Sam Hamad Fuels, then Fizzles, Rumours of a Federal Parliament Bid

Sam Hamad Fuels, then Fizzles, Rumours of a Federal Parliament Bid

Quebec City (Quebec) December 18, 2014 – Yesterday was likely a long day for provincial Labour Minister Sam Hamad.  Weeks of closely-guarded rumours came to a head early in the morning as Le Soleil reported on the possibility that Sam Hamad was considering making the jump to federal politics under the banner of the Liberal Party of Canada in the Louis-Hébert federal riding, which includes his current provincial riding of the same name.

Minister Hamad initially dodged a straight answer when asked to confirm or deny these rumours, preferring only to state that he did not comment rumours.  He ultimately sent a laconic press statement denying any interest in making a run for the Louis-Hébert federal seat at 7:30PM.  Observers have noted that for a skilled politician like Minister Hamad, taking so long to address this confusion is an unexpected move.  Some have noted the possibility that the rumours were intended to express the Minister’s dissatisfaction with his current post.  Mr. Hamad was formerly Minister of Transport, a dossier generally considered more important than his current position.  Others believe his interest may have been genuine, and he was called to order by the Prime Minister’s office who did not feel it would be appropriate for a cabinet minister, tasked with dealings with the Federal government, to be simultaneously looking at a post with an opposition party.

Either way, Mr. Hamad would have also faced stiff opposition for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination in the Louis-Hébert riding.  Joël Lightbound, a young lawyer, has been actively rallying grassroots support in the riding for over a year as part of his bid for the LPC nomination in 2015.  Mr. Lightbound, currently running unopposed, has signed over 500 new members to the riding association.  He took the rumours of this competition in stride.  “As far as I’m concerned, it does not impact upon what I have to do and what I have been doing for the last year in Louis-Hébert, which is to meet and listen to as many citizens as possible, to recruit new members for the Liberal Party of Canada and to build a team for 2015,” said Mr. Lightbound, adding “I have been hearing a fair number of different rumours over the course of the last few months that I tend not to pay too much attention to them anymore.”

Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau has promised open nominations in all ridings, which means that LPC members will be directly electing the candidates to appear under the Liberal banner in the 2015 federal election. Commenting on the policy, Mr. Lightbound clarified his thoughts: “I think the objective behind this process is to have candidates and ultimately MPs who are close to their constituents, which is what I think we need politically and which is what I am aspiring to be with all of my heart, my energy and my resources.”

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