At this time here is a race for the presidency of the Young Liberals of Canada, the outcome of which will be known at the Liberal Convention happening in Vancouver this week.
Earlier this week I gave my support to John Lennard. John is a great guy, full of ideas and energy. His most serious competitor is Sam Lavoie, also from Quebec.
At the last General Council, I was chatting with a group of people and I noticed a young guy that I had never met. I asked John Lennard who he was, so he introduced me to …. Sam Lavoie, since Sam seemed too shy to make the introduction himself.
Since then, some people have given their support to either one or the other Presidential candidate. Having met both, I can say that after just a few minutes of conversation one realizes that John Lennard is a leader, unlike Sam Lavoie. That is why every time someone gives their support to Sam Lavoie, I hasten to ask: « Why? »!
Here, the answers are clear: Sam Lavoie has promised something. Yes, during the election campaign, one must make promises. But there is a clear distinction between making general promises and promises of things to individuals. One often hears in reference to Sam, « he promised me this, he promised me that » …
I would like to take this opportunity to consult his election platform for the Young Liberals of Canada. On the French version of his website a note indicates that the French version will be available soon … but the convention begins in three days! I suppose that for a French candidate french is a lower priority, or perhaps someone else (someone English) is the one that is making the decisions on what promises he should be making …
I also learned that Sam Lavoie was VP Policy JLC for the last two years. I have been involved in the PLC for several years and neither me nor anyone I’ve spoken to is able to point out one of his achievements, in Quebec or Canada in general. Even on his website, he prefers to hide this rather important period of his life. Did he just use the funds for his presidency campaign trips across Canada?
In the end, I do not even wonder if Sam Lavoie is a good candidate for the presidency of the Young Liberals of Canada, I wonder what this candidate is doing in this race!