Cornwall ON – The Best Western PLUS Parkway Inn & Conference Centre was abuzz Thursday night as nearly 100 Provincial Liberal members came out in the frigid cold, with a Habs game on the tube to listen to the three candidates to replace popular MPP Jim Brownell.
Health Care, Education, and vision. Mark A MacDonald talked about Green Jobs and having more degree programs available at St. Lawrence College.
He pointed out that the youngest member and person in the crowd was only 14 and that the challenge for the party was getting more and younger people interested in politics. As a matter of fact many in the crowd were sporting Mark MacDonald tags.
He also was pragmatic and focused on the realities of the current economy stating that a $300 Million dollar investment in a University Campus for Cornwall wasn’t realistic with the current needs and population base.
He also said a key focus for healthcare has to be “Prevention, Prevention, and Prevention”, and pointed out Akwesasne as a potential untapped partner for growth and development.
Denis Sabourin had a distinct advantage. The long time politico is making his second attempt to be the Liberal MPP of the area and ran for MP in the last Election. He currently works for MP Larry Bagnell of The Yukon and is very politically astute. He also agreed that prevention was a key and talked about the impact and success of previous Liberal governments in the area.
We’ll have all the video from the evening posted in our follow up story shortly!