SUMMERSIDE - It was a who‚Äôs who of Liberals as the party gathered at the Silver Fox Curling an Yacht Club, Friday night, to accept two candidates to vie for the chance to unseat Egmont MP Gail Shea in the 2015 election.
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Andrew Campbell, president of the Liberal Egmont Riding Association, (center) meets Egmont hopefuls Gilles Arsenault (left) and Robert Gallant at the party‚Äôs Red Oak Dinner. Both men are seeking the opportunity to challenge Gail Shea for the Egmont seat.
Educator Gilles Arsenault and Summerside businessman Robert Gallant have put their names forward seeking the party‚Äôs nomination, Nov. 22.
Arsenault said the concerns that are being experienced in Egmont are the same throughout Canada.
‚ÄĚI think there are many issues not only in Egmont but throughout the country,‚ÄĚ Arsenault said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre looking at social justice issue. We‚Äôre looking at poverty. We‚Äôre looking at economic growth in different areas. We‚Äôre looking at women‚Äôs issues. We‚Äôre looking at First Nation issues. We‚Äôre looking at a variety of issues and Egmont is no different that any other jurisdiction.‚ÄĚ
He said as a Liberal government he hopes to be able to advance those agendas.
Gallant said the government that‚Äôs in power is not doing a good job.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think they are being fair to the Atlantic Provinces,‚ÄĚ said. ‚ÄúI believe that Justin Trudeau is going to be a great leader. He sealed the deal for me when he became leader of the Liberal Party.
Veterans‚Äô issues are a priority for Gallant.
‚ÄĚI think the way veterans have been treated is a big issue.‚ÄĚ he said.
Gallant also pointed to the five week that the Harper Government took away from the EI program as another main issue.
‚ÄĚIt‚Äôs really hurting us business wise and it‚Äôs hurting the seasonal industries really bad.‚ÄĚ
Check Monday‚Äôs Journal Pioneer for complete interviews with both candidates.