Marc Lavigne seeks presidency of Quebec wing of the Liberal Party of Canada

    MONTREAL, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - With the support of many influential
Liberals, Marc Lavigne announced today his candidacy for the presidency of the
Liberal Party of Canada's Quebec wing.
    "I am submitting my candidacy with the firm objective of increasing the
role and participation of the grassroots members of the party," Mr. Lavigne
stated. "Under the leadership of Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal Party of
Canada is truly engaged in renewal, and it is vital that Quebec take full part
in this process."
    Mr. Lavigne said the priority for the new president must be to continue
reinforcing the image of the Liberal Party of Canada in Quebec. He also
stresses the need to improve communications by using contemporary information
    Marc Lavigne has assembled an impressive array of supporters, many of
which are working with him. Several were key figures in the campaigns of
candidates seeking the Liberal party leadership. This group includes Pat
Fiore, chief organizer for the Michael Ignatieff campaign), Reine Hébert,
chief organizer (Bob Rae), Louise Fleischmann, chief organizer (Gerard
Kennedy) and Jennifer Crane, chief organizer (Ken Dryden). These organizers
are directly involved in various sectors of the strong contingent of federal
Liberal party volunteers in Quebec.
    The evolving consensus in support of Marc Lavigne can be attributed to
his vast experience within Liberal party ranks, both as an organizer in all
regions of the province and his role as Senior Administrator in various key
positions in the party. Most recently, he was Assistant National Director of
the party (2006-2007), President of the Standing Committee on Organization
(2006-2007) and served as Quebec Campaign Director for Stéphane Dion's
successful leadership bid (2006).
    Mr. Lavigne has gained an outstanding reputation for his leadership,
management and communication skills, and his entrepreneurship. He is a
consultant in the private sector, with experience in Canada and abroad. He
earned a BA in Social Communication at the Université du Québec in
Trois-Rivières and also studied in France.

    The next president of the Liberal Party of Canada's Quebec wing will be
elected at the party's convention in Quebec City on the first weekend of
October, 2009.

For further information:

For further information: Louise Fleischmann, (514) 772-4586, (450)

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