Seamus Heffernan, the Liberal candidate in Abbotsford, sat down with The News for an interview Monday.
We asked him about his party’s broken promise on proportional representation, the SNC-Lavalin scandal, and whether he has lived in Abbotsford long enough to understand his would-be constituents.
He also responded to a written questionnaire about his priorities and suitability for office. Find both below. For information on the boundary of the major local ridings, and information on other local candidates, click here.
1. Why are you personally running to be a member of Parliament?
I got involved in politics four years ago to help defeat Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and get Canada back on track. Following that campaign, I was given the opportunity to serve in an MP’s office, where I have seen first-hand the good that people working together for positive goals can achieve. I can imagine no higher calling than that of an elected official dedicated to service, empathy and respect for those they serve, and I look forward to representing the people of Abbotsford with those values top of mind.
2. What skills and attributes do you have that would make you a good elected representative for your constituents?
My professional background is varied: In addition to my political experience, I’ve been a teacher, youth worker, journalist, policy analyst and copywriter. All these roles demanded attention to detail, the willingness to collaborate and, when necessary, compromise—as well as the ability to keep a cool head while under pressure.
3. What are the two biggest issues for your constituents in Abbotsford and how will you and/or your party address them?
I believe Abbotsford needs considerable assistance in infrastructure investment. If you see how other constituencies have benefited through better transportation, roads and more over the last four years, it’s paramount that Abbotsford receive the same consideration from an in-power MP working for a Government committed to that funding.
The gang issue in Abbotsford is deeply worrying, and I’ve heard real fear on the doorsteps. The police have a plan, and I think it’s a good one. They and other community programs need support and can get it from a Liberal government committed to keeping our communities safe.
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