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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Skinner back for a second bid to become MP for Peterborough-Kawartha

2015 Peterborough-Kawartha Conservative candidate acclaimed as 2019 election candidate

News 10:12 PM by Joelle Kovach  Peterborough Examiner|



Mike Skinner


Peterborough-Kawartha federal Conservative candidate Mike Skinner - Lance Anderson , Peterborough This Week



Mike Skinner has been acclaimed as the Conservative candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha riding for the federal election in 2019.

Skinner is the president and CEO of the Innovation Cluster in Peterborough, which helps entrepreneurs launch new companies.

He ran for the Conservatives in the federal election in 2015 in the same riding.


"I've learned all about the mechanics of elections, that's for sure," he said in an interview on Thursday, adding that he plans to run a "positive" campaign.

Skinner said the nomination period ran from March 1 to 15 and was publicized among party members eligible to vote.

An internal selection committee had approached anyone who'd run previously, as well as anyone likely to be interested in running, he said.

But when prospects heard Skinner was interested, they didn't come forward - he said they supported him, instead.

Although the acclamation was official as of March 15, there was no public acknowledgement of it until the riding association held its annual general meeting at The Venue on March 24.

Even then, there was little public mention except for congratulations for Skinner on social media.

Skinner said that was by design: it was just a few days after the race to replace the Ontario PC leader, and the party meant to keep the emphasis on the forthcoming provincial election (on June 7).

The federal election is on Oct. 21, 2019.

Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef hasn't publicly stated whether she will run for re-election to a second term for the Liberals in the riding.

If she does run, it will be the second consecutive election where Monsef runs against Skinner. Yet there may be no Liberal nomination contest if Monsef wants to run.

The Liberals have decided incumbent MPs won't have to face nomination contests as long as they meet certain criteria (such as they've begun to fill the campaign war chest and have kept in touch with voters).

No candidates have been chosen for Peterborough-Kawartha for the NDP or the Green party.

In 2015, Dave Nickle was the NDP candidate and Doug Mason ran for the Greens.

NOTE: Incumbent Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale said earlier this year he has also been confirmed as the Conservative candidate for that riding.


https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8405763-mike-skinner-back-for-a-second-bid-to-become-mp-for-peterborough-kawartha/
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thinking of running for the Tory nomination? You’re too late.

The Conservatives have quietly chosen who will run in October 2019, Sylvia Sutherland discovers

Opinion Apr 18, 2018 by Sylvia Sutherland  Peterborough This Week|


Well, there’s another career opportunity lost. And I didn’t even know they were taking applications.

At the March 24 annual general meeting of the Peterborough Kawartha Conservative Riding Association, roughly 120 party faithful learned that they had a candidate for the next federal election.

The election isn’t until Oct. 21, 2019, so people considering the possibility of running probably figured they had some time to make up their minds.


When I was mayor, I was asked by a then-member of the executive of Conservative riding association if I would consider running for the party’s nomination in whatever election was coming up next. I forget whether it was federal or provincial.



He was a nice man who hadn’t lived here very long.

Realistically, the likelihood of my getting the job this time was probably even more remote than it was then.

But, since I am not a member of the party, I didn’t get the notice that went out on March 1 that the nominations for this riding would close on March 15.

This is not much time for anyone to decide whether they really want expose themselves to the slings and arrows of uncertain political fortune.

On Nov. 1, 2017, nominations for 92 Conservative-held ridings opened up under new rules finalized by the national party in October. The rules required any challenger to submit 50 names from existing riding association members supporting their nomination by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

If, following an interview, the selection committee didn’t like the cut of the applicant’s jib, you were out with no explanation as to why necessary.


The national party executive may not be paying attention, but Peterborough-Kawartha is not a Conservative-held riding. Nevertheless, it instructed the local association to proceed with nominations.

Only one person applied to be a candidate. The party liked him and he was acclaimed.

Strangely, there was no immediate public announcement from either the newly-minted candidate, a worthy, experienced choice, or the association as to what had taken place.

Congratulations, Mike Skinner.

https://www.mykawartha.com/opinion-story/8400820-thinking-of-running-for-the-tory-nomination-you-re-too-late-/
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MP Alex Nuttall announces decision to run again federally in 2019 with Kris & Melanie

Kris Bawden GlobalNews.ca


April 20, 2018 7:58 am


MP Alex Nuttall announces decision to run again federally in 2019 with Kris & Melanie

Federal MP Alex Nuttall phoned Kris in the middle of the night earlier this week… the reason? he wanted to announce a decision that he had been losing sleep over. He joined BIG Mornings today (Friday April 20th) to announce that he’d be running again for the Conservative party in 2019 at the Federal level despite the temptation to run for the Provincial Conservatives in the coming months. He elaborates on the factors that led to his choice and shares some laughs with Kris & Melanie! listen below


https://1011bigfm.com/news/4156850/mp-alex-nuttall-announces-decision-to-run-again-federally-in-2019-with-kris-melanie/
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regina Walsh Acres MLA Warren Steinley is running for the Conservative Party of Canada.



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Warren Steinley - Saskatchewan Party MLA for Regina Walsh Acres and Conservative Party of Canada nominee. REGwp



Regina Walsh Acres MLA Warren Steinley is running for the Conservative Party of Canada.

The provincial politician won a nomination over the weekend to run for a federal seat in the next election, currently set for October 2019.

An MLA since 2011, Steinley will be running federally in the Regina-Lewvan riding currently held by the NDP’s Erin Weir.

Steinley is the second urban Sask. Party MLA in recent months to seek a job in Parliament. Former Speaker Corey Tochor resigned from that position to seek the CPC nomination in the Saskatoon-University constituency.

Both are remaining on as MLAs. In an instance where an MLA is elected an MP, they are only allowed to hold one of the positions.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Prince George mayor seeking Conservative nomination


Citizen staff / Prince George Citizen
April 23, 2018 03:03 PM



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Former Prince George mayor Shari Green is wants to be the Conservative Party's candidate for South Surrey-White Rock in the next federal election.

- Citizen file photo



Former Prince George mayor Shari Green is seeking the federal Conservative Party's nomination in South Surrey-White Rock for the 2019 federal election.

"2019 can't come soon enough and I will be sending a message to Mr. Trudeau. We are coming to take our seat back," Green said in a Facebook posting.



Green was Prince George's mayor for three years, beginning in 2011 when she defeated Dan Rogers.

In 2014, she opted against running for a second term and focussed instead on becoming the Conservatives candidate for Cariboo-Prince George. However, Todd Doherty won that contest and was subsequently elected the riding's MP.


Green, in turn, left for Surrey where she worked for Diane Watts who had become the MP for South Surrey-White Rock after a handful of terms as Surrey's mayor.

Watts vacated the seat last year to run for the leadership of the B.C. Liberals. Although seen as a frontrunner, Watts eventually lost to Andrew Wilkinson.

And in December, Liberal Gordon Hogg was elected the MP for South Surrey-White Rock.

Green has set up a website, sharigreen.ca, and is urging supporters living in the riding to purchase a membership through the website.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bid launched for South Surrey-White Rock Conservative nomination

Former Prince George mayor Shari Green wants to campaign for South Surrey-White Rock seat
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Former Prince George mayor Shari Green is seeking to run for the federal Conservatives in South Surrey-White Rock in 2019.

Green, now a Semiahmoo Peninsula resident, announced her bid for the candidacy Monday afternoon in a Facebook post on Monday.

In the posting announcing her campaign for the nomination, Green says “2019 can’t come soon enough and I will be sending a message to (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau – we are coming to take our seat back.”


Mayor in Prince George for three years starting in 2011, following a three-year term as city councillor, Green opted not to run for a second term, choosing instead to campaign, unsuccessfully, to become the federal Conservative candidate for Cariboo-Prince George.

Latterly, a member of the South Surrey-White Rock Conservative electoral district association, Green supported then-South Surrey-White Rock MP and former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts, until Watts resigned her seat last September for an unsuccessful bid to become BC Liberal leader.

Federal Liberal Gordon Hogg was subsequently elected MP for the riding in a December byelection.

According to her website launching her campaign, sharigreen.ca, Green is a consultant for companies seeking advice on local government zoning and official community plans and is president of the Cedars Society, which promotes education and access to treatment for those suffering from addiction.


https://www.peacearchnews.com/news/bid-launched-for-south-surrey-white-rock-conservative-nomination/
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a new candidate has emerged in Oakville North Burlington )



Sean Weir‏ @SeanWeirONB · 9h9 hours ago

Happy to officially announce that I am running to be the Conservative candidate in the riding of #Oakville North - #Burlington. Let's get our federal government back on track! http://seanweir.ca
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oakville North Burlington is a riding the Conservatives should hold even in opposition.
It was a close loss and one they should be targeting in 2019.

It appears they are attracting strong candidates which is a good sign this far away from the election.

The Liberals have a 14 seat majority;
You pick away at that one riding at a time.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

April 27th, 2018 by John Spitters

Bay of Quinte Conservatives have a candidate

Conservative candidate Tim Durkin and his opponent for the nomination, Belleville city councillor Kelly McCaw on stage at Centennial Secondary School. To the far right is Durkin’s wife Jennifer and to the far left is Bay of Quinte riding Conservative Association President John Bonn.(Photo/John Spitters/Quinte News)

Broadcaster Tim Durkin will be the Conservative Party’s standard-bearer in next year’s federal election in Bay of Quinte riding.

Durkin, who works with Quinte News, and radio stations CJBQ, MIX97 and ROCK107, defeated the only other candidate up for
the nomination, Kelly McCaw, a business owner, retired realtor, and City of Belleville councillor.

A little over 300 people voted Friday night at Centennial Secondary School. There are about 700 members of the Bay of Quinte riding Conservative Party. The party does not release the exact results of the voting.

To open the nomination meeting, both candidates gave rousing 5 minute speeches, with neither taking swipes at the other. Both Durkin and McCaw hammered away at the governing Liberals.

The Trudeau government was criticized for reckless spending, divisive social engineering, its carbon tax, embarassing behaviour on foreign trips, and a lack of attention to the military and its veterans.

In his victory speech, an emotional Durkin thanked family and supporters and especially his wife Jennifer who is soon to give birth to their first child.

The 32 year old Durkin, who has never held public office before, says the campaign to unseat Liberal Neil Ellis in the Bay of Quinte riding begins almost immediately.

“We’ve got some 40,000 doors to knock on and we’ve got a steep hill to climb because the liberal candidate in the riding is well known, very well respected and someone who works very hard. He won by a lot in the last election. We have our work cut out for us.”

In fact, in the 2015 federal election, Liberal Neil Ellis defeated Conservative candidate Jodie Jenkins by almost 10,000 votes.

http://www.quintenews.com/2018.....te/174612/
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Durkin secures federal Conservative nomination


By Bruce Bell, The County Weekly News/The Intelligencer

Monday, April 30, 2018 9:05:47 EDT AM


BRUCE BELL/THE INTELLIGENCER Tim Durkin, accompanied by his wife Jennifer, was introduced as the Conservative representative for the Bay of Quinte riding in next fall’s federal election. Durkin beat Belleville councillor Kelly McCaw during the candidate selection meeting for the Bay of Quinte Conservative Association at Centennial Secondary School on Friday evening.



BELLEVILLE - Well-known radio personality Tim Durkin will be the Conservative representative for the Bay of Quinte riding in next fall’s federal election.
Durkin beat Belleville councillor Kelly McCaw at the candidate selection meeting for the Bay of Quinte Conservative Association at Centennial Secondary School on Friday evening and said he was ready to roll up his sleeves and go to work.

After a coin toss, McCaw was first to the stage to roll out her platform in a passion-fuelled five-minute speech, telling the audience she prevailed in the last municipal election and was ready to prevail again during the 2019 federal election.
After a hearty introduction and endorsement by MPP Todd Smith, Durkin used his thundering voice and large stature to tell the audience he would be difficult to ignore on Parliament Hill.

Durkin, 32, works for Quinte Broadcasting and is familiar to many as a game-day promotions host for Belleville Senators home games. He and his wife Jennifer are expecting their first child in July and he says the impending birth has fuelled his drive for political participation.

“We are running because we believe – we believe in family as the foundation for solid convictions,” he said. “We believe that my new daughter or son shouldn’t have to pay for the Liberal financial mess. We believe in this great country of ours and we believe in the Conservative principle that good government is less government.”
Durkin said his responsibilities as the local candidate will start immediately when the provincial campaign period starts this week.

“It hits home pretty quick now that the work begins (because) it’s a year and a half and the attention now turns to the provincial writ dropping in about a week’s time – that’s the next battle that we have because the federal and provincial have to work together to make sure Todd Smith and Daryl Kramp are elected in this area,” he said. “The point is to go out and make the Bay of Quinte blue. So we’ll enjoy ourselves a little tonight and enjoy this, but the (federal) Liberal representative in this area is very well respected, hard working and well known and if you’re going to beat someone like that you have to put the work in now – there’s 40,000 doors you have to knock on.”

While results were not disclosed, it was estimated close to 350 association members participated in the selection.
Riding president John Bonn said he was satisfied with the evening’s results.
“I think it’s great that our membership came out and spoke and said they wanted Tim to do it and I’m very confident he is going to do a great job,” he said. “He’s a presence, he’s a presence on the stage with a great team behind him – I think it bodes well for the next year.”

Durkin said he didn’t know until his name was called if he would get the nomination.
“This is truly humbling when you see hundreds of people put hundreds of hours into something like this and the fact is you see someone I have immense respect for like Kelly. (She’s) a long-time business person in the area, a city councillor and you don’t know how the fight will turn out because she has done so much for this community.”
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This isn't really about candidates, but it still seems to be the appropriate thread.

Quote:
Liberals to use two-pronged strategy in 2019 campaign: ‘demonize the right’ and ‘steal’ from the left, say NDP, Conservative MPs
By ABBAS RANA APR. 30, 2018
Pollster Nik Nanos said the NDP's narrative to attack the Liberals for not delivering on promises is a vote driver and could work against the Grits.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Saturday, Apri 21, at the Liberals' national policy convention in Halifax with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and their son Hadrien. Mr. Trudeau later launched a blistering attack against the Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer at the three-day convention. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Munster
The governing Liberals are already in the 2019 election campaign mode, but opposition MPs say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy to “demonize” the right and “steal” policy ideas from the left won’t work and plan to focus on the Grits’ unkept promises in the next federal campaign.

“That seems to be their strategy that they’re going to try to demonize the right while stealing from the left,” said five-term NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, B.C.) in an interview with The Hill Times.

Mr. Cullen said his party will keep reminding voters about the Liberal Party’s broken promises ]on such progressive issues as sweeping electoral reforms and Indigenous issues. Before believing the Liberals’ new promises, he said, the NDP will be reminding voters why the Liberals haven’t delivered on some of these major promises.

According to trudeaumeter.polimeter.org, a website that regularly keeps track of the promises that the Liberal government made during the last election campaign, as of last week, the government had achieved 66 of the 227 promises, 69 were in progress, 51 not started and 41 had been broken.

“Fool me once, shame on Justin Trudeau, fool me twice, shame on me, and I don’t think Canadians will be shamed twice,” said Mr Cullen. “The first question that will come to Canadians is you were just in power for four years. You didn’t move on all these things and in fact you betrayed your promises. It’s a question of credibility.” [....]
https://www.hilltimes.com/2018/04/30/liberals-using-two-pronged-strategy-demonizing-right-stealing-policy-ideas-left-2019-ndp-conservative-mps/142145


The article continues and is worth reading.

Maybe they'll be able to recruit a female to make some kind of lurid accusation against Scheer? At least we know what to expect. They will demonize Harper and by association the whole Conservative Party. Conservatives have no excuse. We should have someone capable of responding.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coun. Marty Morantz makes it official, seeks federal Tory nomination



Rookie Winnipeg councillor also quits seat on executive policy committee, role as council public works chair


Bartley Kives · CBC News · Posted: May 03, 2018 1:19 PM CT | Last Updated: May 3


Coun. Marty Morantz wants a shot at unseating the federal Liberals in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)


Coun. Marty Morantz has officially declared he wants to be the Conservative candidate in the federal riding held by Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson.

The rookie Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge councillor announced Thursday he will seek the federal Conservative nomination in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

Morantz, first elected to city council in 2014, will run in the 2019 federal election if he succeeds in his bid for the nomination in the west Winnipeg riding.

The seat and its predecessors have gone back and forth between conservative parties and the Liberals over the past two decades. Eyolfson won the seat in 2015 by defeating Conservative MP Steven Fletcher by 6,122 votes.

MLA and former MP Steven Fletcher and analyst Stephen Barber are also seeking the Conservative nomination in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

Right time for move: Morantz

​Morantz said he has resigned from city council's executive policy committee, as well as his position as city council public works chair.

He said the time was right for him to make a move, both personally and professionally.

"I've really enjoyed my time on city council. But I've always been interested in party politics," said Morantz, who made an unsuccessful provincial run as a Progressive Conservative candidate in River Heights in 2011.

Mayor Brian Bowman moved quickly to replace Morantz, appointing St. Boniface Coun. Matt Allard to EPC as the new public works chair.


Should Morantz succeed in his effort to claim the nomination, as many as four of the city's 15 seats could be wide open in October.

Coun. Jenny Gerbasi, the longest-serving member of council, announced in March she won't seek a sixth term in Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry.

The newly renamed and redrawn St. Norbert council seat will be wide open, as South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Coun. Janice Lukes announced in January she plans to seek her second council term in the new Waverley West ward.​


The fate of Transcona is also up in the air, as 16-year councillor Russ Wyatt has been absent from city hall since January due to addictions treatment.

The 2018 municipal election is slated for Oct. 24. Mayoral candidate registration began on May 1, while council candidates may register starting June 30.

The deadline for entering the municipal race is Sept. 18, when the nomination period closes.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4646919
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Marty Morantz announces run for Conservative MP


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Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 10:52AM CST
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"It's something that I've given a lot of thought and consideration to which I've taken very seriously," said Morantz.

As CTV News reported first last month, Morantz has been mulling a federal run and on Thursday he made it official. Nearing the end of his first term at city hall, Morantz announced he will seek the federal conservative nomination in Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley. The councillor says the timing is right for him personally and professionally as he wants to take the knowledge he's gained at Winnipeg City Hall to Parliament Hill.

"I want to take that experience to Ottawa and also in terms of experience I had many years practicing law and involvement in the community especially with special needs groups," said Morantz.


Effective immediately Morantz is stepping down from Mayor Brian Bowman's Executive Policy Committee and as chair of the Infrastructure and Public Works committee. That leaves an empty seat in the Mayor's inner circle.

"He is just an incredible dedicated public servant he is someone…who works very very hard," said Mayor Brian Bowman

Replacing Morantz on EPC, St. Boniface City Councillor Matt Allard, a Brian Bowman ally.

"I think we are aligned in terms of infrastructure priorities, I think we're aligned on many issues like accountability, transparency," said Allard

Morantz was Bowman's first finance chair. Initially he took the police service to task over its budget. Later he backed the Mayor against developers who were upset about impact fees. He sparred with Qualico’s Eric Vogan in September 2016 who called the fees a scheme.

"It's unfortunate you chose those words Eric I thought you were better than that," Morantz said at the time.

But more recently as infrastructure chair, Morantz has faced criticism from areas homeowners over a controversial route for the Sterling Lyon Parkway extension. Morantz says he's not running for federal office, because of anything that's happened in the last three years plus as a councillor.

"I've really enjoyed my time at city hall, it has nothing to do with my experiences at city hall they've all been very very positive," said Morantz.

Morantz says he will stay on as councillor until the end of the term in October. There is no date yet set for the conservative nomination.

Former Tory MP Steven Fletcher and party member Stephen Barber are also vying for the nomination.

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/marty-morantz-announces-run-for-conservative-mp-1.3913698
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Kerry-Lynne Findlay concedes the federal by-election for South Surrey-White Rock in December. File photo

Findlay seeks Conservative nomination for 2019

Candidate in last year’s MP byelection hopes to build on local votes
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Kerry-Lynne Findlay, the former Conservative cabinet minister who ran for the South Surrey-White Rock seat in December’s federal byelection, is the second individual to announce she is seeking the riding nomination for the 2019 election.

In a news release Monday announcing her candidacy for the nomination, Findlay said she is “excited to build on the Conservative support and enthusiasm in South Surrey-White Rock.

“Thousands voted for me a few months ago, and thousands more will vote in 2019.”


Findlay finished second with 12,752 votes (42.1 per cent) to Liberal Gordie Hogg, who became the MP with 14,369 votes (47.5 per cent) in the Dec. 11 ballot.

Findlay will be competing for the Conservative nomination with former Prince George mayor Shari Green, now a Semiahmoo Peninsula resident, who announced her bid via Facebook on April 23.

In her release, Findlay highlighted ethics, trust and public confidence as key issues in her decision to seek the nomination.

“The Trudeau government is governing with an utter lack of integrity, which jeopardizes our domestic stability, and our standing on the world stage,” she said.

Formerly the MP for the now-defunct riding of Delta-Richmond East, Findlay, a White Rock resident, served as National Revenue minister and associate minister of National Defence.

Last year’s byelection was necessitated by the departure of MP, and former Surrey mayor, Dianne Watts, who resigned in September for a bid to become leader of the BC Liberals, which subsequently failed.

https://www.surreynowleader.com/news/findlay-seeks-conservative-nomination-for-2019/
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Delta MP giving it another go


Sandor Gyarmati / Delta Optimist
May 7, 2018 01:39 PM



kerry-lynne findlay

MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay making a presentation to Delta council in 2014 during the Point Roberts radio towers controversy, saying she informed the foreign affairs minister of the community's concern.


A former Delta MP continues her attempt at a political comeback.

Kerry-Lynne Findlay announced today she’ll seek the Conservative nomination for the South Surrey-White Rock riding for the 2019 federal election.


Her web page states the riding “deserves an experienced representative in the federal government who knows how to navigate in Ottawa, who knows how to get results, and who is skilled at both listening and taking action.”

Last December, Findlay’s attempt at a political comeback fell short when the Conservative candidate in the South Surrey-White Rock federal by-election lost to Liberal Gordon Hogg. He finished with 47.5 per cent of the vote compared to Findlay’s 42.1 per cent. The NDP finished third.

The South Surrey-White Rock seat became available when Conservative MP Dianne Watts, Surrey’s former mayor, vacated it to run for the leadership of the provincial Liberals.

Having now moved back to White Rock, Findlay was a Conservative cabinet minister in Stephen Harper’s government from 2011 to 2015.

She ran as Canadian Alliance candidate in Vancouver-Quadra in 2001 but didn’t win. Later, she won the Conservative stronghold of Delta-Richmond East in the 2011 race with 54.2 per cent per cent of the vote, although she had initially lost the nomination to run for the party in that election. Dale Saip won the nomination only to see the riding association decide to strip him of his win and hand it over to Findlay.

In her first term the rookie MP rapidly ascended the ranks to become minister of national revenue.

In the 2015 federal election, when Delta was reconfigured into a new riding combining South Delta with North Delta, things didn’t go well for her.

Liberal Carla Qualtrough easily defeated her to capture the new riding, finishing around 9,000 votes ahead of Findlay after garnering 49.3 per cent of the popular vote. Findlay saw her support drop to just 32.7 per cent.


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