Cornwall - Apr. 3, 2011 - Local Liberal candidate Bernadette Clement played a prominent role in the release of the Liberal Party platform in Ottawa on Sunday.
Clement was one of four Liberal candidates across the country who were asked to play a role in the unveiling of the platform, which featured the Liberal's five point plan to strengthen families in the "Liberal Family Pack."
The local candidate was introduced by Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and asked to explain the "Stronger Public Pensions" policy being proposed by the Liberals.
"I was honoured when invited by the leader to pre-tape this segment and explain how we as Liberals will act to enhance the Canada Pension Plan to make it easier for retirement, and provide help for low-income seniors," said Clement in a press release.
For Clement, it marked the first time a local Liberal candidate has been asked to play a prominent role in unveiling the party platform. It was also a first for Canadian politics in that no other national party has launched their platform in a live on-line town hall meeting format that drew thousands of participants from coast to coast to coast, plus national television and media coverage.
Other points in the platform include the Liberal Canadian Learning passport to help families pay for college and university, early childhood learning and care to create more high quality affordable child care spaces, family care to help family caregivers take time off from work to care for sick loved ones and a green renovation tax credit to help families save on energy costs while helping the environment.
"We as Liberals have listened to Canadians over the past two and a half years and have presented a platform that truly reflects the needs and interests of Canadian families. I look forward to talking to residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry over the remaining days of this campaign and demonstrate to them with our platform book that the Liberal alternative is one of hope and in the real interests of Canadian families," Clement stated.
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