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Canada The unfulfilled promise of Jane Philpott

13:15  22 october  2019
13:15  22 october  2019 Source:   macleans.ca

In swing riding, ex-Liberal Jane Philpott hopes to defy odds and win as Independent

  In swing riding, ex-Liberal Jane Philpott hopes to defy odds and win as Independent Jane Philpott, who gained political fame for resigning as Liberal cabinet minister over the SNC-Lavalin affair, is hoping to defy the odds and win re-election in her Markham-Stouffville riding as an Independent MP. But will she retain her support of the past, or end up splitting the vote?"They're running against me," says the incumbent Independent MP.

Some promising projects are already underway. If re-elected as an independent MP, my staff and I would continue to support local community housing associations Re-Elect Jane Philpott . Campaign Office: 6212 Main Street, Stouffville, ON L4A 2S5. info@janephilpott.ca - 905-591- JANE (5263).

Последние твиты от Jane Philpott (@janephilpott). Personal account. Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville. Running as an independent candidate in October 2019 federal election.

Philpott reacts after losing her Markham-Stouffville seat to Liberal candidate Helena Jaczek on Oct. 21, 2019. (Chris Young/CP)© Used with permission of / © St. Joseph Communications. Philpott reacts after losing her Markham-Stouffville seat to Liberal candidate Helena Jaczek on Oct. 21, 2019. (Chris Young/CP)

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Jane Philpott deserved better.

When she launched her bid for re-election in May, months after being booted out of the Liberal caucus, she said she felt an obligation to the people of her Markham-Stouffville riding. Parents in that riding had told her about the impact she had on their daughters for standing up for what she believed in.

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“What lesson would it be for those young girls if I were to walk away with my tail between my legs?” Philpott said, when she announced her re-election in late May.

And so Philpott, once a Liberal—the one who unseated the Markham-Stouffville Conservative incumbent in 2015, the rookie MP who held three high-profile cabinet positions, and the star politician who resigned amid Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal—decided she’d seek office once again. This time as an Independent.

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What about all of Philpott’s work as the Minister of Health, helping oversee the legalization of cannabis? And her role as the Minister of Indigenous Services, where she was so focused on Indigenous health that she kept an updated list of boil water advisories across Canada at her desk? On Oct. 21, the people of Markham-Stouffville decided to vote in another Liberal—Dr. Helena Jaczek—while Philpott placed a distant third, with about 20 per cent of the vote.

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So what lesson did politically-engaged young women learn?

“The last time, I was very party-oriented,” says Aoife Cummins, a 23-year-old Philpott campaign volunteer. “This time, I realized the problem with that system.”

Four years ago, when Cummins was just 19 and helping to put Liberal Philpott signs on people’s lawns, she says she sensed an incredible motivation from voters rallying behind Philpott. But this time around, Cummins’s door-knocking wasn’t working. “Every door we knocked on, people said they love Jane, but that they can’t vote for her because they can’t let [the Conservative candidate] get elected,” Cummins said. “I feel it makes people biased towards any kind of change or discussion because there’s this divisiveness between Liberals and Conservatives.”

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Amid the flaws she sees in the current the electoral system, Cummins found some positive takeaways from her fallen MP. “It’s about perseverance, even if you lose, to make the change you want to see,” she adds, “as cheesy as that sounds.”

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When Stouffville mayor, Iain Lovatt watched his youngest daughter, who is 18, vote in the advance polls while she was home from university, Lovett saw that her first-ever ballot carried special meaning. He has long advocated for better representation of women in politics. So when Philpott was kicked out of the Liberal caucus in Parliament, he had a conversation with his daughters, explaining everything Philpott had to give up to push for what she thought was right. “For my youngest, it made her think that it would have been easy for Jane to back down and not side with Jody [Wilson-Raybould],” he said. “The sacrifice was huge.”

Lovatt hopes his daughters will learn that even in defeat integrity wins every time. “That is far more important than a position of stature or money,” he said.

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At Nineteen on the Park, an event centre and Philpott’s campaign party headquarters, cheers for integrity were far and few between. Until Philpott approached the podium around midnight (her supporters had already known for hours that she wouldn’t win), the scene was quiet. Philpott’s presence evoked cheers, but the greatest roar of the night came when television screens broadcast the news that Philpott’s close friend Jody Wilson-Raybould (also running as an Independent) pulled ahead in the polls in her B.C. riding. It was a lead the former Attorney General didn’t relinquish.

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Finally, Philpott spoke: she thanked the people of Markham-Stouffville for having her as their MP; she thanked her fellow opponents who put their name on the ballot to run for office; she thanked her volunteers and her family.

As she wiped away the tears and said goodbye to the crowd, the somewhat upbeat tune of singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles flowed through the speakers, and Philpott quietly sung along:

Say what you wanna say

And let the words fall out

Honestly, I wanna see you be brave

If there’s one thing that Philpott wants young girls to learn from her re-election campaign, it’s this: “Stand up proudly to serve and offer yourself to Canadians,” she said. “Never let anyone bully you away.”

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Marni Soupcoff: What Jane Philpott's loss tells us about the shallowness of voters .
Amid all the disappointments of this week’s election results, and they were perversely unifying results in the sense that they offered something disappointing for everyone, the saddest was that Jane Philpott lost her seat. And it wasn’t even close — the former health minister, who was running as an independent, came in third in the contest in her Markham-Stouffville riding. It is not a coincidence that Philpott was one of the small handful of candidates who have displayed exceptional integrity. It’s precisely because she took a principled stand that she lost.

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