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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( political pundits are unable to explain the need for trudeau's partisan visit to the riding , is it closer then we think ? the ndp are trying hard but cpc barely in it )

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Also: Why is an #LPC Leader campaigning in Ottawa-Vanier. There is zero chance this riding votes anything but Liberal. #elxn42

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trudeau returns to byelection campaign trail but Tories say he should stay away

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OTTAWA — Advance voting opens today in five federal byelections and the prime minister is back on the stump, set to appear at an event for the Liberal candidate in an Ottawa-area riding.

Justin Trudeau’s visit to Ottawa-Vanier follows an event Thursday night in a Toronto riding to stand by the Liberal candidate there, the former director of appointments in his office.

Trudeau has been involved in most federal byelections since he became party leader in 2013, but the opposition argues the rules should be different now that he’s prime minister.

Conservative House leader Candice Bergen says it raises too many questions about whether he’s using taxpayer resources for partisan activities.

Bergen says Trudeau’s presence in the byelection races also serves as another example of his poor judgment.

Elections are being held on April 3 for two seats in Alberta, one in Quebec and two in Ontario.

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Trudeau returns to byelection campaign trail

Mike Blanchfied and Stephanie Levitz

OTTAWA — The Canadian Press

Published Friday, Mar. 24, 2017 1:55PM EDT

Advance voting began Friday in five federal byelections and the prime minister was back on the stump, appearing at an event for the Liberal candidate in an Ottawa-area riding.

Justin Trudeau’s late afternoon visit to Ottawa-Vanier followed an event Thursday night in a Toronto riding with the Liberal candidate there, the former director of appointments in his office.

Justin Trudeau visits table tennis centre near Toronto (The Canadian Press)

The Liberals say he has campaigned in every federal byelection since he became party leader in 2013, but the opposition argue that the rules should be different now that he’s prime minister.

“Prime ministers should just make it a policy to stay away from campaigning during byelections,” said Conservative House leader Candice Bergen.

“It puts public servants in a difficult position, it puts into question who is paying for it, it puts into question will it be claimed on the campaign election expense.”

Liberal officials said the party pays all the costs appropriately determined to be election expenses and this will count toward the applicable election expense limits.

Trudeau’s Ottawa appearance was in support of candidate Mona Fortier, who is seeking to hold the seat long occupied by Mauril Belanger, who died last year from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Fortier’s NDP opponent, Emilie Taman, said Friday she did not particularly object to Trudeau’s appearance on the hustings, but said it is something that needs to be watched.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not running against Justin Trudeau, I’m running against Mona Fortier,” she said.

“I’m borderline wanting to take it as a compliment.

“I wouldn’t want to see our country become like others, where it’s permanent campaign mode, there’s more campaigning being done than governing.”

While Taman said she didn’t want to see partisan politics interfere in the work of governing, she noted she was campaigning Friday with the help of NDP leadership candidates Peter Julien, Guy Caron and Niki Ashton.

The byelections in Alberta are for two seats in Calgary — one vacated by former prime minister Stephen Harper and the other by former immigration minister Jason Kenney, who quit federal politics and now is leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives.

The open seat in Quebec was held by former foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion and the spot in Markham-Thornhill was held by former immigration minister John McCallum, both given diplomatic posts by Trudeau earlier this year.

All of the seats have long been held by their respective parties and it’s unlikely any will change hands on election day, April 3.

Still, that doesn’t mean ridings should be taken for granted, Trudeau told Albertans in a campaign stop there earlier this month.

“They want a better option and that’s exactly what we’re putting forward,” he said. “We will not write off any corner of this country. That’s what I’m doing right here. That’s why I go to every byelection.”

The only riding Trudeau hasn’t hit yet is Saint-Laurent, Dion’s former Montreal-area seat. While he’s expected to visit prior to the vote, it could be awkward. The Liberal candidate, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, won the nomination over the women considered to be the party’s favoured choice.

Other parties are also campaigning hard. The Greens are running their deputy leader in Saint-Laurent and party leader Elizabeth May campaigned there on Friday. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose has been on the stump in Alberta, helped by, among other people, former Conservative foreign affairs minister John Baird and Laureen Harper, the former prime minister’s wife.


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Advance polls open in byelection races in Calgary

Advance polling
Advance polls are open Friday through Monday in the two byelections in Calgary ridings that were vacated by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and newly elected PC leader Jason Kenney.

Michael Franklin, Digital Producer

Published Friday, March 24, 2017 8:08AM MDT

Advance polling stations have opened in two byelections for Calgary ridings that were made vacant shortly after the last general election.

Voters in Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore can submit their ballots from noon to 8:00 p.m. until Monday.

Calgary-Heritage was former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s riding while Calgary-Midnapore was the seat held by Jason Kenney, who was elected this past weekend as Alberta’s PC leader.

Information on where to vote in the byelection can be found on the Elections Canada card that was mailed out.

Voting day for the byelections is on April 3.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( trudeau also campaigned in the St Laurent riding , which has to be one of the safest liberal ridings in montreal and they could surely win without his help )

Trudeau tours Montreal riding ahead of federal byelection

PM tours with candidate who pulled off stunning upset in Saint-Laurent

Canadian Press

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has his hair fixed before a photo session with supporters as Liberal candidate Emmanuella Lambropoulos looks on while campaigning for the byelection in the Saint-Laurent riding, Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is continuing his byelection campaign tour with an appearance in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent riding.

Trudeau is visiting small businesses in Stephane Dion’s former riding with Liberal candidate Emmanuella Lambropoulos.

The 26-year-old Lambropoulos pulled off a stunning upset when she won the nomination over a former provincial cabinet minister considered to be the party favourite.

Former foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion held the riding since 1996 and it has been Liberal for decades.

Earlier, Trudeau served as grand marshal at a Greek independence day parade in his Papineau riding.

Five federal byelections are being held on April...


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Trudeau tours Saint-Laurent riding ahead of federal byelection

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marches in the Greek Independence Day Parade in Montreal on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Christinne Muschi / Montreal Gazette

Minister Justin Trudeau continued his byelection campaign tour on Sunday, appearing in a Montreal riding on behalf of the political upstart who surprised the party with her nomination win.

Trudeau spent about half an hour visiting small businesses in Stéphane Dion’s former riding of Saint-Laurent with Liberal candidate Emmanuella Lambropoulos.

The 26-year-old high school teacher pulled off a stunning upset earlier this month when she won the nomination over a former provincial cabinet minister rumoured to be the party favourite.

But if there was any awkwardness, it didn’t show on Sunday.

Trudeau was all smiles as he went door to door at local coffee shops, shaking hands with residents and encouraging them to vote for Lambropoulos on April 3.

He then sang her praises in a brief speech at her campaign office.

“She’s the very image of Saint-Laurent, the image of the Liberal party,” Trudeau told the crowd.

“She’s young, dynamic, focused on the future, and I have to admit, I have a soft spot because she’s a teacher like me,” he said to loud applause.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns with Liberal candidate Emmanuella Lambropoulos for the byelection in the Saint-Laurent riding, Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Montreal. Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press

Lambropoulos won the Liberal nomination over two other competitors, including former Quebec cabinet minister Yolande James.

The win was not without controversy as the man considered to be one of the strongest candidates was not allowed to run for the nomination.

Alan DeSousa, the well-known mayor of St-Laurent for the past 15 years, was not told why he was rejected as a candidate.

Former Foreign Affairs minister Stéphane Dion held the riding since 1996 and it is considered a Liberal safe seat.

The NDP has selected Mathieu Auclair to carry its banner in the Saint-Laurent riding, while the Tories have picked Jimmy Yu, who came in second place in the 2015 election behind Dion with 20 per cent of the vote.

The Greens are running their deputy leader, Daniel Green, and the Bloc Québécois has chosen William Fayad.

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Earlier on Sunday, Trudeau served as grand marshal at a Greek Independence Day Parade in his Papineau riding, accompanied by a number of federal and provincial politicians, including Lambropoulos.

Five federal byelections are being held on April 3 for two seats in Ontario, two in Alberta and one in Quebec.

Trudeau has visited all five in recent days, even though they have long been held by their respective parties and it’s unlikely any will change hands.

Advance voting began on Friday


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( early numbers of turnout for the by elections has been released , big drop from 2015 although to get 5000 people out to an advance poll is still considered strong turnout for a by election but no where near the 10,000 plus who used advance polls in 2015 )

News Releases and Media Advisories

First Estimate of Advance Poll Turnout

Preliminary Figures from Advance Polls in
Federal By-elections Now Available

Gatineau, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
•Preliminary figures indicate that 23,075 electors voted at the advance polls for the by-elections in Calgary Heritage (Alberta), Calgary Midnapore (Alberta), Markham–Thornhill (Ontario), Ottawa–Vanier (Ontario) and Saint-Laurent (Quebec).
•Note that these are preliminary estimates and that not all polls may have reported as yet.
•The table below shows the number of electors who voted in advance in the current by-elections and those who did so in the 42nd general election in 2015.

Electoral District

1.Preliminary Number of Voters at Advance Polls in Current By-election

2. Official Number of Voters at Advance Polls in 42nd General Election

1. 2.
Calgary Heritage
4,843 - 11,179

Calgary Midnapore
4,450 - 9,544

5,577 - 11,085

4,734 - 13,460

3,471 - 8,342

23,075 - 53,610

Ready to vote

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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More than 23,000 vote early for April 3 byelections

Markham-Thornhill had largest turnout

Dustin Cook

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The push is on to the final tally in five by-elections across the country, including the contest in Ottawa-Vanier. Photo: Dustin Cook.

Just more than 23,000 Canadians have voted early in five byelections slated for April 3. Elections Canada released the totals on Tuesday.

As is usually the case, advance voting in these byelections was lower than in a general election. In the 2015 federal vote 53,610 cast early ballots in these ridings. The election that year saw a massive national turnout in the advance polls with 3.6 million votes cast, a 71 per cent increase over the early voting turnout in 2011.

The most early votes this year were cast in the riding of Markham-Thornhill with 5,577 where the PMO’s former appointments secretary Mary Ng is running for election to replace former MP and cabinet minister John McCallum, who is the new envoy to China. Ng’s candidacy caused an uproar among Liberals in the riding, with some accusing the party of meddling to ensure her victory.

The riding of Saint-Laurent saw the lowest early turnout of 3,471. Saint Laurent is the riding of former Liberal leader and Global Affairs minister Stephane Dion, who has left politics for a diplomatic post. Saint-Laurent saw an upset win by Emmanuella Lambropoulos for the Liberal nomination. She defeated a party favourite, the former Quebec cabinet minister Yolande James. The nomination process saw controversy when Alan DeSousa, the veteran mayor of the city of Saint-Laurent, was blocked from running for the nomination.

The two Alberta ridings of Calgary Heritage and Calgary Midnapore had advance voter turnouts of 4,843 and 4,450 respectively. Both are seen as safe Conservative seats. Calgary Heritage was held by former prime minister Stephen Harper and former immigration minister Jason Kenney left his post in Calgary Midnapore to contest and win the Progressive Conservative leadership in Alberta.

The riding of Ottawa-Vanier saw 4,734 advanced voters down sharply from 13,460 early voters the riding had in the 2015 election.

The prime minister has campaigned with all five Liberal party candidates, prompting attacks from the opposition. Conservative House leader Candice Bergen said Justin Trudeau should not be campaigning during byelections.

Ottawa-Vanier NDP candidate Emilie Taman said she believes the prime minister is worried about the pending results of the byelections, which is why he is putting in the effort to visit each riding.

“I think it’s clear that he’s starting to feel the heat from all the backlighting he’s been doing on a lot of issues that were important to all Canadians including many who live in Ottawa-Vanier,” she said.

Ottawa-Vanier Liberal hopeful Mona Fortier defended Trudeau in an email to iPolitics noting that the PM has campaigned in every byelection since becoming Liberal leader in 2013.

Taman had company of her own joining her on the campaign trail with NDP MPs and leadership candidates Peter Julian, Guy Caron and Niki Ashton campaigning with her on Friday.

The Ottawa-Vanier byelection was called to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger from ALS in August 2015. A Liberal has won the riding since its creation in the mid-1930s. Fortier, if elected, would be the first woman to represent the riding.

Candidates in Ottawa-Vanier will square off in two more debates before the vote on Monday. The first will be held Wednesday at Colonel By Secondary School and the final debate will be March 31 and will focus on the environment.

“It’s just an opportunity for voters to really see the candidates share their competing views for the riding and on national issues so I think it gives them a lot to work with in terms of who to support in the byelection,” Taman said.

Dustin Cook is a journalism student at Carleton University.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't take too much from the turnout , it was always clear the extremely high advance poll turnout in 2015 was a one time event. possibly due to the long election or fact it was on thanksgiving long weekend .

so it shouldn't be a surprise the numbers have returned to more normal levels and similar to other by elections . the by elections also haven't generated a lot of press and seem to be without a pressing issue to motivate people one way or another . 2 of the opposition parties are also more focused on leadership races than the by elections

the ndp don't even mention the by elections on there website and feature no photo's or articles on the candidates there running

which is a total opposite from the conservative website which has a picture of all 5 candidates and encourages people to vote for them on april 3rd

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Candidates in St-Laurent by-election square off in debate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns with Liberal candidate Emmanuella Lambropoulos for the byelection in the Saint-Laurent riding, Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Montreal. Presse Canadienne

Published on: March 29, 2017 | Last Updated: March 29, 2017 12:31 PM EDT

The candidate favoured to win the St-Laurent by-election, liberal Emmanuella Lambropoulos, will undergo her baptism of fire on Wednesday when she will face all of her opponents in a first debate.

Lambropoulos, NDP candidate Mathieu Auclair, Bloc Québécois’ William Fayad, Green Party candidate Daniel Green and Conservative Jimmy Yu will face off at Vanier College.

The April 3 election is intended to replace former federal minister Stéphane Dion, who was appointed ambassador of Canada to Germany and the European Union.

Dion has held this seat for more than 20 years and the constituency is considered a liberal fortress.

Lambropoulos may have to answer for the actions of her party, notably the fact that the Liberals rejected the candidacy of St-Laurent borough mayor Alan DeSousa without an explanation.

The young teacher also caused a surprise by winning the inauguration, as the party favoured the candidacy of former Liberal provincial minister Yolande James. And a former Liberal candidate, Marwah Rizqy, was also on the ballot against Lambropoulos, who is an unknown.

The campaign in the Liberal stronghold was marked by the visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The debate will have no influence on the opinion of several voters who have already voted in advance polls, which closed on Monday.

In the 2015 election, Stéphane Dion was elected with more than 61 per cent of votes. Conservative Jimmy Yu managed to collect just over 19 per cent of the vote. The NDP finished third, followed by the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party.


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Newcomers take stage for Saint-Laurent byelection

CTV Montreal
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:29PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:25PM EDT

Candidates running in the federal riding of Saint-Laurent faced off Wednesday in front of students at Vanier College.

For two of the five candidates running in the upcoming byelection, it was their first debate in the political sphere.

“Obviously I feel I can always improve, but I feel I got my message across,” said Emmanuella Lambropoulos of the Liberals, a 26-year-old high school teacher who is a newcomer and surprise win for candidacy.

Mathieu Auclair, who is running for the NDP, is also a newcomer.

“There are a lot of young families in the riding that need to be represented in parliament and there are not a lot of youth MPs,” he said.

Also taking questions on immigration, education and fiscal politics were Jimmy Yu of the Conservatives,William Fayad of the Bloc Quebecois and Daniel Green for the Green Party.

“Often the Green Party is excluded from debates, so I'm happy that Vanier had the democratic vision to include us,” said Green.

The Saint-Laurent riding is a Liberal stronghold, and the party's young candidate took tough questions from her opponents on why longtime Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan de Sousa wasn't allowed to run – though she didn’t give any answers.

“For me, it was a very open process. I was given the same opportunity that the other candidates were given and that's literally all that I know,” she said.

They also grilled her on electoral reform and what they called a broken promise from the prime minister.

“I think it was a promise to consult Canadians,” she said. When a reporter challenged her, saying it was a campaign promise to reform the electoral system, she repeated, “I think it was a promise to look into it.”

The Saint-Laurent byelection will be held on April 3.


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Don't expect an Ottawa-Vanier byelection upset, uOttawa professor says

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First posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 04:52 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 04:55 PM EDT

Mona Fortier
Mona Fortier wrested the Ottawa-Vanier LIberal nomination from seven other candidates.

As voters prepare to cast their ballots in the Ottawa-Vanier byelection on Monday, a University of Ottawa political science professor says the riding will likely be Liberal — still.

Ottawa-Vanier has a never seen an MP from any other party since its formation. The byelection is taking place to fill the seat of MP Mauril Bélanger, who died last August from ALS.

Mona Fortier is the Liberal candidate in the byelection.

“It’s been a longstanding tradition to vote Liberal so I don’t think it will change,” said Prof. Pierre Martel.

Conservative candidate Adrian Papara says he will work to hold the Liberal government accountable and lower the taxes for his constituents. NDP candidate Emile Taman returns to the campaign race from the previous election and promises to bring more attention to social justice issues.

Martel thinks the NDP, which was neck-and-neck with the Conservatives in this riding in the last election, could have an advantage this time. Papara has received some criticism because he is unable to speak French.

“You cannot reach out and be able to interact with a significant portion of the electorate,” said Martel. “I don’t think it’s going to be a major issue but it’s going to be an issue.”

Constituents of Ottawa-Vanier are concerned with issues such as the ongoing Phoenix pay system problems, a lack of affordable housing, electoral reform and support for local schools.

The byelection has had a 15 per cent advanced voter turnout. The polls open on Monday in voting stations across the riding.

“If you look at the recent election in Ontario and the overall discontent of Premier Wynne’s policies, it may affect the byelection, but I don’t think it’s going to change,” said Martel.


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Everything you need to know about Monday's byelection in Ottawa-Vanier
Liberal since its creation in 1935

By Joanne E. Laucius
First posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 07:22 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, March 31, 2017 07:29 PM EDT

When it comes to political strongholds, there are few as unassailable as Ottawa-Vanier.

As a federal riding, it has been Liberal since its creation in 1935. Its last MP, Mauril Bélanger, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) just weeks after winning in the last federal election in October 2015, and died last August. He won eight elections, starting with a 1995 byelection.

Widely regarded as a hard worker and a fierce defender of francophone rights, Bélanger's legacy is a well-oiled riding political machine. The riding association is among the richest and best-engaged in the country. One example: About 6,500 people in Ottawa-Vanier took advantage of free membership to register with the party. In February, a nomination meeting voted Mona Fortier as Bélanger's successor from a field of eight contenders. It was one of the best-attended nomination meetings in Eastern Ontario in the past 30 years, according to Liberal organizers.

Fortier, a University of Ottawa MBA graduate and lifelong resident of the riding who has worked in non-profit organizations and as a communications consultant, considers Bélanger to be a mentor. She was also endorsed by his widow, Catherine.

Fortier was a volunteer in all eight of Bélanger's campaigns and worked in the fight to keep the Montfort Hospital open. She has Bélanger's reservoir of goodwill in the riding and a community profile of her own as a member of the Provincial Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs and the Montfort Hospital's board of directors.

"I learned a lot about the values of equality and responsibility and giving back to the community — especially diversity and minority rights," she says.

Fortier believes the Liberal bastion will hold in Ottawa-Vanier. "I prefer to think of it as 'Keeping it red,' " she says. "Even if I'm not Mauril Bélanger, I'm very involved in the community."

Ottawa-Vanier has just over 100,000 people. It encompasses some of the city's poorest neighbourhoods and its most affluent. The riding covers Vanier and Rockcliffe, as well as Sandy Hill, Lowertown, New Edinburgh and Overbrook. It still retains a strong francophone presence — about a third of residents count French as their first language. However, about one in four people have neither French nor English as a mother tongue, and it has growing numbers of residents from Africa, southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as an expanding indigenous population.

Among the issues in the riding: job creation, health care, housing, secure retirement for low-income seniors, keeping truck traffic off King Edward Avenue, crime and homelessness.

Fortier believes developing the economy in Ottawa-Vanier means building on the institutions that already exist, including the University of Ottawa, La Cité, the Montfort and the NRC. "We have to look at the strengths in the community," she says.

Her main competition comes from Emilie Taman, a federal prosecutor who is the daughter of former Supreme Court of Canada justice Louise Arbour. Taman was forced to give up her job when she decided to run as an NDP candidate against Bélanger in 2015. She is now an assistant law professor at the University of Ottawa.

Taman was considered a credible challenger in the 2015 election, attracting longtime Liberal supporters to the NDP, which had targeted Ottawa-Vanier as a riding it could win. In 2011, her predecessor NDP candidate Trevor Hache had won 15,391 votes to Bélanger's 20,009, part of a nation-wide NDP surge.

But Bélanger swept to victory again in 2015 with the Liberal tide, winning 19,225 votes to 6,477 for Conservative candidate David Piccini and 6,331 votes for Taman.

Less than a year-and-a-half later, Taman believes that there is already a level of cynicism that the Liberals' sunny ways have not translated into a feeling of security about jobs, housing and the future. Besides, a byelection is a different beast than an election.

"Last time, it was very much about a widespread desire for a change in government. People were voting strategically. That is off the table in a byelection," she says. "There's a level of disappointment over the Liberal government. Last time, I was running against a long-entrenched and beloved incumbent. And I could see why."

But there's a different dynamic now, she says. "I expected I would have to make my case more strongly. But there are many, many people who are already there. Even longtime Liberals are seeing the value in strengthening the progressive opposition."

There are two other candidates in the mix. The Green party's candidate is Nira Dookeran, a high school teacher who also ran in the 2015 election. The Conservative candidate is Adrian Papara, a political aide.

Papara, born in Romania, grew up in British Columbia and did an MBA at the University of Ottawa. He lived in Ottawa-Vanier for about three years, but moved downtown about a year ago to be closer to his work. While both Fortier and Taman are fluently bilingual, Papara is working on his French and said he has shied away from participating in debates in French because he was not comfortable with the language. Meanwhile, he has made an unorthodox campaign promise: if he wins he will give 10 per cent of his wages as an MP to projects that help the community, such as addictions programs.

Papara says many voters in the riding are disillusioned with the Liberal government. The Phoenix pay system mess has many civil servants in the riding angry. Others are frustrated about the lack of secure jobs. The riding needs to attract incubators and accelerators to support entrepreneurship, he argues.

"That's what they have in Kanata. In Vanier, you go down Montreal Road and you have pot dispensaries and pay-day loan offices. These are not the businesses you want to attract," he says.

"Byelections are tricky. They're a great way for people to send a message to government. There is a lot of discontent."

Fortier says that's not what she's been hearing.

"I've been hearing that the country has challenges. But we're going to move forward together," she says. "That's what I'm hearing at the door."


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NDP gave maps, advice and other help to a third-party anti-Liberal group in Ottawa by-election

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau records a video greeting for the brother of Andrea Hughes', second from right, who went to school with Trudeau, as Liberal candidate for Ottawa-Vanier Mona Fortier, left, and Roxane Pothakos, right, look on, as they meet with constituents in the riding ahead of a by-election, in Ottawa on Friday, March 24, 2017.

OTTAWA — As voters get set to head to the polls Monday in five federal by-elections, new evidence has emerged that the New Democrats have provided strategic help and research to a third party that is endorsing NDP and Green candidates.

The National Post has obtained e-mails and memos written by the president and other members of Fair Vote Canada, a third-party group which has been a strong advocate of electoral reform. The documents acknowledge that the NDP campaign in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier provided maps and research to Fair Vote to help that organization decide where to deploy its resources to assist the electoral efforts of the candidates it has endorsed.

Contacted Saturday, Fair Vote Canada confirmed that it sought and received the NDP’s help and the NDP did not challenge that view.

Fair Vote Canada has publicly endorsed both NDP and Green candidates in all five ridings that vote Monday for new members of parliament.

“The aim would be to send the Liberal government a message that voters were not going to forgive them for reneging on their promise of making 2015 the last (first-past-the-post) election by encouraging voters to support either the NDP or the Green Party for their positive stances on proportional representation,” a Fair Vote Canada volunteer writes in a memo, obtained by the Post, that was distributed to Fair Vote supporters. The document’s title is “FVC flyer distribution project, 2017 Ottawa-Vanier by-election: Lessons Learned: A guide for similar efforts by Fair Vote Canada chapters across Canada in future by-elections and general elections.”

Fair Vote Canada president Real Lavergne confirmed the authenticity of the memo and that his group got help from the NDP to organize its anti-Liberal campaign in Ottawa-Vanier.

Federal elections law prohibits third parties and political parties from colluding if that collusion has the effect of helping a political party exceed mandated spending limits. It is less clear if a political party is allowed to provide advice and materials to a third-party or if that third party is allowed to receive such direct assistance.

Elections Canada officials were not available Saturday.

Certainly, third parties like Fair Vote Canada are free to endorse any candidate or party they choose but Conservative Party spokesman Cory Hann said the arrangement between Fair Vote Canada and the NDP appears to go beyond that.

“This certainly would appear to blur what should be a clear line between the work of an official political party and the efforts of third-party groups,” Hann said in a statement Saturday. “Third-party groups should remain exactly that — third-party, and not some covert arm of any one political party.”

Liberals were similarly unimpressed. “These appear to be very troubling actions, and it’s essential that every party follows the clear rules that keep our democratic process transparent and accountable,” said Braeden Caley, a party spokesman.

Lavergne said Fair Vote Canada has done nothing wrong and is well under the spending limit imposed by Elections Canada.

“We’re very sensitive to the the third-party issue,” Lavergne said in a telephone interview Saturday.

For their part the New Democrats did not dispute that they gave assistance to Fair Vote Canada and made no apologies for it.

“I imagine that the Liberals are not very happy about this but I can’t imagine they are surprised given the Prime Minister decided to abandon the electoral reform commitment he made,” Sarah Jordison, NDP campaign manager in Ottawa-Vanier, said in an e-mailed statement.

In addition to Ottawa-Vanier, by-elections will be held Monday in a Montreal riding, in Markham, Ont., and in two ridings in Calgary.

All are considered safe seats for their incumbent parties: The Liberals in Ottawa, Montreal and Markham and the Conservatives in Calgary.

Nonetheless, Fair Vote Canada hopes to boost the number of NDP and Green votes as an expression of dissatisfaction with the Trudeau government’s decision to shelve electoral reform plans.

In Ottawa-Vanier, Lavergne sent Fair Vote Canada supporters an e-mail — a copy of which was obtained by the Post — in which he discussed the content and distribution strategy for 15,000 postcard-style flyers.

But with about 87,000 eligible voters in Ottawa-Vanier, Fair Vote Canada needed some help to identify how it could best distribute thise flyers to maximum effect — so it turned to the NDP.

The memo obtained by the Post acknowledges that Fair Vote Canada got “some help from the NDP campaign of candidate Emilie Taman to identify priority ridings,” a fact confirmed by Lavergne.

Later in that memo, the author writes “The NDP office also helped us with Elections Canada maps that we might have had trouble getting ourselves” and “The NDP had prepared maps for us of their recommended priority 50 polls. These were very useful.”

Again, Lavergne confirmed these facts.

Lavergne also wrote: “The NDP … gave us a high-resolution pdf map of the whole riding, which indicated the boundaries of all the polls. This would prove invaluable later on.”

In addition to providing help with maps, the NDP also provided strategic advice to Fair Vote Canada about where to deploy its canvassers.

“We ended up covering 48 of the 50 priority polls on our blitz day … and asked the NDP for more maps,” the Google Document’s author wrote. “They provided eight more on the spot, but ran dry after that. They suggested that we not bother leafleting zones that were quite conservative or with low voter turnout. And that we should focus on the U of O campus and getting into some of the apartment blocks within the zones already identified.”


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NDP is at it again. Remember how they tried to off-load the expenses of camaign work (between elections) off on the subsidized part of their funding?


They seem to be at it agan.

Why does anyone think these louts are 'morally superior' to anybody?
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