HKLB Liberals choose federal candidate
By Chad Ingram
The Liberal riding association for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock has chosen its candidate for the fall federal election.
Judi Forbes was set to be acclaimed during a nomination meeting in Lindsay on the evening of June 26.
As per party rules, Forbes was unavailable for interviews before the nomination meeting.
Currently the owner of a bed and breakfast in Beaverton, Forbes worked in the financial services industry and is a former senior bank manager. Born in Kitchener and a longtime resident of Don Mills, she relocated to the riding eight years ago.
“As the owner of Moorlands Bed and Breakfast in Beaverton, and a former bank senior manager, Judi has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by families in our region,” reads a release from the riding association. “She understands the need to develop skills and create good jobs for continuous economic renewal. A great listener and full of energy, Judi is committed to be a champion and trusted voice for the people of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
“Judi and her family have long worked, gone to school and vacationed in this region - enjoying our beautiful open spaces, pristine lakes, and pastoral settings. Eight years ago, they chose to make their home here on Lake Simcoe, near Beaverton, while actively contributing to our friendly, hard working and energetic community. As a passionate volunteer dedicated to helping others, Judi currently chairs the board of a local nursing home and is on the board with the Brock Board of Trade. In the past, Judi has been a volunteer and helped raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, Engineers Without Borders, the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Cancer Society.”
Forbes, who holds a BA from McMaster University, is a mother and grandmother. She, along with NDP candidate Barbara Doyle, a Lindsay-based activist, will take on incumbent Conservative MP Jamie Schmale in the Oct. 21 election. Schmale, who was the longtime executive assistant to former MP Barry Devolin, was first elected to Parliament in 2015.