PODCAST: Post-election result interview with Liberal MP Joel Lightbound

PODCAST: Post-election result interview with Liberal MP Joel Lightbound

Main pic: Joel Lightbound officially becoming the member of parliament for the riding of Louis-Hébert in Quebec City. Houses of Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 2015.

On October 19th Joel Lightbound, representing the Liberal Party of Canada, was elected member of parliament for the riding of Louis-Hébert in Quebec City.

Life in Québec caught up with the newly-elected MP in Quebec City a little over a month after the election result.

We discussed the campaign itself, and some local and national issues.

Here are some of the questions:

Now the last time I saw you it was early October 2015, in the middle of a long election campaign.
You were sat around my dining room table with M. Denis Blanchette (NDP) and Mme Caroline Pageau (Bloc Québécois).

I, as a then first-time voter, had invited all declared candidates in my riding to my home for a cup of tea and a chat. That was a little over a a month ago, and a lot has happened since then.

Q: Does it feel like a month has gone by already?

Q: Tell me what’s happened to you since then?

Q: Have you spoken to your rival candidates since you’ve been elected?

Q: You were elected with a fairly decent majority (around 5,000 or so). There’s over 80,000 voters in this riding.
Some were supporters of other parties and candidates, do you have a message for them as you represent them too?

Q: Got to talk about refugees. 25,000 coming in to Canada before the end of 2015. Is that genuinely feasible?
Not only in terms of logistics, but security checks too?

Q: How will Quebec City cope with the refugees coming here to the region?

Q: What’s happening with the Quebec Bridge? Any developments on that front?

Q: What do you feel are your biggest challenges in the short to medium term?

Q: There’s now 2 red seats (Liberal) in a sea of blue (Conservative) here in the Quebec region. Are you going to have to work with other elected officials from rival parties?

Q: What can the electorate expect from you between now and the next election?

Q: Part of being a member of parliament means that every 4 years or so you’ll have to reapply for your job.
During the next campaign in a few years time I will invite all declared candidates in my riding for a cup of tea and a chat around my dining room table.

Will you come back and do that again?

Mr Lightbound, good luck with your term of office and and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for you and the riding of Louis-Hébert.

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Joel Lightbound pre-2015 federal election chat as a candidate in the Louis-Hébert riding of Quebec City can be seen here:

A first-time voter, a pot of tea, 3 x candidates, and a dining room table 

Categories: Podcast, Politics

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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