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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: 4 Federal By Elections on December 11 Reply with quote

Four federal by-elections across Canada to be held in December




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The Canadian Press


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November 5, 2017



Voters in four ridings across the country, including that of former Public Services Minister Judy Foote, will head to the polls for by-elections on Dec. 11.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the date of the federal by-elections for the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock, Saskatchewan's Battlefords-Lloydminster and Ontario's Scarborough-Agincourt on Sunday.

Foote stepped down as a cabinet minister in August and as the MP for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in September after learning that her two adult daughters were at risk of breast cancer, which she has survived twice.


And the B.C. riding became vacant when former-Conservative MP Dianne Watts stepped down to run for the provincial Liberal leadership.

The Saskatchewan riding is up for grabs after long-serving Conservative MP Gerry Ritz retired from federal politics in August.



The death of Liberal MP Arnold Chan prompted the Toronto-area by-election


https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/four-federal-byelections-across-canada-to-be-held-in-december/article36837822/
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the Sask seat is a fairly safe conservative riding although they don't have a candidate yet )


Battlefords-Lloydminster federal by-election set for Dec. 11


Regina, SK, Canada / 620 CKRM

Ryan McNally

November 05, 2017 02:00 pm




The by-election to replace Gerry Ritz’s vacant seat in Parliament will be held December 11th in Lloydminster.

Ritz, who was Agriculture Minister under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, resigned his Commons seat October 2nd.

That means a by-election must be held to fill his Battlefords-Lloydminster seat.

That by-election is one of four being held December 11th across the country.

http://www.620ckrm.com/2017/11.....or-dec-11/
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the BC riding might be the most unpredictable of the 4 ridings )


Federal parties coy on South Surrey-White Rock candidates

Potential nominees for impending byelection ‘still being vetted’
Alex Browne/
Oct. 31, 2017 4:57 p.m./
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Riding presidents for South Surrey-White Rock are keeping mum so far about potential candidates in the impending byelection to replace resigned Conservative MP Dianne Watts.

Although rumours have surfaced on the Peninsula from competing parties that former MLA and White Rock mayor Gordon Hogg has been approached to run for the Liberals, the party’s riding president, Michael Grunewaldt, said Monday he is “not in a position” to discuss potential candidates.

“There is a nominating process that has to be gone through – I’d like to think that will be done over the next two weeks,” he told Peace Arch News.

“Initially a lot of people expressed interest in running, but a number have expressed serious interest. They have to go through the process of being vetted.”

Hogg, for his part, confirmed Tuesday that he is “exploring the possibility” after being approached, and that he has had discussions with the party in Ottawa and also locally.

After a Twitter user last week said he is “delighted to hear” that former national revenue minister Kerry Lynne Findlay is seeking the Conservative nomination, riding president Jerry Presley confirmed last week that the former Delta–Richmond East MP is among those seeking nomination for the party, adding “there are at least six, not counting (her).”

The interviewing process is currently underway, he said.

“I’d like it to be completed as soon as possible – we’d like to get a candidate out and about in the riding, meeting people – but it will take another week or so,” he said.

Peter Ferris, riding president for the NDP, said several people – “probably three or four” – have expressed interest in running, but that serious interviewing of potential candidates will wait until after the upcoming provincial NDP convention to be held in Victoria this weekend.

“We will be ready with a candidate when the time comes,” he said.

Local riding representatives for the Green Party could not be reached at PAN press time.

https://www.peacearchnews.com/news/federal-parties-coy-on-south-surrey-white-rock-candidates/
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Federal by-election date announced for South Surrey/White Rock

The election will take place to replace Diane Watts, who is running for the B.C. Liberal leadership
Trevor Beggs/
Nov. 5, 2017 9:10 a.m./
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A date for the by-election to replace the departed Dianne Watts has been announced.

On Monday, Dec. 11, voters in South Surrey and White Rock will head to the polls to vote on who replaces the former Conservative Party MP.

Watts was elected to the House of Commons during her first foray into federal politics in the 2015 election. She narrowly beat out Liberal candidate Judy Higginbotham with a 44 per cent share of the vote compared to Higginbotham’s 41.5 per cent share.


SEE ALSO: Hogg to run for MP in South Surrey-White Rock

While Higginbotham won’t return to try and improve her vote share, former White Rock mayor and MLA Gordon Hogg has announced that he will be running for the Liberals in the upcoming by-election.

The other parties have yet to announce who will be running against Hogg.

The riding has historically gone to the Conservatives. Watts’ win was the first in the newly formed South Surrey-White Rock riding in 2015. Before that, Conservative Russ Hiebert was elected in four straight federal elections.

Three other by-elections will take place across the country on Dec. 11th. in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

https://www.cloverdalereporter.com/news/federal-by-election-date-announced-for-south-surreywhite-rock/
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 federal byelections, including in Judy Foote's former riding, set for December

Contests also being held in B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario

The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 05, 2017 12:38 PM NT| Last Updated: Nov 05, 2017 1:40 PM NT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embraces MP Judy Foote after her final remarks in the House of Commons.


Voters in four ridings across the country, including that of former Public Services Minister Judy Foote, will head to the polls for byelections on Dec. 11.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the date of the federal byelections for the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock, Saskatchewan's Battlefords-Lloydminster and Ontario's Scarborough-Agincourt on Sunday.

Foote stepped down as a cabinet minister in August and as the MP for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in September after learning that her two adult daughters were at risk of breast cancer, which she has survived twice.


And the B.C. riding became vacant when former-Conservative MP Dianne Watts stepped down to run for the provincial Liberal leadership.

The Saskatchewan riding is up for grabs after long-serving Conservative MP Gerry Ritz retired from federal politics in August.

The death of Liberal MP Arnold Chan prompted the Toronto-area byelection.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonavista-Burin-Trinity Byelection Set for December 11

November 6, 2017 | 6:51 am

The date has been announced for a series of federal by-elections, including one one in Newfoundland/Labrador.

Judy Foote resigned her seat this fall for personal reasons. Her successor in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity will be known on Dec. 11. That’s also election day in three other ridings in Canada.

Foote was this province’s representative in the federal cabinet at the time. Seamus O’Regan, the MP for St. John’s-Mount Pearl South, is now the lone cabinet minister from this province.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Byelection date for Scarborough-Agincourt announced

News 11:32 AM by Cynthia Reason  Scarborough Mirror|



Arnold Chan


Scarborough-Agincourt voters will head back to the polls Dec. 11 to fill the federal seat left vacant by the death of MP Arnold Chan. - Justin Greaves/Metroland



Scarborough-Agincourt voters will head back to the polls next month to fill the federal seat left vacant by the death of MP Arnold Chan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the Scarborough-Agincourt byelection will take place on Monday, Dec. 11, along with byelections in the electoral districts of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in Newfoundland and Labrador, Battlefords-Lloydminster in Saskatchewan, and South Surrey-White Rock in British Columbia.

First elected Scarborough-Agincourt MP in a 2014 byelection, Chan passed away on Sept. 14 of this year following a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer called nasopharyngeal carcinoma. He was 50.

Following his death, Trudeau lamented the loss of one of Canada’s “most devoted servants.”


“I am forever enriched by Arnold’s friendship, as Canadians are by his leadership and devoted service,” Trudeau said in a statement. “He leaves us with wise words that he truly embodied: ‘We should use our heads, but follow our hearts.


https://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/7803759-byelection-date-for-scarborough-agincourt-announced/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken Finlayson throws cowboy hat into Conservative ring



John Cairns / Battlefords News-Optimist

October 26, 2017 01:01 PM


Ken Finlayson


Ken Finlayson, whose roots run deep in North Battleford and region, has literally thrown his cowboy hat into the ring for the Conservative nomination in Battlefords-Lloydminster. He met with the News-Optimist at Austin’s Saddlery in North Battleford. Photograph By John Cairns




The field for the Conservative nomination in Battlefords-Lloydminster has grown as another candidate has thrown his hat into the ring.

And it is literally a cowboy hat, as longtime North Battleford resident Ken Finlayson has entered the race.

Finlayson announced his candidacy Oct. 13 on his campaign’s Facebook page. Finlayson has wide-ranging background as a rodeo cowboy, in ranching, agriculture, sales, and more recently truck driving. He’s also been involved in his community in various organizations including 4-H and the Battlefords Ag Society, among others.

He feels that varied background has allowed him to meet ordinary people – labourers, workers in the fields, people in the oil patch – and learn what their issues are.


“I think I have a pretty good take on what our issues are in the West, in agriculture, in the oil fields. I see how many jobs are impacted,” said Finlayson.

Now he says he is ready to take on another challenge: taking over the Battlefords-Lloydminster seat recently vacated by fellow Conservative Gerry Ritz.

“I am at the point in my life now where I can devote myself exclusively to something like this,” said Finlayson. “This is my complete focus.”

Finlayson is joining what is a crowded field for the Conservative nomination, with at least a half-dozen candidates already running from different parts of the riding.

The date for the nomination meeting has not been scheduled yet and the date for the by-election hasn’t been set, either. The Prime Minister has until April 1 at the latest to call a by-election for Battlefords-Lloydminster.

This is not Finlayson’s first political run. He has been active in Conservative politics for years, going back to his involvement in the Reform Party when he campaigned for Gerry Ritz.

At one point he sought the federal nomination in Cypress Hills-Grasslands but found out quickly that policies and platforms take a back seat to organizing and getting members out to vote.

“I thought all you needed was good intentions. Turns out it’s the smallest part of it,” Finlayson said of the experience.

But Finlayson can also point to ties to the other political parties. He was born, he said, into a Liberal family. Finlayson even ran provincially for the party – as a “Lynda Haverstock Liberal”, he carefully pointed out, in the 1991 election.

Finlayson also noted his own family were friends with Eiling Kramer, the former longtime provincial NDP cabinet minister from the Battlefords, even though they had different political views.

“My family, and Eiling, always had the good sense not to let politics get in the way of a friendship,” said Finlayson.

When it comes to his own politics, however, Finlayson’s ideas are very much in line with Conservative ideas and principles.

Finlayson said he typically subscribes to Thomas Jefferson’s statement that “government should only do that which the people couldn’t otherwise do for themselves.”

He is not a big fan of government regulation of industry, and describes the regulatory regime applied to particularly oil and gas as “a lot more stringent than all our competitors.”

He also believes the regulations should be set by people within the industries who have some insight into it.

“The regulations are being set by people who don’t have any direct involvement with the industry,” said Finlayson. “There seems to be an inverse relationship between how little you’re involved with any industry and how much you have to say about it.”

Like other Conservatives, Finlayson has condemned the recent cancellation of the Energy East pipeline and blamed it on excessive Trudeau government regulations for downstream emissions.

“They’ve denied us access to tidewater on both ends of the country. And Trudeau, and his friend [Rachel] Notley in Alberta, have even encouraged it with their policies,” said Finlayson.

Notably, Finlayson is not a supporter of supply management. Finlayson said the policy “breeds inefficiencies” and points to the inflated costs of dairy products that result from it.

“The price of milk, I would think that’s kind a motherhood issue,” said Finlayson. “It’s not a big deal for somebody with a lot of money, but you know what? For struggling mothers and households, it is,” said Finlayson.

While Finlayson has plenty of ideas, he believes policies will be less of a focus in the nomination period and more of a factor in the election campaign that follows against the Liberals and NDP. Finlayson expects there will be wide agreement on the issues from candidates in the nomination race and believes the choice will boil down to the question of who is going the most effective representative for the Conservatives.

“Even though we’re all candidates, we’re all singing from the same song sheet, because we’re all Conservatives,” said Finlayson.

“It’s a question of who can deliver on the policies and principles we believe in, who’ll be the most effective. And to be effective you need to be passionate about it. I think I am.”

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My expectation is the Liberals to will all but the seat in Saskatchewan.

BC has seen LPC support rocket since the election and the NDP support is still largely in flux.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
My expectation is the Liberals to will all but the seat in Saskatchewan.

BC has seen LPC support rocket since the election and the NDP support is still largely in flux.




without Dianne Watts its unclear how the CPC will do in the riding or even who there candidate might be . although it was close in 2015 it hadn't always been that close , other elections the conservatives easily won that riding . its never really been liberal in recent memory

the liberal candidate appears to be a former BC liberal mla , Gordon Hogg although at 71 he seems like a very old choice and even if he somehow won might not run for election

by elections tend to favour the opposition and perhaps the ndp vote is more alive in BC than other areas . I don't know it still seems like a very unpredictable by election
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hogg to run for MP in South Surrey-White Rock

Former mayor and MLA to represent federal Liberals in byelection race
Alex Browne/
Nov. 3, 2017 4:16 p.m./
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Gordon Hogg will be formally announced this Sunday as the Liberal candidate in the South Surrey-White Rock byelection.

The former MLA and White Rock mayor will be welcomed as the candidate at a gathering for local party faithful at 2 p.m. at the White Rock Community Centre (15154 Russell Ave.)

Hogg confirmed Friday that he had all but officially been approved to run for the Liberals in the riding vacated by resigned Conservative MP Dianne Watts.


“They called me from Ottawa to say that I was basically approved,” he told Peace Arch News.

Former federal Liberal candidate Judy Higginbotham came within 500 votes of beating Watts for the seat – long-considered a Tory stronghold – in the 2015 election race.

Watts announced in September that she was stepping down as MP to devote her time to a bid for leadership of the B.C. Liberal party, for which she is vying with a field of seven other candidates.

Other party candidates for the yet-to-be-scheduled South Surrey-White Rock byelection are still to be confirmed. As of last week, representatives for Conservatives and the NDP said potential candidates were still being vetted. Representatives for the Green Party did not repond to PAN inquiries.


https://www.peacearchnews.com/news/hogg-to-run-for-mp-in-south-surrey-white-rock/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the 2 liberal ridings are also intriguing , well both are seen as easy liberals holds some deeper research has me questioning that


Scarborough Agincourt has been liberal since 1988 I think and what's interesting is cpc support has actually been growing steady in the riding . the cpc candidate in 2015 managed to get 38% of the vote which was actually the best conservative result federally in the riding since the 1980's . the conservatives appear to have much stronger and deeper support in some of the Asian communities in Toronto than people realise

but it sounds like Chan's widow is going to be the liberals candidate and somehow I don't see her losing the riding although she doesn't use his last name so some might not identify her as being his wife .


the Newfoundland seat also isn't seen as competitive and every article I saw online was about people wanting to run for the liberals , who will likely have a very large nomination meeting to settle the nomination .

but somehow I just don't see the liberals with a new candidate getting 80% of the vote in a by election. that would be unheard of for a by election , as usually a government candidate that did really well might get 50% or a bit more .

the 2011 numbers also show that the cpc vote would of been 30% if the riding had existed that year . but in 2015 they only managed 10% but Foote being an incumbent they likely didn't even try that year . if they find a good candidate and actually try they should do much better than 10% .

even if they don't win I think its important to show that the conservative party is alive and well on the east coast and capable of running a strong campaign in any of the 30 east coast ridings . we just can't allow the liberals to have a base of 30 seats each election from Atlantic Canada , they have to win back some of those ridings
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Analysis
Upcoming byelections to provide glimpse of 2019's decisive battlegrounds

Four seats, two held by the Liberals and two by the Conservatives, will be up for grabs on Dec. 11

By Éric Grenier, CBC News Posted: Nov 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Nov 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, left, will be looking for a candidate to hold former Conservative MP Dianne Watts's riding of South Surrey–White Rock in a Dec. 11 byelection. Along with a vote in Scarborough–Agincourt, the vote will be a test of Scheer's suburban appeal to voters.



The 2019 federal election will likely be decided by voters in the suburbs in and around Toronto and Vancouver. What those voters might be thinking will be hinted at in two of the four federal byelections called for Dec. 11.

On Sunday, the Liberals announced that byelections would take place next month in the ridings of Battlefords–Lloydminster (Saskatchewan), Bonavista–Burin–Trinity (Newfoundland and Labrador), Scarborough–Agincourt (Ontario) and South Surrey–White Rock (British Columbia).


The Liberals hold the two easternmost seats, while the Conservatives are the incumbents in the two westernmost ridings.

Battlefords–Lloydminster and Bonavista–Burin–Trinity are not expected to be up for grabs.

The Conservatives' Gerry Ritz won the Saskatchewan riding by a margin of 43 points in 2015 and held it since he was first elected as a Reform MP in 1997. He announced his resignation in August.

The New Democrats last held a part of the riding between 1988 and 1997, but it has otherwise been a reliably safe seat for the Conservatives. Polls have suggested no significant movement in support in Saskatchewan since the 2015 federal election, so it is unlikely that anything is afoot that would flip Battlefords–Lloydminster out of Conservative hands — or even make it competitive.


Nobody won his or her riding in the 2015 election by a wider margin than Judy Foote did in Bonavista–Burin–Trinity, beating her Conservative rival by 71.7 points. She also announced her resignation in August.

The area has been split across multiple ridings in the past, but the region has been a safe one for the Liberals for most of its history in Confederation. Even in the disastrous campaign of 2011, the Liberals won all three of the ridings that share territory with Bonavista–Burin–Trinity.

Voting intentions have only gotten better for the Liberals in Newfoundland and Labrador. After taking 64.5 per cent of the vote in the province two years ago, the latest polls by MQO Research and Corporate Research Associates put it at 70 to 72 per cent, respectively.

South Surrey–White Rock was close in 2015

Dianne Watts, who resigned her South Surrey–White Rock seat to run for the leadership of the provincial B.C. Liberal Party in September, won her riding in a close contest in 2015. Under the banner of the Conservative Party, Watts captured 44 per cent of the vote against 41.5 per cent for the Liberals' Judy Higginbotham. Less than 1,500 votes separated the two.

Watts, a former mayor of Surrey, was a high profile candidate for the Conservatives two years ago. Her departure opens up an opportunity for Justin Trudeau's Liberals, who will likely present a high profile candidate of their own: Gordon Hogg, a former mayor of White Rock and the B.C. Liberal MLA for Surrey–White Rock from 1997 to 2017.

But the riding has not traditionally been friendly to the Liberals. It has been held by the Conservatives and its predecessor parties since 1974, and before then it was an NDP stronghold.

If the Liberals are able to wrestle the riding away from the Conservatives, it would be the second one this fall after their Lac-Saint-Jean byelection victory in October. The polls suggest the Conservatives' position in B.C. has worsened slightly since 2015. With Watts off the ballot and Hogg on it, that puts the riding into play.

The suburban vote in Scarborough–Agincourt

Scarborough–Agincourt is less likely to be on the bubble. The riding became vacant after the death of Liberal MP Arnold Chan in September.

Chan first won the riding in a 2014 byelection. He repeated his success in 2015, winning the seat by 14 points over the Conservatives.

Scarborough–Agincourt has been held by the Liberals for nearly 30 years, but the Conservatives increased their vote share from 34 per cent in 2011, when the party won a majority government, to 38 per cent in 2015, when the party was returned to the opposition benches. It suggests the Conservatives cannot be discounted in the riding, particularly since polls indicate there has been a five-point swing between the Liberals and Conservatives in Ontario.

Nevertheless, Scarborough–Agincourt would not be high on the Conservatives' list for the 2019 federal election. But some of the ridings nearby would be. The results could provide some indication of the appeal of the Conservatives under Andrew Scheer in the Greater Toronto Area.

Poor options for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who does not hold a seat in the House of Commons, has indicated he could be convinced to run in a riding in which he had a connection and that "makes sense."

Scarborough–Agincourt fits the bill on the first count, as Singh was born in Scarborough. But it would be a tough one for the former Ontario MPP.

Over the last 30 years, the NDP has not done better than 18 per cent in the riding and has been more likely to score under 10 per cent of the vote than above it. And while the riding has a significant visible minority population — the 2016 census puts it at 81 per cent — a majority of that population is of Chinese descent. Just 14 per cent of the riding is South Asian, a population in which Singh made significant inroads during the NDP leadership race.

Singh would have long odds to win the other three ridings as well, where he has no connection.

But the next federal election will be decided in ridings like South Surrey–White Rock and Scarborough–Agincourt, suburban ridings in Vancouver and Toronto with significant visible minority populations. The byelections could provide a foretaste of things to come.

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( some news on the nomination meeting in battlefords lloydminster )

Scramble is on to nominate byelection candidates



John Cairns , Staff Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist

November 7, 2017 10:01 AM



With the federal byelection for Battlefords-Lloydminster now called for Dec. 11, the scramble is now on by the political parties to get their candidates nominated.

The four main parties, the Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and Greens, had no candidates nominated as of the by-election call on Sunday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But that was expected to change by the end of the week.

The indication from candidates was that the federal Conservatives would hold their nominating meetings for Battlefords-Lloydminster on Friday and Saturday, with voting by party members at three different venues.

The first meeting was expected in Unity on Friday, and the second and third meetings were scheduled for Lloydminster in the afternoon and then in North Battleford on Saturday evening. The North Battleford meeting is scheduled for the Tropical Inn beginning at 6:15 pm.

A deadline of 11pm on Tuesday night was set for anyone to purchase a Conservative party membership to be able to vote at those meetings.

The winner of the Conservative nomination race will be the overwhelming favorite to win the by-election to replace Gerry Ritz, who has captured in excess of 60 percent of the vote in the last three federal elections.

The race has been a hotly contested one to this point, with several candidates expressing interest or declaring their intentions. Candidates have spent the past number of days lining up support and holding events.

Lloydminster business owner Aron Klassen had already announced a number of meet-and-greet events for a two-week stretch from Nov. 7 to 16th. Among those was an event at Porta Bella’s in North Battleford at 7pm Thursday night.

The by-election call threw a wrench into those plans, but the indication from Klassen on Monday was the Porta Bella’s event would go ahead as scheduled on Thursday, just one day before the start of voting.

The other Lloydminster-based candidate in the race, Rosemarie Falk, a social worker and former political staffer, was touting a growing list of endorsements. Her latest came on Monday when Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young announced she was supporting Falk’s bid.

Falk’s campaign has also touted endorsements from MPs Arnold Viersen (Peace River - Westlock) and Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan). Falk had scheduled an event in Macklin Monday night and for Frenchman Butte and Unity later in the week.

Richard Andrew Nelson, a farmer from Prongua, held his own meet-and-greet event in North Battleford last week at Porta Bella’s. He also attended a meet-and-greet event at Neilburg Family Restaurant a few days earlier, according to his campaign Facebook page.

North Battleford-based Ken Finlayson, whose background includes the ranching and rodeo areas, was actively campaigning in the western portion of the riding in the days leading to the by-election call.

Among the venues Finlayson visited, according to his campaign Facebook page, was the Stockade Roundup in Lloydminster on the weekend.

On Monday, the field of declared candidates grew even larger as Kindersley administrator Bernie Morton formally announced the launch of his campaign.

“As the Chief Administrative Officer in Kindersley I have worked tirelessly to improve the community as well as working regionally on projects like the regional landfill and new bylaw court for west central Saskatchewan,” Morton said in a statement.

“Politics is a passion of mine, and good government is my forte. It is time for me to continue to put my experience, my knowledge, my energy and strong work ethic to work for the people of west central Saskatchewan but this time as their Member of Parliament.”

Morton’s website also touts endorsements from the Hon. Peter MacKay, former MP Carol Skelton, Kindersley mayor Rod Perkins and Kerrobert mayor Wayne Mock.

There have been rumors of even more candidates entering the Conservative race in time for the nomination vote. One big name that had been much-rumored over the past number of weeks had been Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison, himself a former federal MP.

Harrison had dropped out of the SaskParty leadership race around the same time that Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz had announced his resignation, fueling speculation Harrison might seek Ritz’s seat. But Harrison has stayed out of the nomination contest to this point.

The other major parties were still getting themselves organized. The word from the NDP’s Facebook page was that they would hold a nomination meeting soon and were finalizing details.

Whether the party will once again turn to their 2011 and 2015 federal candidate Glenn Tait is unclear. Tait is currently in an election campaign for director of SaskWheat.

There had been no word yet of nominations for the Liberals or Greens as of Monday.

It is possible some fringe political parties could also field candidates. One party that has openly expressed interest is the satirical Rhinoceros Party.

According to a draft platform sent to the News-Optimist by party organizer Robert Thomas in October, their ideas include “move the Rocky Mountains to Lloydminster to give Calgary an ocean front view then put them right on the border to give Lloydminster some decent and ultimate border markers,” “employing 1,000,000 unemployed on a bucket brigade to move the oil to market,” and “instituting a hot air tax on all politicians.”

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What should be kept in mind is that while the CPC did well in Scarborough Agincourt in 2015, I would attribute that far more to fact that the CPC had a Rockstar candidate in Bin Chang than a shifting demographic.
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