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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:49 am    Post subject: 2 Ontario provincial by-elections taking place on Nov 17 Reply with quote

( decided to start a new thread for the 2 provincial by-elections that have now be called for Ontario , is 2 older posts but though it was time for a fresh one just on the by-elections . more to come )



October 19, 2016 12:31 pm Updated: October 19, 2016 12:32 pm

Ontario byelections called for Nov. 17 in Ottawa-Vanier, Niagara-West Glanbrook ridings


By Staff The Canadian Press



TORONTO — Two provincial byelections have been called for Nov. 17 to fill vacant seats in the Ottawa-Vanier and Niagara-West Glanbrook ridings.

Word of the byelections first came from former provincial ombudsman Andre Marin, the Progressive Conservative candidate in Ottawa-Vanier, who posted the date in a tweet — then quickly removed it — before the official announcement by Elections Ontario.


Premier Kathleen Wynne called the Ottawa-Vanier byelection to replace former attorney general Madeleine Meilleur, who quit the long-held Liberal seat last summer.

The Niagara-West Glanbrook seat was vacated by former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak, who resigned last month.

READ MORE: Former provincial ombudsman Andre Marin to run for Ontario PC Party in Ottawa byelection

It’s not the first time a byelection date came from a candidate instead of Elections Ontario.

It was the Liberal candidate in Scarborough-Rouge River who first announced that byelection would be held Sept. 1.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3012.....k-ridings/
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Ottawa–Vanier provincial byelection set for Nov. 17


CBC News Posted: Oct 19, 2016 12:09 PM ET| Last Updated: Oct 19, 2016 12:09 PM ET

A byelection for the provincial Ottawa-Vanier riding will be held Nov. 17, Elections Ontario has announced.




Residents in Ottawa–Vanier will be heading to the polls Nov. 17 to determine which candidate will fill Madeleine Meilleur's place.

Nominations will open on Oct. 27 and close on Nov. 3, according to Elections Ontario.

Claude Bisson, a former RCMP executive whose brother Gilles is a northern Ontario NDP MPP, is running for the New Democrats.

Nathalie DesRosiers, a University of Ottawa law school dean, is running for the Liberals.

André Marin, the province's former ombudsman, is running for the Progressive Conservatives.

The Green party has not yet chosen a candidate.

Meilleur resigned in June to spend more time with her family, she said at the time.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the article claims her greatest vulnerability is rising hydro prices , I disagree with that one . I think her government has been in power way too long , since fall of 2003 ,its reached the stale point and out of new ideas . that is one of its biggest vulnerabilities , any government in power that long , the desire for change can often be too strong to overcome )



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Ottawa, Niagara byelections Nov. 17 a test for Wynne Liberals, Brown’s PCs


Voters in Ottawa and Niagara go to the polls in key Nov. 17 byelections crucial to the political prospects of Premier Kathleen Wynne and Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown.


Former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin: In Ottawa-Vanier, Marin, who is carrying the blue flag, will square off against Liberal Nathalie Des Rosiers, a dean of law at the University of Ottawa and a civil liberties expert. (Toronto Star / Richard Brennan file photo)



By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Wed., Oct. 19, 2016



Voters in Ottawa and Niagara will go to the polls in key Nov. 17 byelections crucial to the political prospects of both Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown.

Wynne, who triggered the contests on Wednesday, is desperate to retain Ottawa-Vanier, a Liberal stronghold that had been held by former attorney general Madeleine Meilleur, who retired in June.

Brown, who is enjoying a two-byelection winning streak since becoming Tory leader in May 2015, is desperate to prove the PC win by Raymond Cho last month in Scarborough-Rouge River was not a fluke.

While his Conservatives should hold Niagara West-Glanbrook, where five PC hopefuls are vying for the nomination to replace former leader Tim Hudak, all eyes are on Ottawa-Vanier.

That’s where former Ontario ombudsman André Marin is carrying the blue flag.



Marin, who was an independent watchdog on government from 2005 until 2015, is squaring off against Liberal Nathalie Des Rosiers, a dean of law at the University of Ottawa and a prominent civil liberties expert.

The NDP is fielding retired civil servant Claude Bisson, whose brother is New Democrat House Leader Gilles Bisson, the Timmins-James Bay MPP.

Wynne, whose party recently marked 13 years in office and is trailing in public-opinion polls, conceded Wednesday that byelections are always difficult for governing parties.

“They will be hard-fought byelections, there’s no doubt about that,” the premier told reporters.

“Every byelection is important. We will put our best foot forward,” she said.

Addressing one of her administration’s greatest vulnerabilities, rising electricity prices, the Liberals on Wednesday passed legislation that will rebate the provincial 8 per cent portion of the 13 per cent harmonized sales tax as of January, saving the average consumer $130 a year.

Rural ratepayers, who have especially hard hit because they cannot take advantage of cheaper natural gas to heat their homes, will received an additional $540 a year in savings.

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2016/10/19/ottawa-niagara-byelections-nov-17-a-test-for-wynne-liberals-browns-pcs.html
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( in Niagara west glanbrook , pc's still don't have a candidate or date for nomination meeting although assume it will happen very soon now that by election called )


Byelection to replace Hudak set for Nov. 17


By The Canadian Press

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:09:40 EDT PM


Provincial byelections have been called for Nov. 17 to fill vacant seats in two Ontario ridings — Niagara West–Glanbrook, formerly held by Tim Hudak, and Ottawa-Vanier.

The call came as Ontario announced it’s moving to set the next provincial election for June 2018.

Word of the byelections first came from former provincial ombudsman Andre Marin, the Progressive Conservative candidate in Ottawa-Vanier who posted the date in a tweet — then quickly removed it — before the official announcement by Elections Ontario.

Premier Kathleen Wynne called the Ottawa-Vanier byelection to replace former attorney general Madeleine Meilleur, who quit the long-held Liberal seat last summer.

The Niagara West–Glanbrook seat was vacated by Hudak, the former Progressive Conservative leader who resigned last month to become chief executive of the Ontario Real Estate Association, an industry lobby group that represents about 64,000 people who sell homes in the province.

Hudak was first elected as MPP in 2007.

In the last provincial election in 2014, he dominated his competition, receiving 23,378 votes compared to 15,843 for Liberal David Mossey, 12,423 for New Democrat Brian McCormack, 3,004 for Green candidate Basia Krzyzanowski, 970 for Libertarian Stefanos Karatopis and 284 for Freedom Party candidate Geoff Peacock.

Former St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra is seeking the Progressive Conservative party’s Niagara West–Glanbrook nomination. Grimsby regional Coun. Tony Quirk has also confirmed he’s in the running. Also among the PC party’s declared nominees is Samuel Oosterhoff, who has worked on Parliament Hill for the federal Conservatives, Mike Williscraft owner/publisher of NewsNow in Grimsby, and greenhouse owner/operator Alfred Kiers.

A firm date for the riding association’s nomination meeting has not been confirmed.

Vicky Ringuette has been selected as the Liberal Party’s candidate for Niagara West–Glanbrook. She is described in a provincial Liberal party release as a long-time regional volunteer and bilingual lawyer.

NDP riding association president Sue Hotte said a nomination meeting is being tentatively set for Sunday. There are two candidates seeking the nomination, but they have yet to be vetted, she said, adding she could not yet release their names.

Details were expected to be firmed up Thursday.

It’s not the first time a byelection date came from a candidate instead of Elections Ontario. It was the Liberal candidate in Scarborough-Rouge River who first announced that byelection would be held Sept. 1.

The winners in both Niagara West–Glanbrook and Ottawa-Vanier will have to run again to keep their jobs in less than two years, as the Liberal government announced it’s looking to set the next provincial election for June 7, 2018.

The vote is currently set for the fall 2018, but the government wants to avoid conflict with the next municipal election, which is set for October that year.

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi will introduce legislation to not only change the election date, but also to allow youth to pre-register to vote and allow votes to be counted electronically.

The bill would allow for the use of electronic vote tabulators — which were used in this year’s Whitby-Oshawa byelection — instead of having votes counted by hand.

Ontarians who are 16 or 17 years old would be able to pre-register to vote once they turn 18, which the Liberals hope will encourage more young people to vote.

If passed, the legislation could also lead to the creation of new northern ridings, by establishing a Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission to review whether the areas of Kenora-Rainy River and Timmins-James Bay should have another new riding or two.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the pc's will nominate a candidate on Saturday for the Niagara by election , Tim Hudak has endorsed Tony Quirk . )


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Hudak endorses Niagara councillor for PC candidacy



Former PC leader Tim Hudak has endorsed Tony Quirk to be the PC candidate in the Nov. 17 Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection. Three other people are seeking the nomination, including former St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra.




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Hamilton Spectator
By Daniel Nolan


Former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has stepped into the nomination race for the PC candidate in the Nov. 17 byelection in Niagara West-Glanbrook.

He has formally endorsed Niagara regional councillor Tony Quirk for the spot, which will be filled Saturday night after a nomination meeting. There are three other people seeking to take Hudak's place; former St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra, Brock University student Sam Oosterhoff and local newspaper publisher Mike Williscraft.

"I'm very happy to see Tony Quirk step forward for this nomination," said Hudak, who stepped down in September to take a job with the Ontario Real Estate Association. "He's been a longtime volunteer with our party who has worked hard for the betterment of the community ... He is an excellent candidate."

Dykstra has been endorsed by two local MPs and three municipal councillors, including Doug Conley and Donna Skelly from Hamilton. Quirk, who lives in Grimsby, said Hudak has already helped him on his campaign but called the endorsement "fantastic."

The party is having a rolling nomination meeting. Party members can hear and vote for the candidates in Pelham in the morning, Mount Hope in the afternoon and then Grimsby in the evening. The winner should be known by about 9 p.m. Saturday.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection preview

Posted: October 20, 2016 09:16:06 PM
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There is less than a month to go before voters in the Niagara West – Glanbrook riding head to the polls. The by-election, which is slated for november 17th, will look to fill the seat vacated by former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak, who resigned last month.

Rick Dykstra has his eyes set on queen’s park. The former St.Catharines MP is seeking the Progressive Conservative party’s nomination. Dykstra, who currently serves as the party’s president, was ousted from his federal seat in last year’s election. He’s no stranger to provincial politics as he worked under the Mike Harris Administration as an advisor.

He’s up against Regional Councillor Tony Quirk.

The official nominee of the PCs will be announced over the weekend. The riding, which represents over 120,000 voters was vacated by Hudak last month.



The seat was created in 2007 and combines parts of Stoney Creek, Niagara Centre, Lincoln and Hamilton Mountain. Voters in the riding say they’re not pleased with the Liberal Government and while the NDP have not officially announced their candidate, they say they’re not out of the race.

Vicky Ringuette will represent the Liberal party. She is a lawyer who practices family law in downtown Hamilton.

The winner in next month’s by-election will have to run again in less than two years as the Liberal Government plans to set the next election for June 7th 2018.

http://www.chch.com/niagara-we.....yelection/
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a completely unknown 19 year old pc staffer has somehow managed to win the nomination for this riding over 2 well known and high profile candidates , not sure what went down there yesterday but the result is shocking to many )



Teen wins PC nomination in byelection to fill seat vacated by Tim Hudak

Sam Oosterhoff
Sam Oosterhoff is pictured. (@samoosterhoff /Twitter)


The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, October 23, 2016 6:59AM EDT



NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A 19-year-old university student has beat out the president of the Progressive Conservatives to win the party's nomination for an upcoming byelection.

Sam Oosterhoff won the PC nomination Saturday night to become the party's candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook.

The riding was vacated when former party leader Tim Hudak resigned last month and the byelection will be held Nov. 17, along with one in Ottawa-Vanier.

Oosterhoff was up against party president and former MP Rick Dykstra, as well as regional councillor Tony Quirk in seeking the nomination.

Oosterhoff is a student at Brock University and has worked as a legislative assistant in Parliament Hill.

PC Leader Patrick Brown says the byelection is an opportunity to share a "positive message of change."

http://www.cp24.com/news/teen-.....-1.3127501
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Niagara West-Glanbrook Tories go with youth as their candidate in the byelection race


Brock University student Sam Oosterhoff wins nomination

By Kevin Werner, HCN

Brock University student Sam Oosterhoff, 19, (centre) celebrates with his family and friends Oct. 22 at Grimsby Town Hall after winning the Niagara West-Glanbrook provincial Tory nomination for the Nov. 17 byelection.



Stoney Creek News
By Kevin Werner


The Niagara West-Glanbrook provincial Tory riding association is poised to make history by possibly sending one of the youngest MPPs to the Ontario Legislature.

In a surprise win, 19-year-old Brock University student Sam Oosterhoff defeated veteran politicians former St. Catharines Tory MP Rick Dykstra, Grimsby Regional Councillor Tony Quirk, and Mike Williscraft to become the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Nov. 17 byelection.

For Dykstra, this was his second loss in about a year after losing to Liberal Greg Bittle for the St. Catharines MP race.

“Wow,” said Oosterhoff after being introduced as the candidate in front of a gathering of about 70 Tories at the Grimsby Town Hall Oct. 22.

“It was a surprise,” said Oosterhoff in an interview. “I was up against some heavy hitters and you can’t be certain where it goes in a ranked ballot. But I went into (the campaign) to win.”

Oosterhoff will now face Liberal candidate Vicky Ringuette and Green Party candidate Donna Cridland. The NDP candidate will be nominated Oct. 23.

If the Vineland resident wins the byelection, he could become the youngest MPP in the Ontario Legislature.

“It’s something I look forward to,” said Oosterhoff, who had his family in attendance during his acceptance speech.

“I hope people don’t relegate me because of my age,” said Oosterhoff. “I hope people realize that I’m not running because I’m young. I’m running to bring the concerns, values, principles and priorities of this constituency to (the legislature.)”

The Progressive Conservative candidate Raymond Cho swept to victory last month in a byelection for Scarborough-Rouge River, who at 80 years old is one of the oldest MPPs.

Premier Kathleen Wynne called the byelection for Niagara West-Glanbrook to replace veteran Tory MPP Tim Hudak who had represented the riding since it was created in 2003. He left to become the Ontario Real Estate Association’s chief executive officer.

Quirk said Oosterhoff’s win wasn’t too much of a surprise. He said Oosterhof managed to attract enough people and get them to come out to vote.

“He will be a good candidate,” he said.

There were an estimated 1,500 people who voted at three locations throughout the riding. Grimsby’s Town Hall had about 1,000 people who streamed through the doors, while estimates range of about 200 people in Pelham and up to 300 at Mount Hope.

The party had scheduled the vote to be released at 9 p.m., but it was delayed by 45 minutes.

Oosterhoff said the issues facing Niagara West-Glanbrook residents include escalating hydro costs; the need for more infrastructure; funding to finally redevelop West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby; and “general frustration” with the large number of wind turbines throughout the rural parts of the riding.

Oosterhoff who is a student at Brock University taking political science and economics, says if elected MPP, he hopes to continue his education.

“I will devote myself to my constituents 100 per cent,” he said. “That comes first. But I’m not giving up on my education.”

http://www.hamiltonnews.com/ne.....tion-race/
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Oosterhoff joins race to replace Hudak

Vineland man seeking Niagara West-Glanbrook PC nomination


Sam Oosterhoff is running for the Progressive Conservative nomination in the Niagara West Glanbrook byelection.



Grimsby Lincoln News
By Luke Edwards


WEST NIAGARA — He’s going up against some heavy hitters and political veterans, but Sam Oosterhoff thinks a fresh perspective is what’s needed in Niagara West-Glanbrook and that’s what he’ll bring.

Oosterhoff, 19, is the latest to throw his name in the hat to replace Tim Hudak as the provincial riding’s PC candidate. Hudak announced his resignation from politics earlier this year, leaving the Niagara West-Glanrbook riding vacant.

“I think this riding needs someone with fresh perspectives,” he said.

Born and raised in Vineland, Oosterhoff admits he may be young but that doesn’t mean he lacks experience. He spent the better part of a year working on Parliament Hill in Ottawa as a policy analyst and legislative assistant, where he helped frame legislation and did constitutional work.

He’s also been a longtime conservative and has been involved with the PC party for the past few years. Oosterhoff is currently in his first year studying political science at Brock University.

When it comes to his decision to vie for the party’s nomination, Oosterhoff said the Liberal government’s policies have hamstrung millennials like himself by creating a province that lacks jobs and infrastructure but has exceedingly high debt levels.

He also calls himself a strong supporter of municipality rights.

“I saw how the Ontario Liberals have run over municipalities like West Lincoln,” he said, referring the controversial wind turbines that have gone up throughout the township.

Oosterhoff also takes issue with the rising hydro rates.

As a result “cost of living is rising to unbelievable heights,” he said.

While he didn’t grow up dreaming of entering politics, Oosterhoff admits he immediately began contemplating the possibility after Hudak made his announcement.

“Within 20 minutes (of Hudak’s announcement),” he said, when asked how long he’d been considering running. “I like people, and I want to help people.”

He said he’ll do so by listening to and consulting with his constituents. Though he hasn’t been around the political block as many times as some of his fellow candidates, Oosterhoff said he isn’t afraid to listen and surround himself by a strong support system.

And work hard.

“I’ve found if you’re young you have to work twice as hard as the next guy,” he said.

Whether or not it’s himself who eventually becomes the PC candidate, Oosterhoff said it’s important to have someone local represent the riding.

“It’s very important to have someone from our riding,” he said. One of Oosterhoff’s competitors for the nomination is Rick Dykstra, a former St. Catharines MP who was born in West Niagara but now resides in the Garden City.

Other candidates for the PC nomination include Tony Quirk and JD Pachereva

http://www.niagarathisweek.com.....ace-hudak/
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19-year-old student wins Niagara PC nomination


Sam Oosterhoff, a student at Brock University, beat out the president of the Progressive Conservatives to become the party’s candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook.



Sam Oosterhoff, 19, wins the PC nomination for Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection.




By Robert BenzieQueen's Park Bureau Chief

Sun., Oct. 23, 2016




A 19-year-old social conservative is poised to become the youngest MPP in Ontario history next month.

Sam Oosterhoff, a Brock University student, stunned Progressive Conservatives on Saturday night, winning the nomination for a Nov. 17 byelection in the Niagara seat long held by former PC leader Tim Hudak.

Oosterhoff’s upset over party president Rick Dykstra is a blow to PC Leader Patrick Brown, who has recently broken with social conservatives over the sex-education flip-flop in the Sept. 1 Scarborough-Rouge River byelection.

During the Niagara West-Glanbrook nomination battle, the first year political science student vowed to be “a voice for common-sense, pro-family policies and concerns” when he squares off against Liberal lawyer Vicky Ringuette next month.

“I will never waver in my support of parents as primary educators, and I will strive to ensure that parental rights are respected in education,” said Oosterhoff, echoing the concerns expressed by opponents of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s updated health syllabus that includes lessons about gender expression, same-sex relationships, and the risks of sexting.



Some of the teenager’s supporters marched with pro-life placards at voting locations on Saturday and distributed pamphlets with dead fetuses on them to suggest his rivals for the nomination backed abortion rights.

On Sunday the rookie candidate said in an email that he was “really busy” and did not have time to do an interview with the Star. But he‎ stressed

“the anti-abortion protesters were NOT affiliated with my campaign.”




The religious right helped propel Oosterhoff, briefly a junior staffer on Parliament Hill, to victory with 662 votes to 501 for Dykstra, 245 for businessman Mike Williscraft, and 235 for Niagara regional councillor Tony Quirk, who is also a PC Party vice-president.

In a statement, Brown, who was publicly neutral in the contest though he is close to Dykstra, welcomed the newest member of his team.

“I congratulate Sam Oosterhoff on being nominated by the Ontario PC members of Niagara West-Glanbrook as our new candidate for this byelection,” said the Tory leader.

“Life is harder under the Kathleen Wynne Liberals. This byelection the voters of Niagara West-Glanbrook have the opportunity to send the Liberal government a strong and clear message: Enough is enough,” he said.

Privately, senior Conservatives were devastated that Dykstra, who lost his seat as a Tory MP in neighbouring St. Catharines in last October’s federal election, failed to secure the nomination.

“This is the worst possible outcome for Patrick,” a senior PC official, speaking on background in order to discuss internal party workings, said Sunday.

“It’s the revenge of the so-cons,” fumed another high-ranking Tory.

Indeed, Oosterhoff’s decisive win comes weeks after Brown denounced social conservatives in the wake of the party’s bungling during PC MPP Raymond Cho’s victory in Scarborough-Rouge River last month.

Their Scarborough triumph was tainted after 13,000 letters — in English and Chinese and bearing Brown’s signature — were circulated promising to “scrap” the sex-education curriculum if he becomes premier in 2018.

Brown then reneged on that pledge, ‎alienating social conservatives who oppose the updated health lesson plan, and claimed he had nothing to do with the missive being distributed. He insists he supports the modernized sex-education curriculum and is pro-choice.

That despite the fact that his chief of staff, Nicolas Pappalardo, and Dykstra knew the letter was being printed after secret negotiations were held with social conservative activists.

Saturday’s setback comes as the Tories have the wind in their sails. They lead in the province-wide polls and have high hopes of winning the other Nov. 17 byelection in the Liberal stronghold of Ottawa-Vanier, where former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin is their candidate.

If Oosterhoff wins, he will break the record held by MPP Reid Scott, who was 21 when he was elected for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the precursor to the New Democratic Party, in 1948 in the old Toronto riding of Beaches.

Scott, who died in March at 89, remained active in politics his entire life, also serving as an MP, a Toronto councillor, and, briefly, as acting mayor.

Niagara West-Glanbrook, considered a safe Tory seat, was vacated after Hudak resigned to become CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association.

The New Democrats, meanwhile, on Sunday nominated retired police officer Mike Thomas t‎o be their candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook.

Ottawa-Vanier — where Nathalie Des Rosiers, a dean of law at the University of Ottawa, is the Liberal candidate and retired civil servant Claude Bisson is the NDP flag-bearer — had been held by retired Grit attorney general Madeleine Meilleur.


https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/10/23/19-year-old-student-wins-niagara-pc-nomination.html
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Interesting race in the Niagara West Glanbrook by-election


Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML | Hamilton News

Shiona Thompson


Posted: October 24, 2016 06:32 am


Interesting race in the Niagara West Glanbrook by-election
It is shaping up to be an interesting race in the Niagara West Glanbrook by-election to replace Tim Hudak.

The New Democrats have nominated the former president of the Hamilton Police Association Mike Thomas.

There was a surprising upset in the Progressive Conservative nomination.


A 19 year old Brock University student beat out former Harper era MP Rick Dykstra and a Niagara Regional Councillor who had the endorsement of Hudak, Tony Quirk.

The Tories are pinning their hopes on Sam Oosterhoff.

The Liberal candidate is Vicky Ringuette and Green party candidate is Donna Cridland.

The by-election is November 17.

http://www.900chml.com/2016/10/24/88313/
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( the ndp sense they can do better , with liberals being so unpopular and the highly inexperienced 19 year old pc candidate , but its still Niagara west glanbrook so well see )


Niagara West-Glanbrook provincial NDP select former Hamilton police officer as candidate.


By Kevin Werner, HCN

Former Hamilton Police officer Mike Thomas (right) is congratulated by Hamilton Mountain NDP MPP Monique Taylor after he was selected Oct. 23 the Niagara West-Glanbrook NDP provincial candidate in the upcoming byeleciton.



Hamilton Mountain News
By Kevin Werner


The Niagara West-Glanbrook provincial NDP riding association tapped former Hamilton Police officer Mike Thomas to carry their banner into the Nov. 17 byelection.



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Thomas, 56, who has lived in Binbrook for a decade, had been a 35-year police officer and the president of the Hamilton Police Association before retiring in 2014, defeated former Niagara West-Glanbrook provincial NDP candidate Brian McCormack for the nomination. Thomas said he has been a member of the NDP riding association for 33 years.

“I think I bring something very good to the table,” said Thomas. “The people of this area are looking for change. I think we have an opportunity.”

In the 2014 provincial election, Hudak easily won the riding with 23,539 votes, followed by the Liberals at 15,761, and McCormack settling for third with 12,463 votes.

Hudak has kept Niagara West-Glanbrook Tory blue since it was created in 2003.

But with Hudak retiring to become the chief executive officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association, and the Niagara West-Glanbrook provincial Tory riding association voting for 19-year-old Sam Oosterhoff from Vineland in their nomination meeting Oct. 22 to continue the Tory tradition to represent the riding, the NDP members sense they can make inroads into the votes.

Thomas, who currently has a contract position with Hydro One as a security specialist for Western Ontario, said residents in the riding have “lost their voice” over the years with Hudak representing them.

“I want to bring it back,” he said.

NDP Leader Andrea Horvath who attended the nomination meeting at the Livingston Activity Centre in Grimsby Oct. 23, said the party has already sent four NDP MPPs, Wayne Gates, Cindy Forester, Monique Taylor and Paul Miller from the Niagara and Hamilton areas.

“We have a good chance in this byelection,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity. Hopefully (the Tory candidate) helps us. We really do know how to represent rural Ontario.”

Also running in the byelection is Liberal candidate Vicky Ringuette, a Hamilton family lawyer, and Green Party candidate Donna Cridland, who ran in the Welland riding in the 2011 and 2014 provincial elections.

Horvath said the major issue of this byelection is high hydro rates and how to get them back down. She said families across the province are choosing between heating their homes or eating because of the soaring cost of electricity.

In addition, she said the NDP has been the only party to campaign for funding to re-develop the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, but has been put on the shelf.

“It deserves to be rebuilt,” she said.

Thomas said the issues that should be addressed during the campaign include health care, education, and clean water.

And despite the Tory candidate is only 19 years old and a Brock University student, Thomas says he will have a fight on his hands.

“I never underestimate anybody,” said Thomas. “(Oosterhoff) has gone out and won the nomination with new people he brought to the party. No way will I underestimate him.”


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Ottawa Vanier byelection candidates share connections

Byelection set for Nov. 17.



Toronto Star

Nathalie Des Rosiers, who was a civil liberties lawyer when this photo was taken, is now the Liberal candidate in Ottawa Vanier.

By: Ryan Tumilty Metro Published on Mon Oct 24 2016



There is a lot connecting the candidates in the Ottawa-Vanier byelection, both to each other and to the legislature.


The campaign got officially underway last week with a vote scheduled for Nov. 17.


Nathalie Des Rosiers, will attempt to keep the riding in the Liberal fold, where it has been for decades. Des Rosiers is a dean at the University of Ottawa’s law school and worked with Progressive Conservative candidate Andre Marin.


She said her and Marin would get along fine on the campaign trail, but simply represent different viewpoints.


“I have no problem with Andre Marin I just think he chose the wrong party,” she said.


Des Rosiers said she got into the race, because she wants to work with a government prepared to solve problems and not simply complain about them.


“I am running because I really don’t want the Conservatives to get into power in Ontario


Claude Bisson, the NDP candidate, is looking to represent the riding and join his brother in the legislature. Gilles Bisson is the MPP for Timmins - James Bay.


He said his brother is offering support and advice on the run, but the drive to represent the riding was all his.


“My brother and I are best friends, but he has almost nothing to do with me running.”


Bisson said he hopes constituents will recognize his deep local roots.


“I have been in this riding now for over 30 years and I have done a lot of work in this riding,” he said.

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Sam Oosterhoff....
Yikes.
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cosmostein wrote:
Sam Oosterhoff....
Yikes.


think the result in Niagara West Glanbrook is maybe evidence of a disconnect between what the elites in the Ontario pc party want and what the grassroots want . according to articles one of the issues that helped his campaign were social issues like sex education ( which Brown has said is not going to be changed ) so apparently there is still anger out there over it .

clearly Tony Quirk or Rick Dykstra would of been better candidates and had more profile in the riding and region . Dykstra would of almost certainly been a cabinet minister if the pc's win the next election, where is Sam Oosterhoff is going to be a back bench mpp for a long time if they can sell a 19 year old brock student as a realistic option as the riding's mpp in the legislature .

but the riding is so conservative and liberals not popular its had to see someone else winning the by-election , the ndp hold several nearby ridings but Hamilton and Welland are more urban and poorer than this riding .
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