Today, I am announcing my withdrawal as candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada
nomination contest in Ahuntsic-Cartierville. I do so with the strong conviction that, at this
point in time, it is in the best interest of both the Liberal Party and my supporters.
I wish the best of luck to all of the remaining six Liberal nomination candidates for
Ahuntsic-Cartierville, all of whom I’ve had the privilege to work closely with, and that
today, I feel I can call my friends. As I have done for over 20 years, I look forward to
working with the eventual Liberal candidate to win the confidence of the residents of
Moreover, I fully believe in our leader, Justin Trudeau, and am committed to bringing my
energy, passion and experience to the upcoming federal general election. It is only with
Mr. Trudeau’s leadership and a Liberal government in Ottawa that we can confidently
move towards economic opportunities and social equality for all Canadians.
I believe that I have the best supporters in the world, and I’m truly grateful for their trust
and friendship. Over the last 12 months, I have had the opportunity to reconnect with old
friends, as well as make many new ones. To the best of my ability, I have listened to
their concerns, hopes and aspirations – I thank them kindly for sharing. Above all, the
residents of Ahuntsic-Cartierville have expressed that they would like those who are
elected to be accountable for their words and actions, something I strongly agree with. I
will continue to be a strong advocate for integrity and responsibility in those who hold
I am forever appreciative for the dedication and hard work of my campaign team. From
those who made thousands of phone calls, to my most senior and trusted advisors, I
have felt unwavering commitment and support. Their devotion, perseverance and
friendship make me feel truly blessed.
To all of my family, and especially my wife and daughter, thank you for your love,
understanding and for always being there. These last 12 months would have never
been possible without having all of you by my side.