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Green Candidate Acclaimed in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

Danielle Valiquette makes first run at federal politics.

The Green Party of Canada has chosen its federal candidate for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

Danielle Valiquette, who is currently serving her first term as a municipal councillor in Grey Highlands, was acclaimed as the Green nominee at the party's candidate meeting Saturday in Georgian Bluffs.

Valiquette, a married mother of three who resides on a farm near Ceylon with her family, says she's looking forward to hitting the campaign trail this summer. She plans to travel around the riding to engage voters, one person at a time.

"I'll be getting out there as much as I can so people can meet me and I can have one-on-one conversations with them," Valiquette says. "I'm excited to see parts of Grey Bruce I've never seen before."

The Greens struggled in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound in the 2015 Canadian federal election with a fourth-place showing at just over 1,800 votes. However, Valiquette reminds it wasn't that long ago when the party turned in strong numbers federally in the riding.

In 2008, the Greens garnered 27 per cent of the ballot to finish second in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

"It's really evident that strong base is still out there and that there is certainly more people willing to come aboard," Valiquette says.

Valiquette is the fourth federal candidate to be named in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. In addition to her Green Party nomination, the Conservatives have selected Alex Ruff, the New Democrats acclaimed Chris Stephen and Bill Townsend was acclaimed for the People's Party of Canada. The Liberals have yet to name their nominee.

Incumbent Conservative MP Larry Miller is retiring from politics after holding the seat for 15 years.

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