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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the former ndp candidate in Surrey has left the ndp and gone green )

Former NDP candidate going Green for South Surrey-White Rock byelection

Pixie Hobby, a federal candidate in 2015, announces support for Larry Colero
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A former NDP candidate is going Green in the upcoming byelection.

According to a news release issued Wednesday evening, Pixie Hobby is endorsing Green Party candidate Larry Colero for the South Surrey-White Rock seat.

“I am excited to offer my support for Larry Colero. He is a most honest, caring and intelligent person, and someone I would be proud to call my MP,” Hobby states in the release. “And, my experience tells me that there is only one party in Canada that is fundamentally dedicated to securing the change we need to face the challenges of our times.”

Hobby, an environmental lawyer and South Surrey resident, ran against Colero in the 2015 election that saw former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts fill the seat under the Conservative banner.

The byelection, set for Dec. 11, was triggered by Watts’ decision in September to resign her position to pursue leadership of the BC Liberals.

Hobby could not be reached for comment by Peace Arch News press time Thursday morning, however, in an email chain shared by Green Party of Canada spokesperson Sonia Theroux, Hobby describes the quote attributed to her in the news release as “fabulous.”

UPDATE: In an email to PAN early Friday (Dec. 1), Hobby said she is no longer a member of the NDP – or any political party – and that her use of the word “fabulous” was to communicate to Theroux that “she had recorded my comments accurately.”


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some of the posts online seem to be indicating turnout has been light so far for the advance polls , this person claimed only 7 people had voted at his advance poll in Newfoundland during the first hour )

Kevin Kelly‏ @KKellyNF · Dec 1

Went to vote at advance poll for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity federal by-election in Marystown & I was only the seventh voter overall after first hour of voting. Advance polls continue daily until Dec. 4, so go vote if you can't vote on Dec. 11th. #nlpoli #cdnpoli

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Trudeau in town ahead of federal by-election in South Surrey-White Rock


by NEWS 1130 Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2017 7:29 am PST
Last Updated Dec 2, 2017 at 11:44 am PST

(Ellen Coulter, NEWS 1130 Photo)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The Prime Minister is in the Lower Mainland today ahead of a by-election that’s just over a week away.

He’s making a stop in Surrey to support Liberal candidate and former White Rock Mayor Gordon Hogg who’s trying to win the seat previously held by Dianne Watts, who stepped down to run for the BC Liberal leadership.

The NDP’s Jonathan Silveira is also running. You may remember him as a candidate in the May provincial election. Former National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay is running for the Conservatives.

Last weekend federal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made an appearance in Surrey to help boost Hogg’s campaign.

The by-election for South Surrey-White Rock, as well as three other ridings, will be held on December 11th.


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( it may be a federal by election but provincial candidates are very much involved , Vincent Ke is the ont pc candidate in Don Valley North )

Vincent Ke‏ @Vincentke2018 · 11h11 hours ago

Canvass poll #37 at Scarborough-Agincourt today, visit 176 families, get 86 solid voters and 18 lawn signs. go Dasong go! @CPC_HQ candidate @ #cdnpoli

( some of wynne's mpp's and even ministers also seem to be visiting even though its a federal vote , Minister of Transport Steven Del Duca was in the riding )

Miroslav Glavić‏ @MiroslavGlavic · 12h12 hours ago

My favourite Steven @StevenDelDuca at @JeanYip3 's campaign office. Earlier today #Scarborough #Agincourt #ScarbTO #PositivePolitics #TeamTrudeau #LPC – at Milliken Square

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( trudeau is also visiting the Sask by election even though the liberal campaign hasn't been especially high profile in the riding )

Larry Ingram‏ @LarryIngramLPC · 15h15 hours ago

I am thrilled to welcome Justin Trudeau to Battlefords-Lloydminster on Thursday. Let's give him a warm Saskatchewan welcome!
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( scheer is also coming back the BC for the by election )

Ian Bailey‏Verified account @ianabailey · 16h16 hours ago

.@AndrewScheer will be in #SouthSurreyWhiteRock on Monday and Tuesday campaigning for #CPC candidate @KerryLynneFindl #bcpoli #cdnpoli

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the liberal mpp for scarborough Agincourt is even going as far as claiming residents are complaining about ndp and cpc signs on public property )

Soo Wong‏ @SooWongMPP · Dec 1

Heard complaints+++from #ScarboroughAgincourt residents re signs on public properties incl parks & schools; called 311 w your complaint @JohnTory @norm @jimkarygiannis #ScarbTO

( a long list of current cpc mp's also have been to the riding although I've never seen any riding specific polling to indicate if the race is even close ? Jean Yip was seen as a shoe in when vote called but she seems to be needing an awful lot of help from the liberals to seal the deal who have brought in many mp's as well )

Stephanie Kusie‏ @StephanieKusie · Nov 29

Fantastic to visit our candidate @DasongZou today in Scarborough-Agincourt #CPC #cdnpoli

Dasong Zou‏ @DasongZou · 22h22 hours ago

It's great to have @DeanAllisonMP at our campaign office this morning. Looking forward to doorknocking with Dean. #Cdnpoli #Scarborough #ScarboroughAgincourt

Dasong Zou‏ @DasongZou · Dec 2

Team @deepakobhrai is in the house! #cdnpoli #Scarborough #ScarboroughAgincourt

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Liberals could unseat Tories in competitive South Surrey-White Rock byelection

South Surrey-White Rock is the seen as the only pick-up opportunity for any party among the four byelections scheduled for Dec. 11. The Liberals are in 'good shape to win three of the four ridings,' according to Mainstreet Research president and CEO Quito Maggi.

Pollsters says Liberal candidate Gordie Hogg, right, has a good chance of defeating former Tory cabinet minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay, left, and flipping a marginal Greater Vancouver seat in the Dec. 11 byelection. The Hill Times file photograph and Liberal Party of Canada photo


PUBLISHED :Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 12:00 AM

The federal Liberals have the inside track to flip a marginal Greater Vancouver seat up for grabs next week, thanks partly to a well-known and popular local candidate, though the three other byelections slated for Dec. 11 likely won’t change hands, say pollsters.

Quito Maggi, president and CEO of Mainstreet Research, said his firm’s polling in the South Surrey-White Rock, B.C., riding suggests Liberal candidate Gordie Hogg, a former local politician and ex-provincial cabinet minister, has a good chance at snatching the seat from the opposition Conservatives, though a strong showing from the Greens could be the “deciding factor.”

“It’s most certainly a two way race between Liberals and Conservatives, within five per cent,” he said in an emailed statement. “Things can change so the caution is there about the expected outcome, it may be volatile as byelections often are.”

The riding is one of four up for grabs next month, and comes mere weeks after the Trudeau government celebrated its two-year anniversary in office. Majority governments in Ottawa typically serve four-year terms, and the next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 21, 2019, under non-binding fixed-date legislation brought in by the former federal Conservative government.

The vote in the Vancouver area, though, is the only one expected to be competitive, with Dianne Watts winning the riding in 2015 by only two and a half points over a spirited Liberal challenger.

Ms. Watts resigned the seat earlier this year to seek the leadership of the B.C. Liberals, the major centre-right party at the provincial level, borne out of a coalition free enterprise voters opposed to the NDP.

Mr. Hogg was nominated as the Liberal candidate early last month. He represented the riding of Surrey-White Rock in the B.C. Legislature as a member of the B.C. Liberals from 1997 until May 2017, serving as the children and family development minister in the first years of the Gordon Campbell government in the early 2000s.

Mr. Hogg served as mayor of White Rock for 10 years and also sat on city council.

The Conservatives nominated Harper-era cabinet minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who was defeated in a nearby Vancouver-area riding in the 2015 election by Liberal Carla Qualtrough (Delta, B.C.), who now serves as public services and procurement minister. Ms. Findlay represented the now-defunct Delta-Richmond East riding for a single term between 2011 and 2015, and served as the national revenue minister for the last two years of the Harper government.

The NDP is nominating community organizer Jonathan Silveira, while ethics educator and professional facilitator Larry Colero is running for the Greens. In 2015, the NDP candidate finished a distant third with 10 per cent of the vote, and the Greens won just over three per cent.

When asked, Mr. Maggi described Mr. Hogg as a “very popular” candidate that out polls a generic Liberal by a few points.

A popular local candidate can translate into better results by increasing turnout, he said, pointing to the stronger than expected victory by local mayor and Liberal candidate Richard Hébert in this past summer’s byelection in the Quebec riding of Lac Saint Jean.

“We had a three to four point win for the Liberals in Lac Saint Jean and they won by over 10 per cent, largely due to the popularity of the local candidate and a significant organizational advantage over the other parties,” he said.

Mr. Maggi also pointed out that incumbency has “benefits,” and while the Tories last held South Surrey-White Rock, the Liberals are the incumbent government and “should be a draw.”

But come Dec. 11, it will “come down to local popularity,” he said.

Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, agreed that Mr. Hogg wields considerable personal popularity in the area, saying that if the Liberals are able to win the seat, it would be a rare circumstance when a strong local candidate can “drive and motivate votes as opposed to the party and party leader.”

“He’s well-known and well-liked,” she said in a phone interview.

“He carries both longtime local roots and right-of-centre credentials. He’s got those [credentials] on the street, on the local level.”

The remaining three seats up for grabs next month are longtime party strongholds that haven’t changed hands since their inception.

In Scarborough-Agincourt, located in Toronto’s east end, Liberal candidate Jean Yip is expected to easily win election and succeed her late husband Arnold Chan as MP for the riding.

Mr. Chan, a former provincial Liberal staffer and lawyer, was first elected in a 2014 byelection, replacing longtime Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis, who represented the riding since it was established in 1988.

Mr. Chan won re-election in 2015 with nearly 52 per cent of the vote in 2015, with Conservative Bin Chang finishing second with 38 per cent.

Mr. Chan passed away in September after spending the better part of the past three years battling cancer.

Ms. Kurl said she expects the emotional connection between constituents and the late Mr. Chan to have “quite an impact in driving votes” for Ms. Yip, though cautioned that voters may use the byelection to express their discontent with the provincial Liberal government.

“Provincially, the Ontario Liberals are very unpopular, they’re struggling. Will that rub-off on voters? Will they seek to take revenge on one Liberal brand on the federal level because they’re not able to do anything at the provincial level? Sometimes that can play a role,” she explained.

Mr. Maggi predicted that Ms. Yip would win by a “wide margin,” with the Tories to finish second, saying the final numbers could replicate the results of Mr. Chan’s byelection victory in 2014, when he won with 59 per cent of the vote.

“Organizational capacity, incumbency, and goodwill to Ms. Yip will all be factors that lead to a very large margin of victory,” he wrote.

The Conservatives are nominating banking executive Dasong Zou, while the NDP is putting forward Brian Chang, who served as the operations director for Jagmeet Singh’s successful leadership campaign.

The NDP finished third in 2015, with nearly eight per cent of all ballots. The Greens, who are nominating production company owner Michael DiPasquale, won 1.35 per cent of the vote in the last election.

The remaining two byelections will be held in the west-central Saskatchewan riding of Battlefords-Lloydminster and Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in central Newfoundland.

Asked about the effect cooler temperatures could have on the byelection results, Mr. Maggi said cold and snowy weather would be factors in turnout, most likely in the ridings in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador where the weather “might be the most severe.”

Lower turnout, he added, “benefits” incumbents, and combined with the organizational advantage, the Liberals are in “good shape to win three of the four ridings, and finish a “decent second place” in Battlefords-Lloydminster.

Conservative candidate and former Hill staffer Rosemarie Falk is expected to cruise to victory in the rural Saskatchewan riding, last held by former Harper-era agriculture minister Gerry Ritz.

Mr. Ritz, who resigned earlier this fall, represented the riding from its inception in 1997, first for the Reform Party, then as a member of the Canadian Alliance, and finally for the Conservative Party. He won re-election in 2015 with 61 per cent of the vote, followed by candidates from the NDP and Liberals, who won roughly 18 and 17 per cent, respectively.

Ms. Falk previously served as a legislative assistant for Alberta Conservative MP Arnold Viersen (Peace River-Westlock, Alta.).

Conversely, the Liberals are nominating small business owner and former municipal councillor Larry Ingram, with the NDP naming professional mixed martial arts fighter Matt Fedler as its flag-bearer.

In the last race, local mayor and former N.L. Liberal president Churence Rogers is the overwhelming favourite to succeed ex-public services and procurement minister Judy Foote as the MP for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, which was first contested in 2015.

Ms. Foote, who represented a previous iteration of the sprawling central Newfoundland riding since 2008, won the largest percentage of any candidate in 2015, drawing close to 82 per cent of the vote.

She resigned this fall for health and family reasons.

Mr. Rogers’ major rivals look to be Conservative candidate Mike Windsor, a teacher, and Memorial University researcher Tyler Downey of the NDP.

There have already been eight byelections held since the last federal election in October 2015, with Lac Saint Jean the only riding not to be retained by the incumbent party.


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Mike Smyth: Trudeau, Scheer duke it out in Surrey as razor-close byelection nears

More from Mike Smyth

December 4, 2017

December 4, 2017 5:17 PM PST

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and South Surrey-White Rock Conservative byelection candidate Kerry-Lynne Findlay visit a candy store while campaigning Monday in Surrey, DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Columnist Mike Smyth writes about next week's federal byelection in Surrey

Voters in Surrey haven’t had this much face time with Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer since — well, since ever, actually.

The Liberal prime minister and the Conservative opposition leader have both made two separate swings through Surrey in advance of a fiercely contested Dec. 11 byelection.

“It’s going to be competitive,” Scheer said Monday during his latest visit to South Surrey-White Rock. “It was close last time and it could be close again.”

And that’s clearly annoying to Scheer and the Conservatives, because the riding has normally been considered safe turf for the Tories.

The seat became vacant when former Conservative MP Dianne Watts resigned to run for the B.C. Liberal leadership. Watts narrowly retained the riding in the 2015 federal election, despite a Trudeaumania wave that gave the Liberals a record 17 B.C. seats.

The Liberals have a great local candidate in Gordon Hogg, the popular former provincial MLA and White Rock mayor.

But now the Conservative are bringing up an incident involving Hogg in the early 1990s and questioning whether the Liberals are tough enough on crime.

Back in 1993, Hogg was the director of the Willingdon Youth Custody Centre when a violent prisoner named Danny Perrault was transferred to an open-custody facility with no guards. Perrault walked away from the no-security facility and raped a 28-year-old woman.

A judge’s report following a public inquiry said Hogg approved the transfer, although another detention-centre official was identified as “the driving force” behind the decision. Hogg was demoted and apologized.

Now, with Surrey citizens concerned about gang violence, the Conservatives say the 24-year-old incident shows the need to be tough on crime.

“Canada’s Conservatives will always put the safety and security of Canadians first, and the rights of victims ahead of the rights of criminals,” said Conservative byelection candidate Kerry-Lynne Findlay.

Hogg said he was “disappointed” the Conservatives were dredging up an old issue, though he didn’t try to hide from the affair, either.

“I think about it often — especially the meeting I had with the victim’s family,” he said Monday. “It motivates me to continue the hard work I’ve done to strengthen our criminal justice system.”

Watch for the Conservatives to keep pushing a law-and-order message in the final week of the byelection campaign.

“The Liberals seem to have greater concern for the rights of criminals than innocent people living in the community,” Scheer said.

But I’m not sure the argument will be enough for the Conservatives to hang onto the Surrey-White Rock seat. Hogg remains a popular figure — the Perrault transfer was an isolated blot on a clean career — and Trudeau attracted adoring crowds on his campaign visits.

I give the edge to Hogg and the Liberals in a byelection battle that’s about as close as they get.



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( advance poll figures were released and turnout has been low so far , lowest in Newfoundland were only 1000 voters made it out to advance polls , highest turnout in South Surrey white rock but still only about half the voters who came out in 2015 )

News Releases and Media Advisories

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

Gatineau, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

•Preliminary figures indicate that 13,762 electors voted at the advance polls for the by-elections in Battlefords–Lloydminster (Saskatchewan), Bonavista–Burin–Trinity (Newfoundland and Labrador), Scarborough–Agincourt (Ontario) and South Surrey–White Rock (British Columbia).
•Note that these are preliminary figures and they may differ from the official turnout results.
•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

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

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

Battlefords–Lloydminster 1,940 4,687
Bonavista–Burin–Trinity 1,040 2,874
Scarborough–Agincourt 4,325 8,853
South Surrey–White Rock 6,457 12,154

Total 13,762 28,568

Ready to vote.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

Elections Canada Media Relations


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( the seat of Chicoutimi has now officially been declared vacant although no date set for that by election )

A by-election will take place in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord Français

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Dec 05, 2017, 18:03 ET

GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 5, 2017 /CNW/ -
•On Monday, December 4, 2017, the Acting Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, received official notice from the Speaker of the House of Commons that the seat for Chicoutimi–Le Fjord (Quebec) is vacant. A by-election will take place to fill the vacant seat.

•The date of the by-election must be announced between Friday, December 15, 2017, and Saturday, June 2, 2018. This announcement signals the start of the by-election period.

•The by-election must be on a Monday, at least 36 days after the date on which it was announced. Therefore, the earliest date that the Chicoutimi–Le Fjord by‑election can be held is Monday, January 22, 2018.

•The Canada Elections Act does not prescribe a maximum length of time for a by-election period.

•See a list of all vacant seats in the House of Commons since the 2015 general election.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

Subscribe to our news service at elections.ca.

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( not many people have voted so far in the Newfoundland by election , it had the lowest turnout of the 4 )

Low advance vote in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity byelection

Just over 1K people cast ballots in early polls for Dec. 11 byelection

CBC News Posted: Dec 06, 2017 3:07 PM NT| Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017 3:21 PM NT

There was also a low turnout in three other federal ridings where byelections will be held Dec. 11.

Just over one thousand people took time to vote early in the advance polls for the Dec. 11 byelection in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity.

The turnout of 1,040 is less than half of the 2,874 who voted in advance polls for the 2015 general election.

Advance poll numbers were also way down in the three other federal ridings where byelections are being held, in Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan — no surprise for byelections and the pre-Christmas timing.

The Newfoundland and Labrador riding went to the Liberals in a landslide two years ago, when Judy Foote won the largest margin of victory in the country.

The riding stretches from Musgrave Harbour and Carmanville in the north to St. Lawrence in the south and according to Elections Canada, has 58,696 people on the voters' list.

Churence Rogers, former president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities, is the Liberal candidate. Mike Windsor, who has a degree in education and a diploma in ministry, is running for the Conservatives. Tyler Downey, who works at Memorial University as a researcher, is the NDP candidate.


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Familiar faces contesting federal Surrey byelection

Sandor Gyarmati / Delta Optimist
December 6, 2017 07:00 AM

Kerry-Lynne Findlay

Former Delta-Richmond East MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay is running for the Conservatives in next week's federal Surrey-White Rock by-election.

Next week’s federal by-election in South Surrey-White Rock has a definite Delta flavour.

Former Delta-Richmond East MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay is running for the Conservatives, while Larry Colero is the Green candidate in the riding, which was vacated when Conservative MP Dianne Watts left to pursue the provincial Liberal leadership.

Findlay served one term as Delta-Richmond East MP from 2011 to 2015, serving as minister of national revenue in the Stephen Harper government. In the last federal election, when Delta was reconfigured into a new riding combining South Delta with North Delta, Findlay finished second to Liberal Carla Qualtrough with 32 per cent of the vote.

Colero ran for the Greens in Delta South in the last provincial election, placing fourth with 9.3 per cent of the vote. Colero lived for a while in White Rock and has run for the Greens there previously.

Among the other candidates in the South Surrey-White Rock by-election is a familiar face in those parts in Gordon Hogg, who is running for the Liberals. He’s a long-time White Rock councillor and mayor, also having served as MLA for Surrey-White Rock for five terms before announcing last year that he wouldn’t be running in the 2017 provincial election.

The by-election will be held Dec. 11.


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Hundreds of people turned out to the White Rock Community Centre Tuesday night for an all-candidates meeting. (Lance Peverley photo)

Hundreds packed community centre for South Surrey-White Rock debate

Byelection to take place Monday
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Dec. 6, 2017 9:30 a.m./
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Hundreds of people packed the White Rock Community Centre Tuesday night to hear from the seven candidates who are vying to fill the South Surrey-White Rock seat left vacant by the resignation of former Conservative MP Dianne Watts.

With the byelection just days away, eager voters lined up early – organizers say some arrived an hour ahead of the scheduled 7 p.m. start – to hear Larry Colero (Green); Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Conservative); Gordon Hogg (Liberal); Michael Huenefeld (Progressive Canadian); Jonathan Silveira (NDP); Rod Taylor (Christian Heritage Party) and Donald Wilson (Libertarian).

The interest prompted South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce officials to also start the meeting early. Candidate introductions got underway 10 minutes ahead of time; a total of 14 pre-selected questions were posed over the course of the debate, moderated by Peace Arch News columnist Frank Bucholtz.

Topics ranged from relocation of the waterfront train tracks and the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, to why some candidates have “parachuted” from other ridings; the recently announced national housing strategy; and, if candidates would support amendments to Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, to protect workers from losing pensions when businesses close down.

Many in the crowd were clearly there in support of the Liberal and Conservative candidates, adorned with campaign buttons and responding to their candidates’ answers with enthusiastic applause.

All seven candidates received varied responses to their answers, from light to raucous applause, and from goodhearted laughter to chortles of disbelief.

Constituents will mark their choice for the riding’s next MP on Monday (Dec. 11).

According to Elections Canada, 6,457 voters in the riding have already marked their ballots, in advance polling that took place Dec. 1-4.

The number is just over half the 12,154 votes cast in advance polls for the 2015 election.

Across four ridings across the country holding a byelection Dec. 11, South Surrey-White Rock accounted for nearly half of a total 13,762 votes cast in advance polls.

More to come…


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Crime is immediate concern for Battlefords-Lloydminster hopeful

By Jessica Dempsey

December 6, 2017 1:26 PM

Ken Finlayson has decided to run as an independent candidate for the Battlefords-Lloydminster byeelection. Jessica Dempsey/Meridian Booster

Ken Finlayson isn’t backing down after being told he wasn’t going to be on the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination ballot.

Finlayson has decided to run as an independent candidate for the byelection in Battlefords-Lloydminster.

The high crime rates within the riding is a huge concern for Finlayson, and he said it is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately.

“One of the things I will do as a Member of Parliament is pushing for the Castle Law. Which tells you to use lethal force to protect your life or limb or property, and I’m okay with that,” he said.

He noted the only constant in the world is change.

“Our community has changed. So, we are going to have to make some adjustments,” said Finlayson.

Lifelong residents in the area he said have been telling him they want to move because they feel unsafe in the constituency.

North Battleford was recently designated Canada’s Most Dangerous Place 2018 by Maclean’s, and Lloydminster ranked 14th on that list.

He said pipelines, agriculture, and carbon tax are all important issues, but the biggest problem in the community is the crime.

“Right now we have a house fire going on and I don’t want to talk about fire prevention, I want to talk about putting it out,” he said about the crime rates.

Finlayson also added he is an advocate for First Nations, which made him stand out amongst some of the candidates.

“The thing I detest most of all, even more than the crime, the thing I detest most of all is racism,” he said.

Because he is running as an independent candidate, Finlayson said it is to his advantage as he doesn’t have to listen to a bigger party, rather, he listens to the people.

“I don’t have a party whip … I’m not beholden to a leader or anything, I only behold to one (thing) and that’s my constituency. I tell them, ‘you want to meet my boss? Go look in the mirror,’” he said.

Battlefords-Lloydminster is known to be a very conservative riding, which can be seen by long-time formal MP Gerry Ritz holding office for 20 years.
Finlayson said he is still conservative, just not running under the Conservative Party of Canada.

He said he may not look like a team player for the political party by running as an independent, but that doesn’t mean he’s not an overall team player.

“I’m just on the constituents team, not the party’s team. I think party politics has ruined politics,” he said.

The byelection is set for Monday, Dec. 11. Information on where to vote can be found on people’s voter information card.

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