Premier says ‘strong’ candidate will lead SDSG Liberals

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne makes a espresso at the Stomping Grounds Bistro and Cafe on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Assisting is shop owner Phil Gilmour while Wynne's partner, Jane Rounthwaite, looks on. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – While there is no face for the Liberals in SDSG, three months out of a provincial election, Premier Kathleen Wynne says a “strong” candidate will emerge soon.

“I can tell you that there’s good work going on in the ground and you will see very soon that there will be a strong candidate come forward,” Wynne told Cornwall Newswatch.

She stepped off a motor coach on Cotton Mill Street in Cornwall Thursday afternoon for a photo-op and to chat with patrons at the Stomping Grounds Bistro and Cafe in the Cotton Mill District.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is greeted by Stomping Grounds business partners Justin Towndale and Phil Gilmour on Thursday, March 15, 2018 during a stop in Cornwall, Ont. Shaking Towndale’s hand is Wynne’s partner, Jane Rounthwaite. Standing to the right is Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

When asked about the apparent lack of organization and movement within the SDSG Liberal Riding Association so close to voting day, Wynne said she is focused on her government’s work and the “politics is going to take care of itself.”

“I’ve already talked to people in this room today who are concerned about health care, they’re concerned about public health, they’re concerned about poverty. Making sure that young people have free tuition,” the premier said.

“I talked to a young pharmacist who is seeing people come into his pharmacy and they don’t know that their kids are going to get free medication and it makes such a huge difference. Those are the kinds of supports that we know people need and we will continue to put in place.”

Wynne pressed the flesh with other notable locals including Coun. Bernadette Clement, Coun. Justin Towndale, North Glengarry Coun. Carma Wiliams, MPP Grant Crack, and notable liberals Denis Sabourin and Heather Megill.

Megill plans to seek the nomination for the SDSG Liberals.

Voters go to the polls June 7.

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