Constance Bay’s own Karen McCrimmon has jumped into the federal Liberal Leadership campaign.
McCrimmon, a retired lieutenant colonel, was expected to announce her bid for the party’s top job last night, Nov. 14, at the Kanata Holiday Inn. Best known for being the first woman to command a Canadian Forces Air Force Squadron, 429 Squadron Trenton, she lost to Carleton-Mississippi Mills MP Gordon O’Connor – also a former military person - in the 2011 election. O’Connor won with 57 per cent of the vote to McCrimmon’s 24 per cent.
In a press release announcing her intention, McCrimmon called for cooperation.
“Like you, Karen is a proud Canadian,” it reads. “Karen knows that responsible leaders must work as a team to realize our nation’s full potential.”
Her campaign slogan is Karen for Canada, with the website address karenforcanada.ca.
As commanding officer of 429 Squadron, which flew tactical transport C130 Hercules, McCrimmon and her crews carried out many humanitarian and military operations around the globe. She served in the Gulf War, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and was also a senior staff officer at NATO headquarters in Germany. In 1995, she was awarded the Order of Military Merit, one of the highest peace time military awards.
She is a mother of two grown children.
The formal launch of the campaign was Wednesday, Nov. 14. Among those vying with McCrimmon for the top job is Justin Trudeau, David Merner, David Bertschi, Alex Burton, Deborah Coyne, and Jonathan Mousley.
The winner will be announced in Ottawa on April 14, 2013.