Chrystia Freeland came to Lennoxville Wednesday to have an informal discussion and question period with a group of politically and socially minded women from the Sherbrooke area. The Toronto Centre MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs drew from her experience in journalism, politics, and as a mother of three, to share how the world looks from her perspective, and to discuss the presence of women in politics. Roughly 50 women, some representing various community groups and organizations, some just there to learn and share, attended the meeting, held early Wednesday morning at the Old Lennoxville Golf Club. Freeland was joined by Compton Stanstead MP and Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau and Sherbrooke riding Liberal candidate Élisabeth Brière. “The reality is today, Canada is the strongest liberal democracy in the world,” Freeland said, adding it is distinctly un-Canadian to brag. “It hasn’t happened by accident,” she said, explaining it was the hard work of millions of Canadians, continued over decades. Freeland went on to suggest the hard work isn’t over, pointing to a rise in angry, aggressive populism. See full story in the Thursday, Sept. 26 edition of The Record.
By Matthew McCully