Muskoka To-DAILY

Federal Liberals host town hall at Nipissing U. with MP Bennett Saturday

BRACEBRIDGE – Local Liberals are looking forward to hosting MP Carolyn Bennett, chair of the Liberal women’s caucus and critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, this Saturday, January 25, as she visits the riding; making stops in Parry Sound and in Bracebridge.

Bennett is no stranger to the Parry Sound-Muskoka riding, being a frequent guest on the campaign traial here.

Bennett and federal riding president Leigh Beal are co-hosting a public town hall at NipissingUniversity’s Muskoka Campus in Bracebridge a 3 p.m., to discuss all issues.

Beal says Bennett’s day starts at 10 a.m. at the Friendship Centre, 13 Bowes St., Parry Sound, with a morning meet-and-greet over coffee and muffins.

There will also be a petition available that emphasizes the urgent need for investigation in the hundreds of cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, which, if sufficiently supported by signatures, will be presented by Dr. Bennett in the House of Commons.

From there, we will walk to the TowerHillMuseum to see the Walk With Our Sisters exhibit; an installation commemorating the lives of these missing and murdered women. Reviews of this show have been exceptional – and emotional.

There is no cost to join us, though donations to the museum are encouraged.

At 3 p.m, Bennett will speak at NipissingUniversity.

The free open to the public meeting will see her invite audience participation and the never-shy Bennett “can be counted upon to lead a frank discussion,” says Beal.

The meeting will be followed at 5 p.m. by a casual reception with light refreshments at the Lions’ Hall. Admission is $10, with tickets available at the door, at the NipissingUniversity meeting or by email at contact@parrysoundmuskoka.ca

If you would like to volunteer for any part of this event, you can reach Beal at president@parrysoundmuskoka.ca or by calling 705-224-9461. 

Dr. Carolyn Bennett: A Member of Parliament (MP) since 1997, she was Canada’s first female Minister of Health, establishing the Public Health Agency of Canada which enabled provincial heath agencies to work with federal government to protect the health of Canadians. She has also served as chair of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, the sub-committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and the Canada-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group.  Bennett is also the recipient of a number of awards for her dedication to health care, mental health and for the advancement of women in politics.

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