As you know, I am the nominated federal Liberal candidate for the riding of Windsor West, and preparations for the upcoming election have already begun. We have assembled a dedicated team of volunteers, developed a brochure and canvass card, ordered lawn signs, located our campaign headquarters and I have already been hard at work knocking on doors and making phone calls. This is a very exciting time and I am providing you with an opportunity to become part of the grassroots initiative to paint Windsor West red once again.

On Tuesday, March 22nd, the Harper Conservative Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty will deliver his budget at 4 pm. I will be at St. Angela’s Hall, 750 Erie Street to watch the events unfold and would like you and three people that you know to join me. We are inviting the local media to join us as well, so that I can provide them with our perspective on how the budget affects the residents of Windsor. It will be very powerful for me to do this in front of a large partisan crowd, which has paid money to support my campaign.

The cost for this event is only $50 per person and includes a buffet meal of pasta, salad, bread and roast chicken. Beverages will be available through a cash bar. The buffet will open at 5:30 pm, so if you and/or your guests are unable to make it for the actual reading of the budget, you can join us for dinner and contribute to the success of our campaign. We anticipate that you should receive a federal tax credit for approximately $40 which you will be able to use to offset your 2011 income tax. If this is the first $40 that you are donating federally this year, you will get either a refund or a reduction in tax of $30 for a net cost to you of only $20.

And Bruck, your contribution will make such a difference; $40 purchases five large lawn signs, or ten small ones. It pays for the cost of one phone line for a month. Twenty-five people each donating $40 provides us with enough money to pay the rent for the campaign headquarters for one month.

It takes a lot of people, each giving a little bit to make sure that you have a strong voice in Ottawa. Not only to defeat Steven Harper at the National level, but also to defeat Brian Masse at the local level. Let’s ensure that our priorities and our values are represented at the table of power.

Bruck, thank you so much for all of your help and support. Please let us know if you will be able to attend and the names of the people who will be joining you.

All the best,

Melanie

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