Liberals confident in D'Arcy McGee stronghold

Liberal David Birnbaum hopes to coast to victory as predecessor Lawrence Bergman has in recent years

David Birnbaum replaces Lawrence Bergman as the riding's Liberal candidate.

It's riding dominated by Liberals and talk of a Charter of Values and sovereignty is motivating voters in D'Arcy McGee; an area as Liberal red as one could be.

Liberals have held the riding almost exclusively since the mid-'60s, save for a flirtation with Robert Libman and the Equality Party in the early '90s.

With the retirement of longtime MNA Lawrence Bergman, Liberal David Birnbaum is now in the fortunate position of running a very low-stress campaign.

But the former Anglo school board association head says Liberals aren't taking the riding for granted.

"Mr. Couillard has recognized that the Liberal Party of Quebec under his leadership," Birnbaum said, "has to work hard to absolutely earn the confidence of the English-speaking community."

In 2012, the Liberals' next closest challenger was a CAQ candidate, nearly 80 percentage points behind Bergman.

Naturopath Elizabeth Smart is trying her luck for Francois Legault this time.

"What I love about the Coalition Avenir," Smart told CJAD 800, "is that you have people from all backgrounds, but they're willing to put their personal feelings aside so we can get the economy moving."

Both candidates say the controversial Charter of Values and talk of a referendum are top-of-mind for D'Arcy McGee voters.

"Let's face facts," Birnbaum said, "this election is about an issue that's crucial to voters of D'Arcy McGee and that's making sure that Quebec stays within Canada."

"I feel that there's this division amongst English and French," Smart said, "and it's just not acceptable."

Running for Quebec Solidaire in D'Arcy McGee is feminist Suzanne Dufresne; for the PQ, economics student Éliane Pion.

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  1. Murray posted on 04/01/2014 06:55 PM
    My personal experience with Mr. Birnbaum is that he will ignore his constituents. That would be a switch as Lawrence Bergman asked me to meet with him twice and he actually has a heart. Surely the Liberals could have done much, much better.
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