Guelph is a little island of red in a sea of blue, politically-speaking, which might be why the local Conservative riding association has decided to do some outreach. Coming up later his month, is the annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner, named after the country's first, and first Conservative, prime minister. Should you decide to pay and join other local Conservatives for dinner, you will also break bread with three Members of Parliament from neighbouring ridings. Full details about the dinner, and who's coming to dinner, is below.
Guelph, March 7, 2014 - The Guelph Riding Association of the Conservative Party of Canada will host its annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 6-10 pm. at the Wellington County Museum and Archives (536 Wellington Road 18 between Elora and Fergus).
Guests who arrive at 6 p.m. will enjoy appetizers and tour a Museum exhibit that recognizes the 100th Anniversary of World War I before dinner.
After dinner, there will be a panel discussion of current federal issues and policies. At this time, the panel and moderator are still being firmed up with the help of National Headquarters. However, the following MPs have confirmed their participation on the panel so far:
These three MPs have been re-elected several times and, between them, have over 25 years of experience in Parliament! Importantly, they know their ridings and constituencies well and will bring a true Southwest Ontario perspective to the panel discussion.
- Gary Schellenburger (Perth-Wellington)
- Joe Preston (Elgin-Middlesex-London)
- Mike Wallace (Burlington)
All residents of Guelph and nearby ridings are invited to attend. The evening promises to be informative and entertaining.
Dinner tickets are only $25 for both CPC members and non-members. There will be a cash bar.
RSVPs are required. Just go to the EDA’s website, www.guelphcp.ca, and follow the link on the homepage.
On a personal note, I'm glad to have received the e-mailed press release about this event from the local Conservative Party press office, and I hope this is a sign of a more cordial relationship between the local Conservatives and the local media in the future. Obviously, my personal politics don't line-up with the CPC, at least if you read my blog I hope it's obvious, but I do believe in building conversations with people across the political spectrum and with people whose beliefs don't necessarily line-up with my own. I consider any bad blood from 2011 to be officially wiped up, and hope they consider the same.