Thursday, April 02, 2009

Young Liberals Establish Strong Presence In Quebec

It has become apparent over the past several months that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have all but given up on Quebec.  This is due partly because of a hard right policy which doesn't appeal to Quebec, but is mainly due to the new leader of the LP of C - Michael Ignatieff.

While we know how this battle is playing out on the streets and in the corridors of power, there is another very interesting movement occurring in Quebec, and across the land.  A vigorous youth campaign is in motion, and it is putting Liberals and liberal values front and center.  

John Lennard - candidate for the Presidency of the Young Liberals - is at the center of this movement.  John has run an exceptional campaign from coast to coast to coast.  He and his team have engaged Young Liberals, and indeed all Liberals in a quest to tie this land together with ideas and a message of unity.

Late last night we here at WesternGrit were apprised of an amazing number of endorsements for John coming from Quebec (via a prominent Quebec Liberal).  This Young Liberal from Northern Ontario has received endorsements from key youth in much of Quebec... his list reads like a "who's who" of Quebec politics.  Julien Gagnon (President of the Youth Commission of the Quebec Liberal Party) recently stated, "John Lennard has demonstrated tremendous leadership and a strong understanding of the issues and priorities facing Quebec.  I look forward to working with YLC to set and achieve common objectives as we reach out to Quebec youth".  The youth chairs of BOTH major Montreal municipal parties have also endorsed John for the YLC Presidency.

Speaking with John's team over the past few weeks, it is apparent this young man realizes the importance of Liberal gains in Quebec, and his Quebec campaign has been focused on this.  

The growth of youth support in Quebec, and across Canada, (in no small part due to this YLC campaign) will ensure a strong base of volunteers and ideas for the party.  Young men like John Lennard will lead the charge as our party takes back ridings from the Conservatives and NDP in Quebec.

The future of the Liberal Party is very bright indeed...

Over 50 major endorsements for John Lennard

Frédéric Barriault

Haute-Gaspésie-Matane-Matapédia-La Mitis 

President, University of Montreal Law Students' Assocation (2006-2007)

President, Association des Étudians de l'École de Barreau (2007-2008) 

Finances Coordinator, Youth Commission – Quebec Liberal Party (2004-2005)

Youth co-chair (Quebec), Bob Rae Leadership Campaign (2006)

François Beaudry


President, Youth Commission – Quebec Liberal Party (2007-2008)

Olivier Beaulieu-Lauzon


Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ)

François B. Lauzon


Frédéric Bérard

President, Young Liberals of Canada (Québec)  (1999-2000)

Jean-Sébastien Boudreau

Member of the « Team Marcotte » Administrative Council (Mayor of Mascouche)

Mathieu Bougie


President of the Youth Commission for Union Montreal

Éric Blouin

President, Young Liberals of Canada (Quebec) (2000-2002)

Joël Brassard-Morisette

Chicoutimi- Le Fjord

President of the University of Sherbrooke Students' Union (FEUS)  (2006-2007)

Jean-Sébastien Brun


Leidy Ojeda


Mathieu Brunet

Councillor, QLP Youth Commission

Farah Chagnon

Councillor, QLP Youth Commission 

Dr. Winston Chan

Member of the Laurier Circle

Vincent Chaput

Coordinator, Montreal East, Vision Montréal

Stephanie Chouliareas

Vice President (Events), Liberal McGill

Olivier Coulombe

Student Clubs Director, YLC(Q)

Hugo Delorme

Chair, Organizing Committee, 26nd Youth Convention of the QLP (2008)

National Youth Co-chair, Bob Rae Leadership Campaign (2006)

Vice President (Youth), Quebec Liberal Party (2004-2006)

Vice President (Youth), Laval Federal Liberal Association (2002-2006)

Founding President, YLC Club at Collège  André-Grasset (2002-2003)

Simon Desjardins


Alexis Devroede-Languirand

President, Liberal Party of Canada Club (Université de Montréal)

Sébastien Dhavernas

2008 Candidate in Outremont

Member of the Policy Committee, LPC(Q)

Anthony Di Carlo


Sophie Gagnon

Westmount – Ville-Marie

Communications Director, Association libérale de l'Université de Montréal (ALUM)

Director, Quebec Association of Young Parliamentarians

François-Olivier Godin


Vice President, Association étudiante de l'École du Barreau de Montréal (2007-2008)

Lanaudière Regional Representative, QLP Youth Commission (2007)

David Grégoire

2008 Federal Liberal Candidate (Montcalm)

2008 Provincial Liberal Candidate (Masson)

Catherine Groulx 


Former Youth staffer, QLP Youth Commission (2007-2008)

Stefan Hoffman

Vice President Youth Made, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine 

Director, YLC(Q)

Youth staffer, Michael Ignatieff Leadership Campaign (2006)

Jonathan Katz

Mount Royal

Louise Labrecque



Daniel Laprès


Journalist and prominent party activist

Gisèle Lamirande


Isabelle Larouche


Assistant coordinator, Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal (CERIUM)

Louis-Philippe Larue

Haute-Gaspésie-Matane-Matapédia-La Mitis

Kim Leclerc

Haute-Gaspésie-Matane-Matapédia-La Mitis

2008 Federal Liberal Candidate

Lara Limoges

Vice President Communications, Club du Parti Libéral du Canada de l'Université de Montréal

Emmanuel Lianoudakis

Coordinator, Montreal West, YLC(Q)

Alexandre Mercier-Dalphond


Member of the Laurier Circle

Secretary,  QLP Youth Commission (2007-2008)

Nicolas Michel-Imbert


Ahmad Nahza

Vice President, YLC(Q)

Jonathan Pedneault


Nomination Candidate

Damien Pellerin


President, Association libérale de l'Université de Montréal (ALUM)

Pierre-Marc Perreault
Brossard-La Prairie

Vice President Communications, Laurier Circle

Nicolas Perrino


President, Comité libéral étudiant du Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf

Max Reed

Westmount—Ville Marie

Martin Rioux


David Simard


Guillaume Synnott
Vice President, Association libérale de l'Université de Montréal (ALUM)
Vice President (Youth), Outremont Provincial Liberal Association

Vincenzo Tirelli


Julie Tremblay

Provincial Liberal Candidate in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (2008)

David Veillette
Vice President – Youth in St-Maurice (Shawinigan) (1999 - 2001)
Federal Liberal Candidate in Repentigny (2000)

Carlos Zuleta 

Vice President (Youth) – Papineau Federal Liberal Association

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Anonymous said...

I like Samuel Lavoie better.
I'm not interested in lists of names.

Anonymous said...

Wow great list! Arent all three candidates for president from Quebec?

Anonymous said...

From what I've seen, John's been campaigning hard from coast to coast. With each new campaign release, he seems to gather more and more endorsements.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a "who's who" list of endorsements from every province!

Anonymous said...

Sam, the guy who promises jobs to anyone who supports him anon?

Anonymous said...

Its good to see the Quebec Liberal Party youth and the YLCQ finally coming together over something.

Good for you!

Shawn said...

I was originally backing Sam, but if the guy can't even win over his own home province how can he really grow the YLC? Lennard is an OYL guy who in less than a year built enough support in Quebec to win the province.

Anonymous said...

Interesting list of people from Quebec... How many of them are delegates I wonder? How many of them are Young Liberals? I think of few names have aged out, but I could be mistaken. Its funny that John has so much support in Quebec, considering Sam seems to have overwhelming support in John's home province of Ontario...

Anonymous said...

Sam is the way!

Anonymous said...

"I like Samuel Lavoie better. I'm not interested in lists of names."

I find this almost funny since Sam released a cheesy list of endorsements before he even listed platform points.

WesternGrit said...

Ah! Nothing like a good flame war! Lol...

WesternGrit said...

... Er... Anonymous flame war... lol...

Anonymous said...

The only thing I can see with this list is that John really has the full support of several liberals from different horizons because HE really works for the Party where it counts ... He works with people

Im really suprised because when you can't even have the support of the liberal candidate in your own riding .. Longueuil .. Stop telling people that you're "actively" involved in the Party .. come on ...

John all the way!!

On est avec toi John!!

James S. said...

Even funnier is the fact that his newest release of endorsements contain the exact same names!

As an ordinary YL, I want to vote for the one who gains the most support and releases the most comprehensive platforms. So far, the obvious winner is John Lennard.

Joseph said...

Sam is so active in the Liberals that he was nowhere to be found during the Québec prov election in addition to the fed election. I know this because i'm actually from Longueuil.

Louis-Phillipe said...

John works hard in Quebec, which is why we stand with him. He was with us in the federal election and he was with in the provincial election. Sam was no where to be seen. Once he is elected president is he going to disappear again? My guess is yes. He's done it before to us here.

And for the record, Sam doesn't have Ontario. That's a misconception. He has a few OYL exec members, but the membership largely supports John.

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