samedi 22 août 2009

Michael in the Townships/Michael dans les Cantons de L'Est

Had the honour of co-hosting the leader over the past two days. On Thurday we had a small wine and cheese in Magog for Brome-Missisquoi candidate Denis Paradis. Love the CP Photo (below) - kinda look like the crasher squirrel ;).

(Liberal Party federal election candidate for Compton/Stanstead William Hogg, right, listens as liberal leader Michael Ignatieff speaks to reporters following a supporters meeting in Magog, Que., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

On Friday I hosted two events in the riding - a candidate school with 8 MPs and 20 or so official Quebec candidates. It created quite a bit of election buzz in the media ;)... It was also fun that both Chantal Hebert and Jean Lapierre were in attendance during the two days of events. Let's see what she'll have to say next week...

I was also pleased to host Michael for a talk on his roots in the Eastern Townships. Before a crowd of 300 plus, he spoke on how his experience here, living amongst the French and English, Catholic and Protestant, side-by-side, inspired him to look beyond the notion of two solitudes and develop a vision of Canada that goes beyond artificial, and most of the time partisan political divisions and barriers. An excellent speech, as it was without notes, from the heart.

After the speech we had a meet a greet with Michael while I hit the local media.

Then followed that with a scrum with Michael and Denis Coderre.

Not one wasted moment. Take that Jeffrey Simpson.