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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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.




I really don't recall Scarborough Agincourt being a top conservative target last election ? after all they had just lost the by election in 2014 and riding wasn't seen as very likely to swing conservative . Bin Chang wasn't really that high profile and had never held political office in scarborough , its surprising the cpc managed to get 38% of the vote that year . they did better than 2011 which was seen as high water mark for cpc in Toronto region

the results seem to indicate some of the Asian voters/ demographics in the riding shifted conservative
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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cosmostein wrote:
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.




I really don't recall Scarborough Agincourt being a top conservative target last election ? after all they had just lost the by election in 2014 and riding wasn't seen as very likely to swing conservative . Bin Chang wasn't really that high profile and had never held political office in scarborough , its surprising the cpc managed to get 38% of the vote that year . they did better than 2011 which was seen as high water mark for cpc in Toronto region

the results seem to indicate some of the Asian voters/ demographics in the riding shifted conservative


She is a very popular Regional Councillor and had an incredible ground campaign in the riding which I believe (?) she had been working in prior to her election.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( its not clear who the ndp plans to run in any of the by elections but Jagmeet Singh won't be on the ballot yet )


Jagmeet Singh Says He Has No Plans To Run In Upcoming Federal Byelections

The NDP leader reference Jack Layton's own byelection strategy.

 11/08/2017 14:50 EST | Updated 4 hours ago




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OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh told reporters on Wednesday that he has no plan right now to run in any of the four upcoming byelections slated for Dec. 11.

Singh said he's "very comfortable" with not holding a seat in the House of Commons. Yet, with the clock ticking, he also coyly suggested he's open to hearing "good arguments" that could persuade him to take the plunge.


"Well, this is what I've said before, that I'm comfortable with the fact that I don't have a seat but I'm also open to hearing suggestion and counsel on this," Singh said.


Singh gave up his seat in the Ontario legislature weeks after he won the federal NDP leadership on first ballot last month. He appointed former rival Guy Caron as his representative in the House of Commons.


The NDP leader referenced former party leader Jack Layton's strategy for how he's approaching his own eventual race for seat. He has suggested he may wait until the 2019 election to take his shot.

"I'm looking at Jack Layton who is someone... who was one of the most successful NDP leaders and when he first became a leader, he didn't have a seat. He was a city councillor and he spent that time touring across Canada, getting to hear the issues that are federal, spending time in different communities with people," he said.


"I think that's an important thing and that's what I want to do."

Layton became NDP leader in January 2003 and did not win a seat until the federal election in June 2004. In between, there were three federal byelections — two in Quebec, one in Ontario.


In August, Liberal MP Judy Foote stepped down from her seat in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, N.L., for family reasons and veteran Conservative MP Gerry Ritz, who represented the Saskatchewan riding of Battlefords-Lloydminster, announced his retirement in the same month. Former Tory MP Dianne Watts resigned from her South Surrey-White Rock seat to enter the B.C. Liberal leadership race, and the Ontario riding of Scarborough-Agincourt became vacant after Liberal MP Arnold Chan died from cancer in September.

Chan's widow, Jean Yip, confirmed her intention to run for the Liberal nomination in her late husband's riding earlier this month.



Singh acknowledged that there's argument for him to run in the same race because he was born in Scarborough. He said all options are still on the table, but conceded, "I will have to decide soon, for sure."

The NDP leader spent part of his childhood in Newfoundland and Labrador, so there's also some speculation over whether or not he could run in Foote's former riding. Back in September, Singh hinted he may wait until 2019 to take on Liberal MP Raj Grewal in Brampton East.

A party spokesman confirmed local electoral district associations are actively seeking candidates, adding that some individuals have come forward to express their interest.

The party did not provide any specific names and said developments related to the party's byelection plans are expected in the next few days.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( candidate selection is slowing moving along in the BC riding but none official yet other than liberal )


Countdown on for candidate selection in South Surrey- White Rock

Only Liberals announce choice, as Tories, NDP, Greens winnow options for Dec. 11 vote
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With a federal byelection for the South Surrey-White Rock riding just over a month away, only the Liberal party has confirmed a candidate.

The byelection date – Dec. 11 – was announced Sunday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Byelections will also be held on that date in the electoral districts of Bonavista–Burin–Trinity in Newfoundland and Labrador; Scarborough–Agincourt in Ontario and Battlefords–Lloydminster in Saskatchewan.

The local byelection was triggered by the departure of former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts, Conservative MP for the riding, who resigned in September – after two years in office – to concentrate on a bid for leadership of the BC Liberal party.

Sunday’s announcement coincided with a formal confirmation of Gordon Hogg – former BC Liberal MLA for White Rock-South Surrey and former White Rock mayor – as the federal Liberal candidate at a meeting at White Rock Community Centre.

Representatives of the Conservatives and the Green Party said it would likely be next week before candidates were confirmed, while the NDP said it would be subject to further discussion following federal and provincial constituency meetings in B.C. yesterday (Tuesday).

“I was a little surprised (at the date),” Peter Ferris, past-president of the NDP riding association and current chair of the candidate search committee, said Monday.

“I thought it was probably going to be in the new year – maybe it was a case of tidiness. If one were cynical – depending on the result – one might think that having it before Christmas might give everyone a chance to forget what happened.”

Ferris said the NDP needs to discuss “what kind of election we want to run,” noting that while the party has prided itself on its ability to canvass, the effect of social media suggests the need for “finding new ways to get the message across.”

“I think we’re getting into an age in which elections will be quite different in the future,” he said.

Conservative riding president Jerry Presley said Monday that local party members will be “busy this week wrapping up the candidate-selection process – but we should be ready to announce a candidate by Sunday.”

Presley said that following candidate-selection protocols was a matter of fairness to some seven potential candidates who had expressed interest in running for the party.

The Dec. 11 date was not a surprise, he said: “(Trudeau) has to get it off his desk.”

Green Party national press secretary Dan Palmer said Monday that while the party doesn’t have an active riding president in South Surrey-White Rock, it hopes to announce a candidate “later this week or early next week.”

The Progressive Canadian Party’s Brian Marlatt – who ran in four past elections in the riding – said that while he has been living on Vancouver Island temporarily while his father underwent a health crisis, there’s a slim possibility that he may be able return in time to run in the byelection.

However, Marlatt said he has two other potential candidates in mind to run in the riding, although neither has yet been confirmed.

“It’s a little up in the air,” he said. “Dec. 11 doesn’t give us a lot of time.”


https://www.peacearchnews.com/news/countdown-on-for-candidate-selection-in-south-surrey-white-rock/
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Federal parties set sights on B.C.’s December by-election


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The Federal NDP, which came in a distant third in 2015, is regarding the Dec. 11 vote as a 2019 training opportunity for supporters drawn to the party by new leader Jagmeet Singh.

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November 8, 2017



The federal NDP is looking at next month's by-election in South Surrey-White Rock as a learning experience for new supporters, while the Liberals and Conservatives are bracing for an all-out fight.

Former Tory MP Dianne Watts won by a slim margin in 2015, which has the Tories and Liberals both convinced they have a shot at the seat – one of four by-elections across Canada set for Dec. 11. South Surrey-White Rock was created in 2012 and has been Tory ever since. For the Tories, victory would provide momentum for rookie leader Andrew Scheer. For the Liberals, it would suggest their breakthrough in B.C. in the 2015 election continues.

"We tend to look at these [by-elections] as a signal of which way the political winds are blowing," said Hamish Telford, a political scientist at the University of the Fraser Valley.


Meanwhile the NDP, which came in a distant third in 2015, is regarding the Dec. 11 vote as a 2019 training opportunity for supporters drawn to the party by new leader Jagmeet Singh.

"We've got a realistic expectation about that seat," said Burnaby South NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, the B.C. caucus chair. "We're anticipating there will be a very tough hill for us to climb in that constituency."



He said the party has not yet picked a candidate.

"It's a great opportunity to get folks feet wet and get them ready for 2019, so we'll be bringing folks in from across Surrey into that riding," he said. "They can do their first door knocking. They can do their first phone calls and that kind of thing, so we're ready for the election two years from now. That's what we're excited about."

Ms. Watts vacated the seat to seek the leadership of the BC Liberals, an informal coalition of federal Liberals and Conservatives – the two parties now circling each other for a fight in the riding.

As of Tuesday, the Conservatives had not named a candidate for the riding, which covers southern Surrey and the city of White Rock. The Liberals have acclaimed former BC Liberal cabinet minister Gordon Hogg.

The former probation officer said he is not sure what resources the federal party would provide for his campaign, but members of the Liberal caucus have committed to help with door-knocking. "It's early in the game at this point, so I don't know what type of support I am going to get from Ottawa or the national campaign," he said.


Mr. Hogg, 71, was elected to the B.C. legislature in 1997 and did not seek re-election in 2017.

He served as minister of children and family development for three years under former premier Gordon Campbell.

Prof. Telford said Mr. Hogg is a good catch for the Liberals because he has name recognition in the riding.

"He's local. He was not parachuted into the riding. He has got a track record in public life," he said.

Mr. Hogg said he was not planning to return to politics but saw an opportunity when Ms. Watts stepped down.

He said the Liberals were a natural fit because he ran for the party in the 1993 federal election, but was defeated by a Reform Party candidate.


"I've been a Liberal virtually for all of my life, so for me, I wasn't prepared to consider running as a Conservative, although some people had suggested that," he said.

Mr. Hogg said he is interested in transit, housing, poverty among seniors and the opioid crisis as issues to take on nationally.

However, he said the Liberals will have to campaign hard. "It has never been Liberal, and there are some significant challenges with respect to that," he said.

Scott Lamb, president of the Conservative Party of Canada and a national party councillor for B.C., said the Conservatives will also be challenged.

"The Liberals are pulling out all the stops in this riding, and we expect them to come hard," Mr. Lamb said in an interview.

He acknowledged that Mr. Hogg, a former White Rock city councillor and mayor, is a "popular candidate."

Still, he said the Tories will attempt to connect him to unpopular federal Liberal policies, such as tax measures affecting small business, and even suggestions they are clawing back a disability tax credit for diabetics.

"We're going to try to keep these guys honest in Ottawa, and frankly, sending another Liberal MP to Ottawa doesn't do anything to keep them honest," Mr. Lamb said.

The Tories expect to nominate a candidate on the weekend. Mr. Lamb said he was not sure if Mr. Scheer will come to the riding, but that he expected other prominent Conservatives will.

"We're going to work hard right up until Dec. 11."

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/federal-parties-set-sights-on-bcs-december-by-election/article36889579/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

COLUMN: South Surrey-White Rock byelection important not only for voters

Vote for MP to replace Dianne Watts set for Dec. 11
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As if a dramatic provincial election campaign in May wasn’t enough, voters in the federal riding of South Surrey-White Rock will get another chance to cast ballots before the year is up.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday that a federal byelection will be held Dec. 11 in the seat vacated by Conservative MP and former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts.

Watts served for less than two years in Ottawa. Elected in October 2015 as the lone Conservative MP in Surrey, she likely found it hard to get much accomplished in Ottawa. She was part of an opposition caucus and, as is the case with most B.C. MPs, her influence was minimal.


When the BC Liberal leadership came open after the resignation of Christy Clark, it was an opportunity for Watts to get out of town for good. She announced her candidacy in September and is currently in the midst of the leadership campaign, competing against six other entrants, including another former Surrey Conservative MP, Gurmant Grewal, who entered the race on Oct. 26.

The South Surrey-White Rock byelection should be extremely interesting. The 2015 result was close; Watts defeated Liberal Judy Higginbotham by 1,439 votes.

The Liberals already have their candidate in place – former White Rock mayor and BC Liberal MLA Gordon Hogg. Hogg retired from provincial politics earlier this year, but made it clear he would be open to other opportunities. He is a well-respected member of the community.

As of this writing, the Conservative, NDP and Green parties have not announced candidates.

This will not be Hogg’s first run at federal politics. In 1993, when he was mayor of White Rock, he ran for the Liberals in what was then the Surrey-White Rock-South Langley riding. In that election, which the Liberals won after nine years of Progressive Conservative government, Hogg ran second to winning Reform candidate Val Meredith. She had 32,198 votes, while Hogg received 24,683. PC candidate Norm Blain was a distant third with 8,885 votes, and NDP candidate Mota Singh Jheeta received just 3,029 votes.

The Liberals easily won a majority and it was helped by a PC/Reform split of votes, particularly in Ontario where it won all but one seat. However, in B.C. it only won six seats. Reform candidates won 24 and took a significant share of votes from both the PCs and NDP.

In the 2015 election, the Liberals did amazingly well in Surrey. The party has remained popular since, but has faltered on a few issues recently. New Conservative and NDP leaders may eat into their margins, but Trudeau remains the party’s biggest asset.

One way to gauge how the parties see the byelection unfolding will be to watch if the leaders visit the riding between now and Dec. 11.

Will Trudeau visit South Surrey-White Rock? Will Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer? For the Conservatives, it is important that they hold the seat. They need a strong candidate and focused campaign.

Neither the NDP nor the Green Party is likely to win.

Frank Bucholtz writes Wednesdays for Peace Arch News.

https://www.peacearchnews.com/opinion/column-south-surrey-white-rock-byelection-important-not-only-for-voters/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard Andrew Nelson campaigning for Conservative nomination



John Cairns , Staff Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist

November 8, 2017 11:51 AM



Richard Andrew Nelson



Richard Andrew Nelson Photograph By John Cairns



A business owner and hobby chicken farmer from the Prongua area is hoping he will be the next MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster.

Richard Andrew Nelson, or Rick as his friends call him, is among the crowded field of contenders seeking the Conservative nomination in the riding.

Nelson says he is running “for Canada and for our children,” in speaking to the Regional Optimist Tuesday.

“We grew up in a prosperous Canada, one where hard work would buy you the promised land, so to speak,” said Nelson.

“That’s under attack, that’s under threat. The world is changing very quick, and we need to be cognizant of that so that we can change with the world, and continue to take advantage and enjoy the freedoms that Canada has to offer, and that’s what I want for my children as well. ”

Nelson has a long history in the riding. Originally from Canora, he grew up in the Riverview area of North Battleford.

After leaving for university and after some time living in Regina, Nelson returned to settle with his family in Prongua, where he now runs a storage equipment business. He also has a hobby farm “keeping 50 chickens and 60 cherry trees.”

Nelson made it known he is running an economic-focused campaign focusing on the issues of small business and industry in the riding.

He said he is a believer in small government – “government that is out of the way of citizens so that citizens can succeed for themselves.”

Nelson says he supports low taxes, and modest but responsible regulation. His campaign is also focused heavily on transportation issues.

“It always boils back to transportation and access to markets, increasing the prosperity of our constituents,” said Nelson.

Nelson is also highly critical of Liberal government policies that he believes have hurt small business, such as the tax changes impacting small business that they had proposed.

“We didn’t need to have tax changes in order to chase investment dollars away. The capital started evaporating the second they spoke about it. So even though they backed away, it killed two projects that my company was working on and they didn’t even bring the tax changes in. That’s how important government is.”

Like other candidates in the race, Nelson is also not in favour of a national carbon tax.

“They don’t work. They don’t lower emissions and don’t change peoples’ habits,” he said. “It’s simply a tax on everything, and it’s a tax that accomplishes nothing.”

As for his campaign, he had a couple of events in Neilburg and in North Battleford the week before, and hoped to get two more events in this week before the nomination race is finished.

Nelson says he has heard the same themes at these meet-and-greet events, with stories of job losses and businesses struggling to keep afloat.

“Ottawa can tell us the economy is growing and it’s never been better, but we know that’s not how it is in the West.”

The actual nomination period has proved to be a much shorter one than anticipated with the snap by-election call by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, setting the by-election for Dec. 11.

“We really expected we were going to get the maximum time to engage with the population and talk with constituents and have a vibrant convention,” said Nelson.

Like others in the race, Nelson was scrambling to “make sure all the details are in place.” But he says he is ready to go for the nomination voting happening this week.

Meetings are scheduled for Unity on Friday evening and then Lloydminster and North Battleford on Saturday. The North Battleford meeting is scheduled for the Tropical Inn with registration beginning at 6 pm.

Each meeting will see each of the candidates given five minutes to speak and make their final pitch to party members. At the Saturday night meeting, it is expected former Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz will speak before the results are announced.

Nelson is looking forward to what he expects will be an excellent weekend for the party, with upwards of six candidates expected to be in the race for the nomination.

“To have a vibrant party convention is only going to help Conservatives. Conservatives are best at the grassroots,” said Nelson.

Once the nomination is decided, the winning candidate will have to go right to work the next day to begin campaigning.

“We will hit the ground running,” Nelson pledges, adding the number one message of any of the candidates will be “to create a Conservative government in the next Parliament.”

“We need this administration to be a one and done administration,” said Nelson.

http://www.newsoptimist.ca/new.....1.23087832
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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RCO wrote:
cosmostein wrote:
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.




I really don't recall Scarborough Agincourt being a top conservative target last election ? after all they had just lost the by election in 2014 and riding wasn't seen as very likely to swing conservative . Bin Chang wasn't really that high profile and had never held political office in scarborough , its surprising the cpc managed to get 38% of the vote that year . they did better than 2011 which was seen as high water mark for cpc in Toronto region

the results seem to indicate some of the Asian voters/ demographics in the riding shifted conservative


She is a very popular Regional Councillor and had an incredible ground campaign in the riding which I believe (?) she had been working in prior to her election.



still it seems to be one of the only ridings in Toronto/GTA ( other than Markham Unionville ) where the cpc vote actually went up in 2015 , I checked the other scarborough ridings and it went down in most of them , even with a strong local campaign and an enthusiastic candidate that's hard to explain ? when there was such a strong trend against the conservatives in Toronto that year other than in a couple ridings with large Asian populations
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Klassen visits Battlefords as nomination race winds down



John Cairns , Staff Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist

November 9, 2017 09:32 PM



The Conservative nomination race is in the home stretch in Battlefords-Lloydminster, and nomination candidates are actively trying to nail down support in advance of the voting on Friday and Saturday.

One of those is Aron Klassen, who was at Porta Bella's in North Battleford as part of a meet-and-greet tour in advance of the nomination.

The tour was originally expected to go on until next week, but plans changed when Justin Trudeau called the by-election for Dec. 11.

"Everything happened very quickly here," Klassen said in speaking to the News-Optimist Thursday. "The Liberals called the byelection on Sunday so we had to go into hurry-up mode."


The timing is not ideal for the party, he says. Two nomination meetings are scheduled for Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, and the concern is that a number of Conservative members will not be able to come to the nomination meetings and vote due to Remembrance Day commitments.

"It's unfortunate that we've been forced our hand to do it on Remembrance Day," Klassen said of the nomination process.

Despite that concern, Klassen feels confident, due to an early start to his campaign.

"We've been campaigning since mid-September, so we've been mobilizing our supporters and our base and getting our message out there for a while. So I feel quite good about it," said Klassen.

Another reason why Klassen started early was because of competition for attention from the Sask Party provincial leadership race, which has seen several leadership candidates visit the riding.

"Given that the Saskatchewan Party is also having their leadership race, there's a lot going on. So it was important to get the information out, and people engaged early, so they knew what to expect when things did happen," said Klassen.

It promises to be a crowded field of candidates, which includes Lloydminster social worker Rosemarie Falk, Kindersley town administrator Bernie Morton, Prongua resident Richard Andrew Nelson, and Langham mayor John Hildebrand. A sixth candidate, Ken Finlayson, failed to get his candidacy past the party's vetting process and is not on the ballot.

Like others in the race, Klassen's campaign pushed to sign up new members to the party in time for a Tuesday 11 pm deadline. Thsse who signed up are eligible to vote at the party meetings this Friday and Saturday.

Klassen is a small business owner, the proprietor of Tunes Music and Audio in Lloydminster. Not surprisingly, he's heard plenty of small business concerns during his campaign for the nomination.

"I'm very well aware of the challenges small businesses are facing right now and the challenges heading our way," said Klassen. "It's going to make it more difficult for families like mine and families throughout the riding to earn a living."

He noted the Liberals' small business tax reforms are a big issue, and also pointed to issues such as the Carbon Tax, which he opposes. In addition to those, Klassen supports issues such as Senate reform, tougher sentences on crime, parental rights, and freedom of speech.

Klassen expects the party will come out of the nomination process unified and ready to fight the by-election after a nominee is declared Saturday night at the Tropical Inn in North Battleford.

"At the end of the day we're going to come out of it with the right conservative voice for Battlefords-Lloydminster."

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the race to nominate candidates seems to be off to a slow start , from what I could find online the conservative nomination in Battlefords Lloydminster was this weekend and they also expected to have a candidate in South Surrey white rock soon .

but couldn't find anything about Scarborough Agincourt ( although Wikipedia says there is 3 candidates interested ) and have yet to see a single post or article about a potential candidate in the newfoundland by election


the liberals have nomination meetings in scarborough Agincourt this weekend and Bonavista Burin Trinity early next week , but seen nothing about the Sask by election


yet to see a single post or anything about possible ndp or green candidates in any of the 4 by elections , the greens didn't even run a candidate in the sturgeon river parkland by election and wouldn't be surprised if they don't run a full slate for these 4 either
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( the conservatives have found a candidate for the by election , a former mp from the nearby delta Richmond east riding )


Kerry-Lynne Findlay‏Verified account @KerryLynneFindl · 8h8 hours ago

So greatfulto have such a supportive husband! And great colleagues! Celebrating the nomination win in South Surrey-White Rock @CPC_HQ
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Rosemarie Falk wins Conservative nomination in Battlefords-Lloydminster


John Cairns , Staff Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist

November 11, 2017 10:19 PM



Conservatives in Battlefords-Lloydminster have selected Rosemarie Falk as their candidate in the upcoming by-election.

Falk was announced as the winner at the Tropical Inn in North Battleford on Saturday night, defeating four other candidates in the nomination race: Aron Klassen, Richard Nelson, Bernie Morton and John Hildebrand. As is customary at nomination meetings, vote totals were not announced.

In speaking to reporters, Falk said she was "really honoured that Conservatives here have chosen a young, principled woman who has a family to represent them on the byelection ballot."

Falk is 29 years old and a Lloydminster resident. She has been a Parliament Hill staffer and is a social worker by training -- a career path that she said has made her "more conservative".


When asked what won her the nomination, she said "the people."

"The people had the choice. We're a grassroots party. We've tried to speak to as many people as we could, and they've spoken."

The nomination ends a competitive Conservative nomination race to succeed Gerry Ritz, the 20-year Conservative MP for the riding.

The votes took place at meetings of party members in three different venues: Unity on Friday night, and then Lloydminster and North Battleford on Saturday.

While the formal nomination period was very short, only six days following the by-election call, some candidates had been campaigning for weeks.Falk said she had been actively organizing and campaigning for the nomination ever since Ritz announced his resignation.

Falk expects to get started with her election campaign right away, and "show Justin Trudeau we have strong Conservative support here." The intention is to have a campaign office open in North Battleford starting this week.

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the conservatives appear to have candidates in all 4 ridings according to there website and appear to be taking the by elections seriously


Mike Windsor has been nominated in Bonavista Burin Trinity and had previously been the cpc candidate in 2015 election


Dasong Zou won the nomination in scarborough Agincourt over 2 other opponents but I don't really know anything else about him , don't believe he's ran before but will have to face liberal Jean Yip who was former mp chan's widow which could prove to be a difficult challenger to overcome


http://www.conservative.ca/byelection/en


no word yet on any ndp or green candidates in any of the 4 ridings , liberals almost have a full slate as well , nominated past 2015 candidate in Battlefords Lloydminster and having a nomination meeting in Newfoundland riding this week
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Kerry Lynne Findlay has won the cpc nomination in South Surrey White Rock a BC riding the cpc normally wins rather easily although it was very close in 2015 , likely facing one of the tougher liberal opponents as they found a former mayor and bc liberal mla for the by elections )


Conservatives choose Findlay for South Surrey-White Rock run

Byelection to take place Dec. 11
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Nov. 13, 2017 12:30 p.m./
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Former minister of national revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay will represent the Conservatives in next month’s byelection to fill the South Surrey-White Rock seat left vacant by resigned Conservative MP Dianne Watts.

Findlay, a former Delta-Richmond East MP, was announced as the candidate Monday, following a weekend of nomination meetings.


She joins former White Rock mayor/ MLA Gordon Hogg in the race. The NDP and Greens have yet to publicly announce a candidate.

In a news release issued Monday announcing Findlay’s selection, Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer said she and three candidates announced for byelections in other regions, “are going to work hard in these byelections to deliver our positive Conservative vision for this country.”

“More and more people are realizing that the Liberal policies are hurting the very people they claim they want to help. Meanwhile, Canadians are tired of seeing one set of rules for Liberals and their well-connected friends, and another for everyone else.”

A byelection is to take place on Dec. 11.

The three other Conservatives candidates announced were: Rosemarie Falk (Battlefords-Lloydminster), Dasong Zou (Scarborough-Agincourt) and Mike Windsor (Bonavista-Burin-Trinity).


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some cpc mp's appear to have launched Dasong's campaign , not your typical crowd at event , no old white men , almost everyone appears to be Asian / Chinese )



Candice Bergen‏Verified account @CandiceBergenMP · 5h5 hours ago


What a great way to kick off the day, being surrounded by Conservatives! Today @BobSaroya and I showed our support for @dasongzou, our @CPC_HQ candidate in Scarborough- Agincourt`s December 11th by-election. If you’re in the Toronto area, make sure to get out and support Dasong!



Bob Saroya, MP‏Verified account @BobSaroya · 7h7 hours ago


Proud to join @DasongZou with @CandiceBergenMP in #Scarborough-Agincourt. Conservatives are fighting to make life more affordable, to lower taxes and to keep the Liberals honest. #cdnpoli
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