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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Maurizio Bevilacqua liberal mp Vaughan may run for mayor Reply with quote

Friday, April 30, 2010 5:47 PM

Another long-serving MP eyes a return home
Jane Taber

Maurizio Bevilacqua is expected to announce soon that he is leaving federal politics to run for mayor of Vaughan, the Ontario city he has represented as a Liberal MP for 22 years.

Sources say the veteran MP, who has sat in opposition, government and at the cabinet table, is “seriously considering” the move and has begun preliminary work on a bid.

He has found, according to a source close to the MP, a strong view for change in his city; he is also being pushed by some supporters to run.

Mr. Bevilacqua was 28 years old when he was first elected in 1988; it’s expected he’ll announce his intentions around June 1, his 50th birthday.

In doing so, Mr. Bevilacqua will be among those federal and provincial politicians who are setting a trend – leaving a seemingly more powerful and prestigious venue for the local council chamber.

NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis resigned her Winnipeg seat yesterday. A veteran of 13 years in federal politics, she is expected to make a bid for mayor of Winnipeg.

“I'm ... intrigued by municipal politics and see the city fast becoming a key level of government in responding to threats/challenges to democratic values, environmental concerns, and quality of life,” she said Friday.

There are rumours, too, that long-time Nova Scotia NDP MP Peter Stoffer may run for Halifax mayor.

What is the attraction?

“It gives you an opportunity to help steer the ship as opposed to rowing the boat,” said Jim Watson, who recently left his cabinet post in Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario government to run for mayor of Ottawa.

Mr. Watson’s colleague George Smitherman did the same thing and is campaigning in Toronto’s mayoral race.



THE CANADIAN PRESS
NDP MP for Winnipeg North Judy Wasylycia-Leis speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on October 23, 2009.
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Mr. Watson, meanwhile, knows of what he speaks; he was Ottawa mayor from 1997 to 2000, although that was before amalgamation.

Out campaigning in Ottawa now, he said he is often asked why he left provincial politics to seek the top city job. Over the past decade, Mr. Watson said, more responsibility has been given to municipal governments.

“We’ve created almost these city states around the country where Toronto’s budget is bigger than three or four provinces and Ottawa’s budget is bigger than a couple of provinces,” he said.

The municipal venue, he said, gives you “a lot more freedom to move forward on your own agenda as opposed to someone else’s. … You are not restricted with party discipline and cabinet solidarity … you can actually put forward your own plan and your own vision for the city.”

Mr. Bevilacqua isn’t saying anything about his plans right now. But sources say that part of his motivation to return to his home is to try to clean things up.

Once known as the “City Above Toronto”, Vaughan is now being mocked as the “City Above the Law.”

That is because it has been bogged down by scandal. Mayor Linda Jackson, who is planning to run re-election, is facing charges under the Municipal Elections Act for campaign finance irregularities.

Mr. Bevilacqua is a consensus-building MP with credibility and loads of experience. Well-liked on both sides of the chamber, he recently had dinner with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, and as the Immigration critic, is regularly briefed by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

He was Jean Chrétien’s junior finance minister, and he knows how to run a committee, having served for several years as the chair of the all-party Commons Finance committee.

That was when he was in government; sitting on the opposition benches, however, can be limiting for someone who has ideas and is public-service minded.

And if this isn’t a date with destiny – the Oct. 25 municipal election is 17 years to the day that Mr. Bevilacqua earned the most votes – 71,223 – of any MP in Canadian history when the Chrétien Liberals won their first majority government.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com.....le1553050/


( well this would certaintly be interesting if he does make such a move and would create an interesting vacancy in Vaughan a riding he has represented since 1988 . a riding surrounded by liberals to the south but conservative ridings to the north )
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If he stepped down, how far away from a majority would Harper be?

If those other two NDP MPs stepped down it might give Harper a majority...at least for a few months.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( after months of rumors its finally official that he is done as the MP for Vaughan and likely running for mayor )

Liberal MP says good-bye to federal politics, hello to mayoral run


Nick Aveling, National Post · Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010

Liberal MP Maurizio Bevilacqua announced his resignation from federal politics yesterday, causing speculation the political veteran plans to run for mayor of Vaughan. Mr. Bevilacqua, pictured, left little doubt as to his mayoral ambitions, telling the Vaughan Citizen, "there are decisions that need to be made and the Vaughan mayoralty is certainly an option." His name has been floated for weeks as a replacement for the embattled Mayor Linda Jackson, who is facing election financing charges and was asked to resign two years ago by all eight city councillors. Ms. Jackson is seeking re-election in the Oct. 25 elections. The 50-year-old Mr. Bevilacqua was an MP for 22 years. Mr. Bevilacqua could not be reached for comment last night.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ontario Liberal MP to resign
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 11:36 PM ET Comments21Recommend19.The Canadian Press

Veteran Liberal MP Maurizio Bevilacqua is resigning, paving the way for a mayoral bid in his hometown of Vaughan, Ont.

Bevilacqua says he informed Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on Wednesday that he won't be seeking re-election in the federal riding of Vaughan. The leader thanked him for his years of service, a party official said.

He's expected to formally resign his parliamentary seat, which he's held for 22 years, later this week.

Bevilacqua is still being coy about his future but he's told a local newspaper that running for Vaughan's top job in this October's municipal election is "certainly an option."

Bevilacqua's departure could have a bearing on the fate of the long-gun registry, which will be put to a vote in the House of Commons late next month.

The vote is expected to be a squeaker, with up to a dozen New Democrats supporting the Conservative push to scrap the registry.

Ignatieff has ordered all Liberals to support the registry but the loss of even one Liberal vote could make a difference.


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toron.....z0xiWDNKv7
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:
Ontario Liberal MP to resign
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 11:36 PM ET Comments21Recommend19.The Canadian Press

Veteran Liberal MP Maurizio Bevilacqua is resigning, paving the way for a mayoral bid in his hometown of Vaughan, Ont.

Bevilacqua says he informed Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on Wednesday that he won't be seeking re-election in the federal riding of Vaughan. The leader thanked him for his years of service, a party official said.

He's expected to formally resign his parliamentary seat, which he's held for 22 years, later this week.

Bevilacqua is still being coy about his future but he's told a local newspaper that running for Vaughan's top job in this October's municipal election is "certainly an option."

Bevilacqua's departure could have a bearing on the fate of the long-gun registry, which will be put to a vote in the House of Commons late next month.

The vote is expected to be a squeaker, with up to a dozen New Democrats supporting the Conservative push to scrap the registry.

Ignatieff has ordered all Liberals to support the registry but the loss of even one Liberal vote could make a difference.


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toron.....z0xiWDNKv7


Maurizio Bevilacqua walking away from the Liberals is really showing a continuing trend of right of center Liberals leaving the party.

The Vaughan riding has gone from a 20k vote deficit and Liberal Stronghold to one that the Liberals retain on the back of Bevilacqua's personal popularity by less then 10k votes.

Just like Kingston, this is one more riding the Tories should be able to take now that the Liberals have lost the incumbent advantage.
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