submitted by Paul Robillard, President Carleton Federal Liberal Association
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]Members of the Carleton Federal Liberal Association have once again called on Metcalfe resident and tireless community advocate, Chris Rodgers as their candidate for the 2019 federal election. Rodgers was officially selected at a nomination meeting on Sunday, January 6th at the Manotick Legion at 1pm.
The Hon. Catherine McKenna, MP for Ottawa-Centre was the guest speaker, while a host of other Liberal MPs and MPPs from the Ottawa area also attended.
As the official Liberal candidate in 2015, Rodgers was just 3% shy of victory after having increased Liberal support by over 16,000 votes.
In his remarks, Rodgers stated, “My priorities remain the same as they were in 2015, making life more affordable for ordinary Canadians and promoting positive politics.”
Rodgers also noted the need for change in this riding. He said, “For far too long, the true voice of this riding has languished because our current member is simply too comfortable. He’s entitled and he’s out of touch.”
For his part, Rodgers committed himself to a positive, ideas-focussed campaign. He said, “We’re going to talk about helping families and seniors make ends meet. We’re going to talk about creating opportunities for young people. We’re going to talk about ensuring that businesses are able to prosper now — and well into the future.”
Rodgers lives in Metcalfe, Ontario with his wife Jenny and their son Cameron. A teacher at South Carleton High School, he is well known throughout Carleton for his involvement in the local music scene, various sports teams and as a volunteer with St. Andrew’s Church in Kars and the Manotick Legion. Rodgers holds degrees in education and political science and has a professional background in the federal public service and small business.