Alexandre Boulerice endorses Peter Julian for NDP Leader
Ottawa, April 12, 2017 – Alexandre Boulerice, NDP MP for Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, has endorsed Peter Julian as the next NDP Leader. This major announcement comes as Julian has been travelling across the country gaining support from party members.
Alexandre Boulerice, a well-known NDP MP and a strong voice for Quebec’s progressives, said he supports Peter Julian because the leadership candidate has a bold and unequivocal vision for the future of the NDP. "Peter has been crystal clear from the start: it’s no to Energy East. He understands how important it is to fight tax evasion. He has a concrete plan to support workers and defend workers’ rights as we transition to clean energy," said Boulerice.
Boulerice underlined how important it is for the future Leader to understand Quebec’s culture and unique realities: "Peter moved to Chicoutimi to learn French and build the NDP in Quebec. For almost 15 years, he called Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Montreal and the Outaouais home. He loves Quebec, and I know Quebecers will be excited to work with him to strengthen our movement."
Both the quality and quantity of Julian’s endorsements demonstrate that his values are shared by a broad range of Canadians. "It’s a real honour to have Alexandre on my campaign team,” said Peter Julian. “Together, we’ll put the NDP back on track and grow our movement."
Alexandre Boulerice’s endorsement adds to the other MPs who already have thrown their support behind Julian: Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Robert Aubin, Brigitte Sansoucy, François Choquette and Erin Weir.
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Peter Julian Launches Leadership Bid with Bold Vision for 21st Century
New Westminster, British Columbia, February 12, 2017 – Hundreds of people filled the landmark Columbia theatre and cheered as MP Peter Julian confirmed he is standing for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party. Julian is the first candidate to put together the team, the funding and the base of support across the country needed to launch a campaign.
“I want to lead the NDP to make a difference. We need to change the way we do politics, said Peter Julian. “This campaign is not about one person being in charge; it’s about all of us taking back our power.”
First elected in 2004, Peter Julian has a well-deserved reputation as a skillful organizer, as one of the hardest-working MP’s and a solid team player. As Caucus Chair and House Leader, he played crucial but often unheralded leadership roles.
With today’s announcement, he has clearly stepped out from behind the curtain to present a bold vision for the 21st century to the NDP and the country. It is a vision of grassroots empowerment and mobilization that reflects his role as a community organizer and social justice activist.
Declaring that we stand at a crossroads, Julian called for significant action to prevent climate catastrophe and rebuild the country on a foundation of fairness, inclusion and real reconciliation. “When we look at the founders of our movement what stands out is their courage and vision,” Julian declared. “Times have changed and the challenges facing us are different. But what never changes is our courage to speak truth to power and our determination to build a better world.”
Julian drew a clear line in the sand - calling for a rapid transition to a sustainable economy, an economy founded on social justice and renewable energy. He described Prime Minister Trudeau’s claim that building raw bitumen export pipelines goes hand in hand with fighting climate change as complete nonsense. “You can’t go up and down, left and right, forward and backward at the same time. We have a clear choice to make; my choice is a future for our children – and our children’s children.”
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