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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberals gaining on Tories in race to fill 2019 candidacy slate

By Charlie Pinkerton. Published on Nov 30, 2018 5:07pm

With 11 months left before the next election, the Liberals have nominated candidates in nearly half of the 338 federal ridings, more than doubling their confirmed slate in just over a month.

As of Nov. 30, the federal Conservatives have 162 confirmed candidates for the 2019 election, compared to more than 150 for the Liberals, 25 for the New Democrats, 18 for the Greens, five for the Bloc Québécois and one for the new People’s Party, according to an iPolitics assessment.

When iPolitics last reported on the state of party nominations on Oct. 21, the Conservatives led the way with 141 nominated future candidates, followed by the Liberals with 65, the New Democrats with five, the Greens with three, the Bloc with two and the People’s Party with one.

Here are the latest standings, by party.

The Conservatives

The Tories have nominated 22 candidates for the 2019 election over the last six weeks, but lost long-serving MP Tony Clement over that span after he left the party in disgrace following revelations he sent explicit photos and videos to multiple women he met online.

The Conservatives haven’t yet nominated a candidate in Clement’s riding of Parry Sound—Muskoka, which Clement now represents as an Independent. He has been absent from the House of Commons since leaving the Conservative caucus. It’s unclear whether he still intends to run in the 2019 federal election. Clement has held the seat since 2006, when he won it by only 28 votes.

Michael Barrett is the Conservative candidate in Monday’s byelection in Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. Gord Brown held the seat for the Conservatives until his death on May 2.

Note: Conservative-candidate figures are based on the party’s website and announcements posted on its Twitter.

The Liberals

A Liberal spokesperson told iPolitics that more than 150 of the party’s 182 current MPs have received letters from the party’s National Campaign Chair confirming their nominations for the 2019 election. iPolitics has confirmed 120 of these MPs by name, including Brampton East MP Raj Grewal, who announced he’d be leaving the party and resigning as an MP last Thursday. Grewal hasn’t completed the process necessary for an MP’s resignation.

In a Facebook post announcing his resignation, Grewal wrote he’s “hopeful” to represent Brampton East again. Additional reporting, including from the Toronto Star, revealed Grewal had accrued deep gambling debts, prompting an investigation by federal law enforcement.

With Grewal’s resignation, the Liberal Party says Brampton East will now be treated as a “currently un-held riding with its nomination process moving forward accordingly.”

Only five of the Liberals’ confirmed candidates are not sitting MPs. In comparison, the Conservatives have nominated at least 74 candidates who are not sitting MPs. One of the Liberals’ non-incumbent candidates, Mary Jean McFall, will run for the party in the byelection in Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes on Monday.

Note: Liberal-candidate figures are based on information provided by the party, announcements posted on its Twitter, and candidate nominations reported by iPolitics and other media.


The NDP has seen an uptick in candidates since iPolitics’ last assessment in October, thanks mainly to 19 of their 42 incumbent MPs committing to run again for the party in 2019. However, when voters next head to the polls, the NDP will be without at least seven MPs who won election in 2015. The NDP has six future candidates who don’t sit in the House of Commons, including Leader Jagmeet Singh, who will run in the Burnaby South byelection expected to take place in February, and Michelle Taylor, the party’s candidate in Monday’s byelection.

READ MORE: Singh won’t adopt candidacy in home riding, will stay put in Burnaby South

Note: NDP-candidate figures are based on information provided by the party and other reports in the media.

The Greens

The Green Party has now nominated 18 candidates, eight of which will run in Quebec ridings. The party hasn’t confirmed any candidates in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, or the territories.

Lorraine Rekmans is running as the party’s candidate in Monday’s byelection. As an act of “leader’s courtesy” toward Singh, Leader Elizabeth May has said her party wouldn’t run a candidate in a hypothetical byelection in Burnaby South. The Liberals and Conservatives haven’t been so courteous.

Note: Green Party-candidates figures are based on information provided by the party.

The Leftovers

The Bloc Québécois have nominated candidates in at least five of Quebec’s 77 ridings for the 2019 federal election. Four of the confirmed candidates are incumbents.

The election plans for Independent MPs Darshan Singh Kang and Hunter Tootoo remain unclear, as do those of Erin Weir, who’s recognized in the House as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.

Maxime Bernier remains the only candidate for the People’s Party of Canada, which will be officially recognized as a party once it endorses a candidate in an election of any kind.


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HL&A to elect federal Conservative candidate Saturday

Belleville, ON, Canada / Quinte News


December 07, 2018 01:00 am
HL&A to elect federal Conservative candidate Saturday

By Sunday morning there will be a federal Conservative candidate for Hastings Lennox and Addington riding.

Saturday afternoon in Tweed, four nominees will go head to head in a ranked ballot election.

Lawyer Derek Sloan of Stirling-Rawdon, Mark Hanley, who works for Hastings County and lives in Napanee, court reporter Jackie Denyes from the Roslin area in Belleville, and lawyer Michael Collins of Tweed have been approved for the vote. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON CANDIDATES.

HL&A Candidate Nomination Vote

Where: Tweed Elementary School, 52 McClellan St., Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Doors open at 10 a.m.

Call to order and candidate speeches will begin at 11 a.m.

Voting will be from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

November 25, 2018 8:36 pm

‘I want to make history’: Conservative MP candidate for Kingston and the Islands

By Kraig Krause

Ruslan Yakoviychuck is vying for a seat in the House of Commons and says he has a unique skill set that will benefit Kingston and the Islands for years to come.

It has been more than 25 years since a conservative held the riding of Kingston and the Islands, but one local man is looking to change that.

Ruslan Yakoviychuk is a Kingston businessman and has been part of the community for 13 years after he immigrated to Canada.

Yakoviychuk was born and raised in the Ukraine, and while growing up, he said, he dreamed to one day be a Canadian citizen. His grandfather spent time in Canada, and would tell the family stories of his time spent in the country.

Yakoviychuk made his dream a reality in 2005, when he emigrated to the Kingston area with his daughter and wife. Now, he says, he wants to give back to the country that provided his family with a better life.

“I ask myself, ‘What are you going to do?’ This country has been great for… my family, and I said to myself I believe that I have the full package to make changes in Canada,” said Yakoviychuk.

A few things Yakoviychuk wants to change is expanding Kingston infrastructure along with welcoming immigrants, but only if they follow immigration rules. On his website, it reads: “I’m concerned that Canada’s immigration policies have changed so drastically, allowing anyone who claims to be a refugee easy passage without proper background checks, and without the government having a proper plan for how these people will add to the social, cultural, and economic mosaic of our great nation.”

Yakoviychuk told Global News that he had to wait seven years to become a Canadian citizen and that he is a model immigrant. He continued by saying that he fully supports immigration because, being an owner of a construction company, he has seen a decrease in the number of skilled tradespeople.

Having more legal immigrants who have experience in the field, he said, will allow for further development in Kingston and the surrounding areas.

Aside from politics, Yakoviychuk spends his free time composing music and writing songs in several different languages.

Yakoviychuk says that because he fluently speaks seven languages and has an eye for business, he will be a strong addition to the House of Commons and a benefit to the people of Kingston and the Islands.


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Ghada Melek receives Conservative nomination for Mississauga-Streetsville

Conservatives seeking to win seats in Liberal-dominated Mississauga ridings

News 04:00 AM by Ali Raza  Mississauga News|

Ghada Melek

Ghada Melek is the Conservative Party candidate for Mississauga-Streetsville for the 2019 Canadian federal election. - Metroland file photo

Ghada Melek received the Conservative Party of Canada federal nomination for Mississauga-Streetsville on Dec. 1.

Melek had announced her intention to run in the riding as a Conservative nominee. It’s not her first attempt into political life; Melek ran for Ward 6 city councillor in the 2014 Mississauga municipal election.

Melek is currently a senior manager at Deloitte. She holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Windsor. She’s lived in the riding for the last 15 years, and in Mississauga for the last 20.

The Canadian federal election is on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, when Mississauga residents will head to the ballots to elect their federal representatives to serve in the House of Commons in Ottawa.

Mississauga has six federal ridings, all of which are currently held by the Liberal Party of Canada. The Conservatives have nominated candidates for Mississauga East-Cooksville (Wladyslaw Lizon), Mississauga-Erin Mills (Hani Tawfilis), Mississauga-Lakeshore (Stella Ambler), Mississauga-Malton (Tom Varughese), and Mississauga-Streetsville (Ghada Melek).


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Sloan gets party nod

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Published on: December 10, 2018 | Last Updated: December 10, 2018 11:33 AM EST

BRUCE BELL/THE INTELLIGENCER Lawyer Derek Sloan (second from left) was selected at the Conservative candidate for the Hastings-Lennox & Addington riding for next year’s federal election. He is pictured with candidates (from left) Jackie Denyes, Michael Collins, returning officer Shawn Morrison and candidate Mark Hanley.

TWEED — The Hastings – Lennox and Addington Conservative Party of Canada have their man.

After a marathon session at Tweed Elementary School on Saturday, 34-year-old Stirling-area lawyer Derek Sloan emerged from a group of four to capture the bid to represent the party in the next federal election scheduled for October 2019.
When the ballots were tallied, Sloan was selected ahead of former long-time Belleville councillor Jackie Denyes, Tweed lawyer Michael Collins and Small Business Coordinator for Hastings County, Mark Hanley of Napanee.

Sloanis married to Jennifer and the couple are parents of three children all under the age of five (Nora, 2, Callum, 3, and Fiona, 4) and, not surprisingly, much of Sloan’s platform focussed on youth in the community.

“I got into this race because I’m concerned about my children and the type of country they’ll inherit from Justin Trudeau,” he told the large crowd in the school’s gymnasium. “A country smothered in political correctness, crippled by debt, and living by the maxim that a smile and a hug will solve all the world’s problems.”
Sloan said the only hope for the Conservative Party’s success is to attract more young people.

“The only hope for Canada is not that the Conservatives win this election, but that they become the dominant party in Canada for the next 50 years and how do we do that – we’ll think about the younger generation (because) we cannot wait until they are 50 before they vote Conservative – we need them now,” he said. “Studies show when young people see both sides of an issue, they’re not as liberal as everyone thinks. They hate waste, they hate all talk and no action. We will win the youth back one step at a time.

“Data shows us that voters in the 18 to 33 age bracket gave the Liberals a majority (and) two-and-a-half times more young people voted Liberal than Conservative. This must change. I pledge not only to actively seek support amongst youth in our riding, but to work with the party on a national youth strategy. Show the younger generation you trust them enough to involve them in the party. Nominate someone with passion, vigour and energy. Someone who’s got a whole lot of fight left in them.”

Hastings – Lennox and Addington Conservative Party Association president Eric Lorenzen said he was pleased with the large turnout of supporters and said Sloan will represent the party well.

“It was very unpredictable heading into today — we had four exceptional candidates and with the second and third ballot (voting) you just never know how it will turn out,” he said following the announcement of Sloan as the winner. “He’s young and a family man and now we have a great candidate to put out there on the campaign.”

While 2015 Conservative candidate Daryl Kramp lost to Liberal Mike Bossio by a mere 225 votes in the last federal election, Lorenzen said with Sloan in place they won’t waste any time hitting the campaign trail.

“The riding association will sit down with Derek right away to plan the transition from us to the campaign, so he’ll be putting a team together, hiring a campaign manager and financial agent,” Lorenzen explained. “It’s time for us, as a riding association, to step away and let Derek’s campaign team take over and that will be happening before Christmas for sure.”
Sloan agreed with Lorenzen and said it’s now time to get out and meet the constituents in the riding.

“It’ll be some of the same things people have been doing for quite a while – getting out and meeting the people and sharing the Conservative message with them,” he said. “I’ve been involved with this since May and this is my first time, but I have to say all the candidates were very cordial, ran upfront campaigns and I don’t think we could have had a better roster of candidates. I have nothing but positive things to say about the them and I think regardless of who came out on top today, we would have been very well represented.”

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