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LPCO Team Trudeau Training in Hamilton, Santa Claus Parade in Brantford.

A rather busy weekend for me,  I was up in Hamilton  attending another LPCO event, which they billed as “Campaign College”. Basically, it was an expansion of the event that they held in London earlier in September. Without getting into any confidential details of what was said or done, The LPC staff are really emphasizing ridings and candidates to prepare now  and get ready now for an election at any time in 2015, as there is no trust in LPC circles that Harper will stick to his fixed-election law and wait until October 2015 to call one.   There was also training for candidates and their teams on various strategies  for communications and voter contact and so on.

There is one thing that did stick out for me from a speech Gerald Butts, chief adviser to Justin Trudeau gave: He mentioned about the muck and the mud that Conservatives were throwing at Trudeau and Liberals in general and he said, “We don’t have to hate Harper, we just have to beat Harper”.

With regards to my being there, I was up  there with the team from Brantford-Brant, led by Danielle Takacs, my friend, who as you know if you’ve read here long enough (and aren’t blind to her button on the sidebar) is the federal Liberal/Team Trudeau candidate for Brantford-Brant.   As in London, she was given the opportunity to give a presentation to the main group – her talk was based on how to attract rural voters to the Liberal Party and what her own experiences had been like. Her speech was very well received, (as was her Community Outreach speech in London, which is probably why she was asked to present on this topic here).

On Saturday night, I was also present at the Brantford Santa Claus Parade. Danielle was marching in that parade with Dave Levac, Brantford Liberal MPP (and Speaker of the legislature). It was a well attended event as would be expected, and I think everyone had fun. There weren’t even a lot of barbs being thrown at the politicians! I’d like to thank Danielle for inviting me to both events (I also, as an aside, would like to thank Dave Levac’s daughter for saving my duffel bag containing my tablet from an uncertain fate when the float initially raced away after the parade was done).

Brantford Santa Claus Parade

Brantford Santa Claus Parade

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Brantford Santa Claus Parade

Brantford Santa Claus Parade

Brantford Santa Claus Parade

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