Simcoe lawyer elected prez of local Libs
Tyler Nicholson says Haldimand-Norfolk is well-positioned to turn red
Hagersville – Tyler Nicholson, a Simcoe lawyer, has been elected as president of the Haldimand-Norfolk Federal Liberal Association.
Nicholson, a civil litigation lawyer at a prominent Simcoe law firm, was elected by local Liberals February 6 at their annual general meeting held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Hagersville.
Nicholson says the party is well-positioned for local success.
"We've seen a lot of new faces join our association,” says Nicholson. “With recent election results, and the popularity of our leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we can see a great future for Liberals in Haldimand-Norfolk."
Last October’s election saw the incumbent Conservative, Diane Finley, win re-election but her share of the vote declined by nearly seven percent, compared to the 2011 election, to 24,714. The NDP vote also declined compared to 2011 by more than six percent to 7,625 votes.
The Liberal vote, meanshile, with Joan Mouland as the candidate, rose by nearly 12 per cent compared to the 2011election, to 20,487.
This means Conservative and NDP support have both declined since 2011, both in terms of number of votes and share of the total vote, while Liberal support has risen.
Nicholson says his objective it to maintain the momentum and continue building Liberal support between now and the next election.
"We intend to have more town hall meetings, to allow voters in Haldimand- Norfolk to understand that Liberals in our community care about the same issues and are addressing the same challenges that they are."
Nicholson, who plays hockey in his spare time, is a graduate of St. Mary’s University in Halifax and the University of Western Ontario where he obtained his law degree.
Prominent local Liberals attending the meeting included Hon. Bob Speller, former MP for Haldimand-Norfolk and former federal agriculture, and Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt.
Local Liberals will next gather February 23 in Simcoe to select delegates for the Liberal Party of Canada 2016 Biennial Convention in Winnipeg in May.