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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( bernier plans to visit York Simcoe and somehow got permission to hold a rally at a catholic high school )

Adam L. E. Gray‏ @AdamLEGray1 · 8h8 hours ago

Rally for York-Simcoe and Robert Geurts. Special guest, Maxime Bernier will be there.
When: Feb. 12th 7pm start at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Bradford ON.
#PPC2019 #BernierNation

( although is questions about the candidate and if he's actually from the riding or not and how knowledable he is about local issues )

Karen‏ @Grewupinscarb · 6h6 hours ago

Hello @MaximeBernier and @PPC your candidate for York Simcoe is not even from this area. WTF does he know about our issues. You seriously couldn't find one person from the area to run? Telling. Watching the debate now, not impressed.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick profiles: Who's running in the Burnaby South byelection?

Kendra Mangione, Associate Producer - Digital Content, CTV Vancouver

Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:40PM PST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:57PM PST

Residents of Burnaby South will head to the polls in less than two weeks to choose a federal representative to replace Kennedy Stewart.

The New Democrat MP stepped down in 2018, triggering a byelection when he opted instead to run for mayor of Vancouver.

The boundaries have been redrawn more than once, but the Burnaby South seat has been orange since its creation in 2012. Looking back at previous iterations of the electoral district, the NDP has a long-standing hold on the region.

But this year, the byelection is being seen by some as a test for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, with a former BC Liberal MLA running under the federal party's banner.

And when Burnaby South went to the polls in 2015, the NDP won, but it wasn't a landslide. The Liberals were just 547 votes behind, and the Conservatives placed third.

Candidates' approach to housing affordability is considered to be among the deciding factors in the riding of about 74,000 voters, and a controversial comment involving a contender's race led to a change in candidates.

So who exactly is running, and what do they stand for? CTV News took a quick look at each option.

NDP's Jagmeet Singh

Priorities: Protect the environment, create jobs, address costs of housing and health care

The 40-year-old NDP candidate looking to win the seat after being elected party leader in 2017.

"I feel really confident. I feel like there's great support on the ground," Singh said ahead of the first debate Wednesday.

He's aware affordability could be an issue, as he himself struggled to find housing in the area.

He described what he's heard from constituents: "Families that are not sure they can keep their homes, parents worried about whether their kids can live in communities they've grown up in – this merits some serious action."

Read more about Singh on the NDP website.

Jagmeet Singh

Liberals' Richard T. Lee

Priorities: Affordable housing, transit, middle-class jobs, environment

A longtime MLA, Lee was announced as the Liberal Party of Canada's candidate on Jan. 19, following the party's ousting of its initial candidate.

Karen Wong had been announced as the party's first choice, but she stepped down a few days prior after comments were made about Singh's ethnic background.

Wang asked the party if she could come back, but the Liberals told her she would not be given a second chance.

Instead, the party opted to offer Lee as its option on the ballot. He served in the B.C. Legislature for 16 years, and filled roles including Deputy Speaker and Parliamentary Secretary. He ran in the 2017 provincial election for Burnaby North, but lost to the NDP's Janet Routledge.

"We want people to come work, play, settle and have their families here. That's why housing is an issue," he told CTV.

"I'm very confident on this byelection."

Read more about Lee on the Liberal website.

Richard T. Lee

People's Party of Canada's Laura-Lynn Thompson

Priorities: Smaller government with more power to individuals

Thompson, a Christian blogger, author and former TV host, is representing the party formed last month by Maxime Bernier.

The PPC's website says its platform is still being finalized, but Bernier has previously said it would "do nothing" on climate change. He's said abortion and gender identity will not be part of the platform, and also spoke out against free trade with China.

Her brief bio on Twitter says she's "tired of political correctness," and that "freedom is our greatest gift." In the past, she's spoken out against B.C.'s sexual orientation and gender identity curriculum.

She told CTV News the party hopes to bring change to Canadian politics.

"We're tired of politics being done the same old way. We want smaller government and we want to put the power back into the people's hands," she said Wednesday.

"I am absolutely feeling very confident."

Read more about Thompson here.

Laura-Lynn Thompson

Conservatives' Jay Shin

Priorities: Prosperity and safety

The Tories say corporate lawyer Shin's previous work experience gives him "great insight on policies that will improve the economy and promote international trade."

His bio on the party's website says he specializes in strategic legal advice regarding domestic and international transactions in sectors including real estate, oil and gas and technology.

He said what he's heard from constituents are fears others echoed: "They're very concerned about cost of everything rising, becoming more expensive."

Ahead of byelection day, he said he thinks his chances are good.

Read Shin's full biography on his campaign website.

Jay Shin

Greens not running a candidate

In a statement posted before the race really began, Green Leader Elizabeth May said the party would not be backing a candidate for Burnaby South, citing "leader's courtesy."

"The leader's courtesy is a long-standing Canadian parliamentary tradition that facilitates a newly elected party's leader's entry to the legislature by allowing him or her to contest a byelection unopposed," May said in the statement posted on the party's website.

The party said it believes it is "right" to step aside to allow the party leader to serve.

"Every party leader deserves a voice in the House," May said


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a look at the long shot conservative campaign in Outremont riding )

Conservative candidate Jasmine Louras campaigns in Outremont

‖ February 5, 2019 ‖ Montreal/News ‖ by Sam Dagres

The riding of Outremont, which shares a borough with Milton-Parc, has gone without a representative in the House of Commons for nearly five months and will hold a by-election on Feb. 25. Former New Democrat Party (NDP) leader Tom Mulcair held the riding for almost a decade, but, months after being ousted as party leader, he stepped down in late August. On Jan. 21, accompanied by members of Conservative McGill and several Members of Parliament (MP) including Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, prospective candidate Jasmine Louras stepped forward as the party’s choice for Outremont. The event ended in celebration, with many MPs attending Conservative McGill’s Welcome Back Pub Night afterwards.

Louras’ rivals include Rachel Bendayan, who will be running for the second time under the Liberal banner, and Julia Sanchez for the NDP. Bendayan’s goals include increased environmental protection measures, support for small businesses, and social housing projects. Likewise, Sanchez’ campaign will focus on the environment, women’s rights, and inequality. Louras’ campaign team, meanwhile, predicts widespread Conservative support in Quebec; however, it is wary of resistance in Outremont, which has never elected a Conservative MP. Jonah Presser, Louras’ volunteer coordinator and director of the election process, expressed optimism for an oncoming ‘blue wave.’

“When I’m on the ground with the candidate and the team, we see that the Conservative movement [is] gaining traction,” Presser said.“People are dissatisfied with the current government, especially with Justin Trudeau.”

Presser also worked on Conservative MP Richard Martel’s campaign in Quebec this past summer. He believes Martel won because of the Conservative Party’s continuous effort to appeal specifically to Quebecers.

“Andrew Scheer [has] put a lot of effort into Quebec as a whole, we’ve had a speaking tour for the last six months [called] ‘À l’écoute des Québécois’ Presser said.

Scheer cited Martel’s success as a source for his confidence in the Conservative Party winning across Quebec during the Oct. federal election.

“We have already demonstrated this past summer, in Chicoutimi-La Fjord, that there is not one riding that the Conservatives cannot win,” Scheer said. “If we work hard, if we stay faithful to our principles, if we convey our positive messages to each voter, we can win any riding in Canada [….] We are currently forming the strongest Quebec Conservative team we’ve seen in recent history. [Louras] is a part of a new generation of Montreal Conservatives. [We] are the only federal party who respects provincial autonomy. It is a Conservative government that has acknowledged that Quebecers form a nation in the heart of Canada.”

Louras briefly thanked her team and reinforced the conviction that a ‘blue wave’ is will hit Quebec.

“We are going door to door, each and every day, we are talking to the residents of Outremont,” Louras said. “We are listening to [them], and we will win this time around. The blue wave has come.”

Louras grew up in the riding, and, according to Presser, she understands its socio-economic diversity very well.

“The riding of Outremont contains some of the poorest areas of Montreal, and also one of the richest [Upper Outremont],” Presser said. “She is aware of the diverse upbringing of [this] riding. She can bring [it] together and represent it properly.”

Most of the quotes in this article are translated from the original French. The original transcription is available upon request.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the Tories finish third with support in the double digits in Outremont it will be a good days work.

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cosmostein wrote:
If the Tories finish third with support in the double digits in Outremont it will be a good days work.

Outremont has never been a right of centre riding , really can't see the Conservatives doing much there , same for the People's Party

if the conservative candidate is able to get above 10 % of the vote , that is a good campaign in that riding

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RCO wrote:
cosmostein wrote:
If the Tories finish third with support in the double digits in Outremont it will be a good days work.

Outremont has never been a right of centre riding , really can't see the Conservatives doing much there , same for the People's Party

if the conservative candidate is able to get above 10 % of the vote , that is a good campaign in that riding


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February 7, 2019 2:47 am Updated: February 7, 2019 2:54 am

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, fellow B.C. byelection candidates face fiery debate

By Jesse Ferreras and Nadia Stewart Global News

The leader of the NDP clashed with candidates from all parties face to face for the first time, in the run up to the Feb. 25 byelection in Burnaby South.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was one of a number of candidates in the riding of Burnaby South who took heat at a fiery debate that happened as part of a federal byelection campaign on Wednesday night.

The debate included four candidates: Singh, the Liberals’ Richard Lee, the Conservatives’ Jay Shin, and the People’s Party of Canada’s Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.

As the debate began, a protester wearing a jacket that displayed the logo of the American Indian Movement started yelling toward the stage, directing his anger at Singh, though he also had harsh words for parties beside the NDP.

“The last part of your land, you guys want to take it for oil? You don’t have consent,” the protester said.

Singh responded, but the protester spoke up again: “yeah, why are you supporting LNG then?”

Singh has publicly taken B.C.’s side when it comes to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline — he’s 100 per cent opposed, he said in May.

He later said the federal government should abandon the expansion altogether.

The NDP leader said he would be happy to chat with the protester after the debate, but he wasn’t interested.

“We don’t want you elected if you’re supporting pipelines,” the protester said.

“We don’t want any NDP elected, and then we’ll deal with the Conservatives and the Liberals next year, when you try to bring in the army, when you try to bring in the RCMP against our people.

“We’re used to the white Europeans taking our land, now we’ve got coloured people, coloured people coming here, saying we want your land too,” he went on to say.

“Who’s being racist now? There’s your debate, eh.”

The debate was hosted by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, an organization that believes a “strong CBC, fearless journalism, and our shared story make us who we are.”

The focus of the debate was expected to be the future of Canadian media in the age of Facebook.

However, other topics soon took over — and a battle over signs erupted on the sidelines.

Conservative candidate Jay Shin talked about the federal Liberals’ promise to balance the federal budget by 2019: “that hasn’t happened.”

Thompson talked about how she had been banned from Facebook three times.

Thompson has drawn controversy for her opposition to SOGI 123 — a curriculum focused on sexual orientation and gender identity within B.C.’s school system.

In the past, she has said that it teaches “gender-fluid ideology to all children in British Columbia.”

Of being banned from Facebook, she said, “I wear it as a badge of honour, because it means I was speaking truth.

“Speaking truth has become an act of courage and it ought not to be that way in Canada.”

Thompson drew raucous cheers and applause from supporters who carried large campaign signs to the debate.

They could be heard chanting, “Laura! Laura! Laura!”

However, one issue related to broadcasting and media did generate discussion among the candidates — “fake news.”

Asked whether any of the candidates had been victimized by fake news in the past, both Singh and Thompson said yes, they had.

Singh said an ad circulated recently that suggested he and his wife lived in a $5.5-million mansion.

“And my wife is like, if that’s the mansion we live in, why don’t you take me there?” he said, drawing laughs from the audience.

Thompson, meanwhile, said reporting had emerged that suggested she had once stood alongside an organization that, she claimed, she had never heard of.

“That’s fake news,” she said.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( trudeau appears to have a campaign event in Burnaby South today )

David Akin 🇨🇦‏Verified account @davidakin · 15h15 hours ago

#LPC just released media advisory: @JustinTrudeau #elxn42 Burnaby South campaign event at 1630 PST Sunday.

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Meet the York-Simcoe candidates: Independent John Turmel has run (and lost) in nearly 100 byelections

John Turmel, who is running in the Feb. 25 byelection in York-Simcoe, describes himself as 'bank-fighter extraordinaire,' has tried starting his own political party three times, and faced gambling charges

22 minutes ago by: Miriam King

Candidate John Turmel during a byelection debate in Sault Ste. Marie in 2017. File photo

Editor's note: With a byelection set for Feb. 25 in the York-Simcoe riding, BarrieToday's sister site in Bradford has been profiling the candidates. The riding includes Bradford West Gwillimbury in southern Simcoe County as well as extensive shoreline along Lake Simcoe and Cook's Bay. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the byelection in January following the retirement of Peter Van Loan last September. Van Loan held the MP position for 14 years.

Ask John Turmel, who resides in Brantford, why he is running in the York-Simcoe byelection as an independent, and he has a simple answer: “I run in every byelection.”

It’s true. In the past 40 years, Turmel has entered the political fray on the municipal, provincial and federal levels 97 times – earning him Guinness World Records for Most Elections Contested, and Most Elections Lost.

The York-Simcoe byelection will make number 98.

He doesn’t do it to set records – although he did say if he could enter two more byelections within the next two months, that would make it an even 100 in 40 years – but as a way of getting his ideas out to a wider audience.

“I have some great ideas,” said Turmel. “Like paying kids with bus tickets to shovel our snow.”

Or the LETS (Local Employment Trading System) Time Bank, which would let participants use their time and labour as equity, to trade for what they need through a system of barter, and abolish interest rates.

“I got invited to the United Nations Assembly in 2000, to present my proposal for a time-based currency,” Turmel said, adding that he received support, through a U.N. resolution, for his proposed interest-free, time-based currency.

He has described himself as a “bank-fighter extraordinaire” on his website.

“I found a way to run a better banking system,” said Turmel, who said he has a degree in systems engineering from Carleton University. “Call me the debt-fighting engineer.”

As for the LETS Time Bank, he said, “it’s actually the same bank as Jesus’ debt-fighting commune.”

Turmel, now 68, ran his first election in 1979, as an Independent. He has been a “Libertarian Socred,” made a run for the leadership of the fledgling Green Party of Ontario, and started his own political party not once, but three times – the Christian Credit Party in the 1980s, the Abolitionist Party of Canada in the 1990s and the Pauper Party in 2011.

Over his career, he has launched protests, been arrested, fought against banks and interest, and fought for the legalization of marijuana and gambling – not surprising, since he described himself as a professional gambler.

“I was a TA (teaching assistant) at Canada’s only Mathematics of Gambling course,” Turmel said. “I was 'The Professor,' at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.”

He has made no secret of his past efforts, promoting blackjack or running a casino in the Ottawa area – or of police charges, for keeping a common gaming house, keeping a common betting house, and unlawfully controlling monies for gambling.

Turmel has called himself the “King of the Paupers” and the “Poverty-fighting Super Engineer.” He usually wears a white hard hat labelled “The Engineer” at public protests and events. He has also registered the web domain, SmartestManOnEarth.ca.

Turmel was interviewed by this reporter on Feb. 4, the date of the York-Simcoe all-candidates’ meeting in Sutton.

“I’ve been excluded from tonight’s debate, but I’ll be there – handing out pamphlets,” he promised.

He doesn’t expect to win the byelection. The only time Turmel didn’t lose was in 2008, when an election was called before a byelection could be held.

For more information see johnturmel.com.


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Meet the York-Simcoe candidates: Vote for ‘substance over selfies,’ says Robert Geurts of People’s Party of Canada

Robert Geurts was a prosecutor during the Paul Bernardo trial, and his motivation to run in the York-Simcoe byelection is connected to the legal system

about 4 hours ago by: Jenni Dunning

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Robert Geurts is the People's Party of Canada's candidate in the Feb. 25 York-Simcoe federal byelection. Submitted photo

Editor's note: With a byelection set for Feb. 25 in the York-Simcoe riding, BarrieToday's sister site in Bradford has been profiling the candidates. The riding includes Bradford West Gwillimbury in southern Simcoe County as well as extensive shoreline along Lake Simcoe and Cook's Bay. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the byelection in January following the retirement of Peter Van Loan last September. Van Loan held the MP position for 14 years.

Robert Geurts’ motivation to run in the York-Simcoe federal byelection is rooted in the law.

The lawyer, who lives in downtown Toronto, is the first candidate in this riding for the party, which was created last fall by former Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.

“I’m not a politician. I never planned on being a politician,” Geurts said.

A prosecutor during the Paul Bernardo trial, Geurts said he was deeply moved by that case and was inspired to write a book about his criticisms of the justice system.

“Those (murders) made a huge impact on me. This business of getting 25 years after you abduct a child, torture that child, and murder that child (is) wrong” because killers like that should be sentenced to stay in jail until they die, he said.

“Then Tori Stafford happened. I thought, ‘Damn it.’ If we had done the right things with Paul Bernardo” that sentencing could have also been done differently.

Geurts was criminal prosecutor for the Ontario attorney general, an instructor for the Ontario Bar Admissions Program, and a criminal law lecturer at Ryerson University.

When Bernier left the Conservative Party of Canada, Geurts felt compelled to send him a copy of his book, which he said led Bernier to reach out and ultimately ask him to run as a candidate in York-Simcoe.

“I’m a little bit out of my element,” Geurts admitted, but he firmly believes in the mission of the People’s Party of Canada as a flag-bearer for right-wing ideals.

Among Bernier's promises are abolishing Canada's $5-billion foreign aid program, and reducing immigration while at the same time requiring immigrants to adopt "Canadian" and "Western values.”

He has also been criticized for some comments, including a string of tweets last fall condemning Canada’s immigration system, calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s support for diversity “radical multiculturalism.”

Geurts explained the party simply wants to lower the number of new immigrants to a “more absorbable” amount that can help the economy.

“What does Bradford need as far as future employment, and can we help Bradford by bringing in immigrants?” he said.

People who think Bernier created the party with a personal agenda in mind are wrong, Geurts added.

“If there isn’t a need for the People’s Party of Canada then this isn’t going anywhere,” he said. “(The party will make) the hard choices the Conservatives and Liberals have not been doing.”

Geurts said he believes the Trudeau government has falsified statistics and lied to Canadians about balancing the budget.

“The People’s Party of Canada is so inevitably going to be the ruling party of Canada. Eventually everyone is going to say, ‘Yeah, (the other parties are) all crap,’” he said. “We’re hoping people will vote for substance over selfies.”

Before former York-Simcoe Progressive Conservative MP Peter Van Loan retired from politics last September, sparking the Feb. 25 federal byelection, he told BradfordToday it is “absolutely not” necessary for Canadians to have another party from which to choose.

Geurts, however, said conservative voters should not be afraid about splitting the vote.

“It’s a lie to say there’s a left and a right. There’s just the haves and the have-nots,” he said, adding if the People’s Party of Canada has the “brightest ideas” then it will take voters from all political parties.

Geurts said he believes in a “shared economy,” and a “creative solution revolution” that involves job sharing and more provisions for pensions.

He said he has also proposed a new program to Bernier about lowering homelessness rates of veterans by having them buy and share homes with families.

For more information about Robert Geurts, visit the People’s Party of Canada’s website.


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Meet the York-Simcoe candidates: Progressive Canadian Party's Dorion Baxter an Elvis tribute artist, archbishop

And as an Elvis tribute artist, he promised to bring ELVIS to politics: 'E is excellence, L is loyalty to Canada, V represents a vote for vitality… The I in Elvis is inspiration, to re-inject the Canadian identity… S will absolutely guarantee success'

about 6 hours ago by: Miriam King

Elvis tribute artist and Ontario Archbishop of Christ the King, Graceland Church in Newmarket, Dorion Baxter is also the Progressive Canadian Party candidate in York-Simcoe. Submitted photo.

Editor's note: With a byelection set for Feb. 25 in the York-Simcoe riding, BarrieToday's sister site in Bradford has been profiling the candidates. The riding includes Bradford West Gwillimbury in southern Simcoe County as well as extensive shoreline along Lake Simcoe and Cook's Bay. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the byelection in January following the retirement of Peter Van Loan last September. Van Loan held the MP position for 14 years.

Dorion Baxter, a local Elvis tribute artist and archbishop at Christ the King, Graceland Church in Newmarket, wants to be York-Simcoe's federal representative.

Known as "Elvis Priestley," he is the Progressive Canadian Party candidate in the Feb. 25 federal byelection in York-Simcoe.

He also has long-standing political associations that pre-date the amalgamation of the federal Progressive Conservative and Reform parties in 2003.

“My first sort of foray was supporting Preston Manning, with the Reform Party,” Baxter said.

Although he said he was disappointed when Stockwell Day beat Manning for the Reform leadership, he fully supported the democratic process. It was the ouster that followed, when others in the party “ganged up” on Day, that led him to quit.

“I was mortified,” he said, citing numerous violations of party bylaw.

Baxter switched to the Progressive Conservative Party, pleased when Peter McKay won the support of David Orchard’s delegates by promising the party would “never hook up with the Canadian Reform Alliance and (Stephen) Harper.”

When the PCs and Reform parties amalgamated, again violating party bylaws, Baxter and others left and “immediately mounted a court case.” After four years, a judge agreed the amalgamation wilfully violated the Canadian Elections Act and gave permission to start a new PC party - only they had to call it the Progressive Canadian Party.

Under the leadership of the Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Baxter said, “we laid claim to the original PC Party of Sir John A. McDonald. We’ve been at war with the Conservative Party.”

There are at least 197 potential Progressive Canadian Party candidates for the 2019 fall federal election. Baxter entered the York-Simcoe byelection not only because lives in the riding but because he’s “testing the waters.”

Among the key issues in York-Simcoe are construction of the Highway 400-404 Connecting Link, he said.

“I know it’s provincial, but it’s also federal, in terms of the money,” Baxter said, suggesting the potential for federal funding.

He also pointed to education and health care, which he said have “been downloaded in an irresponsible way” to the provinces. “We have to try to get health care back to where it was in the 1970s,” he said.

Baxter, who has been padre for the Newmarket Veterans for over a decade, is critical of Conservatives – whom he calls “Neocons” – and Liberals.

“Neither party has kept their promises to the veterans. We have a covenant with these people.”

Incivility in parliament, immigration, and the $50-billion federal deficit are all concerns.

“This is ridiculous. Our children and our grandchildren are going to be saddled with this unbelievable debt,” Baxter said.

Baxter himself is an immigrant, coming to Canada 51 years ago. He still retains a soft British accent.

But he is concerned about the amount being spent to house illegal immigrants and claimants.

“You don’t open your borders to every Tom, Dick and Harry,” he said. “There has to be some sanity here.”

As for the environment, Baxter said he supports a carbon tax, but “something reasonable,” and warned that “Neocon” policies could lead to rising pollution levels. “I’m very concerned about climate. Anyone who doesn’t think there is a real issue, you have to think again.”

Progressive Canadian candidates are “four for the price of one,” Baxter said. “Blue Liberal, Red Tory, greener than the Greens… and our left wing can literally run rings around the NDP.”

He is hoping that in the byelection, voters will “take a chance on me.”

With seven months until the federal election, he said, it’s the perfect opportunity to try an alternative candidate.

“My mantra has been, 'Give me a chance,'” said Baxter, calling Conservatives and Liberals “the same darn thing under a different flag.”

Baxter said he is running because “I have a deep, deep love for this country… I have a deep and abiding love of people.”

The Progressive Canadians, he said, are “the only party that still adheres to the Westminster model of parliamentary democracy… You don’t elect for the party, you elect for the person.”

And as an Elvis tribute artist, he promised to bring ELVIS to politics: “E is excellence, L is loyalty to Canada, V represents a vote for vitality… The I in Elvis is inspiration, to re-inject the Canadian identity… S will absolutely guarantee success.”

For more information, see dorionbaxter.ca or call 289-221-2687.


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( trudeau is making a bold prediction of a liberal victory in Burnaby South , although since he says the same thing about every liberal candidate it doesn't mean much in reality )

Trudeau says Liberals will win in B.C. byelection where Singh seeks seat

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, campaigns with Richard T. Lee, left, the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection, in Burnaby, B.C., on Sunday February 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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Published Monday, February 11, 2019 1:53AM EST

BURNABY, B.C. -- Justin Trudeau said the Liberal candidate in Burnaby South will be a strong voice for the community, as he campaigned on Sunday in the riding where New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh is seeking a seat.

The prime minister told a crowd of supporters that Richard T. Lee served Burnaby, B.C., for 16 years as a provincial legislator and continues to work hard every day to put the best face forward for the city.

"We need strong local voices standing up for you, fighting for you in Ottawa, and that's exactly what Richard is going to be," Trudeau said.

"Nobody make any mistake: The Liberal party is going to win this riding of Burnaby South."

Lee is a former provincial legislator who replaced the Liberals' first candidate, Karen Wang, after she resigned following an online post in which she contrasted herself, the "only" Chinese candidate, with Singh, who she called "of Indian descent."

Singh is seeking his first seat in Parliament in the byelection, scheduled for Feb. 25, and earlier Sunday he attended the annual Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver.

After the parade, Singh called on Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege to allow former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak about allegations the prime minister's office pressured her to tell federal attorneys to drop the SNC-Lavalin prosecution in favour of a remediation agreement. Trudeau has denied his office "directed" her.

While the Green Party of Canada has extended a "leader's courtesy" to Singh by not running a candidate against him, other parties have not. Conservative Jay Shin and People's Party of Canada candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson are also vying for a seat.

The New Democrats narrowly beat the Liberals in the riding in the 2015 election by about 550 votes. The Conservatives placed third, losing by about 3,600 votes.

Lee said he's proud to be part of "Team Trudeau" because he believes in transparent, better politics and a strong, multicultural Canada.

"In Burnaby South, we need a committed, local champion for our community," he said, adding he has lived in the Metro Vancouver city for 32 years.

Singh is a former Ontario legislator who has been campaigning in the riding since last summer.

Trudeau was met by protesters on both sides of the political spectrum at the Burnaby event. Outside, demonstrators clad in yellow vests spoke out against his government's policies on migration.

While Trudeau and Lee spoke inside the event, a small group of people began shouting anti-pipeline slogans. Burnaby is the terminus of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Trudeau's government has purchased and plans to expand.

"I think we also hear a reminder tonight that there are going to be people out there who choose the politics of anger, of fear and of division, and try to shout people out," Trudeau said.

"But Liberals will stay focused on serving Canadians, on bringing people together and building a better future for us all."

A number of Liberal MPs stood behind Trudeau at the event, including Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. But absent was Wilson-Raybould, who represents Vancouver Granville and earlier attended the city's Chinese New Year Parade.

Trudeau later attended a Chinese New Year celebration gala at a restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown. He told the packed gala that the Chinese-Canadian community has contributed greatly to the country over generations.

He also said racist, xenophobic policies such as the Chinese head tax or the exploitation of Chinese labour during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway constituted some of the most shameful chapters in the country's history.

"We cannot forget, for they remind us of our collective responsibility to stand up to discrimination and persecution in all its forms," he said.

Trudeau did not take questions from reporters at either event. He is set to make an affordable housing announcement and hold a media availability at a rental housing development in Vancouver on Monday before meeting with Telus CEO Darren Entwistle.


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'You're a criminal': Trudeau heckled during campaign speech in Burnaby South

Pipeline opponents were among the crowd

Kelvin Gawley / Burnaby Now
February 10, 2019 07:36 PM

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embraces Burnaby South Liberal candidate Richard Lee at a campaign event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Photograph By Jennifer Gauthier

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his visit to Burnaby on Sunday ahead of the Feb. 25 byelection was “an opportunity to reconnect with friends, an opportunity to talk about how we're moving forward as a country (and) an opportunity to spend time with my friend and yours (Liberal candidate) Richard Lee.”

But protesters saw it as an opportunity to voice their displeasure with his purchase and support of the Trans Mountain pipeline and its proposed expansion. The project’s opponents – spread throughout the roughly 200-person crowd of mostly Liberal supporters – made themselves known not long after Trudeau took the stage alongside Lee at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Some protesters stood quietly holding signs, only to have Liberal supporters move in with Richard Lee placards in an attempt to block their messages from the nearby news cameras.

Others chose to shout directly at the prime minister, who did not miss a beat delivering a stump speech. Trudeau became nearly unintelligible as he spoke about his government’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous people.

“It's not always going to be easy and there are going to be challenges along the way but we are going to demonstrate that reconciliation is a reality,” Trudeau said as Liberal supporters cheered and clapped to drown out a heckler near the stage.

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Liberal volunteer Alexander Garcha stands in front of anti-pipeline protesters outside the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts ahead of a campaign event featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. - Jennifer Gauthier

Trudeau was joined by several caucus colleagues including Burnaby North–Seymour MP Terry Beech, John Aldag, Harjit Sajjan, Joyce Murray and Randeep Sarai. Notably absent from the group was former attorney general and Vancouver Granville MP Jody WIlson-Raybould, who, according to the Globe and Mail, was pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office to defer the prosecution of engineering firm SNC-Lavalin – charged with corruption and bribery for alleged actions in Lybia.

As Trudeau was wrapping up his short speech, Uni Urchin, a pipeline opponent involved with the Camp Cloud protest on Burnaby Mountain in 2018, called the prime minister a “criminal.”

“You have broken the law. You’re a criminal. Shame on you,” Urchin yelled as someone tried to stand between her and a reporter’s camera.

Trudeau handed the microphone to Lee who spoke for roughly three minutes as the heckling continued. The former BC Liberal MLA of 16 years said he is a committed community member excited to represent Burnaby South in Ottawa.

The pipeline opponents weren’t the only ones to brave a snowstorm to protest Trudeau.. About 10 protesters in yellow vests, representing a nascent right-wing movement in the country, held signs outside the Shadbolt Centre accusing Trudeau of “treason” and opposing the UN Compact for Migration.

Lee is challenging NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Conservative Jay Shin, Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson of the People’s Party, independent Valentine Wu and independent Terry Grimwood in the upcoming byelection.


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Outremont, a laboratory for federal elections

New Democrat Julia Sánchez knows that the dissatisfaction aroused in Quebec by the Trudeau government's purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline may be in favor of her party.

Guillaume Bourgault

February 12, 2019


It is hard to say that the by-elections of February 25 will be crucial for the New Democratic Party (NDP). Not only does Chief Jagmeet Singh play his political future in British Columbia, but voters in Outremont could on the same day put a symbolic end to the Mulcair era. Context of a partial that prepares the ground of the general.

To each of her collections: Rachel Bendayan is interested in doors. More specifically, the ones she hit for five years as a Liberal candidate in Outremont. And they are numerous, according to his count: about 32,000.

So many toc-toc-knock or ringing to explain who she is (lawyer, candidate for the Liberal nomination, then in the general elections of 2015, and now to the partial of 2019 ...) and try to convince the citizens of 'go vote for her. A political campaign in its most classic form: a house and a short discussion at a time.

She is not alone in activating for a while to try to grab the seat left vacant by the resignation of Thomas Mulcair. New Democrat Julia Sánchez (who has had a career in cooperation and international development) has been dedicated to her full "The Liberals are doing everything they can to get the riding back. They want to win ... and so do we, "she notes.

In the water of redoux (like last week) or on the ice at -20 degrees (as when Justin Trudeau came to give a hand to his candidate in late January), Ms. Bendayan and Sánchez beat the pavement.

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Recognizing the importance of this by-election, Justin Trudeau campaigned with his candidate Rachel Bendayan at the end of January.

"It allows direct contact with citizens, to hear the issues that concern them, to make them realize that we are not just a face on a sign," says Rachel Bendayan when asked if this method of door-to-door still has its uses.

A preparation for October

In 2015, Ms. Bendayan fetched a third of the votes against a formidable opponent: Thomas Mulcair, leader of the official opposition and extraordinary political beast. Four years later, the departure of Mr. Mulcair could open the doors of Parliament, according to the table sketched by the federal polls in Quebec. These show that the liberals point far ahead of the others, and that the Nodemocrats accumulate the setbacks (8% support in the last Leger).

This partial will thus give beginnings of answers to broader questions concerning the next general elections. Are we witnessing the end of the Mulcair era, a period during which the NDP believed it had a lasting presence in Quebec? Will the Liberals take advantage of the troubles of Jagmeet Singh's party? Could the controversial environmental record of the Trudeau government have an impact at the polls? What resonance has the Conservative leader Andrew Scheer's autonomist rhetoric with Quebeckers?

On the other hand, the Bloc Québécois (first electoral test for the new leader, Yves have a lot of challenges. , the new formation of Maxime Bernier. Their candidates are also hard at work in the heart of Montreal.

The symbol

Outremont? "The symbolic importance is strong", recognize with the same words two liberal and NDP strategists questioned in the last days. Let us not forget that this Liberal stronghold was the starting point for the NDP breakthrough in Quebec.

By winning the partial of September 2007 - the photos of this evening show him with a huge smile alongside a Jack Layton just as happy - Thomas Mulcair laid the foundation for what would give the astonishing orange wave of 2011 (59 MPs NDPs out of 75 constituencies).

The NDP certainly retreated in 2015 (16 MPs, 25% of the vote), but still remained an important political force in the province. This time, the loss of Outremont in a partial, eight months of the general election, would not bode well for the New Democrats. "It will give a health status of the NDP in Quebec," admitted in July the MP Alexandre Boulerice.

"We are many to share this analysis qu'Outremont is hyperimportante for the NDP, recognizes the candidate Sánchez bluntly. This is historically important - the victory of Mr. Mulcair has launched a larger movement for progressives in Montreal [ Quebec Solidaire and Projet Montréal have widened the gap, she notes]. But it is also more important for the future of the party. "

Joined on Monday, MP Boulerice raised that the NDP "is not in a scenario of defeat. But if Outremont becomes liberal again, it would be a shock. It would hurt us, and we would have to see how to roll up our sleeves. "

The Singh effect

Current polls are certainly "disturbing", admits Mrs. Sánchez. " Several current MPs have announced that they will not run again. The criticism of Chief Singh is heard everywhere.

"The problem is not with the chef," says Alexandre Boulerice. It's more than people are wondering who is the leader ... And that's a problem, because a leader must be a locomotive, and that he is not well enough known [to be]. In addition, it is monopolized by its partial in British Columbia. "

Even before Singh's election as NDP leader, Quebec activists warned of the political risks of electing a leader with ostentatious religious symbols. Does the campaign of Julia Sánchez hear the echo of these fears?

"It's not a big worry," says Sánchez. "But I hear some people who are uncomfortable with that [wearing a turban]. It is a Quebec issue, we can not deny it, given the debate we still have on that. But frankly, what I hear more from the public is the criticism of the Trudeau government, its environmental record, the abandonment of electoral reform ... "

In an interview at a busy café in Outremont, Rachel Bendayan said last Tuesday that she receives a different message from the people she is talking to. No criticism of the Trudeau government's record, despite these 32,000 doors? "Nothing special comes to mind," she answers cautiously. And even: "I feel a craze for liberal values, for the Trudeau government, for its policies," she says.

Behind the scenes, the Liberal team recognizes, however, spontaneously that the government's purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline has caused quite a bit of discontent in Quebec. "It will be necessary to arrive with a very strong environmental platform to counter the negative effects of the pipeline", indicates a source.

But we do not believe that it will have a great influence on February 25th. "The idea is to have a landmark victory, to send a message for the general," said a liberal strategist.

"It's a partial that will have a concrete impact one way or another," think Julia Sánchez. "And everyone is aware of that," she adds, speaking more specifically about NDP troops.


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( according to an odd post on twitter , after Trudeau visited York Simcoe the restaurant he attended faced criticism on facebook for the event and then they put a conservative sign ? in there window )

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When Trudeau showed up at a local restaurant in the York Simcoe area of Keswick, the restaurant was hammered on FB, the owners of restaurant put the PC's candidate sign in their window. #TrudeauMustGo They are a great restaurant too.
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