Catherine McKenna Launches Re-Election Bid with Commitment to Continue to Make Ottawa Centre More Sustainable, Prosperous and Inclusive

Candidate and team also aim to door knock the equivalent distance of walking from St. John’s to Victoria

OTTAWA, September 8, 2019 – Liberal candidate, Catherine McKenna, launched her campaign for a second term as the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre today, pledging to continue to advance the values and issues that matter most to the residents of the riding. McKenna will run for re-election both on the Liberal Party’s national platform and a local platform informed by conversations with thousands of community leaders and local residents, over the last four years.

McKenna will release her local platform in a series of campaign announcements in the coming weeks, focused on three themes:

  • Sustainability: Working to make Ottawa the most sustainable capital in the world;
  • Prosperity:  Helping local businesses and entrepreneurs thrive and create good jobs, especially for young people; and
  • Inclusion:  Ensuring that people have the support they need and that Ottawa Centre and the city remain welcoming to all.

In the 2015 federal election, McKenna made ten local platform commitments and fulfilled all of them, over the last four years.  These promises included: moving the site for the Memorial to Victims of Communism; securing federal funding to build a footbridge to connect the communities of Old Ottawa East, the Glebe and Old Ottawa South; the creation of a partnership between the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada to realize Ottawa’s new ‘super library’ with the support of federal funding; new federal investments in affordable housing; action to improve the health of the Ottawa River and more jobs for students.

McKenna and her team will also track their campaign effort by converting the number of steps they take on each canvass into kilometres. Their goal is to figuratively walk from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia during the campaign. The distance of 7,513km, is equivalent to 1,878 individual canvasses of some 10,000 steps or 4km. “This ambitious goal is totally doable, and I’m looking forward to achieving it with my team”, McKenna said. “In 2015, we knocked on over 100,000 doors. Connecting and listening to people is the single best way to apply for the job of being their Member of Parliament.”


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