EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of stories on the federal candidates in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and Sarnia-Lambton in the Oct. 21 election.
Jesse McCormick has been politically active his entire life and hopes that experience will help his vies to become the next Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP.
McCormick grew up in Mt. Brydges and is a member of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and he has relations in both the Oneida Nation of the Thames and Batchewana First Nation.
He went to University of Guelph, then the University of Ottawa and the Harvard Law School. He has practiced law in both Ontario and British Columbia.
But even before he had a law degree, McCormick was active advocating for Indigenous people and helping their communities.
During his career as a lawyer, political advisor and academic, McCormick worked for the United Nations, the Federal Court of Canada and Indigenous Peoples across the country. He has served as legal counsel infrastructure projects for Indigenous Nations, negotiating to resolve issues around them.
He is committed to working towards reconciliation through education and the implementation of rights, treaties and responsibilities.
He believes the Liberal party has the right values in mind and has the capacity to make a change.
“As a party that has led Canada, the Liberal’s were able to deliver many promises to Canadians,” says McCormick. He says their strongest points were climate change and making lives more affordable for the middle class.
McCormick’s goal as he seeks to gain the seat left vacant by long-time Conservative MP Bev Shipley, is to provide a voice for the people of Lambton -Kent- Middlesex, support the middle class families and support the environment.
“We’ve taken very important steps to combat climate change in the last four years. We will continue to implement on the price of pollution, preparing for impacts of climate change, ensure people are educated with actions they can take to help lessen the impact on climate change.
“I think the number one reason to vote for Liberal is that Canada has taken strong actions on climate change, working with Indigenous people and working with the middle class and people working to join the middle class.”
Understanding his riding is mainly rural and agriculturally driven, McCormick wants to be that person for his constituents, as he believes he can have a strong voice in Ottawa.
“We need a strong voice for the rural people and that will help the people in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and the country as a whole.
McCormick faces Lianne Rood (C), Dylan McKay (NDP), Anthony Li (Green Party), Bria Atkins (PPC) and Rob Lalande (I) in the Oct. 21 election.