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Dan Vandal is ready to write the next chapter in his political career.
The former longtime St. Boniface city councillor is running for Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party of Canada in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital.
The riding has been held by Shelly Glover (Con) since 2008. Glover will not be seeking re-election. Vandal is running against François Catellier (Con) and Glenn Zaretski (Green). Other potential candidates have yet to be declared. The election will be held on Oct. 19.
Vandal, 55, said he is taking a shot at federal politics because he wants to be "part of a team that is going to make positive, profound change for Canada."
"Liberal policies on the environment, cities and infrastructure and health care are progressive and needed for our country to grow and prosper," he said.
"Liberal policies are aimed towards what is best for the long-term prosperity of Canada. Whether it is middle class prosperity, infrastructure renewal, retirement security, environmental regulation and protection, Liberal policy is not aimed at short-term election gain, but what is best for Canada’s future."
On a local level, the longtime St. Boniface resident has also targeted several priorities for his riding.
"My priorities are to find more money for infrastructure in the riding; to advocate for a stronger Medicare system for everyone, especially seniors; to ensure that the citizens of Saint Boniface-Saint Vital have healthy retirement security; and to fight for clean air and water," Vandal said.
Vandal served as city councillor for St. Boniface between 1995 and 2004, and again from 2006 to 2014. Prior to entering municipal politics, he was a social worker and a middleweight boxer. He said that his vast experience at city hall will prove invaluable if he gets elected.
"(My experience as a) city councillor benefits me because I understand and appreciate the different neighborhoods in the constituency, and the people and issues in those neighborhoods. I also understand the realities of being an elected official and can strike the right balance when representing citizens," Vandal said.
"In terms of my personal strengths, I understand the challenges and realities of representing citizens. I understand that my job as MP will be to represent citizens’ views and concerns in Ottawa and not to represent Ottawa’s views back home in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital," he added.
"I consider being an elected official a privilege. I have always worked hard and stayed connected to what constituents are concerned about. I hope to be able to do that as their Member of Parliament."
For more information about his campaign, go online at danvandal.liberal.ca
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