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Liberal leadership candidate to visit Kamloops

Deborah Coyne is one of four declared candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Coyne will be speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon in Kamloops on Thursday, Oct. 11. -
Deborah Coyne is one of four declared candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Coyne will be speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon in Kamloops on Thursday, Oct. 11.
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Federal Liberal leadership candidate Deborah Coyne will be in Kamloops on Thursday, Oct. 11, to speak at a noon Kamloops-West Rotary meeting at  Chapters Viewpoint restaurant on Columbia Street.

KTW will be at the restaurant and will interview Coyne, with the story to be posted online at kamloopsthisweek.com.

Coyne will also be meeting for dinner with Liberal Party of Canada members and supporters at the Shanghai Mandarin restaurant on Summit Drive.

Coyne’s visit has been organized by the Liberal party’s Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo constituency.

Coyne, 57, is one of four declared candidates for the leadership of the party, which became vacant when former leader Michael Ignatieff stepped down after losing his seat in the May 2011 election.

Bob Rae is the interim leader.

That vote will take place on April 14th, 2012.

Challenging Coyne are:

•  Montreal-Papineau MP Justin Trudeau, son of former Liberal prime minister Pierre Tudeau;

• Alex Burton, Vancouver Crown prosecutor in the province’s Organized Crime Unit and president of the Liberal party’s Vancouver-Kingsway riding association;

• Jonathan Mousley, a senior government economist.

Upon Trudeau’s leadership announcement, candidates Dominic LeBlanc, a New Brunswick MP, and Shane Geschiere, a paramedic in Manitoba, stepped down to pledge their support for Trudeau.

Coyne is a lawyer, professor and public servant with experience in a wide range of endeavours.

Educated at Osgoode Hall and Oxford, she is a prolific writer and has held appointments to the Ontario Insurance Task Force and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Coyne has also taught at the Toronto Law School, has worked in the Prime Minister’s Office, has been a constitutional activist and co-founded the Canadian Coalition on the Constitution.

In 2006, she ran for the Liberals  in the general election in the riding of Toronto-Danforth, finishing second to Jack Layton.

She has two children, one of whom, daughter Sarah, is the child of Pierre Trudeau.

 

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