Three More Contenders for Kingston Liberal Party Nomination

Published on: 2010/07/16 - in Featured News

UPDATE: Ted Hsu was selected as the successor to retiring Liberal party MP Peter Milliken during the party’s nomination meeting Sunday, November 7 at the K-Rock Centre.

This week marked the fourth entry in the race for federal Liberal nomination for Kingston and the Islands, following current MP Peter Milliken’s announcement he would not run for re-election on June 26.

On Monday, Mayor Harvey Rosen – who  applied for membership with the Liberal party at Milliken’s annual barbecue, where the announcement not to run was made – formally declared his declared his wish to seek the nomination after being introduced by Peter Milliken’s sister, Amanda.

This followed the weekend declaration by Kingston lawyer Philip Osanic to run for the nomination, and Queen’s University dean of law Bill Flanagan’s announcement just prior.

The first contender to launched a campaign to become the next Federal Liberal Party candidate for Kingston and the Islands was local entrepreneur, Ted Hsu – the executive director of the SWITCH Kingston alternative energy coalition. (Read: Ted Hsu Launches Campaign to Replace Peter Milliken)

Harvey Rosen’s political career began with election to the council for the former Kingston Township in 1994 and to the Board of Control of the newly amalgamated City of Kingston in 1997.

He was elected the 94th Mayor of the City of Kingston on November 10, 2003, and re-elected for a four-year term on November 13, 2006.

Rosen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from York University in Toronto, and a Bachelor of Law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston.

Philip Osanic has practiced law in Kingston for 17 years and is an assistant professor at Queen’s University and a professor of Laurentian University at St. Lawrence College. He was also a past president of the Kingston and the Islands federal Liberal association, and is married to city councillor Lisa Osanic.

Philip also served 11 years with the Canadian Forces, including three years with the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment in Kingston.

Bill Flanagan completed his BA at Carleton University in 1982, attained his law degree at the University of Toronto in 1985 and  a master’s degree in international economic law at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1986. He also obtained an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in New York City in 1989.

Flanagan taught at the McGill Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, and joined the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in 1991 – subsequently serving as Dean of Law since 2005.

From 1998-2004, he served part-time as the Executive Director of the Canada AIDS Russia Project, a large HIV research and training project in Russia sponsored with a $3.3 million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency.

In 2001, he founded the innovative Global Law Programs that Queen’s Law operates every spring at the Queen’s University Bader International Study Centre in the U.K. His areas of teaching and research interests include international trade and investment law, corporate law and property law.

The Liberal party hopes to nominate a candidate by the fall.

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Photo: Marcus Jeffrey