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Kingston and the Islands Federal Liberal Association takes great pleasure in showing our support and celebrating with the Kingston community at various city events. We are always looking for new volunteers, so click here to learn more about our opportunities.

Stand up for Science – Kingston

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On September 16, 2013 we joined over 200 people in front of Stauffer Library to protest the government’s muzzling of our scientists and the defunding of basic research. Kingston was one of 18 cities country-wide, organized nationally by the non-profit group Evidence for Democracy.

M.P. Ted Hsu began the discussion by addressing the importance of evidence and science in policy decisions. You can read more about Ted’s views on the subject on his blog.

We also helped gather 210 signatures for our Petition to the Public’s Right to Access Information.

Click here for more pictures of the rally.

Save Our Prison Farms Third Anniversary Vigil

MP Ted Hsu joins the SOPF's Third Annual Vigil on Aug 5, 2013 in support of restoring the Prison Farms.

MP Ted Hsu joins the SOPF’s Third Annual Vigil on Aug 5, 2013.

The Liberal Party of Canada supports effective programs to assist convicted offenders to rehabilitate themselves so that, upon serving their sentence, they are better equipped to reintegrate into Canadian society as productive citizens.  Both evidence and common sense suggest that programs which minimize the risk of reoffending constitute worthwhile investments in enhancing public safety while reducing the burden of crime and punishment on taxpayers.  In arbitrarily terminating Canada’s prison farms, previously among our most demonstrably effective rehabilitation programs, on the most shaky of pretexts, the Harper Government has harmed us all.  The Kingston and the Islands Federal Liberal Association was and remains a strong supporter of the Save Our Prison Farms coalition, a very effective Kingston-based non-partisan citizen activist movement which sought for two years to prevent the closure.  Many of our members remain shareholders in the Pen Farm Herd Co-op which purchased sufficient of the auctioned cattle from Kingston’s former historic, blue-ribbon Frontenac Institution herd of Holsteins to preserve that important bloodline for the day when a future Liberal-led government can restore sanity to our justice and corrections system.

For more pictures from the event, see our Facebook Page.

Shannon Park Community BBQ

IMG_5470On Sunday, July 28th, 2013 MP Ted Hsu hosted his first community BBQ for the Rideau Height neighbourhood at Shannon Park.

Over 250 community residents attended! Kingson Liberal volunteers helped serve a hearty meal of burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and a fresh garden salad. Children kept busy playing on the big bouncy castle, three-legged racing, and colouring their very own buttons. Our volunteers had such a good time interacting with community members!

IMG_5442MP Ted Hsu was highly energized by the welcome he received and learned a lot talking to the residents about their concerns and relentlessly taking notes in his notepad. Ted started the process of building bridges with that community, which is so often ignored by all politicians because of their low voter turnout. Ted canvassed the neighbourhood the week before to deliver personal invitations for his BBQ and speak with individuals about the important issues to them.

For more pictures of the event, see our Facebook page.

Click here to see CKWS coverage of the event.

All left over food was donated to Martha’s Table.

Celebrating Canada Day 2013

IMG_5745On July 1, MP Ted Hsu unveiled his tent for the first time in Confederation Park to celebrate Canada’s 146th Birthday with Kingstonians!

He was joined by 11 of our Liberal volunteers who helped make and hand out more than 1,500 Canada Day buttons, 200 balloons, and 15 gallons of water on his behalf. Our volunteers worked very hard but also had a lot of fun engaging with the constant line up of people waiting to get their free Canada Day buttons, sharing quite a few laughs.

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Some of our exec directors and members also marched in the Red & White People Parade, proudly wearing their red Liberal t-shirts.

A very big and heartfelt thank you to our volunteers and to all those who stopped by MP Ted Hsu’s tent!

Visit our Facebook Page to see more pictures.

Kingston Liberals at Pride 2013

Pride 2013On Saturday, June 15 Kingston and the Islands Federal Liberal Association joined the Kingston Pride 2013 festivities at City Park. The beautiful sunny day was filled with overwhelming support, friendliness and laughs. We had the chance to see some familiar faces, as well as meet and converse with so many new Kingstonians, who came out to celebrate this year’s Kingston Pride.

KIFLA Outreach Director Raly Chakarova, Youth Director Madeleine Ross, and Juliana Colwell march with the Liberal banner in this year's Kingston Pride ParadeKingston and the Islands MP Ted Hsu joined the happy and engaged crowd with his daughter and gave a terrific speech. Maddy Ross, our Youth Director, and Raly Chakarova, our Outreach Director, proudly marched  in the Pride Parade with other Liberal supporters and volunteers holding up a festive Liberal banner. We also had the chance to debut our brand new red tent! This gave us the opportunity to have a free water station, give out more than 300 Pride buttons, and gather 170 signatures for our petition to stop tax-funded government advertising.

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to the Kingston Pride organizers for a very successful and enjoyable event and thank all our volunteers and those who dropped by our tent!

Visit our Facebook Page to see more pictures.