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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

according to the liberal party website , the 25 ridings open for nominations are

- Leeds Grenville ( by election riding ) former cpc

- Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing ( ndp riding )

- Chatham Kent Leamington ( open cpc riding in 2019 )

- Elgin Middlesex London ( cpc riding )

- Flamborough Glanbrook ( cpc riding )

- Hamilton Centre ( open ndp riding 2019 )

- Huron Bruce ( cpc riding )

- Kitchener Conestoga ( cpc riding )

- Niagara Falls ( cpc riding )

- Niagara West ( cpc riding )

- Carleton ( cpc riding )

- Sarnia Lambton ( cpc riding )

- Simcoe Grey ( open cpc riding 2019 )

- Wellington Halton Hills ( cpc riding )

- Windsor West ( ndp riding )

- Saskatoon Grasswood ( cpc riding )

- Banff Airdrie ( cpc riding )

- Calgary Rockyridge ( cpc riding )

- Calgary Signal Hill ( cpc riding )

- Edmonton West ( cpc riding )

- Courtney Alberni ( ndp riding )

- North Okanagan Shuswap ( cpc riding )

- South Okanagan West Kootenay ( ndp riding )

- North Island Powell River ( ndp riding )

- Victoria ( ndp riding )


whats interesting is none are in Quebec even though we've heard for years about how the liberals plan to target quebec ridings . of these 25 , 7 are ndp ridings and 18 are cpc ridings . mostly core conservative ridings that haven't voted liberal since 2000 or 2004 so been blue for a long time .

all these seats are either in Ontario or western Canada . some have never been liberal in recent memory and others were liberal from 93- 2004 before the conservative party merged and won back most of the rural Ontario ridings .

many of these seats would also be considered " long shots " for the liberals even under the best conditions , Michael Chong is very well liked in Wellington Halton Hills and very unlikely a liberal candidate could beat him there .

Banff Airdrie would be another long shot , a rural alberta riding ? considering the results of the alberta by elections it seems like a tough one .

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This seems to be a show run entirely from head office, with no local riding association input.

This tendency towards top-down management rather than facilitating local organizations is one more way the oarty protects itself from the people.

The list seems to me to be a long-shot list.

This is a party that is replacing its grass-roots with TV buys and focus-group tested slogans and talking points. They babble on about 'diversity' and 'climate change' while their whole economic plan has been made obsolete by the tax and regulatory changes made in the USA.

Where do you think the Canadian people rank 'diversity' on their list of priorities?

If only ... but the Milk Cartel owns our leadership. Such a shame, the Conservatives could actually offer an alternative (for once) rather than the "me too" position of our current dweeb.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't be surprised if some of these ridings didn't have much riding level infrastructure and nominations need to be handled by the mother ship.

However, its odd to fill these sorts of ridings now;
Usually you would do so a month out from an election.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
I wouldn't be surprised if some of these ridings didn't have much riding level infrastructure and nominations need to be handled by the mother ship.

However, its odd to fill these sorts of ridings now;
Usually you would do so a month out from an election.

its really tough to say , but according to there new rules these ridings had to meet certain requirements before they were allowed to search for a candidate . needed to have some money in the bank and some potential women candidates identified were some of the rules I can recall

but its hard to believe any of these ridings are top liberal targets , unless there strategy is not about gaining seats in quebec but rather trying to wipe out the opposition in Ontario instead ? much like we saw in the late 90's and 2000

of these 25 ridings I'm pretty sure the last time any of them voted liberal was 2006 election ( Huron Bruce and Algoma Manitoulin had long time liberal mp's until they lost or retired in 2008 ) so none of them are especially likely ridings for the liberals

of the 10 western Canada ridings only Victoria has been liberal in recent memory , when David Anderson was mp from 1993-2004 ? , of the other 9 its hard to believe any are top liberal targets , a victory even in 1 of those 9 ridings would be shocking to say the least

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( no surprise , trudeau will run again in Papineau riding )

Trudeau formally announces he'll run again in 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is applauded by his wife Sophie Gregoire and supporters during his nomination meeting in Montreal on Sunday, August 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, August 19, 2018 7:18PM EDT

MONTREAL - Justin Trudeau will run again in the 2019 federal election.

The Liberal leader formally announced his nomination at a party event today in his Montreal riding of Papineau.

The partisan crowd cheered as Trudeau reaffirmed his belief in what he called "positive politics," and took jabs at Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, whom he accused of exploiting fear and division.

The Liberal leader also promised to tackle a number of challenges that include protecting Canada's oceans, raising the standard of living for Indigenous Peoples and narrowing the gap between rich and poor.

Trudeau was first elected to represent Papineau in 2008, and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

The riding has been held by the Liberals for almost all of the last 50 years, with the exception of 2006 to 2008 when it was held by the Bloc Quebecois.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it appears the liberals actually are targeting some of the 25 ridings open for nominations , as there is some candidates coming forward in some , like Huron Bruce , although a liberal victory remains a long shot in that area )

Allan Thompson makes bid to lead Liberals to Huron-Bruce victory

Published on: August 20, 2018 | Last Updated: August 20, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

Allan Thompson, standing in a wheat field on his family's former farm near Glammis.

Glammis-native Allan Thompson is once again throwing his hat in the ring compete in the 2019 federal election as Liberal candidate for Huron-Bruce.

Thompson launched his bid to be the Liberal candidate for Huron-Bruce in the 2019 federal election on Aug. 20, 2018, with a commitment to create opportunity and build the rural economy in the riding.

“Now, more than ever, I believe that Huron-Bruce needs a stronger voice in Ottawa, an ambitious, proactive and effective MP who will speak up forcefully for our rural communities and make sure that rural concerns are heard in the corridors of power,” Thompson said in a release.

The 54-year-old, was the federal Liberal candidate in Huron-Bruce in the 2015 election that brought Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to power. During that campaign, he raised Liberal support in Huron-Bruce by more than 23 percentage points and with more than 23,000 votes, placing a close second to incumbent Conservative Ben Lobb.

“It’s time to build on the momentum from 2015. And it’s time to send a Liberal MP from Huron-Bruce to sit on the government benches in Ottawa,” he said.

Thompson identified working to create opportunity and build the rural economy in Huron-Bruce as a top priority and vowed he would be a voice for farmers and all those who live in the riding’s small towns and on its country roads.

He also said the needs of seniors, access to healthcare and the challenges posed by mental health issues and youth drug addiction in rural communities are particular concerns. And he wants to look for ways to make settling down in the region a viable option for those young people who are increasingly drawn away by schooling and job opportunities.

Thompson will formally launch his campaign to seek the federal Liberal nomination at a gathering of family and friends on Wednesday, Aug. 22, in downtown Goderich, where he has purchased a home and taken up residence.

A former political reporter for the Toronto Star newspaper, Thompson is on sabbatical from his position as a journalism professor at Ottawa’s Carleton University. He recently launched Market Street Strategies, a strategic communications firm based in Goderich. Born and raised on a farm just outside the village of Glammis in southern Bruce County, he went to school at Bruce Township Central Public and Walkerton District Secondary School and began his journalism career as a reporter with the Kincardine Independent and Teeswater News.

While committed to reaching out to potential supporters face-to-face, Thompson will also make extensive use of social media in his campaign to maximize his engagement with constituents.

The main vehicle will be his website allanthompson.ca but you can also follow his campaign at facebook.com/allanthompson2019, at twitter.com/electallant and at instagram.com/electallant .
He can be reached by email at allan@allanthompson.ca or by phone at 613-799-1791

Allan Thompson currently resides in Goderich but was born and raised in the village of Glammis in southern Bruce County. He also has a home in Ottawa.

His parents Ron and Eleanor Thompson ran a family farm, with beef cattle and pigs. He studied Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa before completing his master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. After working at the Kincardine Independent and the Teeswater News, he became a reporter for the Toronto Star newspaper. He worked as a political reporter in The Star’s Ottawa bureau from 1994 to 2003 when he took up a position as a professor in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication.

For 15 years he was also a columnist in the Saturday Star, writing about Canada’s immigration policy.

His work as a reporter with The Star gave Allan the opportunity to travel extensively across
Canada and around the world, enabling him also to spend a lot of time observing and analyzing federal politics, often travelling with Prime Minister Jean ChrŽtien. He spent time as a reporter in the tiny central African country of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. As a professor at Carleton, he launched the Rwanda Initiative, a five-year partnership between Carleton’s journalism school and its counterpart in Rwanda. The project sent more than 175 Canadian volunteers to Rwanda as teachers, trainers and media interns and also brought Rwandan journalists to Canada to study.

Allan is the editor of the upcoming book Media and Mass Atrocity: the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond and also The Media and the Rwanda Genocide. He is the co-author of The Canadian Reporter, the standard journalism text for Canadian journalism students. He also founded Carleton’s Centre for Media and Transitional Societies, which sends about 20 journalism students to the developing world each year on summer internships. He is the President of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation, which annually gives a bursary to aspiring young journalists.

In 2010, Allan was presented with a Governor General’s medal by Michaelle Jean in recognition of his work promoting press freedom in Africa. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Gov. Gen. David Johnston for his work fostering journalism education and human rights in the developing world. He was nominated for the medal by Romeo Dallaire, commander of the ill-fated United Nations mission in Rwanda in 1994.

After the 2015 election, Allan was chosen to lead ProjectRURAL, a Liberal party task force that examined how the party could better serve rural ridings. He has also remained very active with the Huron-Bruce Federal Liberal Association, handling the riding association’s communications and organizing such key events as town halls on climate change, electoral reform and Canada’s international trade deals.

Thompson is an active member of the congregation at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Glammis. He has also served as a guest speaker for various community groups and organizations, with presentations on such topics as fake news and journalism ethics, the role of the media during the genocide in Rwanda and the influx of child migrants to Canada early in the last century, the so-called home children.

Allan is married to Roula El-Rifai, who works for the International Development Research Centre and their son Laith is heading into his second year at Carleton University in Ottawa

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