THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – I received a phone call about three weeks before MP Don Rusnak decided to publicly announce that he would not seek re-election in order to spend time with his family. The phone call was from a fellow liberal and mutual friend.
I was asked if I would consider a run for the seat. I took some time to consult with my family and close political confidantes.
Opportunities come when we least expect them. I have been serving our community for the last five years on Thunder Bay City council as well as on many boards and committees and understand very well the issues and challenges that lay ahead.
I am resourceful, tenacious and principled. I remember the day I decided I was a federal liberal. I was a child in 1993 when Jean Chretien, leader of the Liberal Party, went toe to toe with Kim Campbell, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.
I remember the attack ads and the drama that ensued. I was hooked on the leadership style and liberal ideas of the mid-1990’s.
Even I as I grew up, finished University, became involved in my union, opened my business, and two successful elections to Thunder Bay City Council, I still identify as a liberal.
As my ideas of the “perfect world” sharpen and evolve, I have always found a place within the Liberal political framework. Along with the help of my campaign team, I will bring my skill set, work ethic and political capital to the federal stage.
I am up to the challenge of moving my political career from a part-time ward Councillor to representing the people of Thunder Bay-Rainy River should the party and the people wish to have me.”
Shelby Ch’ng H.B.A. Political Science
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