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Councillor Dominique O’Rourke Seeks Federal Liberal Candidacy

Councillor Dominique O’Rourke is aiming to elevate her local government experience to the national stage, as she recently announced her intention to run for the federal Liberal Party candidacy in Guelph for the upcoming election.

“I think it’s clear that a number of the issues the city is facing, things like affordability, climate change, they are things that need solutions at the federal level,” O’Rourke stated, highlighting her motivation to pursue the candidacy. She expressed a desire to leverage her local knowledge and passion to address these issues on a national scale.

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O’Rourke has been serving as a councillor for Guelph’s southernmost riding since 2018 and was re-elected last year. Her background includes a tenure as chair of the Guelph Community Foundation and being honored with the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction award in 2018.

She is the first to declare her intention to succeed Lloyd Longfield in the Liberal candidacy. Longfield, the longtime MPP, has announced he will not seek re-election after his current term ends.

“Lloyd’s done a great job and if he were running again, I would absolutely respect that,” O’Rourke remarked, acknowledging Longfield’s service.

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The exact timeline for the Liberal party’s candidate selection and the date of the next federal election remain uncertain. With a minority government currently in place, an election could potentially be called within 30 days at any time, but it is mandated to occur by October 20, 2025, at the latest.

There is a possibility that O’Rourke might not reside within the Guelph riding when the election takes place. Living in south Guelph, she may find herself in the new riding of Wellington-Halton Hills North, depending on the election’s timing.

The Elections Canada website clarifies that new electoral boundaries will come into effect for any federal general election called after April 22, 2024. Elections called before this date will use the current electoral boundaries, as will any by-elections occurring before the implementation of the new boundaries.

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