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Nicholas Pidiktakis

Ahuntstic-Cartierville lying in the balance

To Justin Trudeau and the central leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, Recently, upon finding out that the Liberal Party of Canada was going to empower their local activists and riding association members by allowing them to vote in a primary battle for candidacy in the upcoming elections, I was ecstatic and overjoyed. It was one of the reasons for renewing my membership which I let to expire when I first joined the party just before the federal elections in 2008 at the urging of a couple of my Liberal friends. I am someone who believes in empowering our local communities in making those decisions. I cannot in good conscience believe in a system whereby the central leadership of any political party has a lockstep control over the nominations of all their candidates in the 338 ridings in play. The local riding associations and the local activists are closest to the action and are the most knowledgeable of local issues and concerns. Seeking their input in those nomination votes are but a principled step in the right direction in terms of democratic reform and in terms of empowerment. I hear and read of how energetic primary votes can get in the United States in both the Democratic and Republican Parties for both chambers of the United States Congress. I have lived in the riding of Ahunstic-Cartierville all 26 years of my life. I have never moved anywhere and don’t plan too anytime soon. I as a local resident know my community very well. I greatly appreciate the ethnic diversity of my community; the Armenians, the Lebanese, the Syrian Arabs, the Italians, the Haitians and of course some of my own folks in the Greek community who live here. I can appreciate the fact that my community is excellent for… Read More