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As one of few returning Liberals, Fraser calling for party move toward centre

John Fraser says the message from voters included the need to retool and rebuild the Ontario Liberal Party -- a process he says he wants to be a part of.
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Ottawa South MPP John Fraser appears on Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe on 1310 NEWS, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (ROGERS tv)

Ottawa South's re-elected MPP says his win, Thursday night, was a vote of confidence from his neighbours but one that comes with a resounding message for Ontario's Liberal party.

"I think the message is, 'we want you to get back to basics,'" said John Fraser. "And maybe come more towards the centre, if I can say that."

Ottawa-area MPPs make up about half of the new, smaller Liberal caucus of just seven members. Fraser will sit alongside Orleans MPP Marie-France Lalonde and Ottawa-Vanier MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers.

Fraser says voters' message also included the need to retool and rebuild the Ontario Liberal Party -- a process he says he wants to be a part of.

"I'm excited about that opportunity, and I'm going to do my part," Fraser told The Rick Gibbons Show on 1310 NEWS. "That's my commitment to the party, but my first commitment is to the people that I serve."

As Liberals begin the search for a new leader, Fraser would not say if that's a job he's interested in -- nor would he say if there's someone else he'd put his support behind.

Listen to John Fraser's full interview with Rick Gibbons on 1310 NEWS from Friday, June 8.





Jason White

About the Author: Jason White

Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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