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November

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    Tomorrow is a very important day. Why? Because on Sunday, Liberals in Etobicoke-Lakeshore will decide who is the best candidate to defeat Harper in 2015. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work hard to build a better Etobicoke-Lakeshore and a better Canada, but I can’t do this alone. I need your support tomorrow. Every single vote is going to count. In fact, YOUR vote could make the difference. For the sake of our community and our country, please make your voice heard by casting your vote tomorrow between 12 Noon and 4 pm at Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Avenue. Remember, to be eligible to vote you MUST bring ID that proves your identity and address. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. We can do this – together.
    Nov 29, 2014 9:06 am | British Columbia,
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    What do Etobicoke-Lakeshore Liberal members have to say about me? Watch this video to find out http://bit.ly/1FClG99
    Nov 28, 2014 12:50 pm | British Columbia,
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    Have our elections been reduced to little more than popularity contests? Or, do issues and BIG ideas still matter when you go to the polls? I believe that ideas and issues DO matter to Canadian voters – especially after almost a decade of Harper’s Government ruling this country in silence and secrecy. I also believe that voters deserve to know where a candidate stands on the major issues and what ideas they’re bringing to the table – before they ask you to put a big X beside their name on a ballot. To that end, I hosted a live public Telephone Town Hall forum on Monday evening, taking questions from Liberal members across Etobicoke-Lakeshore. It was a lively, interesting conversation and I truly enjoyed being able to discuss many of the issues concerning local residents like you. If you weren’t able to participate in the Telephone Town Hall Broadcast, you can listen to it here: http://yourlisten.com/GeorgeTakach/georgetakachtelephone-townhall We only have a few days left between now and the Nomination Meeting. When we vote on Sunday, let’s vote for the best candidate: the candidate who can win this riding back from Harper’s Conservatives in 2015. Our party, our community and our riding deserve nothing less. I hope I can count on your support on Sunday. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work.
    Nov 26, 2014 7:17 am | British Columbia,
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    Endorsements are always welcome – and appreciated – but I believe that Canadians are smart enough to make up their own minds about who they think is the best candidate for an elected position – without having to take someone else’s word for it. The best way to decide who REALLY is the best candidate? Find out where they stand on ALL of the big issues that matter to you and your community. Visit my campaign site to learn where I stand on the main challenges facing Etobicoke-Lakeshore http://bit.ly/1FdnfZk
    Nov 22, 2014 12:51 pm | British Columbia,
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    A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and Liberal Party members who have contacted me in recent days to offer their support, now that the Nomination Meeting for Etobicoke-Lakeshore has been called. When we started our campaign to work to build a better community and a better Canada over 18 months ago, we knew we had a long road ahead of us. But now that the Nomination Meeting has been called for November 30th, I can honestly say that this has been one of the most truly inspiring periods in my life. Meeting and talking with so many different people – from all walks of life in every community of Etobicoke-Lakeshore – has only reinforced my belief that Canadians care deeply about this great country and that they have had enough of Harper’s Government. It’s time for a new vision for our country. It’s time for new leadership in Ottawa. It’s time to turn Etobicoke-Lakeshore Liberal red again. http://bit.ly/1x4Jn3s
    Nov 20, 2014 7:59 am | British Columbia,
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    The Police Service Town Hall on Nov 19 at Humber College is a great opportunity to meet and get answers from the leaders of our Toronto Police Services. Policing in Toronto is a challenging and very important service for all citizens. Please come and hear what the senior leaders of OUR police service have to say; and bring your friends from the neighbourhood. Democracy doesn`t just happen at election time; it needs to be active at all times; so please come out and participate !
    Nov 14, 2014 11:38 am | British Columbia,

October

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    So many jewels to explore right in our Etobicoke backyard.. http://www.blogto.com/city/2014/10/10_quirky_things_to_know_about_etobicoke/
    Oct 25, 2014 5:35 am | British Columbia,
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    We have much to be proud of in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. The great people, the sense of community spirit and, while not as widely known, please don’t forget the performing arts groups who call our riding home. I’m going to mention just two, but there are a number of others. One of them is the Etobicoke Centennial Choir, which has been around since, well, you guessed it, the 100th anniversary of Confederation in 1967. That’s almost 50 straight years. Today, ECC is a community choir of about 45 singers, of all ages, who rehearse once a week, and then put on three major concerts a year. I know how hard these singers work because my wife, Barb, is a member of the choir. This choir loves to sing and offers both a varied and challenging repertoire. Their first concert, on December 6, 2014, will include excerpts from Handel’s Messiah; while their second concert, on April 11, 2015, will feature Faure’s Requiem – not an easy masterpiece to master. Things get a little lighter on June 6, 2015, when the ECC wraps up its season with “Songs of Hope, Songs of Inspiration, which will include some of your Broadway favourites. For more information on any of the three concerts, visit www.etobicokecentennialchoir.ca and then call 416-769-9271 for tickets. Our riding’s other classical music anchor is the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Again, it’s a fine community musical group, performing because they love to – not because they have to. The EPO is putting on an ambitious schedule of five concerts, and a sixth especially for children. Like the ECC, the EPO doesn’t shy away from a challenging repertoire. This season, there will be Brahms (including the Academic Festival Overture, one of my personal favourites), Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (expect loud noise eruptions) and Rachmaninoff. There also will be some lighter fare, such as selections from Hollywood. And if you have younger children, you’ll really like the new “Klassical Favourites for Kidz”, which is a great way to introduce children to the world of classical music. To get tickets to the EPO, for any of the following concerts: October 17, 2014; December 12, 2014; February 20, 2015; April 10, 2015; and May 22, 2015 – with the kids' classical concert on November 23, 2014 visit www.eporchestra.ca. And here’s a great bit of news – tickets for each concert are only $25; and even better, if you buy a set of three tickets for the choir, or five tickets for the orchestra, the price drops to $20 per concert. That’s great value, you’re immersing yourself in wonderful sounds and traditions, and you’re helping keep alive an important part of Etobicoke-Lakeshore’s cultural life – live musical performance. Please come out to these concerts – and bring along a family member, friend or neighbour. Make it a group event, so you can all hum in harmony on the way home!
    Oct 18, 2014 6:57 am | British Columbia,
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    You meet some interesting cats canvassing for Liberal Members in the Kingsway...
    Oct 17, 2014 6:47 am | British Columbia,
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    Of all the bird-brained things Harper has done, this one is right up there. #LPC #cdnpoli http://bit.ly/1rgrtaW Book clubs beware! #FOSS
    Oct 16, 2014 7:35 pm | British Columbia,
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    Oct 14, 2014 7:47 am | British Columbia,

September

August

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    Here's my video accepting Nick Samac's #IceBucketChallenge in support of the ALS Association to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a terrible disease and the Ice Bucket Challenge is a great opportunity to learn about how people are affected by it and to raise funds for research. If you want to learn more or want to donate, check out the website: http://www.alsa.org/ Now it's my turn to nominate 3 people from my team! 1. Dean Walker 2. Abdiasis Issa 3. Kelly Duffin I look forward to seeing your icy moments!
    Aug 29, 2014 1:02 pm | British Columbia,

July

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    Has anyone ever seen Stephen Harper on a bicycle? http://bit.ly/1rNgew9
    Jul 29, 2014 12:23 pm | British Columbia,
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    I was honoured, and delighted, to be invited into the heart of Mabelle's Muslim community last night to break the fast with about 150 members of the community who have been observing Ramadan for the last few weeks. Ramadan teaches some very important lessons, including about taking time for personal reflection. The emphasis during Ramadan on charity is also very spiritual, reminding us how we are all connected. Barb and I would like to thank all those of the Mabelle Muslim community who invited us into their community for a very heartwarming experience.
    Jul 27, 2014 7:14 pm | British Columbia,
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    Monday's by-election results gave us even more to celebrate on Canada Day...
    Jul 04, 2014 12:05 pm | British Columbia,

June

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    My late father was Hungarian, and a huge soccer fan. Soccer was his Summer sport (and Spring and Fall), and when he came to Canada in the 1950's he quickly fell in love with hockey, which became his beloved Winter sport (easy to do with those great Leafs teams in the early-mid 1960's.....as a 10 year-old, I remember throwing confetti on Bay Street as the Stanley Cup came down the street....). But soccer was his first love. So, I remembered him as I caught a couple of games from the Brazil World Cup at the Bosnian Islamic Association on North Queen.....we cheered on the Bosnian team with gusto ! And at half time we shot some hoops outside....all great fun !
    Jun 26, 2014 7:07 am | British Columbia,
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    With George Butterfield, and the great clean tech people at MaRS, including Tom Rand, toasting Obama for curbing pollution from coal. This historic action by the US President truly deserves recognition, especially in light of the missing in action on climate change Canadian PM
    Jun 25, 2014 10:21 am | British Columbia,
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    Team Takach from Etobicoke-Lakeshore made it out to Trinity-Spadina to help pull the Liberal vote in some advance polls; so very important given that our anti-democratic PM Harper scheduled the by-election for Monday, June 30, in the middle of the Canada Day long week-end. I'm looking forward to being a member of a Liberal team that in 2015 puts an end to the voter suppression tactics of this current government.
    Jun 24, 2014 9:34 am | British Columbia,
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    Why I Do Politics A lot of people are cynical about politics. For some of our fellow citizens, it's the personal attacks that turn them off. For others it's the lack of integrity in the behavior of certain holders of public office. The list of reasons that breeds cynicism is a lengthy one. As a result, I often get asked – “so, why are you involved in politics ?” Or the question is more pointed – “Why would you want to become a politician ?” Let me tell you. On Thursday evening, a few hours before the polls closed in Ontario's general election, my wife Barb and I, together with another volunteer, were scooting around our riding “pulling the vote” – making sure that all people who said they were going to support our Liberal candidate, Peter Milczyn, did get out and vote before the polls closed at 9 pm. At 8:50, I arrived at the polling station to oversee “the count”. The room I was assigned to had three polls, and six officials – two per poll. And there were three of us scrutineers – one for each of the main parties. Promptly at 9 pm, the doors closed, and a wonderful, precious ritual began to unfold before our eyes. The officials broke the security seals on the ballot boxes, and poured out the paper ballots onto three large tables. They proceeded to put the ballots into different piles, by candidate. And then in front of the three scrutineers, they counted the evidence of our democracy. No hoopla. No crass partisanship. No more jockeying to be heard above the noise. Rather, in that room, on Thursday night, just a quiet professionalism, and a solemnity that was entirely befitting the occasion. The final act of people assembling across each poll, across each riding, and across the Province, to decide who their political leaders will be. When the count was done, I looked at my Conservative and NDP counterparts. We didn't say a word. Just a small, knowing smile that, once again, we witnessed the miracle, and the nobility, of democracy. On that evening, in that room, in a building in Etobicoke-Lakeshore appropriately called the Assembly Hall, there were no attack ads, there was no noise, not a hint of cynicism. Just a lot of individual Canadians, behind the privacy of the voting screen, peacefully exercising one of the most important rights we have as individuals in our society. It's a beautiful sight to behold – to see three tables laden with neatly piled, and counted, ballots. To witness democracy at its finest, most inspiring moment. It's why I do politics.
    Jun 16, 2014 7:04 pm | British Columbia,
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    Busy day before the BIG DAY. Early morning canvass at Long Branch Go Station (with the "dream team early risers group"), and then an end of day rally at the wonderful Etobicoke-Lakeshore landmark Sanremo Bakery with Kathryn Wynne, and Etobicoke candidates Peter Milczyn, Yvan Baker and Shafiq Qaadri, and Sanremo owner Rob Bozzo. What an amazing volunteer group Peter has attracted and motivated, led by the indefatigable Tanya Kuzman.
    Jun 12, 2014 4:10 am | British Columbia,
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    Peter Milcyzn has always stood up for our community and this week we need to stand up for him. To win this election, Peter needs your vote and your support. Volunteer to help get out the vote on Thursday and support Kathleen Wynne’s plan to move Ontario forward. http://tinyurl.com/ntcdd3l
    Jun 09, 2014 8:20 am | British Columbia,

May

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    I have seen the future. And it’s all good. Except for Harper’s pathetic Digital Strategy. if we are to participate meaningfully in the new economy and ensure our young grads have good paying jobs, it is an absolute necessity that Canada develop its full digital potential. http://tinyurl.com/lb2fjcz
    May 26, 2014 9:25 am | British Columbia,
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    After a doing our bit to beautify the shoreline, a group of us attended a backyard social, which was a fundraiser for Victoria Murdoch's coming play The Bootlegger's Wife. The local artist is extremely talented and she shared a short monologue from her upcoming play. It offered a glimpse of the interesting 1920's prohibition era and Canada's part in it. Proud parents, neigbhours, fellow artists, and admirers joined on a beautiful day in support of the local actress. The culture brewing in our own backyards is part of what makes it so special to live, work and play in this community.
    May 25, 2014 8:04 am | British Columbia,
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    Every Spring, different groups in South Etobicoke have clean up mornings where members of the community get out and pick up trash and litter from our public spaces, especially along the shores of Lake Ontario. These are great events where you can come and help pitch in to make your small part of the world a cleaner, better place. The one in Humber Bay Shores is particularly special for Barb and me, because we live in one of the condos in HBS, and we jog along the paths where we were picking up garbage yesterday. And then afterwards, the HBS association, and the wonderful sponsors, put on a bbq for all the folks involved in the clean up - a nice way to wrap up an important community event.
    May 25, 2014 6:38 am | British Columbia,
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    There's really nothing like getting out on the bike on a nice late May day, especially if it's the long week-end. Many great cycling trails and roads in South Etobicoke; some right on the lake, including with impressive Willow trees. Nice to see the City putting in a contra flow bike lane on Stanley Ave (to better connect Humber Bay Shores to Royal York Rd and the Mimico Go Station. And when my bike got a flat tire, Thomas and his crew from Cycle Butik (right at First Street and Lakeshore) fixed it in no time. Wonderful to have such great cycle shops in the neighbourhood. And lunch at Burrito Boyz on Lakeshore - one great, wholesome meal !
    May 21, 2014 12:00 pm | British Columbia,
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    May 21, 2014 6:54 am | British Columbia,
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    We’re good to GO! I am very proud to announce that the Liberal Party of Canada has officially given my candidacy to become the next MP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore the “green light”. This is an important campaign milestone, and we could not have achieved it without your encouragement, hard work and support. But we can’t stop there. New members are joining our campaign every day. People are holding get-togethers to introduce me to their family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Liberals from all across the riding and all walks of life are volunteering to make phone calls, set-up events, and share our vision of building a better Etobicoke-Lakeshore and a better Canada; a Canada that lives up to its full potential. The real work has just begun. Join my campaign at www.vote4george.ca and help elect a strong Liberal voice for families in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Let’s finish what we started – together. – George Takach
    May 21, 2014 6:53 am | British Columbia,
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    Want to help create cleaner air and a more sustainable environment in Etobicoke-Lakeshore? Save money on gas and parking? Gain a little extra time for yourself or your work? Improve your health? Find out how easy it is to do all this – and more: http://tinyurl.com/q2ntfgj
    May 20, 2014 10:52 am | British Columbia,
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    Helping our Provincial Cousins For federal Liberals in Ontario, it's really important to be helping our Provincial cousins in the current election. Tim Hudak would take us back to the 1950's - quite scary, really. And Andrea Horwath, well, it`s quite impossible to know where she would take the province. Kathleen Wynne is such a clear, compelling choice. She represents wonderful hope for the great Province of Ontario. But as we all know - it won't happen without hard work. So, if you're federal Liberal, please help pitch in, as I and my nomination race volunteers are helping Peter Milczyn in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
    May 19, 2014 9:02 am | British Columbia,
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    The take-no-prisoners approach of Harper’s Government is appalling. Checks and balances exist to prevent a majority government from abusing the latitude it has. In the last six months the government has lost five major court battles. This is not a war that Harper is going to win.
    May 15, 2014 8:54 am | British Columbia,
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    Thankful for mothers today, to whom we owe so much: Happy Mother's Day! http://www.vote4george.ca/uncategorized/praise-mother/
    May 11, 2014 11:01 am | British Columbia,
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    One of the joys of politics is getting out and meeting neighbours, and discussing issues that matter to people. Earlier today a wonderful family in the Kingsway graciously opened their home to me by inviting a number of friends and neighbours. I made some remarks, but for me the really fun part was taking questions, so I could really understand what was on people's minds. Lots of great discussion on topics ranging from foreign policy, to the (un)fair elections act, to voter engagement generally. Afterwards, seven people agreed to host a similar event over the coming weeks. This is how Liberals are going to gain the trust and confidence of Canadians - one meeting of neighbours at a time !
    May 04, 2014 5:22 pm | British Columbia,

April

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    Harper says last week’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada was a vote for the status quo. I think it was a vote for democracy. It’s a shame that the Prime Minister doesn’t understand that you cannot act unilaterally in a federation.
    Apr 30, 2014 9:08 am | British Columbia,
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    A government that wastes the hard-earned dollars of taxpayers to shamelessly promote itself should not be in government.
    Apr 22, 2014 10:52 am | British Columbia,
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    York U Young Liberals Host Liberal Nomination Candidates I really enjoyed attending, and speaking at, an event hosted by the Young Liberals of York University, where Liberal Nomination Candidates were invited to speak about their visions for Canada. It was a very inspiring evening. All the candidates are hard working and articulate. And I could see each one comfortably participating in the nation's business in the House of Commons. If you're a Young Liberal, or a lapsed Liberal, or just want to show Harper the door in 2015, now is a good time to help these candidates in their 2014 nomination races.....which will be great rehearsals for the all-important 2015 election.
    Apr 16, 2014 3:24 pm | British Columbia,
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    Had enough of Harper? You're not alone...
    Apr 15, 2014 6:35 am | British Columbia,
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    A Must Read on Climate Change I recently attended the book launch for Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis. The author, Tom Rand, is an old friend of mine (and former client, from when he was a successful entrepreneur in the IT space). Only someone with Tom's multi-faceted background and experience (the IT business person; the engineer; the philosopher, and the current venture investor at MaRS in the Clean Tech space) could have written this book. The title comes from the adage (perhaps apocryphal) that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately jump out; but if you put it into a pot of lukewarm water, where the frog is comfortable, and then you slowly turn up the heat, the frog will not realize it is eventually boiled to death. So, the earth, as it progressively warms, is the pot of water; and we are the frog(s). And if we don't do something about climate change soon, and sensibly, we`ll end up like the boiled frog. The benefit of this book is that Tom brings a number of disparate disciplines to bear, and makes climate change an economic opportunity: we can actually make a sustainable society an economically attractive proposition. Tom gives us a call to arms...and a road map. At the book launch, he gave a presentation that hit the highlights of the book; and, fittingly, he was introduced by his good friend, and clean power entrepreneur (Bullfrog Power) Greg Keissling.
    Apr 14, 2014 6:16 pm | British Columbia,
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    Last Wednesday evening I attended the South Etobicoke "Youth Speak Out" at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute. There were good speakers on post secondary education; youth mental health; engaging youth in the community; youth recreation as an antidote to crime and drugs; and youth employment (and unemployment/underemployment). It was great to see young people talking, and debating issues that impact their lives. I really admired how inclusive the sessions were, giving young people a chance to build confidence through public speaking. It was also good to see Russ Ford (no relation) at the session. Russ is running for city council in South Etobicoke. He is passionate - as am I - about youth issues; which is no surprise, given that he is the Executive Director of LAMP, which is home to the very innovative South Etobicoke Youth Assembly. When you attend a session like this, you feel very good about the future.
    Apr 13, 2014 1:20 pm | British Columbia,
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    Four long years after promising they’d deliver a strategy, Harper’s Government™ fails. Yet again. Their announcement was mostly repackaging of stuff they’d already announced and it most certainly wasn’t worth that long of a wait to hear it. It was like opening up a birthday present and finding the same ugly sweater your cousin gave you four years ago.
    Apr 09, 2014 10:55 am | British Columbia,
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    The Liberals weren’t the only ones to win in yesterday’s Quebec Election. We all did. From coast to coast to coast. http://tinyurl.com/mwn8wng
    Apr 08, 2014 1:15 pm | British Columbia,
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March

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    Mar 31, 2014 8:08 am | British Columbia,
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    We had a great canvass last weekend out and about in South Etobicoke and met some of the lovely people of Mabelle. There was a wonderful response from the community going door-to-door; we're getting some great support and growing the Liberal family. It's nice getting out on foot and reaching out to everyone, not just the commonly voting few. I felt proud meeting community members who will be first-time voters. It is very much in the Canadian spirit to welcome and include new neighbours. They are a part of and will be integral in defining our future. Voting is a privilege many of us take for granted. I cannot believe the attack on that precious right we are seeing with Harper and his Fair Elections Act. Not in my Canada.
    Mar 29, 2014 12:10 pm | British Columbia,
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    With wonderful people at the Public Library in New Toronto, discussing lots of issues near and dear to the hearts of Liberals. I love these sessions - gives me a chance to hear real concerns from real people - like the mother of three who couldn`t understand why her children weren`t given text books, but instead had to make do with scraps of photocopies.
    Mar 26, 2014 8:23 pm | British Columbia,
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    Gustavo Dudamel, the renowned conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, gave a wonderful example of leadership when he was in Toronto recently with his orchestra. At the end of the concert, as the audience burst into applause, instead of immediately turning to face and bow to the crowd, he calmly went about his business of thanking virtually every player in the ensemble. He did this by wading into the ensemble of players before him, motioning for certain of them to stand and be recognized....but never allowing himself the same treatment. Then, after this selfless behaviour went on for some time, he finally turned - but still in the middle of his players - and he (almost reluctantly, it seemed) bowed directly to the adoring audience. This is leadership where the leader is actually very much a part of the overall team. We can all accomplish so much working together with others, so long as no-one is overly keen to take all the credit for a job well done.
    Mar 26, 2014 8:11 pm | British Columbia,
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    Mar 25, 2014 8:37 am | British Columbia,
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    Mar 20, 2014 8:26 am | British Columbia,
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    Mar 17, 2014 11:19 am | British Columbia,
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    Harper’s ‘Unfair Elections Act’ will make it harder for Canadians to vote in 2015. http://tinyurl.com/nm222ub
    Mar 17, 2014 7:29 am | British Columbia,

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