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Liberals take London-North Centre

Aaron Hall | Interrobang | News | December 4th, 2006

Liberal candidate Glen Pearson won the London-North Centre by-election gathering 35 per cent of the votes. Right behind Pearson was second place finisher and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May who garnered 26 per cent of the votes.

Liberal Leader Bill Graham said that London had chosen a trust-worthy individual to represent them in Pearson.

“By electing Glen Pearson, voters in London North Centre have sent Stephen Harper a strong message that his minority government is on the wrong track,” said Graham.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mr. Pearson to the federal Liberal caucus. He is exactly what Canadians are looking for in an MP, hardworking, honest and deeply committed to his community and country. The people of London North Centre can trust him to be their voice in Ottawa.”

Liberal Party President Michael Eizenga also praised Pearson.

“The citizens of London North Centre have chosen an exceptional representative for themselves,” said Eizenga, also a resident of London.

“Londoners have selected in Glen someone who is both intimately knowledgeable about the community and mindful of Canada's role in the world. Glen's long and selfless service to the community of London will no doubt continue as a terrific Member of Parliament.”

Pearson has been an active community figure in London since he first became a professional firefighter 29 years ago. Involved in numerous causes over the years, he became best known as the volunteer director of the London Food Bank.

In its 20 years of operation, the food bank has fed thousands of local individuals and families and has been a driving force in the attempt to end child poverty in Canada.

“I am confident that Mr. Pearson will bring his strong belief in community service to his new role as a Member of Parliament, and that he will continue to work hard to make his city, his country and the world a better place,” said Graham.

Although finishing second behind Pearson and the Liberal Party, May said that the Green Party had now confirmed its status as the fastest growing party in Canadian politics.

It was the Green Party's best-ever result in a federal election, easily eclipsing the previous mark of 16.7 per cent achieved in the British Columbia riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands in 2004.
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