One of the Conservative leadership candidates made a stop in Boissevain on the weekend.

Pierre Lemieux held a meet and greet with about 40 people on Friday evening at the Sawmill. He was in Boissevain because he said every vote counts.

“I use every opportunity I have to meet with people to explain why I am running in the race, what I stand for and what they can do to get a membership and help move the party forward.”

Lemieux was first elected to the House of Commons in 2005 again in 2008 and in 2011. The father of five lives in the Ottawa region and feels he has what it takes to lead the Conservative Party of Canada into the future.

He calls himself a social conservative and that is what sets him apart from the other candidates. “I welcome all people into the part especially social conservatives. Often there have been times we received the message that you can believe that in your home or in your church but don't think you can step outside and articulate that outside because you will be labelled. I'm here to say that it is okay to express your beliefs” said Lemieux.

He is pro-life, pro-family and pro-freedom of speech.

Lemieux hopes the party can form government in 2019 but even if it doesn't he says it is important to begin the process of finding a new leader and getting as many people involved in the party as possible.

Conservatives will select a new leader on May 27th.

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