Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a campaign rally Monday night in Windsor after a daytime stop in London.
Campaigning from the front will test Liberal strategists
Trudeau is the first party leader to visit the Windsor region since the Oct. 21 election was called last Wednesday in Ottawa.
Trudeau will stop at Blessed Sacrament Catholic elementary school Monday afternoon, where he’s expected to meet with students and teachers. Liberal Peter Fragiskatos, seeking re-election in London-North-Centre, will also attend.
“The prime minister coming to Windsor to open a campaign I think sends a strong signal about the party’s commitment to this region and also to their expectations for what we’re going to be able to accomplish in the campaign at this region,” said Doug Sartori, president of the Windsor West Federal Liberal Association.
Significant federal issues in Windsor West that may be discussed at Monday’s rally include the trade file and bridge to the United States, Sartori said.
“(Those) are two absolutely critical and linked issues for our community,” he said, adding that the Windsor West riding also has the highest rate of child poverty in Canada.
When asked if there might be a focus on protecting Canadian jobs, given the ongoing union battle at Windsor’s auto aluminum parts plant, Nemak, Sartori said it’s likely on the government’s radar.
“Protecting Canadian jobs, in whatever way we can, is very important to this government,” Sartori said. “And I expect that they will continue to move forward in that way.”
The Liberal’s Windsor West candidate Sandra Pupatello hinted that Trudeau would be coming to the region after Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains came to her campaign kick-off last week.
The Windsor-Tecumseh riding is still without an official Liberal candidate, though three people are vying for the nomination: Ward 7 City Coun. Irek Kusmierczyk, Windsor lawyer Linda McCurdy and former Liberal candidate Jeewen Gill.
“I think that the expectation is that we have a good story to tell about what we’ve accomplished for the people of Windsor-Essex,” Sartori said. “And that the prime minister’s expecting a great reception here.”
The event takes place on Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Clair College’s Centre for the Arts.
The Liberal Party of Canada leader is hosting the event Monday evening between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.
Last week, Windsor West candidate Sandra Pupatello alluded to the fact that Trudeau would be coming after Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains made an appearance to kick off her campaign.
In Windsor West, Pupatello is facing off against longtime NDP incumbent Brian Masse, Conservative Party candidate Henry Lau, the Green Party's Quinn Hunt and Darryl Burrell with the People's Party of Canada.
Trudeau's stop comes at a time when the Liberals in Windsor-Tecumseh are still without an official candidate. City councillor Irek Kusmierczyk, Windsor lawyer Linda McCurdy and former Liberal candidate Jeewen Gill are all seeking the nomination.
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