant Roundtable on Poverty and the Brantford Youth Leadership Conference.

He currently teaches justice and police foundations at Mohawk College and still volunteers in the community.

“It's his passion,” Christopherson said after his speech. “He cares passionately about the quality of life for people in Brantford.”

Laferriere said he doesn't want the job for the perks. He wants to take local concerns to the House of Commons to get real and lasting change. He said he is committed to staying connected to the local community.

“I want to live here and work here,” he said. “After the last election I was offered two lobbyist jobs in Ottawa and I turned them down because this is what I want to do and I have been dedicated to this community for over 20 years.”

Grand Erie District School Board trustee Alex Felsky, the NDP’s most-recent provincial candidate, was there to support Laferriere. She said she believes in the NDP's platform and in Leferriere.

“Marc is a big advocate for universal affordable licensed childcare, and as a mother and Grand Erie District School Board trustee, that's very important to me,” Felsky said. “Parents need to be able to go to work and know their child is receiving quality early childhood education that will only complement them when they go into the (public or catholic) schools.”

Laferriere is challenging Conservative incumbent MP Phil McColeman and will be running against Liberal candidate Danielle Takacs, Libertarian candidate Rob Ferguson and Green Party candidate Kevin Brandt.

Laferriere opens home base for election

NDP campaign office located in Eagle Place

News Apr 25, 2015 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Marc Laferriere is in it to win it.

The Brantford-Brant federal NDP candidate officially opened his Erie Avenue campaign office on Saturday afternoon to formally kick off the start of his campaign for the federal election, which is taking place Oct. 15.

NDP MP for Hamilton-Centre David Christopherson, who was on hand to help open the office, said he was proud to stand by Laferriere.

“You don't open a campaign office this early to lose,” Christopherson said. “You open this early because you want to win.”

More than 120 people attended the opening where a barbecue lunch was served and lawn signs were given out.

Christopherson applauded Laferriere for his ambition, passion and timing.

“In politics they say timing is everything and if that has ever been true, now is the time,” he said.

He told the crowd 60 per cent of Canadians are not in favour of re-electing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He said when voters are disillusioned with the Conservatives, many of those people traditionally vote Liberal. But Christopherson said they are instead looking to the NDP and at party leader Thomas Mulcair.

“If you want substantial change instead of pretty change, it's Thomas Mulcair and the NDP,” he said.

Christopherson ended his speech by quoting famed Canadian socialist politician Tommy Douglas.

“Give me 80 seats in the House of Commons and I will turn it upside down; give me 150 seats and I will turn the country right-side-up,” Christopherson said. “And that's exactly what we are going to do with the help of candidates like (Laferriere).”

Laferriere, who lives in Paris, has been involved with local organization, community groups and grassroots initiatives for more than 20 years and sits on several boards. He helped to found lasting organizations like the Brantford-Brant Roundtable on Poverty and the Brantford Youth Leadership Conference.

He currently teaches justice and police foundations at Mohawk College and still volunteers in the community.

“It's his passion,” Christopherson said after his speech. “He cares passionately about the quality of life for people in Brantford.”

Laferriere said he doesn't want the job for the perks. He wants to take local concerns to the House of Commons to get real and lasting change. He said he is committed to staying connected to the local community.

“I want to live here and work here,” he said. “After the last election I was offered two lobbyist jobs in Ottawa and I turned them down because this is what I want to do and I have been dedicated to this community for over 20 years.”

Grand Erie District School Board trustee Alex Felsky, the NDP’s most-recent provincial candidate, was there to support Laferriere. She said she believes in the NDP's platform and in Leferriere.

“Marc is a big advocate for universal affordable licensed childcare, and as a mother and Grand Erie District School Board trustee, that's very important to me,” Felsky said. “Parents need to be able to go to work and know their child is receiving quality early childhood education that will only complement them when they go into the (public or catholic) schools.”

Laferriere is challenging Conservative incumbent MP Phil McColeman and will be running against Liberal candidate Danielle Takacs, Libertarian candidate Rob Ferguson and Green Party candidate Kevin Brandt.