Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler officially launched his fifth federal election campaign at a standing room-only event at Côte St. Luc’s Cavendish Mall Sunday.
Cotler was flanked by NDG/Lachine MP Marlene Jennings, Pierrefonds-Dollard MP Bernard Patry, Westmount-Ville-Marie candidate Marc Garneau, Outremont candidate Sébastien Dhavernas and former prime minister Paul Martin.
Cotler’s attacked the Conservative government, saying, among other things, that it went against its own legislation of fixed elections by calling one for Oct. 14.
“A parliamentarian is an overseer,” Cotler told the wildly cheering crowd of supporters. “It’s our responsibility to act as advocates on behalf of the public good.”
Cotler revealed the priorities for his work with other parliamentarians and what he hopes will be a Liberal government under party leader Stéphane Dion.
“First is respect for the rule of law, for Parliament, for the independence of the judiciary and for minority rights,” he said. “This is what will characterize a Dion government. This is not just a matter of abstraction, and not just a matter of words. This goes to the core of the kind of country we want to live in, and the kind of leadership we want to have.”
Cotler quoted Dion as saying that “I may not speak English as well as Prime Minister Harper, but I tell the truth in both languages.”
source: The Suburban