Liberal Caucus Meeting In London

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks to students at Fanshawe College on Sept. 11, 2014. Photo by Ashton Patis, BlackburnNews.com

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and over 30 members of parliament are in London for a two day long caucus meeting.

Parliament returns next week, and a federal election is expected in October.

The Liberals do not hold a singleĀ seatĀ in southwestern Ontario, the closest riding belonging to a Liberal is in the Greater Toronto Area. The majority of London, Sarnia, Chatham-Kent, Essex and Windsor belongs to the Conservative Party with a few NDP seats in the mix.

President of the London-North Centre Federal Liberal Association Josh Chadwick says a lot is being done to ensure the party regains some power in the area.

“There’s a lot of people who have been really hard over the past few years to rebuilt our party’s presence on the ground. There’s a lot of positivity and excitement for the short term future,” Chadwick tells BlackburnNews.com. “We need to communicate, listen, talk with a whole bunch of people and understand what really are the issues for ever body , businesses right down to the average Londoner.”

The London-North Centr riding was Liberal for nearly 20 years before the 2011 election. Conservative Susan Truppe is now the riding’s member of parliament.

MPs will meet at the Hilton in downtown London before heading to a rally with Trudeau and meeting with community stakeholders.