Liberal candidates attend Team Trudeau Campaign College in Ottawa

OTTAWA – The Liberal Party of Canada continues laying the groundwork for the 2015 federal election this week, as 122 official Liberal candidates descend on Ottawa for a three-day campaign training college. The Party held its first Campaign College this past summer with early-nominated candidates.

“These candidates have completed the first step – they have engaged members of their riding associations and won their respective open nomination races – and now they have the opportunity to come together as a team to gain a deeper understanding of the tools and strategies needed to win in 2015,” said Liberal Party of Canada National Campaign Co-Chair, Katie Telford.

“Of course, we highlight the importance of organizing their local campaign teams, along with how to use technology to engage voters. But in spite of the technical and organizational training we’ll be talking about, the next federal election is about the Canadians these candidates are hoping to represent,” said National Campaign Co-Chair, Dan Gagnier. “It is about the constituents’ concerns, their needs, and their desire for a better a government – that is the main focus of the three days.”

“We are proud to say that of the 122 participating candidates, a full 39% are women,” continued Ms. Telford. “The Party made a commitment to encourage dynamic, innovative, and creative women to run under the Liberal banner in 2015, and we’ve seen remarkable success on this initiative.”

“Not only do we have candidates from across the country, but we are extremely fortunate to have former and current municipal councillors and mayors, veterans, healthcare and business leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs, and Aboriginal leaders, who are all dedicated to finding solutions for a better and more united Canada,” furthered Ms. Telford. “We continue to build the team and the plan that will lead us into the next election. This week’s campaign college marks an incredible opportunity for the candidates to bring local issues to Ottawa and to start representing their constituents now.”

On Wednesday morning candidates will attend the Liberal Caucus meeting, where they will meet with Liberal Party of Canada Leader, Justin Trudeau, and current Liberal Members of Parliament.