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Defence minister guest speaker at Tory fundraiser

Defence Minister Peter MacKay (left) with MP Candice Hoeppner, and MLAs Cliff Graydon (Emerson) and Blaine Pedersen (Midland), was the guest speaker at a recent Portage-Lisgar Conservative fundraiser in Morden.

MacKay was the guest of honour at the Timbers at Minnewasta in Morden March 22.

MacKay engaged the audience with stories of his own life as well as the soldiers and their families he serves in his cabinet role.

In his keynote address, MacKay also praised Hoeppner for her work on the long-gun registry and for being a rising star in the Conservative caucus in Ottawa.

Earlier in the day, MacKay stopped in Carman where he visited with members of the local air cadet squadron.

And while commenting on current issues, Hoeppner said issues in the riding have not mirrored the constant debate about "robocalls" (automated calls that directed people to the wrong polling station) in Ottawa.

"The very first week the robocalls story broke, I think we had five contacts (at the constituency office)," she said.

Hoeppner said there's a mindset in Portage-Lisgar that even when the people struggle, they first look for their own solutions before expecting a government fix.

"In our riding specifically people are doing fairly well."