Liberal leadership candidate making EK visit

Martha Hall Findlay will be in Cranbrook and Kimberley Feb. 24.

Martha Hall Findlay

Martha Hall Findlay

One of the high profile candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada is making a stop in the riding of Kootenay-Columbia — in Cranbrook and Kimberley to be precise.

Martha Hall Findlay will be making a visit on Sunday, Feb. 24. She will be meeting with local party members and supporters at a luncheon at Ric’s Lounge and Grill in the Prestige Inn in Cranbrook and later Sunday at the Old Bauernhaus Restaurant in Kimberley. The public is also welcome to attend these events.

Hall Findlay is a Canadian businesswoman, entrepreneur and lawyer from Toronto. She was elected to Parliament as the Liberal candidate in the Toronto riding of Willowdale in a federal by-election in 2008. She was reelected in the 2008 general election but lost her seat in the 2011 election.

She had previously been the party’s candidate for Newmarket-Aurora in the 2004 federal election, losing narrowly to Conservative Belinda Stronach, and was the first declared candidate for the Liberal Party leadership election to succeed Paul Martin in 2006. On November 14, 2012, she officially entered the 2013 leadership race.

The candidates have been currently debating each other in a series of forums around the country. On April 6, 2013, the Liberal Party will hold a “National Showcase” in Toronto, where voting will begin, using preferential ballot. On April 14, the voting will end, and the election result will be announced.

Also currently in the running for the leadership are: David Bertschi, Martin Cauchon, Deborah Coyne, Marc Garneau, Karen McCrimmon, Joyce Murray, George Takach and Justin Trudeau.

Riding members and supporters, and members of the public have an opportunity to hear and mingle with Martha on Sunday, Feb. 24., at 12:30 p.m. at Ric’s Lounge and Grill at the Prestige Hotel, 209 Van Horne Street, Cranbrook (it will be a “no host” luncheon).

A “no host” dinner will be held at The Old Bauernhaus Restaurant, 280 Norton Avenue in Kimberley at 7:30 p.m.

Those interested in attending, please RSVP to Betty Aitchison 250-427-3503 or bettyis@live.com.