Election Coverage

Veteran inspired to run to promote environment, human rights, and peace

Youri Rousseau, the Liberal Party candidate for the Louis-Saint-Laurent riding, is an accomplished veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who served fifteen years within Canada and abroad.

Rousseau began his career with the CAF by attending the Royal Military College in Kingston. With a BA in Economics and Politics in hand, he became an Air Logistics Officer. In his fifteen years in the military, Rousseau served in Kingston, Valcartier, Cold Lake, Ottawa, Kabul, and Kandahar. Towards the end of his career, Rousseau was deployed to Camp Mirage in the United Arab of Emirates as Chief of Aerial support element for Afghanistan operations.

Though he retired from the CAF in 2008, Rousseau’s connection to the Armed Forces was not severed. He became a manager within the Public Service at Defense Research and Development Canada in Valcartier.

“DRDC Valcartier is dedicated to improving the technology used by our armed forces.  We focus on personal protection, armour vehicle protection, aircraft protection, censors, night vision equipment, cyber security as well as intelligence and command and control technologies,” said Rousseau.

Rousseau was inspired to run in this election to guide Canada back to becoming a country that is a positive leader for the promotion of environment, human rights, and peace.

“I served Canadians for 22 years through hard work in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defense. I love my country. I was inspired to run because first I want Canada to return to a positive international leadership role where we promote peace, human rights and responsible economic development that respects people and the environment and secondly I want to work to create economic prosperity for all Canadians by investing in economic drivers such as science, technology and new infrastructure.”

Rousseau sums up what makes the Liberal Party different in three short phrases, “our leader, our plan and our team.” If elected, Rousseau points out the Liberal Party will invest in infrastructure and the middle class.

“We have a substantiated and positive plan for real change. We are the only party promoting a plan which will create jobs, grow the middle class and help all Canadians trying to work their way into the middle class.  We are the only party who will lower the income tax for the middle class.  Also, we are the only party willing to invest in infrastructure (while we are in a recession and interest rates are low) to stimulate our economy and provide Canadians with modern and efficient infrastructure,” explained Rousseau.

Rousseau is married and a father to two girls. He also is a soccer coach.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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