Ben Carr seeks Liberal nomination during late father’s trip


The son of Jim Carr, a Liberal MP who died last year, is seeking the party’s nomination to run for his father’s seat in the upcoming by-election.

Ben Carr has announced his candidacy for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination to run for South Winnipeg Central.

Elder Carr died in December at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer and kidney failure.

The former minister of natural resources and later international trade diversification, was first elected a member of Parliament in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.

The younger Carr was vice president of a consulting firm called Indigenous Strategy Alliance, and served as a teacher, coach, and principal at a Winnipeg high school, as well as a senior government employee. Federal Liberal Party.

He said choosing to run away after his father’s death was a difficult decision, but he decided to release his name after talking with friends and family.

“When my father passed away in December, he left not only a huge hole in my life but a huge hole in our community,” Ben Carr said in a statement Thursday.

“I’ve always believed in public service. It’s at the core of everything I’ve done.”

Carr said his values ​​align with the Liberals and, if chosen, he hopes to continue advocating for issues important to him, including the fight against climate change, reconciliation. with Indigenous Peoples and support families and the elderly.

“My commitment to the people of Winnipeg South Center is that I will continue to serve this community as an honest and hard-working bridge builder who brings people together to achieve legitimate change.” works.”

Carr has received support from a number of local and national leaders, including former federal cabinet ministers Maryam Monsef and Scott Brison, former prime minister Paul Martin and Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has six months from when the seat was vacated to hold a by-election.

Winnipeg City Councilor Sherri Rollins also expressed interest in being nominated by the Liberal Party.

There are four vacant seats in the House of Representatives: Heritage Calgary in Alberta, Oxford in Ontario, South Winnipeg Center and Portage-Lisgar in Manitoba.

Former interim leader of the Conservative Party Candice Bergen recently announced that she will soon step down as Chair of Portage-Lisgar.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on February 2, 2023.

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