Nolan Leblanc-Bauerle, Conservative candidate

April 27, 2011 10:24 ET

Quebec Candidate Sets National Running Record: Conservative Candidate Charts Unprecedented Path Through Brome-Missisquoi Riding as He Actually Runs for Parliament

BROME-MISSISQUOI, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - April 27, 2011) - Conservative Party candidate Nolan Leblanc-Bauerle announced today that he has completed more than 250 km of his run for Parliament in his election campaign bid.

On March 29, 2011, Leblanc-Bauerle announced his decision to jog 270 kms in his rural Quebec riding of Brome-Missisquoi. To date, he has criss-crossed his riding on foot, and has visited rural areas and more than 22 towns and villages including Cowansville, Bedford, Henryville, Farnham, Bromont, Orford, Magog, Sutton, and Lac-Brome. This is the longest run of its kind from any Canadian politician during an election.

This run is both practical and symbolic. Leblanc-Bauerle is a firm believer in the value of fitness to reduce obesity and improve the general health of society. By running, he is reminding Canadians of the importance of active living- and of his efforts to double the Child Fitness Tax Credit. Leblanc-Bauerle succeeded in having that initiative adopted into the Conservative Party national platform on April 3rd. In addition, the run also provides LeBlanc-Bauerle the opportunity to meet with constituents in non-traditional settings. To date, he has met more than 3,000 constituents, listening to their concerns and sharing his views.

Symbolically, the jog is also important. The 270 km run represents the distance between Cowansville (where Leblanc-Bauerle began his run), and the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, where LeBlanc-Bauerle wishes to serve his constituents.

Leblanc-Bauerle feels optimistic about his election chances: "We started this campaign as an underdog but our unconventional approach to campaigning has attracted more and more support. There is real sense that our run has particularly energized young voters. Our unique way of campaigning signals an inclusive type of representation, something that our constituency needs."

Leblanc-Bauerle is on track to complete the run by May 2, election day. On Wednesday, April 27, he will be concluding his run from West Brome to Cowansville with a rally at his Cowansville headquarters at 132 rue Principale at 4:00 pm. Constituents and media are invited to sport their running shoes and join in his run for Parliament.

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