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Liberal hopefuls host events as they wait for meeting date

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 15, 2014 - 1:46 PM |
Engineer Elise Idnani is running for the Liberal nomination in Sudbury. She'll host a meet-and-greet for her campaign Tuesday evening at the Lockerby Legion. Photo supplied.

Engineer Elise Idnani is running for the Liberal nomination in Sudbury. She'll host a meet-and-greet for her campaign Tuesday evening at the Lockerby Legion. Photo supplied.

Idnani, Olivier running to replace Bartolucci as Sudbury's candidate

The two candidates running for the provincial Liberal nomination in Sudbury are hosting public events in the coming days in support of their campaigns.

While no date has been set for the party's nomination meeting, newcomers Andrew Olivier and Elise Idnani are continuing their battle to sell party memberships in support of their campaigns. Whoever wins the nomination will replace MPP Rick Bartolucci, a longtime cabinet minister who is retiring.

First up is a pancake breakfast Sunday being hosted by Olivier. It runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Plaza in Minnow Lake, 1388 Bellevue Ave. Note the original location has been switched to the Plaza from Carmichael Arena.

Olivier, the 35-year-old businessman, community advocate and first-time politician, said in his news release he’s hoping people will bring the entire family out.

“We’ve been meeting a lot of Sudburians the past two months since I announced my intention to seek the nomination,” Olivier is quoted as saying. “Many of our events have been in restaurants and pubs and we really wanted to do something that’s more family friendly and on the weekend.

“So, my team came up with this great idea that will also help break up what’s been the longest winter I’ve ever seen.”

Besides free pancakes, activities at the event will include face painting and a petting zoo for the children, live music and skating.

There is no charge to attend, but people are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated the Sudbury Food Bank.

“I may be seeking the Liberal nomination but this event is a politics-free zone,” Olivier said in the release. “I promise no speeches and no pitches. I just want to meet more Sudburians and find out what’s on their minds these days — and what better way to do that than over a stack of pancakes and syrup.”

For her part, Idnani will launch what her campaign calls a Speak-up Sudbury series on Tuesday evening at the Lockerby Legion, 220 Long Lake Rd. The event runs 6-8:30 p.m.

“These meet-ups are open to the public and provide an opportunity to meet with Elise and exchange thoughts and opinions,” says a news release from her campaign.

“Over the coming weeks, each Speak-up Sudbury will be at a different location throughout the riding to accommodate all constituents.”

“Sudburians have a lot of great ideas and deserve to be heard,” Idnani is quoted as saying in the release. “I want to foster an environment where all people are welcome and feel welcome.”

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