Liberal leadership candidate has local connections


Do you want the next premier of Ontario to have worked at the Chalk River Laboratories and have personal connections to the Upper Ottawa Valley?

Well, here’s your chance to help make that happen.

Ted Hsu, currently MPP for the riding of Kingston and the Islands, is one of five candidates for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party.

Hsu is up against higher profile candidates like Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Ottawa area MP Yasir Naqvi, a former provincial cabinet minister.

But Hsu is hoping the party’s leadership campaign rules work to his benefit.

One of the ridings where Hsu is hoping to build support is right here in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, where he has his own history.

Hsu worked in physics at the Chalk River labs in the early 1990s, taking part in neutron scattering experiments with people like John Root and Bill Buyers.

Hsu said he has “fond memories” of those times, as one of a group of 20 to 30-year-old singles who “used to do everything together.”

“You’re sailing across the river to have a picnic on a beach day, or being on the softball team or seeing movies at night or whatever – going to the dairy which sadly I’m told doesn’t exist anymore,” he said during a recent interview with the NRT…

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