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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tories quietly launch race to replace outgoing MP Shipley

The race for a Conservative Party nominee in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex is officially on, months after a deluge of candidates started clamoring to replace retiring MP Bev Shipley.

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Published on: February 4, 2019 | Last Updated: February 4, 2019 1:26 PM EST

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP Bev Shipley (left), with MPP Monte McNaughton in this photograph from 2012, announced that he would not be seeking re-election in the 2019 federal election. (File photo/Postmedia Network)

The race for a Conservative Party nominee in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex is officially on, months after a deluge of candidates started clamoring to replace retiring MP Bev Shipley.

That’s according to a Facebook post and confirmation from candidates that nominations will be accepted until Feb. 14, likely resulting in an election sometime in late March. No specific date was given. Only registered members of the Conservative Party will be allowed to vote for Shipley’s successor.

According to one candidate, the March 23 weekend is being viewed by candidates as the most likely date for a nomination.

The nominee will immediately become the favourite to win the riding. That might be why the local nomination has been delayed while others in the region wrapped up months ago, and why no fewer than seven candidates — including businessmen, political veterans, and media personalities — had announced their bids for the nomination long before last week’s announcement.

In nearby Chatham-Kent-Leamington, only four people competed to replace retiring MP Dave Van Kesteren.

Last election, Shipley, 71, won his fourth consecutive bid for MP in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex — and it was not close. Despite a sweeping Liberal majority in 2015 the local riding went more than 50 per cent Conservative, more than 18 per cent higher than the national average.

The federal Conservative nominee in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex consistently outperforms the federal party, by a margin that has only widened over the past two decades. (Louis Pin/The Observer)

Shipley’s final tally, a hair above 50.2 per cent of the vote, was the 40th highest mark for a Tory in 2015. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. In the 202 ridings east of Manitoba — Ontario, Quebec, and Eastern Canada — only seven Tories exceeded Shipley’s mark. In nearby Sarnia-Lambton, first-time MP Marylin Gladu garnered only 38.8 per cent of voters.

The provincial Lambton-Kent-Middlesex riding paints a similar picture. Since 2003 the local riding has outperformed Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party by an increasing margin, mostly under candidate and current Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton.

(Louis Pin/The Observer)

That does not mean the winner of the upcoming nomination race is guaranteed a spot on Parliament Hill. But there are few Ontario ridings as reliably blue as Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

The Liberal Party, New Democratic Party, and Green Party have yet to nominate candidates of their own in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. The federal election is expected to happen by Oct. 21.


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February 5, 2019 12:19 pm
Reporter throws name into crowded Tory nomination battle brewing in Cambridge

By Kevin Nielsen Local Online Journalist (Kitchener) Global News

The race for the Conservative nomination in Cambridge for the federal election in October just got more crowded.

CTV News Kitchener reporter Tyler Calver announced Tuesday morning that he is taking a leave of absence from the station to throw his hat into the ring.

“I will be taking a leave from my position as a video journalist and weekend weather presenter, to seek the federal Conservative Nomination for the Cambridge Riding,” he said in a statement.

Calver will be squaring off with former Cambridge mayor Doug Craig and longtime Cambridge public school board trustee Cindy Watson.

Craig was defeated in the municipal election last fall by former Liberal MPP Kathryn McGarry after holding the office for 18 years.

Watson was also first elected as a school board trustee in Cambridge and North Dumfries in 2000.

Shortly after Watson was reelected to the school board last October, she entered her name into the race.

The trio are vying for an opportunity to go toe-to-toe with current Cambridge MP Bryan May who is a Liberal.


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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Meaford Councillor Seeks Federal Tory Nomination
Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz

Paul Vickers is in his first term on Meaford council

A rookie Meaford councillor is the latest to enter the Conservative nomination race for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

Paul Vickers has announced his intention to seek the federal Tory nomination in the riding, becoming the fifth person to step forward since sitting MP Larry Miller said last month he will not seek re-election in the fall.

Vickers is only months into his first term as a councillor in Meaford.

He has operated a family farm since 1988 and been involved in several leadership positions in the dairy industry, most notably as a director with the Gay Lea Foods Co-operative for 15 years.

Alongside Vickers, Rick Byers, Chad Richards, Ken Brown and Alex Ruff have all announced their intentions to seek the federal Conservative nomination for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.


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( it appears a new cpc candidate has been chosen in Whitby , who I believe had previously been a provincial candidate in Ajax )

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Owen Sound Councillor Seeks Tory Nomination
Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz

First-term councillor Brock Hamley declares intention to enter Conservative nomination race in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

A rookie Owen Sound councillor has declared his intention to seek the Conservative nomination in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

Brock Hamley is the latest to join a crowded race to represent the Tories in the riding for this year's federal election.

Since current Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller announced last month he won't seek re-election, six people have now expressed interest in being the Conservative candidate.

Hamley is only months into his first term as a city councillor in Owen Sound.

He has previously worked for Milton MP and Deputy Conservative Party Leader Lisa Raitt, and mostly recently for a company that facilitates public consultations in communities across North America.

Along with Hamley, Rick Byers, Chad Richards, Ken Brown, Paul Vickers and Alex Ruff have also declared their intentions to seek the Conservative nomination.

No date has been announced yet for the nomination meeting.


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( the Skeena Bulkley Valley candidate will be chosen although there was 5 potential candidates now only 2 and we still don't even know if Cullen will run again )

Northwestern B.C. federal Conservatives choose fall election candidate this weekend

Two Kitimat residents in the running
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Feb. 13, 2019 1:30 a.m./
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Jody Craven

Federal Conservatives are voting this weekend to choose their candidate in the Skeena – Bulkley Valley riding for this fall’s election.

And for the first time in the riding’s history, the successful candidate will be from Kitimat because both contenders for the nomination come from that community.

Jody Craven is a recent Rio Tinto retiree, having lived in Kitimat since 1980.

He’s a graduate of Mount Elizabeth Senior Secondary and lists an extensive background in youth sports in Kitimat and involvement with the foster parents organizations among his community involvement.

In seeking the nomination, Craven says much more needs to be done for the country’s senior population.

“Don’t get me wrong. I have no problem in helping other countries, but we need to focus on our seniors — housing, health care. They’re the ones who built this country,” says Craven.

The second candidate, Claire Rattée, a co-owner of the Divineink piercing and tattoo parlour in Kitimat, brings with her political experience from having served on the District of Kitimat council from 2014 to 2018.

When elected in 2014 at the age of 22, she was the youngest person ever to be chosen to sit on the District of Kitimat council.

Rattée moved to Kitimat from the lower mainland just over seven years ago and says she quickly realized the value of living in a smaller community.

“More can be done to foster an environment where small businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive in our communities,” Rattèe states on her campaign website, adding she recognizes that industry and large-scale projects are crucial to the region.

Members in good standing of the Conservative Party of Canada will vote in person in either of four locations — Prince Rupert in the morning of Feb. 16 followed by Terrace in the afternoon and then Kitimat in the early evening and finishing up in Smithers the afternoon of Feb. 17.

Candidates and election officials will be at each location.

The Skeena – Bulkley Valley riding is one of the largest in the country, stretching from Haida Gwaii and the north coast eastward to Fort St. James and northward to the Yukon border, while excluding Vanderhoof.

The riding is now held by New Democrat Nathan Cullen, first elected in 2004 and re-elected four times since. He’s established himself as a popular Member of the Parliament not only within the riding but nationally, placing third at one point in a bid for his party’s leadership.

Speaking last month, Cullen said he as yet to decide if he’ll be running again, adding the decision will be made after discussions with his family.

The federal election takes place Oct. 21.

While Craven and Rattèe were successful in being accepted as candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada nomination, three people were not.

Distance school educator Gerald Caron of Vanderhoof and MaryAnn Freeman, the co-owner of a Terrace trucking company, both of whom have held riding-level executive positions in the past, were denied as was Manon Joice, a coordinator with the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program.

Both Caron and Joice had established a social media presence to mount their campaigns.

Caron and Freeman said they were not told why they were not accepted. An email query sent to Joice was not answered.

Explanations from the Conservative Party of Canada as to why the three were not successful in having their applications for the nomination contest accepted were not immediately available.


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Hamilton East-Stoney Creek federal Conservative candidate Marwan Hage leaves political field

News 03:04 PM by Kevin Werner  Stoney Creek News|

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Marwan Hage

Marwan Hage has dropped out of the federal election campaign as the Conservative candidate in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek. Riding association officials say a search for a new candidate has already started. - Hamilton Spectator

The Hamilton East-Stoney Creek federal Conservative riding association is looking for a new candidate to take on incumbent Liberal MP Bob Bratina in this fall’s federal election.

Marwan Hage, the former Hamilton Tiger-Cat football player, father of two children and who is now operating a number of Tim Hortons franchises, has left the political field and won’t be the Hamilton East-Stoney Creek federal candidate for the Conservative Party.

“I have realized I can’t give this election campaign the full time and effort it needs,” said the 37-year-old Hage.

He told the Conservative Party last month he was withdrawing his candidacy.

In a splashy news event last November, Hage, along with former Ticat Peter Dyakowski, were unveiled to be the Conservative candidates for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek and Hamilton Mountain.

In a statement Hage said he couldn’t devote the necessary time to the upcoming federal election, scheduled for Oct. 21, while also overseeing his business ventures and spending time with his family.

Hage said he still remains “100 per cent behind” Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer.

“It’s clear only Andrew Scheer and his team of high caliber candidates like Peter (Dyakowski) can provide the leadership the Hamilton area deserves,” he said.

Hage, who was born in Lebanon, had a 10-year playing career with the Tiger-Cats before retiring. This was the first time he had entered politics.

Ken Audziss, candidate nominations chair, said the local riding association is working with the federal party to name a new candidate.

He said further details will be available in March.

Meanwhile, the Hamilton East-Stoney Creek federal NDP has three candidates vying to become the flag-bearer to take on Bratina.

East Hamilton businessman Harpreet Gill, Juanita Maldonaldo, assistant to former Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MP Wayne Marston and labour lawyer and law professor Nick Milanovic will be seeking the NDP nomination March 3 at the Grand Olympia Banquet Centre starting at 2 p.m.


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Local Conservatives see more people than usual seeking candidacy in upcoming federal election

The local Conservative riding association has received three applications for potential candidates seeking to unseat the Liberals in the October federal election

about 19 hours ago by: Kenneth Armstrong

The local Conservative riding association is gearing up for the 2019 federal election, with three potential candidates vying to become Guelph’s next member of parliament.

“We have three applications that have come in and we are just waiting for headquarters to go through them and do their searches,” said Linda Murphy, vice-president for the Guelph Electoral District Association of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Three applications is not common for the Conservatives in Guelph, said Murphy. The Conservative riding association usually receives only one or two applications prior to most elections.

“We’re gearing up,” she said.

If more than one of the applications are vetted by the Conservative headquarters, Murphy said a nomination race will begin and they hope to announce the local candidate by early spring.

“We honestly wanted to have it done in December, but that just didn’t work out,” said Murphy.

So far, the local NDP riding association has received one candidate application, said Tim Mathewson, president of the Guelph NDP.

“At the moment, we are wrapping up our candidate search process,” said Mathewson. “We are looking at holding a nomination meeting in the spring.”

The date for the federal election is set for Oct. 21, 2019, just over eight months away. With Canada's fixed election dates and a majority Liberal government, the election is unlikely to be held prior to that date.

On Feb 4, local businessperson Steve Dyck told GuelphToday he was seeking the Green Party of Canada nomination for Guelph.

Current MP Lloyd Longfield was formally nominated in November to once again run under the Liberal banner in Guelph.

Recently, there has been more government cabinet minister appearances in Guelph than usual, which can be a harbinger for an upcoming election campaign.

Four Liberal cabinet ministers made appearances in Guelph in a single week between Monday Feb. 4 and Monday Feb. 11, including Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen and Finance minister Bill Morneau. Patty Haidu, minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, will be in Guelph on Thursday.


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City councillor weighing options about running for Tories in federal election

No rule prevents a sitting member of council from running in a provincial or federal election

about 24 hours ago by: Tony Saxon

Ward 1 councillor Dan Gibson is mulling over his options about running for the local Conservative nomination in the upcoming federal election.

Rumours have been swirling that Gibson might be seeking the local Tory nomination.

Three people have already registered to seek the nomination, the local riding association told GuelphToday last week. Their names were not revealed.

“It’s no secret I’m feeling a pull towards federal politics but I’m weighing that against my family’s stage in life, my career and my desire to continue contributing to Guelph City Council," Gibson wrote in a prepared statement regarding the rumours.

"I love serving Ward 1 and East Guelph. My constituents and I have developed real connections over the past 4 years and that is a truly rewarding part of public life. I’m not sure I’m ready to change that but I’m watching things very closely.”

The three people seeking the nomination are currently being vetted by the party and if they clear that stage the local riding association will hold a nomination vote in the early spring.

City clerk Stephen O'Brien said there is nothing to prevent a sitting member of council from running for public office on the provincial or federal level and a councillor would not have to take a leave of absence to do so.

O'Brien said that if that member of council were to win their election, then they would have to step down almost immediately.


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SDSG Conservatives not too concerned if Eric Duncan remains unopposed

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Published on: February 15, 2019 | Last Updated: February 15, 2019 7:08 PM EST

Former North Dundas mayor Eric Duncan announced he will be running for the Conservative Party nomination in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry on Thursday January 31, 2019. Alan S. Hale/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network

Eager to have Guy Lauzon’s potential successor as MP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry in place well ahead of the next election, the Conservative Party of Canada has officially opened the nomination process, with a deadline for applications set for Feb. 21.

Meanwhile, all the other federal parties in the riding say they are weeks or months away from finding their own candidates.

What remains to be seen is whether there will be a contested race for the Conservative nomination. But at the moment, prominent party figures won’t be especially concerned if there isn’t one.

Only the riding association’s selection committee knows for certain how many local Conservatives have put their names forward so far, but the only person to announce his candidacy publicly, with less than a week to go before the deadline, is former North Dundas mayor Eric Duncan, who did so before the nomination process had even begun.

As a candidate, Duncan has a lot going for him: he’s young, he has a fairly positive political track record, he has lots of name recognition in Conservative political circles, and he has political experience and connections in Ottawa. But as of this week, he also has the endorsements of Lauzon himself, and the riding association president – who happens to be the MP’s executive assistant.

Lauzon did not endorse Duncan right away, initially intending to remain neutral during the nomination contest. That changed on Tuesday when the MP released a statement announcing he was endorsing Duncan after all.

Lauzon said he had talked it over with his wife, Frances, and they decided Duncan, who worked for Lauzon since he was 18 years old, was the right man to be the next MP.

“I think Eric is suitable for the position. He has 14 years of experience, he has done it all; he’s been a councillor and a mayor,” said Lauzon. “I’m considered a hard worker, a lot of people tell me they don’t know how I can work so hard. But I’ll tell you, Eric can give me a run for my money.”

Conservative Party of Canada riding association president Adrian Bugelli feels much the same way, which is why he too posted on Facebook he was endorsing Eric Duncan for the nomination. Bugelli said he has worked in federal politics for a decade and Duncan is one of the most qualified candidates he’s ever seen.

As for whether it would be a good thing or no one decides to run for the nomination, Bugelli did not think much would be lost if Duncan was acclaimed after Feb. 21.

“If there are other great candidates that want to step forward, sure that would be a benefit. But I don’t think we would be at a loss if we simply go to an acclamation, with the quality that we have in Eric,” said Bugelli.

Lauzon said he had expected there might be several young party members who would have put their names forward, and maybe they have and are still being vetted by the selection committee. But he did not want to dissuade anyone from running by endorsing Duncan.

“I would like to see a race, because that way you can exchange ideas,” he said. “To be honest, I’m surprised there haven’t been more people (coming forward), but I just wanted to let the public know that I have the utmost faith in Eric.

“That’s not to say that there aren’t other people who I think would make excellent candidates.”

Whatever happens with the Conservative Party nomination, one thing is for sure: they will have a large head start on getting their candidate out in the community over the other parties.

The Liberal Party of Canada said it hasn’t decided when it will hold its nomination convention yet, nor does it have any candidates that have publicly stated their interest. That said, it will have someone in place “sooner rather than later.”

The retirement of a popular MP like Guy Lauzon is an important opportunity for the Liberals, said riding association president Claude Poirier, and the party intends to make the most of it.

“It’s a whole new ballgame,” said Poirier. “Its an opportunity to return this riding to the Liberal fold. This riding has a long history of being a Liberal riding, and with the right candidate, we believe it is possible.”

The NDP says it plans to have the nomination process underway by early summer, but riding association president Marc Benoit said some people have expressed interest in running for the NDP but are still undergoing the vetting process.

“We are in the early stages, and the election is still many months away,” said Benoit.

(Disclosure: Benoit has and continues to occasionally work for the Standard-Freeholder as a freelance and contract journalist.)

The Green Party of Canada has said it is working on making sure it will be running candidates in all 338 ridings but did not have anything specific about Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to share.

The newly-created People’s Party of Canada also said it will be running a candidate in the riding and that it plans to begin its nomination process in mid-March to mid-April. The party headquarters also confirmed it has formed a riding association for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, but did not provide any contact info.


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Dalton wins federal Conservative nomination for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge

Former MLA wins nomination vote over Davis Friesen on Saturday
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Marc Dalton will be running for the Conservatives against Liberal MP Dan Ruimy in this fall’s federal election.

The former provincial Liberal MLA won the nomination for the Conservative party in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge on Saturday afternoon. Some 1,200 registered party members took part in the vote, held at the Fraserview Community Hall.

He got more votes than his opponent Davis Friesen, but the party did not release the margin of victory to the public.

Dalton said there was a lot of energy in the room, it was a positive nomination process for the party, and he leaves the nomination knowing local Conservatives will give him a good base of support.

After a busy year-long campaign to get the nomination, Dalton said he will take a one-day breather and then work toward the election in October.

“We need to harness the feelings people have toward the government, and win the riding,” he said.

“As the opposition it’s important to hold the government to account, and there’s a lot to account for.”

He said Friesen has good experience, is well spoken, and predicts “We haven’t heard the last from him.”

Friesen said he is holding his head up, and “I want to say I’m really proud of the effort my team put in.”

He publicly congratulated Dalton, and echoed the new candidate’s comments about the party being motivated, and better for the competitive nomination process.

“There’s a lot of enthusiastic Conservatives here,” Friesen said. “It’s all about the fall now.”

Friesen is a Pitt Meadows resident who mentored under some well known local Conservatives. He worked with former MP Randy Kamp, as campaign manager for Conservative candidate Mike Murray and as constituency assistant to Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope.

Dalton ran on experience, noting he taught Friesen in high school. He served as MLA in Maple Ridge-Mission for eight years.

He has been chosen to carry the Conservative banner against Ruimy, who won the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge riding in October 2015 as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau swept to power.

It was a close race last election, as Ruimy got 17,605 votes, for 34 per cent of the vote in the riding. Conservative Murray was second with 16,373 votes, or 31 per cent, and Bob D’Eith of the NDP was third with 15,450 votes, or 30 per cent. Green Party candidate Peter Tam was fourth with 2,202 votes, or four per cent, while independent candidate Steve Ranta had 516.

The riding had been a Conservative stronghold, long held by Randy Kamp from his election in 2004. Before that, Grant McNally had it for the Reform Party and Canadian Alliance, since 1997.

The NDP and Green Party have so far not announced a candidate for the riding.

The 43rd Canadian federal election will be held on Oct. 21, 2019


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( conservative members in BC have selected a less traditional candidate for this riding , a younger women who previously ran a tattoo parlour , not what you'd expect as your cpc candidate in rural BC )

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Congratulations to @ClaireRattee on her nomination as our CPC candidate in Skeena-Bulkley Valley! As a small business owner & former Kitimat city councillor, she is ready to champion the economic aspirations for her riding. Thanks to all who participated in the selection process!

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Former Cambridge mayor backs out of Conservative MP race

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Published Monday, February 18, 2019 1:40PM EST

Doug Craig is no longer in the running for a federal Conservative party seat three months after announcing he planned to seek the Cambridge-North Dumfries nomination.

The former, long-time mayor of Cambridge said in a statement he decided to step aside “in the spirit of unity” and is throwing his support behind Tyler Calver.

Calver is an employee of CTV Kitchener on a leave of absence while seeking the nomination.

Former school board trustee Cindy Watson is also in the race for the seat, currently held by Liberal MP Bryan May.


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Conservatives announce deadlines for Kelowna-Lake Country nomination

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And, they're off.

The Conservative Party of Canada's official nomination period for Kelowna-Lake Country was announced on the weekend in an email sent to party members.

Candidates have until March 2 to submit their paperwork for consideration. New and renewed memberships — which make a person eligible to vote at the nomination meeting — can be purchased up until March 9. A date for the nomination meeting hasn't been determined, but it's anticipated to be sometime between March 30 and April 16.

Thus far, two Kelowna businesswomen have announced their intentions — Tracy Gray and Renee Merrifield Wasylyk. Both have been highly visible for the past several months with social media, meet and greets and signing up new members.

"I decided to run out of frustration with federal Liberal ideology and policies hurting businesses and families," Gray said. "Standing up for the people of Kelowna-Lake Country includes achieving results in a collaborative and respectful way with colleagues. I am ready to serve once again. "

Gray was a city councillor in Kelowna and regional district director from 2014-2018, but did not seek re-election in order to focus on the Conservative nomination.

Merrifield Wasylyk was the first to announce and received high profile endorsements from neighbouring members of Parliament Dan Albas and Mel Arnold, who stood by her side at her announcement.

"I am a tenacious, passionate, values-driven, award-winning leader who loves Kelowna-Lake Country and believes in a positive vision for Canada," Merrifield Wasylyk said. "I listen, think, communicate, and then activate to bring about great results. I have built businesses, mothered three amazing kids, and worked on behalf of my community for 20 years."

Gray's name is also well known in local politics as she's married to Larry Gray, nephew of former Kelowna mayor Walter Gray.

Liberal incumbent Stephen Fuhr is seeking re-election. The NDP and Green parties have yet to announce their respective candidates. The new People's Party of Canada, under the leadership of Maxime Bernier, has also said they will run a candidate in Kelowna-Lake Country.

Gray and Merrifield Wasylyk were both asked what specific attributes they have to offer voters that would make them successful in the Oct. 20 general election.

"Upon meeting with thousands of constituents, I am hearing from everyday people who want an engaged, accountable, and involved community representative to bring both concerns and common sense to Ottawa," Gray said. "Being a local small business owner in multiple industries has given me the determination to be a strong voice. "

Merrifield Wasylyk, meanwhile, replied in bullet-point style.

"Ideas with influence. Power with presence. Listener and activator. Positive and optimistic. Caring and passionate. Integrated and connected. Brilliant and practical. Polished communicator. Connector of ideas and people. Available and accessible. Work horse and high energy. Family-oriented and friend. Community-minded and big-picture strategist. Experienced and action-oriented," Merrifield Wasylyk said.

Additional candidates could be forthcoming, but seem unlikely.

Ron Cannan, who held the seat from 2006-2015, but was defeated by Fuhr in 2015, has stated publicly he will not attempt to win his old job back.


Tracy Gray

AGE: 49

OCCUPATION: Business owner in multiple industries (oil and gas service, importing, software technology and previously in wine industry)

PLACE OF BIRTH: Edmonton, grew up in Lethbridge


EDUCATION: University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business ICD.D


Renee Merrifield Wasylyk

AGE: 43

OCCUPATION: Founder and CEO, Troika Developments

PLACE OF BIRTH: Drumheller


EDUCATION: Masters of Theology (M.TH) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA)


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Ann Gillies throws hat in Conservative nomination ring

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Published on: February 20, 2019 | Last Updated: February 20, 2019 5:26 PM EST

Ann Gillies, of Dundalk, is the latest to announce she will seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.


Ann Gillies is seeking the Conservative nomination to replace retiring Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller.
Gillies announced her intention to run Wednesday in a news release.
“I want to serve this riding and the good people who live here, by being a strong advocate of issues that matter,” her news release said. “Issues like health care access, border security, and less government intrusion into family.”

It said Gillies is “passionate to help the most vulnerable, while also recognizing the need to pursue true Conservative values of fiscal accountability and the freedom of the individual including freedom of speech, worship, conscience and assembly.
“It is important to continue to have a representative in Ottawa who stands strong on Canada’s foundational values.”

She said Miller’s voice has been strong in that regard.
She has no political experience, other than sitting on the local electoral district association board for more than two years.
She was ramping up her speaking engagements with her Redeemed to Restore Ministries and building a new website for it when Miller announced he would not seek re-election after 15 years as an MP, she said in an interview.

With that decision, Gillies decided to make a “life-course change” herself.
The release said Gillies’ private counselling practice specializes in clients who have been subjected to severe trauma. She’s a former adjunct professor, an author, keynote speaker, researcher, pastor and trauma specialist, it said.

Her doctorate is in philosophy of professional counselling, a combination of psychology and theology from Liberty University, one of the largest Christian universities in the world, in Lynchburg, Va.
She was born and raised in Meaford and now lives in Dundalk with her husband Bob Gillies, a local realtor and retired Dundalk beef farmer. She has six children and 11 grandchildren.

Her father was the son of a commercial fisherman in Meaford, who “understood the value of hard work,” the release said. He became a wheelsman on Great Lakes freighters at 16, he worked at the Meaford tank range, and on the Chi-Cheemaun as a wheelsman.
“Dr. Gillies understands what it means to serve others, not only through her profession but in volunteer work, travelling into disaster areas to bring hope in crisis as well as debriefing returning doctors and nurses returning from war-ravaged countries,” the release said.

Her Linkedin account says she’s been executive director of Redeemed to Restore Ministries, a conference, workshop and teaching ministry to the broken-hearted, in Dundalk since 2013.
The site says her volunteerism includes more than 12 years as a rapid-response chaplain co-ordinator with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, providing disaster and human relief by providing spiritual and emotional care to volunteers and traumatized people.

She served as church service organizer for the Dundalk Fall Fair committee for three years and as a board member of the Dundalk Horse Club for almost six years.
Others seeking the Conservative nomination in this riding include small business owner Ken Brown, of Georgian Bluffs; Rick Byers, of Kimberley, a former president of the local electoral district association; Owen Sound Coun. Brock Hamley; Chesley native and Miller’s legislative assistant Chad Richards; Tara native and retired Col. Alex Ruff; and Paul Vickers, a Meaford councillor and local farmer.

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