When Justin Trudeau walks into a room, usually people notice. When Justin Trudeau walks into a room full of Liberals people cheer, clap, and rush to shake his hand.
That was the scene last night in the Lorette Parish Hall: excited Liberals dreaming of a day when their young leader will help them form a government.
Trudeau gave a speech in the Lorette Parish Hall right after Terry Hayward was officially acclaimed as the Liberal candidate for Provencher’s upcoming by-election. The vote became necessary after the riding’s Conservative MP Vic Toews resigned his seat on July 9, a seat he had held for 13 years since 2000. Hayward was the only Liberal candidate wanting to run in the by-election, expected to be held some time in November.
To become acclaimed as a candidate in the riding Hayward needed at least 100 signatures on Elections Canada nominations papers from people eligible to vote in the Provencher riding. He got that and will now fight for the vacant seat in the House of Commons.
“There is a chance to send a message saying what we’ve seen in the last seven years with Prime Minister Harper is not what we as Canadians want,” said Hayward.
“I ran in 2011 and yes there was not a good Liberal vote at that time.”
Before Toews, Provencher riding had Liberal David Iftody as the MP from 1993 – 2000. Previous to that was the 21-year reign of Conservative Jake Epp (1972 – 1993).
Hayward thinks the Liberals have a better chance in this byelection and in the 2015 federal election.
“With Justin Trudeau as the leader we’ve already seen a surge ahead in the polls,” he said.