HURON-BRUCE – James Rice wasn’t successful in his first foray into politics, but he confidently said that whatever happens, “Huron-Bruce needs better representation in Ottawa; I’m going to fight for that.”
What that fight will look like with Conservative Ben Lobb once again representing the people of this riding remains to be seen.
Rice and his team made a strong effort to get out and meet the people of Huron-Bruce. Rice estimates he walked about 640 kilometres, which is pretty close to the distance between here and Ottawa. “We ran a whirlwind campaign,” he said, saying the team should be proud.
Speaking from his campaign headquarters in Wingham, Rice graciously congratulated Lobb on his victory. He thanked those who voted Liberal, his supporters, his campaign team and most of all, his family for their support. “They’re why I did this,” he said, referring to his family.
He noted the Liberal team in Huron-Bruce has been trying since 2008 to return a Liberal to office, but it didn’t work out this time. “Eventually, we will break through,” he said.
When asked whether he’ll be running in the next election, Rice said a lot depends on when that is. What he did say was he’s going to keep fighting “to bring a progressive voice” to this area.
Rice spoke of two key issues that came to his attention time and time again, wherever he went. “Housing and childcare are big issues for the people of Huron-Bruce,” Rice said. “I heard that consistently.”
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times