Monday, June 22, 2009

Great News in PQ for Grassroots Liberals

Marc Lavigne seeks presidency of Quebec wing of the Liberal Party of Canada

MONTREAL, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - With the support of many influential Liberals, Marc Lavigne announced today his candidacy for the presidency of the Liberal Party of Canada's Quebec wing.

"I am submitting my candidacy with the firm objective of increasing the role and participation of the grassroots members of the party," Mr. Lavigne stated. "Under the leadership of Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal Party of Canada is truly engaged in renewal, and it is vital that Quebec take full part in this process."

Mr. Lavigne said the priority for the new president must be to continue reinforcing the image of the Liberal Party of Canada in Quebec. He also stresses the need to improve communications by using contemporary information technologies.

Marc Lavigne has assembled an impressive array of supporters, many of which are working with him. Several were key figures in the campaigns of candidates seeking the Liberal party leadership. This group includes Pat Fiore, chief organizer for the Michael Ignatieff campaign), Reine Hébert, chief organizer (Bob Rae), Louise Fleischmann, chief organizer (Gerard Kennedy) and Jennifer Crane, chief organizer (Ken Dryden). These organizers are directly involved in various sectors of the strong contingent of federal Liberal party volunteers in Quebec.

The evolving consensus in support of Marc Lavigne can be attributed to his vast experience within Liberal party ranks, both as an organizer in all regions of the province and his role as Senior Administrator in various key positions in the party. Most recently, he was Assistant National Director of the party (2006-2007), President of the Standing Committee on Organization (2006-2007) and served as Quebec Campaign Director for Stéphane Dion's successful leadership bid (2006).

Mr. Lavigne has gained an outstanding reputation for his leadership, management and communication skills, and his entrepreneurship. He is a consultant in the private sector, with experience in Canada and abroad. He earned a BA in Social Communication at the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières and also studied in France.

The next president of the Liberal Party of Canada's Quebec wing will be elected at the party's convention in Quebec City on the first weekend of October, 2009.

For further information: Louise Fleischmann, (514) 772-4586, (450) 653-4586,

Marc Lavigne est candidat à la présidence du PLC(Q)

MONTREAL, le 22 juin /CNW Telbec/ - Fort de l'appui de plusieurs libéraux influents, Marc Lavigne brigue la présidence de l'aile québécoise du Parti libéral du Canada.

"Je me lance dans la course à la présidence avec comme objectif d'accroître le rôle et la participation des militants du Parti", a déclaré Marc Lavigne. "Sous le leadership de Michael Ignatieff, le Parti libéral du Canada est engagé dans un renouveau dynamique - il est essentiel que le Québec soit pleinement investi dans ce processus." Pour Marc Lavigne, la priorité du nouveau président doit être de continuer à renforcer l'image du Parti libéral du Canada au Québec. Il insiste également sur le besoin d'améliorer les communications en intégrant à celles-ci les technologies de l'information.

Marc Lavigne a réuni un impressionnant éventail d'appuis et de gens qui travaillent avec lui, incluant les responsables des campagnes de plusieurs candidats à la chefferie, soit Pat Fiore, organisateur en chef (Michael Ignatieff), Reine Hébert, organisatrice en chef (Bob Rae), Louise Fleischmann, organisatrice en chef (Gerard Kennedy) et Jennifer Crane, organisatrice en chef (Ken Dryden). Ces organisateurs sont directement branchés sur les différentes sections de la petite armée de bénévoles libéraux fédéraux du Québec.

Le large consensus qui se dégage derrière la candidature de Marc Lavigne s'explique par sa vaste expérience au sein du Parti libéral, tant comme organisateur dans toutes les régions du Québec que comme administrateur dans plusieurs postes clés. Récemment, il a été directeur national adjoint du parti (2006-2007), président du comité permanent de l'organisation (2006-2007) et directeur pour le Québec de la campagne à l'investiture de Stéphane Dion (2006).

Marc Lavigne est reconnu pour son sens du leadership, de la gestion et des communications, ainsi que pour ses qualités d'entrepreneur. Dans le secteur privé, il travaille activement comme consultant au Canada ainsi qu'à l'étranger. Il est diplômé en communications sociales de l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, et a également étudié en France.

Le prochain président du PLC (Q) sera élu au Congrès du parti dans la Ville de Québec au cours du premier week-end du mois d'octobre 2009.

Renseignements: Louise Fleischmann, (514) 772-4586, (450)



RayK said...

Based on your track record vis a vis the Liberal Party--and without knowing anything about Mr. Lavigne--I suspect that if you support him that means he is probably better than his competition and that he will inevitably lose.

James Curran said...

Not sure where you're coming from Ray, but I think I'm okay with my track record. Perhaps you have specific cases you're referring to?

Vicky said...

Any ideas as to who else is running? Is Fragasso running again?

This Marc Lavigne sounds like a better Prez than Fragasso ever could be. Maybe the ridings in QC will finally get the backing and support they need in order to win back some seats. Not some ecclectic bunch in Montreal with no care about what happens in the regions.

James Curran said...

I'm not sure what the competition is like Vicky, but I'm curious to see who "they" will run against him.

Don't Tase Me, Bro! said...

You may want to change the 'PQ' in your headline to 'QC' because for a second I thought you were touting some good news for the Parti Quebecois.

James Curran said...

Of course then QC could be confused with Queen's Counsel in law circles.

Don't Tase Me, Bro! said...

True, but I don't think those non lawyers out there would be aware of that. Still, I knew PQ meant the province also; it was just an instictive thought when I first saw it.