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Trudeau stopping by Northumberland

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau


Federal Liberal Party leadership candidate Justin Trudeau will be in Belleville, Cobourg , Port Hope, Peterborough and Lindsay next week talking to anyone who comes out to see him.

This time, for the first ever, people who are not members of the Liberal Party can, in fact, vote for the party's federal leader, says Kim Rudd, part of the Eastern Ontario Trudeau leadership-election team.

Rudd, a Cobourg resident, has previously been a federal Liberal candidate for this local riding.

"It's the first time in history," she said, that people who are not official Liberal Party members can help choose the leader.

They can do so via telephone or the Internet after accessing a Personal Identification Number. Voting takes place between April 7 and 11, Rudd added. All they have to do is indicate they want to "participate" in the election, she said.

Trudeau's Eastern Ontario tour begins Feb. 13 from Ottawa and, after a stop at Loyalist College in Belleville the next day, he'll arrive at the Cobourg Community Centre where he'll lunch with Mayor Gil Brocanier and his council. A few minutes after 12 noon, he's taking part in this area's main "meet-and-greet," Rudd said.

"He'll not be preaching, but talking to people," she said. It will be a chance for people to speak to him, shake hands and get their pictures taken with him, Rudd said.

Trudeau visited Cobourg in the summer of 2010 when he assisted with the packing of student back packs for the Northumberland United Way at an event in the Lions Centre.

"Justin wanted to come back," Rudd said.

His next stop will be in a short one in Port Hope at the Tim Hortons restaurant on Highway 28 north of the 401.

From there he will travel to Peterborough's Trent University for 3:30 p.m., attend the Pete's hockey game and then meet about 200 at the Royal Gardens Retirement Home in the city. The next morning he'll stop at a restaurant around 9 a.m. in Lindsay, said Rudd, rounding out his tour in the region.

The other candidates for the Federal Liberal Party are Joyce Murray, Marc Garneau, David Bertschi, Martha Hall Findlay, Deborah Coyne, Karen McCrimmon, George Takach and Martin Cauchon.

Murray, Garneau and Takach visited this area last October.      

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