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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

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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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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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Shelley Downey acclaimed as North Island—Powell River federal Conservative candidate

Dec. 11, 2018 1:30 p.m./
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Shelley Downey has been acclaimed as the Conservative candidate for North Island—Powell River.

Downey has lived on Vancouver Island since 1991. Born in Fort St. John and spending her childhood in Prince George and Hudson’s Hope, her life has been shaped by experiencing the unique challenges faced by small B.C. communities that rely greatly on natural resource development and the businesses that support them.

After earning a diploma in business administration in accounting from Grande Prairie Regional College, she entered the B.C. CGA program. Downey’s business and industry experience spans numerous aspects of coastal life, notably, fishing, tourism, helicopters, retail and the public sector.

In 2008, Downey focused her attention on the family drug store when they opened a second store in a nearby community. She mastered the balancing act of starting a business, raising a family and volunteering in her community. In the midst of this, Downey completed a bachelor of arts at Trinity Western University. She also ran a junior youth program located within her church and coached high school volleyball for many years.

Downey is currently serving her fourth term as councillor in Port McNeill and has also been a school trustee. She has served her community and region on a variety of committees and boards, currently serving as the treasurer for Mount Waddington Community Futures and her Rotary club.

Married for 32 years, Shelley and husband, Ron take great pride in their four children and fpur granddaughters. They enjoy spending time together as a family and taking in the amenities offered in the region.

Those who know Downey would describe her as a careful listener and an analytical problem solver. She looks forward to putting these traits to work for North Island—Powell River in 2019 as she champions the complex needs and concerns of her constituents as a Member of Parliament.

Downey was not immediately available for comment.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a new candidate , Brian St Louis was nominated in Nepean for the conservatives . the 2015 candidate Andy Wang seems to have disappeared after his disasterous result in 2015 , only got 36 % of the vote in a riding the tories normally did well in .

anyways this riding would seem to once again be a cpc target in 2019 and an area they should improve in )

Lisa MacLeod‏Verified account @MacLeodLisa · 15h15 hours ago

Huge congrats to Brian St Louis for his win tonight as CPC Candidate in Nepean. Brian worked on my campaign day in and day out and I can assure him my team and I will be there to make sure Nepean is again Blue federally

Brian St. Louis‏ @BrianForNepean · 15h15 hours ago

Thank you everyone for your support in my successful nomination as the @CPC_HQ candidate in Nepean @NepeanTories. I’m humbled and honoured to have been given this opportunity. Tomorrow, we start something new in Nepean.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Scheer managed to get some press when he launched 2 Laval area candidates , can't personally remember the last time the tories won a seat in the Laval area of Montreal though so both ridings seem like a bit of a long shot at this point )

Conservatives take aim at Trudeau during launch for Laval-area candidates

‘Canadians should decide our immigration policies,’ says Conservative leader Scheer

By Kory Dragon -
December 19, 2018

Conservatives take aim at Trudeau during launch for Laval-area candidates
From the left, Tom Pentefountas, who is running in Laval-Les Îles, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, and Sonia Baudelot during the launch at the Palace last week.
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During a rally held at the Palace congress centre last week by local Conservatives to announce two Laval-area candidates in the 2019 federal election, one name in particular seemed to come up more often than any other – Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s.

Attacks on Trudeau

As the opening speaker for an event to announce that former Laval mayoral candidate Sonia Baudelot and former Action démocratique du Québec president Tom Pentefountas will be running in Laval for the Tories next year, Michel Gauthier led off the attack on Trudeau in his very first sentence.

“Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted,” said Gauthier, a former PQ MNA who also served briefly as leader of the Bloc Québécois in the late 1990s and who is now running for the Conservatives in the Montreal South Shore riding of Saint-Bruno. Gauthier told the Canadian Press last May that he no longer considers himself to be a Quebec sovereignist.

Question PM’s record

Alluding to Trudeau’s record-setting federal deficit and his recent unsuccessful handling of the difficulties being encountered by the petroleum-rich but economically-weakened western provinces, Gauthier said,“How can you depend on a Prime Minister who wins the confidence of people by telling them, ‘Here’s what I’m going to do?’ but he does the opposite, then he doesn’t even apologize.”

Given the increasingly certain disappearance of the Bloc Québécois from the political landscape,and the uncertain future of the NDP, the evening’s guest of honour, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, predicted that the 2019 election will be a duel between Scheer’s Conservatives and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

Conservatives take aim at Trudeau during launch for Laval-area candidates
Seen here with Quebec Conservative candidates and supporters for the 2019 federal election, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer (sixth from left) predicts the election will be a contest between the Tories and the Trudeau Liberals.

Trudeau vs. Scheer next year

“As the NDP and the Bloc become less and less relevant in Quebec, it is very clear that the next election will be a clear choice between Justin Trudeau and his Liberal team or the Conservative Party under my leadership,” said Scheer. “And I am confident that Quebecers and Canadians will welcome that choice and will choose the Conservative Party to form the next government.”

Among other things, Scheer accused Justin Trudeau of being unable to manage public money. “Justin Trudeau is just completely incapable of managing this country’s finances,” he said. “He’s never had to worry about managing money. It’s no wonder that he doesn’t worry about managing yours. He inherited an economy that was lifting Canada up along with it and he inherited a balanced budget left by a previous Conservative government.

Seizing on Canada’s deficit

“But now a deficit of some $18 billion announced for this year is more than 10 times greater than planned,” he continued. “And predictions are that the deficits will be even larger over the next four years.Canadians don’t want a government that spends more and makes government more expensive. Canadians want a government that treats their tax dollars with respect and is a more efficient government that focuses on getting results.”

Scheer went on to set out some of the other issues the Conservative Party will probably be bringing to the fore next year. On immigration and refugeeism, he said, “Canadians are a generous, caring and accommodating people who are open in spirit” who want to help victims of civil wars and genocides.

Conservatives take aim at Trudeau during launch for Laval-area candidates
On immigration and refugees

However, he added that Canadians want to be sure theyare taking in those who are genuinely fleeing oppression, “and not those who are coming from New York State,” added Scheer. (The latter statement being a reference to the highly-publicized arrival of hundreds of refugees who crossed the U.S. border into the province near Hemmingford, Quebec).

As well, Scheer referred to Canada’s recent signing of the United Nations’ migration pact. “We’re told by this Liberal government that this compact won’t have any impact at all on Canadian lives and the Canadian system,” said Scheer.

“We’re heard that before. And we know that accords,treaties that Canada signs onto does have an influence on the court decisions here in Canada.” Scheer continued, “I believe very firmly that Canadians should decide our immigration policies, and not bureaucrats at the United Nations.”

Tory candidates in Laval

As for the two Laval Conservative candidates, Sonia Baudelot,who is running in in Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, said she made her decision to run for the Tories after a long period of thought. “For those who don’t know me, politics is part of my DNA,” she said, while adding that she also has a long history of volunteering and community work.

Tom Pentefountas, who is running in Laval-Les Îles, said Andrew Scheer isn’t anywhere near as focused on elevating his international status like Justin Trudeau. “Andrew concentrates on and is focused laserlike on the needs of Canadians,” he said. “We in the Conservative Party of Canada are the champions of Canadian women and men – the hard-working Canadian women and men – just like all of us in this room.”


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Shaughnessy fourth candidate in race for D-C Conservative nomination

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By Joshua Santos

A former Caledon mayoralty candidate has become the first woman to enter the race to represent Dufferin-Caledon Conservatives in next October’s federal election.

The former regional councillor for Ward 1 says she has filed her documents and will be available for an interview in the new year.

“I’ve been an advocate and a voice for the community for a long time,” she said. “It’s something that I have a passion for when it comes to representing people. Everything about the position to me is perfect for me at this time and point in my career of serving the public.”

Ms. Shaughnessy ran for the mayor’s seat this year, placing second with 4,976 votes to incumbent Allan Thompson, who won his second mayoral term with 7,392 votes.

She was nearing the end of the municipal election campaign when Mr. Tilson announced his retirement after a sixth consecutive term as MP.

“It’s something that tweaked in me that I thought would be an interesting and a natural evolution from what I had been doing,” Ms. Shaughnessy said.

“I think the advantage for me is the fact that I have knocked on so many doors throughout Caledon and you have a much better understanding of where people are at from a political perspective, what their needs and wants are, their concerns and things they’re not happy with or that they are happy with.”

Kevin Weatherbee, former chief of staff for Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones, Harzadan Singh Khattra, owner of Orangeville Taxi, and Jeremy Williams, former Mayor of Orangeville are the three other candidates vying for the Tory nomination.

Ms. Shaughnessy notes running for a federal nomination is different than running for a municipal seat.

“You have to go out and get people who are willing to support you at the nomination meeting. Anybody that is running, that is their focus to go out and get members to say ‘yes I support her’ and they show up at the meeting whenever it’s held.

“You put your papers up to the federal party (and then) it has to go back to the local riding (where) you do that whole interview process. I still have to go through that.”

While the federal riding is far larger than a Caledon ward, Ms. Shaughnessy said Caledon and Dufferin are similar in their needs and how they look.

“You have Orangeville, a large urban area, with somewhere around 30,000 (people), the same thing in Bolton,” she said. “Then you’re made up of a lot of agricultural areas and of course I grew up in the agricultural area in Caledon.

“Then you have the wonderful little villages and hamlets. We’ll call Shelburne a village because I think it’s around 8,000 to 9,000 people which is comparable to Caledon East or Mayfield West.”

Ms. Shaughnessy said she has been reaching out to residents from Mono to Grand Valley, hearing their thoughts and concerns.

She said all three levels of government, federal, provincial and municipal, all work together yet they are different.

“I think what people in the grassroots of any riding (think) is they don’t feel they have a big enough voice when they get up to the higher levels of politics. I want to assure those people that they do have a voice, that their concerns are going to reach Ottawa.

“A Member of Parliament doesn’t necessarily grow out of the grassroots. Quite often they come in from various sectors. I just think coming from the grassroots, you have a better understanding of the people and the people in your riding, which makes you a little more unique.”

She was first elected into public office as regional councillor for Ward 1 in 2014, gaining 1,442 votes defeating Richard Paterak and Jim Pattison in 2014.

“I have that advantage over others who have not gone through that process. I have been in two campaigns now personally, running as regional councillor in 2014 and running as mayor, campaigning in 2018. I think I have an advantage and my name is well known because of that.”

She was mulling the idea of running as a candidate for MP after residents said they didn’t want to lose her voice. She also had declined the option of running as Chair for the Region of Peel.


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( there is a new candidate for the cpc in Churchill River Saskatchewan , not sure what happened to former cpc mp Rob Clarke he seems to have left politics . but its a riding that seems to burn thru mp's rather quickly , 5 different mp's since 2000 )

Gary Vidal to represent Tories in 2019 federal election for Desnethé - Missinippi - Churchill River

By Tyler Marr

December 14, 2018 - 5:15pm
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 12:59pm

Mayor Gary Vidal will represent the Conservative Party of Canada for the riding of Desnethé - Missinippi - Churchill River in the 2019 election.

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The mayor of Meadow Lake will represent the Conservative Party in the riding of Desnethé - Missinippi - Churchill River for the 2019 federal election.

Gary Vidal won the nomination following a vote in the riding this past week.

Vidal, who was born and raised in Meadow Lake, was elected Mayor in September 2011 and is now serving in his third term. He said conversations still need to be had with city council on what will happen should he win the seat next year.

Speaking to meadowlakeNOW, Vidal called the new role “a great new opportunity” to potentially go to Ottawa, “have our voices heard and represent the people of this area.”

The riding is currently held by New Democrat Georgina Jolibois, but Vidal is confident the riding could turn blue in the next federal election for a number of reasons. Though sympathizing with Jolibois given the size of the riding, he believes his area has been underrepresented.

“We have not seen the presence around the riding,” he said.

Further, he said it is “difficult to represent interests in your individual riding from the opposition side of the House,” believing, “there is a good possibility we could form a Conservative majority” in 2019, and having a “Conservative member would be a huge asset to the electoral district.”

Vidal vocalized his frustration with the growing deficits and red ink on the books under the Liberals and appreciated the Conservatives position to introduce balanced budget legislation. Simplifying the tax code, introducing income splitting for families and broadening tax relief for individuals and businesses are top of mind for Vidal should he find himself in the House of Commons next fall.

“These are the job creators and the people who make things happen,” he said.

Vidal believes the family unit is essential to society, saying it is where “children learn values and develop a sense of responsibility.”

“I can relate to that because I have the strong belief that the family is the fundamental building block of our society,” he said.

With the Liberals set to introduce a nationwide carbon pricing scheme in 2019, Vidal maintained it is "going to be so detrimental to our region, to the entirety of Western Canada,” and echoed the position of Tory leader Andrew Sheer on the need to repeal the tax. He also sides with the party on getting pipelines built to move the nation's resources to market so their full potential can be realized.

“Good and responsible government is attentive to the people it represents and has representatives who at all times conduct themselves in an ethical manner, display integrity, honesty and concern for the best interest of everyone,” he said, adding he believes the Conservative party leads in balancing fiscal accountability, with progressive social policy and individual rights.

Vidal has worked day to day since 1988 as an accountant and partner at Pliska Vidal & Co. He spent nearly a decade on the SaskWater board of directors, only recently resigning the role.​ He was elected vice-chair of the Saskatchewan City Mayors Caucus in 2016.


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Logan McLellan seeking Conservative nomination in Egmont

Colin MacLean (colin.maclean@journalpioneer.com)

Published: 22 hours ago
Updated: 14 hours ago

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - A Summerside man best known for giving away money to random people at Christmas time has announced his intention to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in Egmont.

Logan McLellan announced Wednesday he would be making his first attempt at federal politics. The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19 of this year.

“Egmont is where I was born and raised, and I have always tried to be community-minded. Building on past experience, I think I have the skills to help the people of Egmont. I am in a position to take issues that are important to the residents of western P.E.I., and bring them to parliament in an effective way.

“My job is to understand what needs to be addressed, and what is the highest priority for the constituents, at all times. I want to hear from Conservatives and residents of all political stripes in western P.E.I.”

McLellan works in the financial industry as an adviser. He is currently an entrepreneur in that field. He has used social media extensively to help build his clientele. He and his business partners have gone viral on various platforms by giving away cash to people they meet on the street, often around Summerside, and sharing the videos of the reactions.

McLellan acknowledged he is a newcomer to the political scene, but said if he is elected he will work hard on behalf of his community.

“I will not pretend to be a politician, I am here to be a direct point of contact for Egmont on a national level. I will do this job with the highest degree of professionalism, with no excuses and/or fabricated answers to questions. I will be in touch with the community and responsive to concerns. I am here for the people of Egmont, and together I know that we as a community can come together and create the change and opportunity that is needed.”

The federal seat of Egmont is currently held by Liberal MP Bobby Morrissey, who defeated Conservative cabinet minister Gail Shea. Shea held the seat from 2008 to 2015. Prior to that the riding had been in Liberal hands since 1980.

The party has not yet set a local nomination meeting date.


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Friesen, Dalton in a race for the Conservative nomination

Say Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge will be a key riding in the 2019 election
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Jan. 8, 2019 6:00 a.m./

It’s a federal election year, and the Conservative Party is readying itself to try and win the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge riding back from incumbent MP Dan Ruimy and the Liberal Party.

The 43rd Canadian federal election will be held on Oct. 21, and already the Conservatives are already getting into election mode, with a nomination coming next month.

Davis Friesen and Marc Dalton are the two contenders who have put their names forward for the nomination. Jan. 25 is the deadline for new members to pay $15 and join the party, and a vote will follow in mid-February.

The politicking starts now.

“It’s the beginning of what’s going to be an exciting election campaign,” predicted Friesen.

Friesen noted Ruimy won the riding by less than two-and-a-half per cent of the vote in 2015 in a photo-finish election race. Ruimy had 17,673 votes compared with Conservative Mike Murray’s 16,373 and NDP Bob D’Eith’s 15,450. Green Peter Tam was a distant fourth with 2,202 votes, and independent Steve Ranta had 252 supporters.

Friesen said the riding is seen by all parties as a key battleground, along with its north Fraser neighbours.

“There is a lot of opportunity in B.C.,” he said. “The focus is on the nomination right now.”

He is a Pitt Meadows resident, and has worked with Conservatives including former MP Randy Kamp, as campaign manager for Conservative candidate Mike Murray and as constituency assistant to Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope.

He said a key issue for constituency residents is housing affordability, which he views as a broken promise. The Liberals pledged to make life easier on the middle class, but the national debt is rising, housing is getting out of reach for the average family, and a new carbon tax “makes everything more expensive, he said.

“And homelessness needs to be addressed,” he added, saying it is a nationwide issue that must be tackled by all three levels of government.”

Friesen said new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s party also needs a new face in the local riding, and that having Dalton as a candidate is “not putting our best foot forward.”

“He’s got a lot of political baggage that he’s got to answer for,” he said.

“I know Ottawa, and I know the community.”

Dalton said Friesen lacks the experience he brings, after eight years as MLA. Dalton actually taught Friesen in high school in Pitt Meadows. He called him “a fine fellow.”

“What I bring to the table is experience, knowing how to get things done, and name recognition,” he said. “We need to win this seat back again.

“Look at who has the best chance at winning the seat.”

He said people in the riding are worried about the decisions by Trudeau’s Liberals.

“A lot of people are concerned about the Liberal government and the way they have managed,” said Dalton. “The government has proven to be incompetent in many respects.”

An example, he said, was buying the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion, and the expansion now appears to face more challenges.

“There is no plan for reducing the deficit – they’re not really serious about fiscal management,” accused Dalton.

He said the government’s “amateurism” in international relations, particularly in Trudeau’s embarrassing trip to India and dealings with China, impacts the nation’s status.

Ruimy said Friesen’s criticism of the government about housing affordability is off target.

“When you look at our $40 billion National Housing Strategy, that speaks to our record on housing affordability,” said the incumbent MP.

He explained that over 10 years, the strategy funding will help provinces and local governments to build more affordable housing.

“That’s something I’m proud of.”

Similarly, he said the federal government has a national poverty reduction strategy launched late last year that aims to lower chronic homelessness by 50 per cent as one of its targets. He said the federal government may not be as directly involved as other levels of government, but it is making resources available.

Of his Conservative opponents, he said “they’re both nice people, and I’ll look forward to the challenger, whoever the winner is.”

He will continue to focus on community involvement with round tables and town halls, and advocating for people in the constituency on a casework basis.

For example, he encouraged Alouette River Management Society and other groups to get involved in the Student jobs program, and the impact locally went from 69 jobs and $290,000 in salaries when he took over, to 179 jobs and more than $500,000 in pay for students last summer.

He also advocated for funding for a local tech company.

“I focus on the things that I can have control over,” he said.

Peter Tam, the Green Party candidate from the last federal election, said he will take a break from politics after running in federal, provincial and local elections.

“It’s time to take a little break,” he said. “Our current MP Dan Ruimy is doing a pretty good job, so there’s no passion to displace him.”

Jagmeet Singh’s NDP Party has not yet organized a nomination process in the riding.

Former city councillor Craig Speirs ran for the New Democrats in this riding during the last federal election. He is no longer on council, having lost in a bid for the mayoralty.

Asked about running, he said “probably not.”

“The commute is a killer.”

Nor would he rule it out.

“You don’t get into politics for a season. It’s your life.”


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Retired colonel announces bid for Conservative nomination

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Published on: January 18, 2019 | Last Updated: January 18, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Tara native and retired Col. Alex Ruff announced Friday he will seek the Conservative nomination in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, the same day as Conservative MP Larry Miller announced he would not seek re-election.

“I’ve spent my whole adult life in service. I’ve always considered it a privilege and honour to serve Canada and have always been proud to represent my hometown area,” he said in a news release.

He has six operational deployments including the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Ontario and Quebec, two in Bosnia, two in Afghanistan and most recently in Iraq, the release said. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General due to his “outstanding leadership…in defeating a determined enemy” in Afghanistan.

He returned home recently from a posting in Baghdad “as a key leader in the international efforts to defeat ISIS terrorists in the region,” the release said.

Ruff will officially launch his campaign to seek the Conservative nomination at the Tara Community Centre Sunday. Doors open at 2 p.m. and he’ll deliver remarks at 4 p.m.


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Long-time Miller staffer seeks Conservative nomination

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Published on: January 21, 2019 | Last Updated: January 21, 2019 5:14 PM EST

Chad Richards pictured in Chesley with his partner Samantha and dog Ginny. Supplied photo.

Chad Richards, a Chesley native and long-time legislative assistant to Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller, announced on Monday that he will seek the Conservative party nomination in Miller’s soon-to-be former riding.

Miller announced last week that after 15 years, and five federal election wins, he plans to retire at the end of this term. For nearly seven years Richards has worked as Miller’s assistant while the MP was in office.

“I take immense pride in where I come from and I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve our riding on Parliament Hill,” said Richards in a press release. “Working with our Member of Parliament has truly been an eye-opener to how things really work within our government. I have been proud to stand beside many residents of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound through some major successes and am equally as proud to have stood behind constituents to find solutions as they faced some very tough issues.”

Richards has earned two degrees from Carleton University. He graduated with an honours Bachelor of Arts degree (political science and French), and went on to earn a Masters degree from Carleton’s masters of political management program.

He said that through his work in the riding “he has seen first-hand how the current government has neglected rural communities.”

Richards will be announcing “a series of unique policy options and positions aimed to solve problems for those across Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound” over the course of his campaign, according to a press release.


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Mayor of Montreal East Robert Coutu expected to run for federal Conservatives

Conservatives hope to increase number of Quebec MPs from 11 to at least 25

CBC News · Posted: Jan 22, 2019 6:44 AM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

Robert Coutu has been the mayor of Montreal East since 2009 (Radio-Canada)

The Conservative Party of Canada is expected to announce that Robert Coutu, the current mayor of Montreal East, will run to represent the riding of La Pointe-de-l'Île in the October election.

It's currently represented by Bloc Québécois MP Mario Beaulieu.

Coutu will become the 33rd Quebec candidate announced by the party, headed by Andrew Scheer, which hopes to increase its number of Quebec MPs from 11 to at least 25 in the election.

In order to achieve this, the party is targeting Bloc ridings, and those won by the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) in the last election.

La Pointe-de-l'Île is similar to the provincial riding of Pointe-aux-Trembles, which was won by CAQ MNA Chantal Rouleau, the former mayor of the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, in November.

The federal riding also includes a portion of the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.

Work ahead for federal Conservatives

The Conservatives did not surpass 10 per cent of the vote in Quebec in the last two elections.

In more recent years, the party has been betting on entrenched candidates who have political influence in their communities, such as mayors or municipal councillors.

For example, the Quebec lieutenant for the Conservatives, Alain Rayes, was mayor of Victoriaville.

Career in politics

Robert Coutu is from the Sudbury, Ont., area. He worked in the private sector after earning an MBA at UQAM and an EMBA at Paris Dauphine University.

He's been the mayor of Montreal East since 2009, and before that, he was a city councillor since 2005.

He was vice-chair of the city's Committee on Economic, Urban and Housing Development, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In November 2017, he was re-elected for a third term as mayor.

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