SUTHERLANDS RIVER – Sean Fraser has received strong support for his bid to retain the riding of Central Nova for the governing Liberals in the next federal election.
About 300 mainly partisan supporters loudly endorsed his candidacy during a rally at East Pictou Middle School that featured as guest speaker Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.
A federal election is expected to be called in the fall of 2019.
‘We did a very big thing in 2015,” Fraser said, referring to his personal triumph in Central Nova that was part of the Liberals’ return to power after nearly 10 years in the political wilderness. “We are going to do very big things in 2019, and we’re going to do it together.”
Fraser’s acceptance speech was the last of addresses that included testimonials by Liberal Party officials and supporters and opening remarks by Peace by Chocolate’s Tareq Hahdad, who once again shared with the audience how glad and his family are to be in Canada.
“Everything can happen in this country,” he said.
Fraser touched on achievements during the Liberals’ government that include child benefits, more Canadians working and fewer unemployed. He also distinguished the Liberals and the Conservatives in what he framed as a two-party battle for power next year. He said former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s policies and tactics compelled him to leave the law profession to enter public life.
“I have to thank Stephen Harper for infuriating me so much to run for election,” he said. “I recall him saying ‘By the time I’m finished with Canada we wouldn’t recognize it.’ By the time we’re done with it, you’ll recognize it and be deeply proud of it.”
He said he would defend Canadians, regardless of language, religion, sexual orientation “or any other characteristics they’ve had since they were born.”
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland joins Central Nova MP on stage after his nomination to reoffer in the riding. (Goodwin photo)