On Friday night, I had the distinct honour to second the nomination of Deb Matthews as your Liberal candidate in London North Centre. The audience indulged me for a few minutes to say this:
But I want you to know that I don’t stand here alone. Earlier today I asked my friends and my colleagues to tell me why they support Deb.
Here’s what they said:
Aaron feels that Deb “shows a genuine interest in…[his] life” and admires her “method of practicing politics.”
Maggie knows that “when Deb asks for [your] opinions…she really values” your response. She knows that Deb “cares, and wants to make a difference.”
Tyler says that Deb “inspires others to lead, push for change, and give back” to their communities.
Tristan knows that Deb is “always open to hearing from people”, and says that her intelligence, strength and confidence means that “she is able to make the decisions that need to be made.”
Matthew admires Deb’s “passion, and compassion” for people, and says that she brings “dignity and grace to politics.”
My generation cares less about your political affiliation than we do about your capacity to listen. Deb understands that she must listen if she is to be the voice for those who need one the most.
For her dedication to her constituents in London, in Ontario and, indeed, all of Canada, I am very proud to second the nomination of Deb Matthews.