Marilyn Gladu, the Conservative candidate who became Member of Parliament-elect on October 19, is already looking at how she will fulfill a role she had hoped would be from within the federal government.
Obviously, that role has changed with the win of the Liberal Party as majority government, but Gladu says she’s up to the task.
“It makes it more challenging to get the kind of support you need when you’re not the governing party,” Gladu told Lambton Shield this week. “You’re now influencing. You’re looking for where the priorities of the Liberal Party line up with what we need in Sarnia-Lambton and go after those first.”
Gladu will shortly begin a formal training that is done by a non-partisan group assigned to that task. She’s also getting ready to find a place to live in Ottawa.
Locally, she plans to continue leasing the space occupied by the current constituency office at the northeast corner of Finch Drive and Wellington, retaining as many of the former staff of now-retired MP Pat Davidson.
In Ottawa, Gladu is looking forward to various committee assignments and, of course, advocating for her constituents in Sarnia-Lambton.