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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Home » Morrison wins Kootenay-Columbia CPC nomination

Posted: October 30, 2018

Morrison wins Kootenay-Columbia CPC nomination

Conservative Party of Canada nomination candidate Rob Morrison has received the official nod from party members in Kootenay-Columbia and will represent the party during the 2019 election, (scheduled for October 21, 2019).

He won the nomination by just four votes over Fairmont Hot Springs resident Wendy Booth.

“A very heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination race. I am so very grateful to all of the folks who took time out of their busy schedules to come out and vote. I can’t thank the Morrison For MP campaign team enough for their time and absolute dedication to our campaign,” said Morrison.

“I also want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Dale Shudra and Wendy Booth. I have a great deal of respect for each of them and I look forward to working together to unify our party behind a single objective, which is to remove the NDP’s influence over our beautiful corner of the world,” said Riding association President Richard Wake.

“The association concluded a very close race this weekend between three highly-qualified candidates. Rob Morrison was victorious, is our newly elected candidate and will take this riding in the next federal election. On behalf of a strong and unified Electoral District Association we look forward to working with Rob to ensure that this region is successful in taking back Kootenay-Columbia and putting a conservative presence in Ottawa.”


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giorgio Mammoliti to seek federal Tory nomination in Brampton, sources say

Controversial Toronto city councillor lost his seat in last week's municipal elections

CBC News · Posted: Oct 30, 2018 11:06 PM ET | Last Updated: 10 hours ago

Giorgio Mammoliti is seeking to run for the Conservatives in Brampton in next year's federal election, according to two federal Conservative sources who spoke to CBC Toronto Tuesday. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

Giorgio Mammoliti is planning to seek the Conservative nomination in a Brampton riding for next October's federal election, two sources have told CBC Toronto.

The news comes after Mammoliti ran for re-election in Toronto's Ward 7, Humber River-Black Creek, and lost to fellow city councillor Tony Perruzza in last week's municipal election.

Mammoliti had planned to run as a Progressive Conservative in Brampton Centre back in June's provincial election, but then decided to return to local politics.

Two federal Conservative sources told CBC Toronto Tuesday night the controversial former city councillor plans to seek the nomination in either Brampton Centre or Brampton East.

The Conservatives have already nominated a candidate for Brampton East. However, Brampton West, Brampton South, Brampton Centre and Brampton North are all open.

Prior to Premier Doug Ford's move to slash Toronto city council almost in half to 25 wards, Mammoliti represented Ward 7, York West, from 2000 to 2018.

Mammoliti was also elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1990 as the NDP MPP for Yorkview before switching over to municipal politics in 1997.

Giorgio Mammoliti was noted for pushing controversial ideas, such as defunding Pride Toronto. He ran on dismantling community housing in the last municipal election, which he lost to Coun. Tony Perruzza. (CBC)

A close ally of the premier, Mammoliti came out in favour of the plan to reduce the size of council this summer. He ended up finishing about 13 percentage points behind Perruzza on municipal election night after running a divisive campaign to dismantle community housing in his ward.

Mammoliti missed 43 per cent of council votes in his last term.

But throughout his long tenure on Toronto city council, he often made headlines with controversial ideas, such as creating a red light district on Toronto Island and installing the world's tallest flagpole in his ward.

He also sought to defund Pride Toronto, and brought forward motions during budget debates to cut or cancel major programs, such as the city's anti-poverty initiatives.


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( I don't know if Bernier is vulnerable or not , but the cpc just named the candidate who will face him in the riding . at the very least might force bernier to spent more time in the riding than running around the country )

Conservatives name Richard Lehoux to run against Maxime Bernier in 2019

'Together we will achieve great things for our riding,' former mayor tells cheering supporters Saturday

CBC News · Posted: Nov 03, 2018 12:04 PM ET | Last Updated: 7 minutes ago

Richard Lehoux is the former president of the Quebec federation of municipalities (FQM) and he served as mayor of Saint-Elzéar for near two decades before retiring last year. (Marc-Antoine Lavoie/Radio-Canada)


Richard Lehoux has been picked to run for the Conservatives in the Quebec riding of Beauce — taking on MP Maxime Bernier, who quit the party this summer.

During a Saturday morning rally in the riding, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced Lehoux's candidacy as supporters chanted his name.

Scheer called Lehoux a "remarkable" candidate who knows the riding well.

Lehoux is the former president of the Quebec federation of municipalities (FQM) and he served as mayor of Saint-Elzéar, Que., for nearly two decades before retiring last year.

Scheer said Lehoux will defend the interests of the region, noting he has a strong understanding of agricultural issues given his history as a dairy farmer.

While speaking before the crowd, Lehoux told Scheer he is proud to join such a "formidable team."

He said, after years of defending the interests of the area, he will take local issues to the federal level, defending agriculture, forestry and the people.

"I believe the rural economy is essential for developing our country," Lehoux said.

"Together we will achieve great things for our riding."

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced Richard Lehoux’s candidacy during a Saturday morning political rally. (Radio-Canada)

Bernier, now the leader of the People's Party of Canada which he founded in September, reacted to the candidature on Twitter earlier this week, saying he wasn't surprised Scheer has chosen a dairy producer to face him. Bernier has taken a prominent stance against supply management.

He again took to Twitter Saturday morning, criticizing Scheer and his "dairy cartel candidate."

In the tweet, he says he hopes Scheer will explain why the people of Beauce must keep paying hundreds of dollars more per year "to maintain a socialist system."


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Another candidate to become Conservative candidate

Belleville, ON, Canada / Quinte News

John Spitters

November 05, 2018 03:21 am
Another candidate to become Conservative candidate

There are at least three people interested in becoming the Conservative Party’s candidate in next year’s federal election in Hastings-Lennox and Addington riding.

Lawyer and trademark agent Michael Collins says he hopes to win the nomination to run in October.

The 57-year-old Collins has spent most of his life in the area and now resides in Tweed.

Two others have publicly expressed their interest in running for the Conservatives in the riding, Belleville city councillor Jackie Denyes and Hastings County’s small business coordinator Mark Hanley.

A nomination meeting is to be held December 8 at Tweed Elementary School.,


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Epp wins Conservative nod

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Published on: November 3, 2018 | Last Updated: November 3, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

Chatham-Kent-Leamington federal Conservative nominee Dave Epp, right, will replace Dave Van Kesteren, who isn't seeking re-election. Epp, a Leamington farmer, came out on top Saturday in a field of four candidates seeking to represent the party. Trevor Terfloth/The Daily News

After a closely fought contest, a Leamington farmer will carry the banner for the federal Conservatives in Chatham-Kent-Leamington.

Dave Epp came out on top in a field of four candidates at Club Lentinas in Chatham on Saturday. A vote was also held the previous night in Tilbury, with more than 1,000 people casting a ballot in total.

After he was announced as the winner, an emotional Epp told The Daily News he had mixed emotions.

“(I’m) honoured by the support I’ve received and really, really looking forward to working with this group,” he said. “Look at the energy that this riding has put forward from all four candidates.”

Epp, 56, is president of Lycoland Farms in Leamington and has a long involvement with the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers.

Others seeking the nomination included business owner Mike Grail, business owner and finance coach Toyin Crandell, and current Chatham-Kent councillor David VanDamme.

There was a ranked ballot, but detailed results weren’t divulged, in accordance with party policy. The tallying of the votes wasn’t finished until late afternoon Saturday.

With the federal election slated for the fall of next year, Epp said he’s excited to work with the Conservative team and listen to the needs of residents.

“Right now, my priority is to say thank you,” he said. “Thank you to the organizing committee, my supporters, and to the people of Chatham-Kent-Leamington.

Earlier in the day, the candidates gave short speeches of their vision for not only the riding, but Canada as a whole.

Epp said he plans to put into practice the lessons he learned on the farm, such as the value of hard work, commitment and service.

“This riding has made me into the person that I am,” he said. “It is who I am. This is home.

“I want to do it because these values, your values, are my values.”

He added his experience in business and raising a family have taught him what is needed to balance a budget.

Four-term Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren, who is not seeking re-election in the riding, called the vote a “great exercise in democracy” given the calibre of those seeking the nomination.

“We’re all so proud of you,” he said. “It’s remarkable. We’re just so thankful.

“We will make sure that this riding stays a Conservative riding.”


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Orangeville Mayor Jeremy Williams to seek Dufferin-Caledon Conservative MP nomination

'I know that everything I have done up to now has led me to this point in time,' town's outgoing mayor says

News Nov 12, 2018 by Chris Halliday  Orangeville Banner|

After an unsuccessful re-election campaign, outgoing Mayor Jeremy Williams announced his intention to become retiring Conservative MP David Tilson’s successor
in the riding of Dufferin-Caledon on Monday (Nov. 12). - Bill Tremblay

Orangeville Mayor Jeremy Williams has decided “it’s time” to try to make the jump to federal politics.

After an unsuccessful re-election campaign, the town’s outgoing mayor announced his intention to become retiring Conservative MP David Tilson’s successor in the riding of Dufferin-Caledon.

“I’ve always been upfront about my ambitions for higher office. I’ve also been respectful of others who are already in that role. … I know that everything I have done up to now has led me to this point in time,” Williams told those in attendance at the Nifty Nook restaurant on Nov. 12.

“My role as mayor and head of a fractious group of councillors behind me has hardened me and taught me a great deal,” he added. “It was a baptism of fire at times and I’m truly thankful for the experience it gained me.”

Last month, Tilson announced he will not be seek the party’s candidacy for another federal election. Serving for more than 40 years as a school board trustee, Orangeville councillor, MPP and MP, Tilson was elected to serve as the riding’s representative in Ottawa for the last five terms.

“There comes a point when it is time to step back and let others serve our community. I have reached that point and wish to thank all those who have supported me over the years,” Tilson said.

“I can say with confidence that I have always kept the interests of my constituents firmly focused in front of me. It has been a singular honour and privilege to have had the trust of constituents placed in me for so many years.”

So far, Kevin Weatherbee and Harzadan Singh Khattra, are approved as potential Conservative candidates in Dufferin-Caledon. Beyond Williams and outgoing Caledon Coun. Barb Shaughnessy, The Banner has been unable to confirm if anybody else is considering a nomination run. The Hill Times reported former Brampton MP Kyle Seeback hadn't ruled it in mid-October.

“I can’t tell you publicly who has requested applications. I’m not allowed to do that,” Derek Clark, chair of the Conservative party’s Dufferin-Caledon electoral district candidate nomination committee, told The Banner.

“Until people have submitted their complete packages … and Ottawa has cleared them to run as a candidate, I can’t say anything. If they are cleared to run, then I can go public.”

Williams was first elected to serve as councillor on Orangeville council in the 2010 municipal election. He was the lone new face on a council filled with incumbents.

After deciding to run for mayor, Williams would defeat incumbent Rob Adams in the 2014 election. Running on the campaign slogan “It’s Time,” Williams was elected by a slim majority, which saw him receive about 53 per cent of the vote compared to Adams’ 47 per cent.

Following an embattled term as mayor from 2014 until now, Williams lost his bid for re-election on Oct. 22. With 1,477 votes, he came in a distant third to Mayor-elect Sandy Brown and Darrin Davidson, who each garnered 3,413 and 2,914 ballots cast, respectively.

Williams said he advised Tilson of his eventual plan to seek the party nomination about a year ago, but made it clear that he'd never run against the longtime MP. Had he known Tilson's plans a bit earlier, “I likely would not have run for mayor at all,” Williams said.

“Throughout my campaign for mayor, it was almost an inevitability that when I was speaking to a group, or a gathering of people, someone would put their hand up to ask a question and that question would be: 'but I thought you were running for MP?'” Williams said.

“I would have gladly remained as head of council for the whole term of office. On a personal level, I am happy that my own slate is now clean to allow me to take on new roles going forward.”

Clark said he would prefer anybody interested in the candidacy submit their completed application packages by Nov. 30.

“It isn’t an official deadline. ... It is a guideline to get your complete package in, given the length and complexity of the application process,” Clark said. "Realistically, this (nomination) event is not going to be held until February or March.”


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Mazier wins Conservative nomination

By: Michael Lee
Posted: 11/14/2018 3:00 AM |

Months after leaving his post as head of Keystone Agricultural Producers, Dan Mazier will represent the Conservative Party of Canada in the next general election as the candidate for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa.

Mazier, 54, won the nomination Saturday after four days of voting in Swan River, Russell, Dauphin and Minnedosa.

Former Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier was nominated this past weekend to be the Conservative candidate for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa. (File)

Former Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier was nominated this past weekend to be the Conservative candidate for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa. (File)

The former KAP president was elected through a ranked ballot system, defeating former Mountain View School Division trustee Floyd Martens and former Manitoba Beef Producers president Ben Fox.

Mazier said the other candidates ran great campaigns and he wanted to thank the volunteers, friends and neighbours who stepped forward to help him during the nomination process.

"When you look at the whole riding after that, all the contacts I’ve made, friends I’ve made over the last four and a half months, it is going to be a true honour to represent the people of Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa running up into the next federal election," Mazier said.

Mazier announced his candidacy in July and was the first person to enter the race after sitting MP Robert Sopuck announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

Sopuck has represented the riding since 2010 after winning in a byelection and was re-elected in both 2011 and 2015.

The Conservative party’s regional organizer for Manitoba and Kenora, Gus Nelson, said he could not release the results of the vote, but noted that more than 650 members participated in the election to select Mazier as the candidate for the electoral district association.

With the next federal election expected to take place a year from now, Mazier said one of the main issues he wants to focus on until then is both cellphone and internet connectivity.

"What I can’t get over, the cellphone companies charge us for this coverage that we’re supposed to have and yet we don’t have it, and that’s a problem in rural Manitoba — in rural Canada — and I think this is a time (where) it needs to be addressed at the federal level," he said.

Mazier also used the example of Hamiota — which has connected residents to the internet as part of a co-op with the Municipality of Yellowhead, Prairie View Municipality and Park West School Division — and said in order to bring businesses into communities, they need to be able to communicate by modern-day means.

Another issue Mazier said he will be looking at is rural crime and public safety, specifically in finding ways to address backlogs in the justice system and help the courts and rural police forces uphold "the law of the land."

Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire is holding town halls on rural crime this week, with meetings already having taken place in Pilot Mound and Virden. Town halls are scheduled for today in Killarney, Thursday in Melita and Sunday in Souris.

"We’re coming up against new challenges and I think it’s time to really step up and really address that," Mazier said. "There’s a lot of discussion that’s needed around public safety and how we want to do this."

Mazier said with Riding Mountain National Park right in the middle of the district, he would also work with regional MLAs, reeves and mayors on managing it.

"I do want to work closer with all layers of government, so they know what Ottawa is working on and we know what we’re supposed to be doing here," he said.

Born and raised near Forrest, Mazier worked for Brandon’s Simplot fertilizer plant — now owned by Koch — and MNP as an agricultural adviser.

A biography posted on Mazier’s website says he served as KAP president from 2015 to 2018, after spending four years as vice-president.

Prior to that, he was on the KAP board from 2001 to 2006 and is a founding member of the KAP Young Farmers Committee.

He was a western representative to the Canadian Young Farmers Forum, represented KAP on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture board and has participated in several lobby days on Parliament Hill.

He also served as a board member for the Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association, the Mid Assiniboine Conservation District, the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, and was a founding member of the Elton Energy Co-operative.

He is also a former trustee for the Rolling River School Division.

Mazier and his wife Leigh have a farm near Justice and are parents to two grown children.


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Outgoing Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig plans to seek federal Tory nomination in city

Craig confirms to 570 NEWS he plans to seek the federal Conservative nomination for the riding of Cambridge in next year's federal election

Nov 12, 2018 1:02 PM by: Mark Pare

Doug Craig
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Outgoing Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig is not done with politics just yet.

Craig confirms to 570 NEWS this afternoon he plans to seek the federal Conservative nomination for the riding of Cambridge in next year's federal election.

"The plan behind it is really to be able to strengthen the Cambridge community," he said Monday afternoon, "With regards to better representation and I think more influence in Ottawa in terms of things that are needed in the Cambridge area."

Craig was defeated as mayor in the last municipal election, falling to Kathryn McGarry.

He anticipates a "very competitive" race for the nomination.

"I'm not naive about that, I'm going to do my very best to win this nomination and I'm putting a team together right now."

He says details are still being sorted out in terms of when the nomination meeting will happen, but should be "sometime in the new year."

Two names are already in the running for the riding.

Liberal MP Bryan May won the nomination last month to seek re-election, and Maxime Bernier's People's Party of Canada looks like they will have a local hopeful.

Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, David Haskell, was the lone person to put his name forward for the nomination at a meeting over the weekend.


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Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig to seek Tory nomination in 2019 federal election

Kate Bueckert · CBC News · Posted: Nov 12, 2018 3:05 PM ET | Last Updated: November 12

Doug Craig says he made the decision to run for the federal Conservative nomination over the weekend. (Supplied by Doug Craig)


Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig says when his term ends next month, he's not retiring.

Instead, he will seek the nomination to be the Conservative candidate for the Cambridge riding in next year's federal election.

"The first thing people said to me when I lost the election was, well, I guess you're going to retire now. No, I'm not retired. I have lots of energy, my health is excellent and I want to continue what I've always done, which is doing things for my community," Craig said in an interview with CBC Kitchener-Waterloo.

Craig has been mayor since 2000 but lost his mayoral seat to former Liberal MPP Kathryn McGarry in the Oct. 22 municipal election.

Craig said he made the decision to seek the nomination this past weekend.

"I've been thinking about it for a few weeks, to be honest with you. I've been asked by a number of people and I considered it," he said.

Craig said as he wraps his work as mayor, he will focus on winning the nomination.

"There's some very good contenders out there and I'm going to have to go up against them and prove to be the better candidate," he said.

Liberal MP Bryan May was elected to the federal seat in Cambridge in 2014. He has confirmed he will seek re-election in 2019.


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( news of a surprisingly strong conservative candidate in West Nova )

Chris d’Entremont to seek Conservative nomination in West Nova

Tina Comeau (tina.comeau@tricountyvanguard.ca)

Published: 1 hour ago
Updated: 57 minutes ago

15-year MLA, former cabinet minister, ready to bring his experience to the House of Commons

YARMOUTH, N.S. – After 15 years in Nova Scotia’s House of Assembly, with six of those years spent at the cabinet table, Chris d’Entremont says he’s ready to represent West Nova in the Parliament of Canada.

The fluently bilingual five-term MLA ended weeks of speculation on Nov. 20 by
confirming he will seek the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination in West Nova for the upcoming federal election.

“The people of West Nova deserve an MP who knows how to get things done in government and has the experience necessary to deliver on big, important files,” said d’Entremont. “I will bring my fifteen years of legislative experience, and knowledge gained at the helm of some of our most important government departments, with me to Ottawa. I will be a strong, effective advocate for the people of West Nova.”

In a media release announcing his intention, d’Entremont says he decided to run because the Trudeau Liberals have taken West Nova for granted. He says he has the experience necessary to help Conservative leader Andrew Scheer deliver for the Atlantic region.

“Justin Trudeau promised the people of West Nova their voice would be heard, but instead he has ignored Atlantic Canada and taken us for granted,” he said. “Working alongside Andrew Scheer, I’ll undo the damage done by the Trudeau Liberals and make sure families in West Nova are able to get ahead.”

D’Entremont was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 2003. Under premiers John Hamm and Rodney MacDonald he served as the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Health, Acadian Affairs and Community Services at various times. He briefly served as Nova Scotia’s Minister of Finance in 2009.

Since 2010, he has been the Official Opposition House Leader in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. He is currently the MLA for Barrington-Argyle.

The Conservative Party has yet to announce a date for the West Nova nomination meeting. D’Entremont will spend the weeks ahead earning the support of Conservatives in West Nova.


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PC MLA Chris d'Entremont eyes jump to federal politics

Veteran Tory MLA throws hat in the ring for West Nova Conservative nomination

CBC News · Posted: Nov 20, 2018 9:49 AM AT | Last Updated: 12 minutes ago

Argyle-Barrington MLA Chris d'Entremont is seeking the federal Conservative nomination for the riding of West Nova. (Robert Short/CBC News)

Chris d'Entremont wants to go to Ottawa.

The veteran Tory provincial politician announced Tuesday he's seeking the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for the riding of West Nova.

The Argyle-Barrington MLA has been in the Nova Scotia Legislature for 15 years, including turns as the province's health minister and minister of community services. He's currently his party's House leader.

The Conservatives have yet to set a date for the nomination meeting. If d'Entremont wins the right to run federally, he would have to resign from his seat in the provincial legislature.

West Nova became an open seat in next year's federal election after incumbent Liberal MP Colin Fraser announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election. It's traditionally a swing riding the Conservatives will no doubt be targeting as the party attempts to regain a toehold in Atlantic Canada.


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( 2 former CFL players are seeking cpc nominations in the city of Hamilton )

Former Tiger-Cats players seeking Conservative nominations in Hamilton

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats player Peter Dyakowski. (Peter Power/CP)

Canadian Press

November 21, 2018, 12:46 PM

HAMILTON — Two former Hamilton Tiger-Cats are hoping to have the same success in the political arena that they had on the gridiron.

In a joint press conference at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Peter Dyakowski and Marwan Hage announced Wednesday that they are seeking the Conservative Party nomination in different Hamilton ridings for the next federal election .

Dyakowski is seeking the nomination in Hamilton Mountain, and Hage is running in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

If the former offensive linemen secure their nominations, they will face an uphill battle in federal ridings that have traditionally not gone the Conservatives’ way.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek has elected either a Liberal or New Democrat MP since its formation in 2003, while Hamilton Mountain hasn’t elected a representative from a conservative party since the Progressive Conservatives won the riding in 1979.

Scott Duvall of the NDP is the incumbent MP in Hamilton Mountain, while Liberal Bob Bratina represents Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

The 34-year-old Dyakowski, who announced his retirement form the CFL on Nov. 1, appeared in 166 career regular-season games –149 as a starter — with Hamilton (2007-16) and Saskatchewan (2017).

The Vancouver native was the winner of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person reality special in 2012 and appeared on an episode of "Jeopardy!" on June 3, 2014, finishing in third place.

Hage, who emigrated with his family from Beirut, Lebanon to Montreal in 1990, spent 10 seasons with the Ticats from 2004 to 2013. He was a CFL all-star in 2010.

The 37-year-old owns multiple Tim Hortons franchises in the Toronto area.


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Federal Conservative candidate chosen for Nanaimo-Ladysmith

John Hirst nominated as Conservative Party of Canada candidate for 2019

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The Conservative Party of Canada’s local membership held a nomination contest on Saturday and John Hirst was selected as the party’s candidate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith. Photo submitted

A byelection might become necessary in Nanaimo’s federal riding and it might not, but either way, the Conservatives have their candidate in place.

The Conservative Party of Canada’s local membership held a nomination contest on Saturday and John Hirst was selected as the party’s candidate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

According to a press release from the riding association, Hirst’s win over challenger Jennifer Clarke was “convincing.” Hirst told the News Bulletin that receiving strong support from the membership meant a lot.

“If we’re to put up a serious, successful campaign for the general election, it’s going to take a lot of people pulling together to make it happen,” he said. “And that’s kind of what I campaigned on, is being a ‘big tent’ kind of person where Conservatives of all walks and backgrounds are welcome.”

He said his ability to collaborate and work well with others are among his strengths. Hirst, born and raised in Nanaimo, is an associate manager with Sun Life Financial and president of the Nanaimo Gyro Club.

“I really felt going into this, I could help pull the pieces together that we’re going to need to put up a strong showing,” he said.

Hirst was in Halifax for the Conservative Party’s most recent national convention and thought party leader Andrew Scheer spoke well there. Hirst suggested that when Canadians compare Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Scheer, the Conservative leader will contrast favourably.

“I liked what he had to say and I think he has a good message,” Hirst said.

The Conservative candidate said he decided to seek the 2019 nomination before the recent sequence of events in Nanaimo municipal, provincial and federal politics, with Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson now seeking the NDP nomination for Nanaimo’s provincial riding. Depending on the timing of the provincial byelection, there is a chance that a federal byelection could become necessary.

“I think we’re prepared for either eventuality,” Hirst said. “It’s one of those things that’s outside our control, quite frankly. We could worry about it or hope for one way or another, but the cards are going to land where they land.”

Mark MacDonald, president of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Conservative Electoral District Association, said in the press release that Hirst ran an exemplary campaign.

“He was positive, thoughtful and demonstrated that he is a candidate that our constituency can be proud of and rally behind in the next federal election,” MacDonald said.


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( looks like they did not end up having a nomination meeting in Ottawa Centre but do have a new candidate )

From the Executive Director, Dustin Van Vugt:

I’m excited to let you know the nomination process in your riding is now closed, and your 2019 Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Ottawa Centre is Carol Clemenhagen!

Please note, the nomination meeting originally scheduled for November 15th has been cancelled due to this acclamation.

I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Carol, and welcoming her to our team.

With the official closing of your EDA’s nomination, this means we’re on to the next step – election readiness.

It’s hard to believe the next election is just around the corner, and I know you’re as eager as I am to finally get to vote the Trudeau government out!

With Carol Clemenhagen helping to deliver Andrew Scheer’s positive Conservative vision for Canada, I feel optimistic about this next election.

We all know here at Conservative Party Headquarters that our party only thrives when grassroots supporters like you are involved. That’s why I’m asking you to take that next step, and lend a hand to Carol.

Only with dedicated volunteers like you, can we ensure victory in 2019, and the work begins now. Please let us know if you can volunteer by signing here.

Every little bit helps.

This next election is incredibly important. Our team will be working hard, ensuring that our message of putting people before government gets out to as many Canadians as possible. And that starts today.

Thank you for your support!


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Cambridge public trustee takes aim at Conservative MP post

Longtime trustee Cindy Watson announces intentions to seek Cambridge Conservative nomination

News 04:36 PM by Lisa Rutledge  Cambridge Times|

Cindy Watson

Longtime Cambridge public school board trustee Cindy Watson is wading into a nomination battle in a bid to be named Cambridge’s Conservative candidate in next fall’s federal election.

Watson, who has served as a Cambridge representative on the Waterloo Region District School Board for 18 years, publicly announced her intentions Monday to seek the Conservative Party MP nomination in Cambridge.

Watson, who was recently re-elected in October’s municipal election, said she decided to run in the nomination race at the relentless urging of supporters who envisioned her taking on a larger political role.

The Cambridge trustee, however, put the idea on the back burner during her school board campaign.

“I wouldn’t even consider or even think about it while going through the municipal election because I wanted my head to be in that election,” said Watson. “I thought maybe after the election the support would kind of wane a little bit. But it didn’t. It just kept getting stronger.”

The Cambridge trustee’s visions for her own political future soon came into focus, prompting her to make an announcement this week, which saw the launch of a campaign website, www.electcindywatson.ca.

Watson, who hopes to officially file her nomination papers in the next few weeks, is actively working to secure mandatory signatures of current members of Cambridge’s Conservative federal riding association, as well as help sign up new members.

If she were to win the nomination bid, Watson said she can remain in her post as trustee until the federal election is called, but would then have to take a leave of absence from the board.

So far, Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig, who will relinquish his mayor’s seat as of Dec. 1 to incoming mayor-elect Kathryn McGarry, is the only one to formally announce his intentions to run in the local federal Conservative nomination race.

Watson, who describes her views as conservative, maintains she wants to put her grassroots advocacy work to good use in the federal political stream; advocacy efforts shared with the school board, as well as in lobby efforts aimed at local city and regional councils.

The trustee said she has also helped shape education policies as a previous director at the Ontario Public School Board Association and chair of local school board committees.

When asked to highlight examples of her advocacy work, Watson said she fought to have naloxone kits available in high schools and pushed for air conditioning in all public schools.

Looking ahead, Watson said she doesn’t plan to impose a specific agenda onto her nomination campaign bid, saying she wants to maintain her grassroots, collaborative approach, and spend the next few weeks finding out more about the challenges local residents face.

“I don’t want to go in there with an agenda." she explained. "I want to hear what the people of Cambridge have to say. I want to just get out there and find out what people are thinking and listen to them.”

If Watson is successful in her nomination bid, and is elected to the House of Commons under the Conservative banner, it would be a bittersweet victory. Closing the door on 18 years as a public school trustee would not be easy, she admits.

“It’s an amazing job to advocate for students and parents and staff,” she said. “It really is.”

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