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Liberal caucus kicks off Quebec summer listening tour

Posted on July 3, 2009

Liberal MPs will spend the summer visiting communities throughout Quebec to meet with Quebecers, listen to their concerns, and share ideas for the future.

“Quebecers are facing difficult times – which is why we want to engage with them on the issues directly affecting their communities,” said Liberal Defence Critic Denis Coderre. “The state of the economy, the future of the forestry, mining and fishing industries, the environment and business innovation are just some of the concerns on the minds of Quebecers.”

Quebec Liberal MPs will meet with local leaders, businesspeople and community members to hear directly from them about the challenges they face and opportunities they see in their regions.

“Quebec’s place is at the centre of power in not on the sidelines,” said Mr. Coderre. “That’s why Liberals are making sure we’re up to date on the priorities Quebecers want their government to address.”

The tour starts next week, when Canadian Heritage & Official Languages Critic Pablo Rodriguez and Economic Development Agency for Regions of Quebec Critic Alexandra Mendes will be in the Saguenay region.

In the coming weeks, MP Justin Trudeau will visit Îles-de-la-Madeleine, followed by a tour of the Abitibi region by Denis Coderre and Natural Resources Critic Geoff Regan.

In August, Treasury Board critic Dan McTeague and Industry critic Marc Garneau will tour central Quebec. Francis Scarpaleggia and Environment Critic David McGuinty are also planning to visit the regions around Montreal

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is expected to take part in a number of official events throughout Quebec this summer, while Mr. Coderre has plans to tour most regions, including Centre-du-Québec, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Estrie, Lanaudière, and the Quebec region.

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