Liberals announce National Platform Committee Co-Chairs for 2019

Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada announced today that the Hon. Ralph Goodale and Mona Fortier will serve as Co-Chairs of the party’s National Platform Committee in advance of the 2019 federal election campaign.

Ottawa, ON – Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada announced today that the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Member of Parliament for Regina—Wascana, and Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, will serve as Co-Chairs of the party’s National Platform Committee in advance of the 2019 federal election campaign.

“Hearing ideas from Canadians directly has always been at the heart of our work together to keep the economy strong, create good new jobs, and make sure that everyone has a real and fair chance at success,” said Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. “Ralph and Mona’s experience and leadership will help us engage even more Canadians in shaping our positive plan to create more opportunity for the middle class and everyone working hard to join it.”

Fortier and Goodale will begin discussions and consultations with business, labour, environmental, Indigenous, and community leaders across Canada, in addition to continuing to hear new ideas from grassroots Liberals, the Liberal caucus, and Canadians directly.

These new conversations will build on the Liberal Party of Canada’s work to build the most open, inclusive, and engaging movement in Canadian politics – with nearly 6,000 Canadians having already participated in national online policy voting ahead of April’s 2018 Liberal National Convention in Halifax. Liberal volunteers also recently started hundreds of thousands of new conversations with Canadians as part of 579 Summer of Action events across Canada in July and August.

Mona Fortier has served as the Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier since April 2017, and has extensive previous experience and expertise in the areas of health care, education, job creation and francophone affairs. The Hon. Ralph Goodale was first elected to Parliament in 1974. He is currently the Member of Parliament for Regina—Wascana and Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. In 2015, he served as Co-Chair of the National Liberal Platform Committee. Previously, he has also served as Canada’s Minister of Finance, Minister of Public Works, Minister Natural Resources, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

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BACKGROUND: Biographies of the National Platform Committee Co-Chairs can be viewed here.