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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two more seeking Tory nomination

By: Michael Lee
Posted: 08/8/2018 3:00 AM |

The fight to elect another Conservative in the federal riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa is gearing up for a three-man showdown, after two more political hopefuls announced their candidacies in recent days.

Ben Fox declared his departure as president of Manitoba Beef Producers on Tuesday in order to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination, making him the third candidate to come forward for the soon-to-be vacant seat, following a similar announcement from longtime Mountain View School Division trustee Floyd Martens more than a week ago.

Ben Fox stepped down as president of Manitoba Beef Producers to run for the Conservative Party nomination in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa.


Ben Fox stepped down as president of Manitoba Beef Producers to run for the Conservative Party nomination in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa.

Former Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier announced his candidacy in early July.

"I really look at it as a very exciting time to be a Conservative and to be in this riding," said Fox, who is from Dauphin and has served as president of MBP since February 2017.

Fox said he chose to run after hearing that sitting Conservative MP Robert Sopuck would not seek re-election in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa.

Having to leave MBP was a big decision, Fox said, adding: "It’s an organization that I really feel strongly in and I believe it helps beef producers in many facets of the industry."

But Fox said that he believes he can bring a strong rural voice to Ottawa in order to fight back against the Liberal government’s proposed carbon tax and support the interests of farmers, ranchers, hunters and fishers.

As for the increasing number of candidates who intend on running for the conservative nomination, Fox said it was great for the party and the constituents of the riding.

"I plan on showcasing my differences and being able to let folks know what I’m all about, and hopefully end up with the win," he said.

A statement from MBP thanked Fox for his service as president and for his dedication to advancing the interests of Manitoba’s beef producers.

MBP vice-president Tom Teichroeb will serve as president on an interim basis until the board of directors meets on Aug. 28 to discuss filling the vacancy.

Mountain View School Division trustee Floyd Martens announced his candidacy for the Conservative nomination in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa in July.


Mountain View School Division trustee Floyd Martens announced his candidacy for the Conservative nomination in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa in July.

Martens, a school board trustee for 26 years and past president of both the Manitoba School Boards Association and Canadian School Boards Association, said it was a good thing to have other candidates put their names in the ring.

"That’s a healthy process for democracy having multiple voices and multiple perspectives and a choice," he said.

"I think that’s important."

Martens said he has lived in Roblin for 30 years which, combined with his time on school board, has given him a different perspective on rural issues and education.

Asked about why he wants to run, Martens didn’t point to any one specific reason.

"It’s more to make sure that we have a strong voice for the Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa riding and a voice that will bring the concerns of our citizens to ... the House of Commons."

Dan Mazier resigned as president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers in July to declare he is seeking the Tory nomination in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa.


Dan Mazier resigned as president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers in July to declare he is seeking the Tory nomination in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa.

Mazier, meanwhile, said he knew Martens while serving as a trustee for the Rolling River School Division.

The former KAP president was born and raised near Forrest and used to work for Brandon’s Simplot fertilizer plant, now owned by Koch, and MNP as an agricultural adviser.

Mazier said he was impressed by the grassroots nature of the CPC nomination process, adding it has been a good warmup for the federal election.

"It’s set up pretty good and it’s good to see," he said. "It’s true democracy really in action here."

The nomination has not officially opened, but each of the three candidates said they plan on meeting people and signing up more CPC members.


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Crandell to seek C-K L PC nomination

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Business owner and finance coach Toyin Crandell announced her candidacy for nomination for the Conservative Party in the Chatham-Kent-Leamington riding in place of MP Dave Van Kesteren who will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming federal election.

Crandell chose Chatham-Kent-Leamington as the right place for her and husband, Joshua, to buy a home and raise their family after 18 years living in Etobicoke. There, she was the Conservative Candidate of Record in Etobicoke North, a community leader, and was named one of the Top 100 Black Women to Watch In Canada.

She has already set her roots down in the community by joining the United Way of Chatham-Kent as an ambassador cabinet member, a member of the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, the Ridgetown Rotary Club, and the Royal Canadian Legion, among others.

Since announcing her candidacy, Crandell has initiated a series of meetings in townships all over the riding, where she is listening to the concerns and perspectives of the agricultural community, young families, retirees, business owners and other publicly engaged citizens.

Crandell coaches and mentors others in financial management, and sees fiscal responsibility as a core to achieving a person’s potential.

You can read more about Toyin Crandell, her community involvement, and accomplishments at www.ToyinCrandell.com.


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Business leader to seek federal Tory nomination in Kelowna-Lake Country

Aug 8, 2018 Updated 6 hrs ago

A Kelowna business leader and community volunteer is entering federal politics.

Renee Wasylyk on Wednesday announced she will seek the Conservative Party nomination in the federal riding of Kelowna-Lake-Country.

“I am an empowering leader, a visionary community believer, with a broad base of experience, and a heart for our community and our future,” Wasylyk said in a news release. “It’s time for Kelowna-Lake Country to have a voice in Ottawa and bring our best ideas forward.”

In addition to building The Troika Group of companies, Wasylyk sits on several community boards, including The Breakfast Club of Canada and First West Credit Union board of directors.

The release said her volunteer efforts include the Nature Trust of B.C. and Opera Kelowna’s advisory council.

She is endorsed by Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola MP Dan Albas, said the release.

“In every endeavour, Renee has emerged as a true champion,” he said. “Someone who is visionary, who is talented, who is hard-working, but yet is also compassionate and kind.

“Renee has the accomplishments and an extremely diverse range of experiences that are so critical to the work that is done in public office.”


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( after having just run provincially in the same riding , April Jeffs has been nominated federally in Niagara Centre )

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Barrett wins Tory nod

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Published on: August 11, 2018 | Last Updated: August 11, 2018 7:27 PM EDT

Michael Barrett speaks to local Tories while his wife, Amanda, listens after he won the federal Conservative nomination in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 in Brockville, Ont. Ronald Zajac/Brockville Recorder and Times/Postmedia Network Ronald Zajac / Ronald Zajac/The Recorder and Times

Michael Barrett beat out four other hopefuls in a drawn-out contest Saturday to win the federal Conservative nomination in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

The 34-year-old municipal councillor in Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, who had started a run for that township’s mayoralty before the sudden death of MP Gord Brown on May 2, will now run to succeed his late friend and mentor.

Barrett, who is also the federal riding association president, defeated Colin Brown, Stephanie Mitton, Anne Johnston and Henry Oosterhof in a contest that ran into a fourth ballot at the Brockville Memorial Centre late Saturday afternoon.

As returning officer Colin McSweeney announced his victory, Barrett reacted with a spontaneous fist-pump, before shaking hands with the four other candidates, then running off the stage to kiss his wife, Amanda.

After paying tribute to the late Brown’s hard work and leadership, Barrett told the local Tories still in the arena after the hours-long affair that it was time to come together and prepare for the coming byelection battle.

He told party members the Liberals are ready to fight the yet-to-be-announced byelection and Tories also need to be prepared.

While the Liberals have yet to choose their candidate, Mary Jean McFall, who ran in the last federal election and vastly improved the party’s numbers, recently resigned her position as chief of staff to Canada’s agriculture minister in order to seek the Liberal nomination.

In response, said Barrett, Tories need to rally, no matter which candidate they backed.

“It’s going to take all 2,200 of the members we signed up,” he said.

“We’re going to need to work together … We’re going to get this done.”
Voters were given a ballot with the names of the five candidates, and were asked to rank their preferences. When no candidate got 50 per cent plus one on the first ballot, the fifth-place candidate was dropped and his or her votes distributed among the remaining four, based on their second choice. The procedure was then repeated on subsequent ballots until a candidate got 50 per cent plus one.

Party officials did not announce when the other candidates were eliminated and were not planning on releasing the vote totals. An unconfirmed report had Mitton eliminated on the first ballot, followed by Brown on the second and Oosterhof on the third, leaving Barrett and Johnston to battle it out on the final ballot.

As the convention began Saturday morning, some candidates relied on big guns or political theatre to convince last-minute undecided voters.

Dean French, chief of staff to Premier Doug Ford, introduced Colin Brown and touted the work the late MP’s nephew did with Ford’s recent election campaign.

Johnston, meanwhile, was piped in, surrounded by a large number of supporters, while Barrett’s own pre-voting speech began with a video on a large-screen television set featuring endorsements.

The newly-minted candidate said in an interview Brown was known as a hard worker both in Ottawa and in the riding, leaving him with an awesome responsibility.

“I will work tirelessly to earn the trust of the voters in this riding,” said Barrett.
He expects to fight the coming byelection on a range of issues he believes

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have mishandled, including illegal migration at the border and the ongoing trade dispute with the Trump administration.

“They’ve dropped the ball on NAFTA and it has thrust supply management to the forefront,” said Barrett.

“There’s not yet been a robust offence for our agriculture sector.”

Barrett, who was overcome by emotion in May in the immediate aftermath of

Brown’s sudden death, said Saturday he never expected to be propelled so quickly to the federal level.

“I was looking forward to a decade of working with my friend and learning the ropes,” he said.

Nonetheless, Barrett now believes the time he did have with Brown has prepared him well for his new job.

“I’m thrilled to be the candidate but there is some sadness behind that,” he added.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( perhaps somewhat of a surprise , Michael Barrett has won the nomination over 4 other candidates including Colin Brown )

Barrett wins Leeds-Grenville Tory nomination

Posted on August 12, 2018 by Bill Kingston in Athens, Augusta, Brockville, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Front of Yonge, Gananoque, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Merrickville-Wolford, News, North Grenville, Prescott, Rideau Lakes, Westport // 0 Comments

In this Instagram photo, Michael Barrett poses with MPP Steve Clark and Barrett's wife, Amanda. Barrett has won the federal Tory nomination to represent Leeds-Grenville in an upcoming by-election. (Instagram/MikeBarretton via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – Michael Barrett is the federal Conservative candidate for Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

Barrett, 34, won on the fourth ballot during the nomination vote on Saturday (Aug. 11) afternoon at the Brockville Memorial Center.

He will represent the PCs in an upcoming by-election to fill the seat after MP Gord Brown died suddenly of a heart attack in May.

Barrett had been facing Colin Brown, Stephanie Mitton, Anne Johnston and Henry Oosterhof in the nomination race.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to set a by-election date by the end of October.


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Neufeld out of Tory race

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Marshall Neufeld in 2015.

Penticton realtor Marshall Neufeld announced he no longer plans to seek a Conservative nomination in next year's federal election.

Neufeld had previously said in April he planned to run for the nomination.

He was elected the Conservative candidate ahead of the 2015 federal election and earned just under 30 per cent of the vote for the South Okanagan - West Kootenay riding. He finished second by about 5,000 votes to NDP candidate Richard Cannings for the local MP seat.

In a Facebook post Saturday, Neufeld said the decision to withdraw his candidate application was a difficult one, which he had contemplated since attending a friend's funeral in May.

"That event caused me to reflect on what I wish to spend my days on at this stage of life. Other personal matters in the last two weeks have encouraged this reflection," Neufeld said.

He went on thank those who have been "so encouraging in wanting to see me run in the next election and who have been eager to get involved in the electoral process, with the goal of giving Canada a good and professional government."

Neufeld previously spent three years as a national councillor of the Conservative Party of Canada. Before that, he was the senior parliamentary assistant in Ottawa to the Hon. Stockwell Day.

Penticton city councillor Helena Konanz is the now the only person currently in the political ring for the riding's Conservative nomination next year, having announced her plans to run for the candidacy in June.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some cpc candidates from 2015 want to run again such as Marian Gagne in Kitchener )

Marian Gagné‏ @MarianMGagne · 10m10 minutes ago

The nomination period to select the Conservative Party candidate in Kitchener South-Hespeler is now open. I need your help in order to be that candidate. Please join the party if you live in the riding; only members can vote. If not in riding, please send friends/family my way.

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( 4 possible candidates in the Skeena Bulkley Valley riding even though its considered safe ndp )

Four seek federal Conservative nomination

Successful candidate to be chosen for Oct. 2019 federal election
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The next federal election may not be until October 2019 but already four northwestern residents are in the running for the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination for the Skeena – Bulkley Valley riding.

And, for the first time in recent memory, two of those people are from Kitimat — Jody Craven and Claire Rattée — with a third, MaryAnn Freeman, coming from Terrace and a fourth, Gerald Caron, from Vanderhoof.

The party’s riding association expects to hold nomination meetings by this fall, giving the successful candidate a full year of campaigning ahead of the October 20, 2019, elections.

Once the procedure for accepting nominations has finished, a 45-day campaigning period officially gets underway, explained Caron, who in addition to being a candidate is also the riding’s communications director.

The first half of the campaigning period involves candidates signing up supporters as members of the party, while the second half sees candidates building on that support by contacting other party members through a membership list provided by the party, he said.

As was the case when the party chose its candidate for the federal election in 2015, members will cast their ballots in person at one of five locations over a two-day period, Caron added.

“Those five locations will be Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Terrace, Smithers and Burns Lake,” he said, adding that Terrace will be the last stop and where votes will be counted.

At each stop, candidates will speak in hopes of gaining last minute support.

“The [candidate] voting will be done by a ranked ballot. Members will list their first choice and then their others. The person who has the least Number Ones will drop off and their Number Twos added to the votes of the other people. This will keep on until a person gets 50 per cent [of the ballots],” said Caron.

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.

Skeena – Bulkley Valley Conservatives, however, would have their work cut out for them as New Democrat Party’s Nathan Cullen has represented the riding since 2004.

He’s won five elections and captured more than 50 per cent of the vote in the last two elections.

Cullen also gained national recognition by placing third in the federal NPD leadership race of 2012.

He toured the country extensively to promote a change in the first-past-the-post system currently used to elect Members of Parliament.

Cullen has also been recognized by fellow Members of Parliament as one of the most effective federal elected members.

The last federal election in 2015 also featured a strong showing by Liberal candidate Brad Layton, a councillor on the Telkwa council.

Here’s a brief rundown on each of the candidates

Gerald Caron

This isn’t Caron’s first attempt at elected politics. He was a candidate for the Conservative nomination in the Cariboo-Prince George riding for the 2015 federal election before throwing his support behind Todd Doherty, who went on to win the riding.

Caron, 53, then declared his candidacy for the Conservative nomination for Skeena – Bulkley Valley as a latecomer, subsequently withdrawing his candidacy.

An educator by profession, Caron works for School District 91’s E-bus Academy, an online K-12 school facility offering education via the Internet. He first came to the north in 2000 by moving to Prince George before relocating to Vanderhoof.

Caron acknowledges a strong anti-Stephen Harper surge in 2015 contributed to the downfall of the Conservative government and the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals but says things will be different this time.

“Even right-wing people voted for Mr. Trudeau,” said Caron of the 2015 vote, adding that a respectable Liberal vote showing in this riding in 2015 will dissolve as people return to the Conservative Party.

Jody Craven

On the verge of retiring from Rio Tinto, Craven, 54, moved to Kitimat in 1980. He is 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.

He’s running for the nomination because he believes Justin Trudeau is spending too much time on international issues instead of domestic ones.

“It’s time for everyday Canadians to speak up. I believe the people of Canada should come first, especially senior citizens and the First Nations,” said Craven in adding that there needs to be more employment forlocal people.

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With First Nations, Craven says more should be done to raise living standards and opportunities.

As for seniors, Craven says “zero is being done to help them. These are people who built this country.”

And while current Skeena – Bukley Valley MP Nathan Cullen may be popular, “I’ll beat him,” Craven adds.

MaryAnn Freeman

Freeman has held executive positions, including president, within the Conservative Skeena – Bulkley Valley riding association.

This isn’t the first time Freeman’s sought federal office — she ran second to Tyler Nesbitt when the party chose its candidate for the 2015 federal election.

And she also has local public experience thanks to being at one time the chair of the Coast Mountains School District’s district-wide parent advisory council.

Freeman’s lived in Terrace for close to 30 years and is a director of a trucking company and has been involved in amateur sports.

Speaking about her interest in elected politics, Freeman said she wanted to serve the people of the riding.

Claire Rattée

A co-owner with partner Oliver Brown in tattoo and piercing parlour Divineink in Kitimat, Rattée is a first-term Kitimat council member, elected at the age of 22 in the 2014 local government elections.

She’s lived in Kitimat for six and a half years, describing the move from her Lower Mainland home as difficult at first but soon realizing the advantages of living in a smaller community.

“I’ve always been interested in politics,” said Rattée, adding that her municipal experience has helped in learning and understanding northwest issues.

She’s also the first to admit people might be surprised she’s a conservative in philosophy and actions.

“I’ve been a conservative my whole life but this is not what people might have expected of me. I’m covered in tattoos — I’m a tattoo artist,” said Rattée.

“I really believe in less government,” said Rattée, adding that freeing up business and allowing the economy to expand will provide the needed revenue for social programs.

She also describes herself as a libertarian, an overall approach to life which emphasizes political freedom and autonomy as well as freedom of choice and self reliance.

Because of Rattée’s federal interest, she won’t be running again for Kitimat council, meaning there will be at least one new face following local government elections this October.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( also some new candidates from Ontario , Jane Michael in Burlington , Ramona Benson Singh in Brampton East and Mike Lalonde in Ottawa West Nepean )

Conservative Party‏Verified account @CPC_HQ · Aug 14

SHARE the good news and welcome Jane Michael to the Conservative Team! #cdnpoli

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Congratulations, Ramona Benson Singh! SHARE the good news! #cdnpoli

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RETWEET the good news! Mike Lalonde is now part of the Conservative Team! The momentum is building for our positive Conservative vision! #cdnpoli

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Four vying to represent Conservatives in Chatham-Kent-Leamington

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Published on: August 22, 2018 | Last Updated: August 22, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

When four-term Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren announced earlier this year he will not seek re-election, he wanted to make sure others had plenty of time to prepare to take a run for the nomination.

With Canadians not expected to go to the polls for the next federal election for another year, four people have already stated their intention to seek the Conservative nomination to replace Van Kesteren in the riding of Chatham-Kent-Leamington.

They include Mike Grail, a business owner, Toyin Crandell, business owner and finance coach, David VanDamme, current Chatham-Kent councillor and Dave Epp, a third-generation farmer.

After 25 years as a Tim Hortons franchise owner and raising a family, Grail said he is ready to use his leadership skills, experience and education – a Masters in business administration – to take on this challenge.

“It’s all about representing the people,” said the Mitchell’s Bay resident. “First and foremost, I think with Dave Van Kesteren retiring, we need a strong voice in Ottawa.

“We have a lot of progressive change that needs to occur, we can’t allow this community to go backwards,” he added.

“We need to be progressive and we have to grow, and the way you grow is being a strong voice and being able to recognize where the opportunities are in Ottawa and bring that down into the community,” Grail said.

Crandell said, “I generally believe an MP’s role is representation.”

“I know that advocacy and representation are some of my biggest strengths,” she said, adding this is how she has served her community for years.

Now a resident of Ridgetown, Crandell won the highly contested Conservative nomination for North Etobicoke for the 2015 federal election.

“That experience taught me how much it matters to connect with the community,” she said.

Crandell said Chatham and Leamington have received a lot of focus, but living in a smaller community like Ridgetown, “I see that a lot of the townships want to feel included in the process.

“I also know that it’s not just about being a strong representative locally,” she added, “but also having someone who is going to be able to call out some of the policies that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party are introducing that are not helping Canadians.”

VanDamme has decided to take the experience and knowledge he’s gained over the last four years on council “and deliver to the people exactly what I have done everyday over the last four years – only this time, more broadly.”

He said by representing East Kent he has “really got to know the grassroots issues – some of the core challenges we face as a municipality.”

Some challenges VanDamme noted are shoreline erosion, specifically on Rose Beach Line and Erie Shore Line, along with cap and trade and greenhouse seasonal agricultural workers programs, and farm safety nets.

Running at a the federal level is something VanDamme said he has talked about for years.

After getting his feet wet in municipal politics and enjoying it, he said, “Now is the time to have much broader discussions and work nationally to find solutions even back home.”

Epp, president of Lycoland Farms in Leamington, said a strong belief in the positive future of Chatham-Kent-Leamington has prompted him to seek the Conservative nomination.

“I want the opportunity to represent this ‘community of communities’ in Ottawa,” he said. “I want to bring my experience and passion for the agriculture industry to Ottawa, along with promoting all the other industries and businesses and other things that make this riding a great place to live and work.”

Epp, who has a long involvement with the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, believes he can be “a strong voice and an action-oriented, skilled leader to address the priorities of the people in the riding.

“I believe I have the experience and skills to work with all community leaders, and will be an asset to the next government – and to the people of this riding,” he added.

No date has been set for the local nomination meeting


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Konanz wins federal
Conservative nomination

City councillor running for South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP in 2019
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The Conservative Party of has announced Helana Konanz will be their 2019 candidate for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

Konanz, currently a City of Penticton councillor, announced her intention to run for the conservative nomination at the end of June. Konanz will not be running for municipal office this fall.

A number of current and former politicians backed Konanz on a podium as she announced her drive for the nominee, including Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola Conservative MP Dan Albas, former Progressive Conservative MP Tom Siddon and former B.C. Liberal MLA Rick Thorpe. Penticton MLA Dan Ashton and former MLAs Jim Hewitt and Bill Barisoff were showing support in a press release at her announcement.

“We Konanz’ are a family of entrepreneurs, so we understand what is like to be threatened by government policies that undermine small business,” Konanz told the audience at her announcement, referring to federal changes to tax changes announced in 2017 for small businesses.

“My experience working with provincial, federal levels of government … I think I have that experience that I can bring to Ottawa.”

Konanz praised NDP incumbent Richard Cannings but cast doubt on future prospects for the federal NDP.

“We have a wonderful candidate here in Richard Cannings. It is just that the (NDP) party itself is in a grey area right now,” said Konanz.


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Konanz to carry torch for federal Conservatives in South Okanagan-West Kootenay

Aug 31, 2018 Updated Sep 1, 2018

Helena Konanz will be the Conservative candidate for South Okanagan-West Kootenay in next year’s federal election.

Konanz was officially welcomed as the candidate in an email blast sent out by the party Thursday evening.

A businesswoman and retired tennis professional, Konanz has been a Penticton city councillor since 2011.

She receives the nomination by acclamation as real estate agent Marshall Neufeld, the party’s candidate in the 2015 election, dropped out of the race following a series of endorsements for Konanz, which included Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola MP Dan Albas. The deadline for potential nominations closed at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The riding is currently held by New Democrat Richard Cannings, who recently announced he will seek a second term. The Liberals have yet to hold a nomination meeting.

Konanz, 57, will conclude her term on city council. During a small gathering of friends Thursday, she thanked all those who bought party memberships or offered support for her candidacy.


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( the conservatives already have 128 candidates nominated which must include a number of incumbents . the ndp does not have a single candidate nominated ( with exception of a by election candidate in Outremont )

Candidate nominations for 2019 to ramp up this fall, Conservatives have big head start

By Laura Ryckewaert Sep. 3, 2018

The Conservative Party has 128 official candidates for the 2019 election so far, while the Liberals have 21, and the Green Party has one. The NDP does not yet have any official candidates.

Clockwise: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was officially nominated on Aug. 19; Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has been officially nominated; a number of former CPC MPs are running in 2019, including Lois Brown; NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, while not yet the official candidate, will seek a seat in Burnaby-South, B.C.; Quebec Conservative MP Gérard Deltell has been nominated for his party; and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains was the first 2019 Liberal candidate nominated on June 27. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, file photos, and courtesy of Facebook

After a summer of door-knocking and laying groundwork for the next federal election, the Conservative Party now has 128 official candidates for the 2019 election, while the Liberals have 21 and the NDP none. While there’s still a little over a year until the 2019 vote, strategists say the more work done now, the better. “That’s a big move to be ahead in that way, and shows that [the Conservative Party is] organized and focused on the nuts


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Kelowna city Councillor Tracy Gray is expected to announce next week she will seek the federal Conservative Party nomination in Kelowna-Lake Country. —Capital News file

Kelowna city councillor expected to seek Conservative nomination

Tracy Gray is expected to announce she run for the Kelowna-Lake Country Conservative nomination
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Aug. 30, 2018 12:52 p.m./
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The quest for the federal Conservative Party nomination in Kelowna-Lake Country is about to become a two-woman race.

Kelowna city councillor Tracy Gray is expected to announce next week she will seek the nomination.

Earlier this month, Kelowna developer Renee Wasylyk was the first person to announce she would seek the nomination and appears to have the backing of incumbent Conservative MPs Dan Albas (Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola) and Mel Arnold (Vernon-Shuswap), both of whom spoke at her nomination campaign kick-off.

Gray, who has been contemplating a run for the nomination for several weeks, attended the recent Conservative Party convention in Halifax.

A local businesswoman, who has sat on Kelowna city council for four years, Gray is also the chairwoman of the Okanagan Basin Water Board and a city representative on the Central Okanagan Regional District board.

She has scheduled an announcement for next Thursday.

The Kelowna-Lake Country riding has historically been a conservative stronghold, with Ron Cannan holding it for the party from 2006-2015, succeeding Werner Schmidt, who represented the riding on behalf of the Reform Party, the Canadian Alliance and the Conservatives between 1993 and 2006.

Cannan lost the riding 2015 to Liberal Stephen Fuhr. Fuhr was the first Liberal to win the riding in 45 years.

The next federal election is not expected until the fall of 2019.

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