The purpose of this office will be to support the Party’s electoral district associations (EDAs) across the Island and the Province both during election periods but, more importantly, for all the groundwork to be done in between.
(Montréal) – If elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada on June 27, 2020, Rick Peterson will start the process of opening up a permanent field office for the Party in Montréal, Quebec. The purpose of this office will be to support the Party’s electoral district associations (EDAs) across the Island and the Province both during election periods but, more importantly, for all the groundwork to be done in between.
“Quebec holds a very special place in my heart. I do not think it’s enough to say that we want Quebec to have a seat at the table in any future Conservative government. We need to demonstrate, to Quebec and Quebecers, by concrete action, that the Conservative Party is prepared to invest its time, energy and resources in the Province.
Our EDAs need to have the necessary support to build and retain membership, to fundraise, to solicit local opinion to help the Party develop good policy for Quebecers and, ultimately, all Canadians, and to recruit top-tier candidates several months in advance of any federal election or by-election.
The Conservative Party of Canada will no longer cede ground to the other political parties in the Province. The Conservative Party of Canada has a bold vision, sound policies that resonate with Canadians and we want to regularly engage Quebecers in order that they see that our Party is playing for keeps in Quebec. It’s time for the Party to “lean in” in Quebec.
I am no longer interested in seeing the Party engage in drive-by elections in the Province. I want to see the Party seriously commit to leaving a discernible imprint in Quebec. And, as Leader, I intend to make that happen.”
Peterson said the field office would be the point of reference for Quebec EDAs from Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou to Vimy.