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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:58 am    Post subject: Federal by election in Leeds Grenville on Dec 3 Reply with quote

( well trudeau made the odd move of not calling the other 3 by elections , there is still 1 federal by election taking place before the end of 2018. in the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds Grenville . a riding the conservatives are expected to hold )



Prime Minister calls by-election for Leeds-Grenville


Anna Desmarais, Newstalk 580 CFRA
Published Sunday, October 28, 2018 4:47PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 29, 2018 3:38AM EDT


Residents of Brockville, Gananoque, Prescott and North Grenville will be voting for a new member of Parliament on December 3.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the by-election for the riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes on Sunday, beating the Tuesday dealdine set by Elections Canada.

The by-election will fill the seat of longtime Conservative MP Gord Brown, who passed away suddenly in May from a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office. He was 58 at the time of his death.


The riding includes Brockville, Rideau Lakes, Augusta, North Grenville, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, Gananoque, Prescott and Athens.

Elections Canada says there are 79,669 eligible votes in the riding.

There are many other ridings left without representation in the House of Commons, including the Outremont seat of former NDP leader Tom Mulcair. York-Simcoe, another Ontario riding, is up for graps after Conservative MP and former House Leader Peter Van Loan retired in September.

On the West Coast, the Burnaby-South riding is vacant and in need of another MP after Kennedy Stewart resigned from the House and ran a successful campaign for the Vancouver mayorship. This riding is particularly contentious because NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh - who does not have a seat in the House of Commons - announced his intention to run in the upcoming by-election

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/prime-minister-calls-by-election-for-leeds-grenville-1.4152965
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( I'm shocked the liberals did not call the Outremont by election as everyone thinks there the favorites to pick up the seat from the ndp so why leave it vacant for months ? , not calling the York Simcoe vote early is not a surprise though as the liberals have yet to nominate anyone .

as to why they did not call the Burnaby South vote ? a riding where they may not even run a candidate is more unclear , typically for opposition leaders open by elections are called early so they can enter parliament as soon as possible . the move does seem petty and odd as mentioned by the ndp mp )



Trudeau calls byelection for Ontario seat, but leaves 3 others in limbo


Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes formerly held by late Conservative Gord Brown


Elise von Scheel · CBC News · Posted: Oct 28, 2018 3:25 PM ET | Last Updated: October 28



Conservative MP Gord Brown died in his office on Parliament Hill in May. A byelection has been called for his riding. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)


Elections Canada has announced the date of the federal byelection for the Ontario riding of Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

The byelection — set for Monday, Dec. 3. — will fill the seat left vacant after the death of longtime Conservative MP Gord Brown, who passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office in May.


The government had until Tuesday to announce the date.


Other ridings across the country remain without representation in the House of Commons. This includes former NDP leader Tom Mulcair's Quebec seat in Outremont and Ontario's York-Simcoe seat, up for grabs after the Sept. 30 retirement of Conservative MP Peter Van Loan, the former government House Leader under Stephen Harper.

British Columbia's Burnaby South riding is also in need of another MP after the NDP's Kennedy Stewart left the Commons for a successful run for mayor of Vancouver.

That B.C. seat will be watched closely by all parties, as the current federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has announced his intentions to run in that riding. Singh, a former Ontario MPP, does not currently have a seat in the Green Chamber.

Byelections in those three ridings could be delayed until early next year, but the NDP is particularly sour the prime minister failed to announce a date for the B.C. race on Sunday.

"Folks in Burnaby want to have their say," NDP MP Peter Julian — who was in the riding — told CBC News, calling the move "petty and manipulative."

Singh also weighed in on the issue, saying the prime minister is ignoring the voices of Canadians.


The party is calling for Justin Trudeau to announce the other three byelections immediately.

The Trudeau government attributed the singular election announcement to the length of time Gord Brown's seat has been empty.

"The deadline for the by-election called today is the end of this month, and the others were only vacated more recently. Announcements for the remaining by-elections will be made in due course," an official said in an email.

According to the CBC's Poll Tracker, an aggregation of all publicly available polling data, the Liberals lead with 37.3 per cent support nationwide, putting them four percentage points ahead of the Conservatives, who trail with 33.1 per cent.

The New Democrats find themselves stuck in third place with 15.5 per cent support, followed by the Greens at seven per cent and the Bloc Québécois at 3.9 per cent.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/byelection-ontario-gord-brown-1.4881763
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Leeds-Grenville voting in December by-election

Posted on October 28, 2018 by Bill Kingston in Athens, Augusta, Brockville, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Front of Yonge, Gananoque, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Merrickville-Wolford, News, North Grenville, Prescott, South Dundas // 0 Comments




BROCKVILLE – It’s going to be a five week flurry of campaigning across Leeds-Grenville.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the long-awaited by-election in the electoral riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes for Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

Trudeau made the announcement today (Sunday), facing a Wednesday deadline.

The by-election is to fill the seat left empty after Conservative MP Gord Brown died of a heart attack earlier this year.

Running are Michael Barrett for the Conservatives, Mary Jean McFall for the Liberals, New Democrat Michelle Taylor and Green Party candidate Derek Morley.

https://www.brockvillenewswatch.com/2018/10/28/leeds-grenville-voting-in-december-by-election/
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Byelection called for Dec. 3


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Published on: October 28, 2018 | Last Updated: October 28, 2018 4:12 PM EDT



Local residents will get to choose the late Gord Brown’s successor on Dec. 3.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday announced that a byelection will be held on that date in Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

Trudeau had until Wednesday to call the byelection.

The seat was declared vacant in May following the sudden death of Brown, the popular MP who was elected three times to represent Leeds-Grenville, then later Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, for the Conservative Party.

Brown died on May 2 of a heart attack; he was 57.

Michael Barrett, a councillor in Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Township, who was the local Conservative party president before winning his party’s nod in the riding, is hoping to carry on Brown’s blue legacy, while Mary Jean McFall, who ran for the Liberals in the 2015 federal election, will again be the party’s standard-bearer in this byelection.

For the New Democrats, Michelle Taylor, who ran for the party in the recent provincial election, will be the candidate in the federal byelection.


https://www.recorder.ca/news/local-news/byelection-called-for-dec-3
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trudeau plays games with by-elections

October 28, 2018 Brian Lilley Canadian Politics 0

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So on Sunday, Justin Trudeau called a by-election.

Just one.

There are four open seats but only one of them had the election called.

That ladies and gentlemen is Justin Trudeau playing games.

An election to try and replace an honourable man.

On December 3, voters in Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, an Ontario riding just south of Ottawa, will pick a new MP.

This is the riding that was formerly held by the late, great Gord Brown.

I’ve been up front, I considered Gord a friend. Not a close one but a friend. We got to know each other through mutual friends rather than politics and he was a good man.

He died suddenly in his Parliament Hill office on May 2 after suffering a heart attack.

The race in this riding will be between Conservative Michael Barrett and Liberal Mary Jean McFall. McFall ran against Brown in the last election and lost. Which mean she got a patronage appointment from Trudeau and was appointed Chief of Staff to the Agriculture Minister.

No conflict of interest there, McFall comes from the family behind Burnbrae Farms, one of the dominant families in the supply management protected egg sector. She was in fact dubbed the Egg Queen by opponents in the last election.

Voters should pick Barrett, a man I’ve gotten to know a bit over the last few years and a man that would make a great MP.

So, how is Trudeau playing games?

Well there are four empty seats and he has only called one of them.

One of the seats that is open is Burnaby South, the riding that Jagmeet Singh wants to run in so he can get a seat in the Commons.

In the past federal party leaders, once they had announced where they were running, were not kept waiting. Previous PMs allowed party leaders to seek a seat as soon as possible.

Pierre Trudeau did that for Brian Mulroney. Mulroney did that for Jean Chretien. Chretien did the same for Stephen Harper.

Singh left cooling his heels.

Jagmeet Singh, who has announced he will run in Burnaby South in British Columbia, has been left waiting.

Trudeau could have easily called all four by-elections at once.

That would have meant Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, Burnaby South, Outremont and York Simcoe all called at the same time.

But that wouldn’t benefit the Liberals would it?

See, for Trudeau, it is all about him and his party.

It was just 10 days ago that the Liberals officially nominated McFall as the candidate in Leeds Grenville.

Anyone with any knowledge of the area has known McFall was the candidate from the day the riding became open.

But they waited. And waited.

Then when it was good for the Liberals, they called the election.

In Burnaby South, where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is ready to run, the Liberals are not quite set.

So Singh gets to cool his jets while the Liberals get themselves ready.

See, for Trudeau, it isn’t about being sporting, it isn’t about the best candidate winning, it is about him and the Liberals dominating.


http://brianlilley.com/trudeau.....elections/
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Lorraine Rekmans back for the Greens


Lorraine Rekmans, who ran here for the Greens in 2015, enters the bylection fray in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.


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Published on: October 30, 2018 | Last Updated: October 30, 2018 6:03 PM EDT


Lorraine Rekmans, who ran for the Green Party locally in the last federal election, is back on the campaign trail for the Dec. 3 byelection in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. (SUBMITTED PHOTO) BT



The Green Party on Tuesday added a familiar face to the campaign to succeed the late Gord Brown.

Lorraine Rekmans, who ran for the Greens here in the last federal election in 2015, is carrying the party’s banner again in the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes byelection slated for Dec. 3.

Rekmans joins the Conservative Party’s Michael Barrett, as well as Liberal hopeful Mary Jean McFall (another 2015 alumna now making a second run) and the NDP’s Michelle Taylor.

The seat was declared vacant in May following the sudden death of Brown, the popular MP who was elected three times to represent Leeds-Grenville, then later Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, for the Conservative Party. Brown died on May 2 of a heart attack; he was 57.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the byelection on Sunday.

In a statement, the Green Party of Canada called Rekmans “a tireless advocate for Canada’s First Nations peoples,” adding she has been the party’s Indigenous Affairs critic since 2008.

She is an expert on natural resources issues, having served as executive director of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association, party officials added.

She also co-chaired an international dialogue on forestry at the United Nations Forum on Forests, and helped organize the World Forestry Congress in Quebec City. She helped to write a number of international declarations including the Indigenous Peoples Declaration on Forestry, which was submitted at the World Forestry Congress in 2003, the party added.

Rekmans said Tuesday climate change is her main motivation to run again.

“I’m concerned about a lack of serious action on climate change,” she said.

“I can’t tell one party from the other over their approach to climate issues.”

She criticized the Trudeau government for waiting until the third year of its mandate before moving on the carbon tax.

“It really seems like foot-dragging to me,” said Rekmans.

She also slammed the government for its decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline.

“I can’t reconcile buying a pipeline and then talking about reducing emissions,” said Rekmans.

“Investing in a future that is based in oil and fossil fuels is a distraction.”

The Conservatives, meanwhile, are ignoring the problem, said Rekmans.

She shares the urgency of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recently warned the world has until 2030 to make drastic adjustments in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.

“I believe we need more Green voices in the House of Commons,” said Rekmans.

“It doesn’t matter what political stripe you are; you will be impacted by climate change.”

Rekmans ran as a Green Party candidate in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing in 2008 and 2011, then in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes in 2015. In the most recent election, she finished fourth out of four candidates, with 2,088 votes, or 3.7 per cent of the vote.

Rekmans works at her family business, Rekmans Automotive, in Kemptville, and she said her own business will have to adjust in order to combat climate change, perhaps retrofitting to repair electric vehicles.

“We’ve got to move with the times,” said Rekmans.

In a prepared statement, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May welcomed Rekmans’s entry in the race.

“I have worked with Lorraine since I first met her as executive director of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association and have admired her devotion ever since to her family, her people and the party,” said May.

“She has been an inspiration to everyone at the Green Party of Canada.”

https://www.recorder.ca/news/local-news/lorraine-rekmans-back-for-the-greens
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( at least a couple fringe parties also plan to run candidates in the by election but will likely have little impact )


Rhino hunt is on


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Published on: October 30, 2018 | Last Updated: October 30, 2018 8:27 PM EDT


Sebastien 'CoRhino' Corriveau is leader of the Rhinoceros Party. (SUBMITTED PHOTO) BT


The Rhinoceros Party of Canada regards Leeds and Grenville as a fertile political stomping ground.

But first, according to its leader Sebastien “CoRhino” Corriveau, the satirical federal political party needs to find a candidate to run in the Dec. 3 byelection in the riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

In other words, the great Rhino hunt is on, Corriveau said Tuesday.

To get on the ballot, the candidate must gather 100 signatures from voters in the riding and get the party’s endorsement (mostly Corriveau’s).

Corriveau said he would love to run himself, but he lives near Rimouski, Quebec, a gruelling seven-plus hour drive from Brockville.

His pitch to potential candidates is a simple one: “We give you a strong platform, made of maple and spruce tree. You’ll have a good laugh with your citizens, we leave you a lot of freedom to defend the issues you like for your riding and the first thing you’ll do once elected is make $178,000 a year. Totally worth it.”

Corriveau said the party is now redrafting its platform for the 2019 election.

In 2015, the Rhinos proposed a 1,000-year platform – good until 3014 – but Corriveau noted that Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were elected on a four-year platform so the Rhinos decided to draw in their horns a bit and come up with a six-month plan.

The Rhinos want to hike greenhouse-gas emissions as a way of reducing Canadian winters, he said, so support for the Alberta oilsands, pipelines and big cars is crucial.

“We will have beaches on the three oceans,” he said.

The Rhinos aren’t the only fringe political movement eyeing the byelection to replace MP Gord Brown, who died in office in May.

Terry Grimwood, who represents something he calls the Canada Fresh Party, said Tuesday that he plans to run in the byelection.

Grimwood lives in Sechelt, on the Sunlight Coast of B.C., and he wanted to launch his political career in a B.C. byelection in Burnaby, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau only called the Leeds-Grenville byelection so he decided to run here.

He plans to fly to Brockville next week to get the 100 signatures required to get his name on the ballot.

Grimwood is also trying to gather enough signatures to get his party registered, but he doubts that he will have it done in time for the byelection deadline.

Grimshaw’s party has an eclectic platform, ranging from federal dental care to using the Canadian Army to fight forest fires.


https://www.recorder.ca/news/local-news/rhino-hunt-is-on
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Byelection campaigns ramp up


The Liberal and Conservative candidates in the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes byelection opened their campaign offices on the weekend, urging supporters to get out the vote.


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Every vote is important.

That point was emphasized when two of the candidates running in the Leeds-Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes federal byelection opened their campaign offices in Brockville on Saturday.

The seat has been vacant since the sudden death of longtime Conservative MP Gord Brown in early May. The byelection is set for Monday, Dec. 3.

Dozens of people crowded into the Liberal campaign headquarters at the corner of King Street West and Buell Street on Saturday morning. Uptown, about 200 people – including three Alberta MPs – were on hand in the afternoon for the opening of the Conservative campaign office located on California Avenue just north of Waltham Road.


Speakers at both openings emphasized the need for campaign volunteers to do everything they can to get out the vote on behalf of their respective candidates. Unlike the recent municipal elections in which most voters also had the option to cast their ballots by way of the Internet or telephone, voting at a polling station or at the returning office remains the lone option in the upcoming byelection.

Appearing at the launch event for Conservative candidate Michael Barrett on Saturday, MPP Steve Clark spoke of “voter fatigue” as something that factors into the Dec. 3 byelection. It will be the third election for voters in the riding since June 7, when the provincial election was held.

Clark referred to the 2000 federal election in which Brown – then a candidate for the Canadian Alliance party – lost to Leeds-Grenville incumbent Liberal MP Joe Jordan by 55 votes.

Speaking to supporters of Liberal candidate Mary Jean McFall on Saturday, Mike O’Shaughnessy also stressed the significance of getting out the vote on Dec. 3. The local example he cited dates back three decades when the Liberals lost to the Tories by 198 votes. “One vote is important,” O’Shaughnessy stated.

This is McFall’s second campaign as the Liberal candidate in the local riding. She received more than 40.5 per cent of the vote in the 2015 general election but trailed Brown by 3,850 votes. The Liberals formed a majority government; Brown was elected as a Conservative MP for the fifth time.

At her office opening, McFall spoke of the importance of creating good, sustainable jobs for the middle class and those striving to join it. In noting the Liberals’ plan for “progressive, proper change,” she also pledged ongoing support of small businesses, farmers and housing for seniors.

“It needs to be about service,” McFall told the gathering. “Let’s deliver for the people.”

Barrett asserted on Saturday that many people who supported promises for change made by the Liberals in 2015 “have been terribly disappointed and let down” by the current government. Infrastructure spending pledged in that general election campaign is not being seen in the Leeds and Grenville area, according to the Conservative candidate.

Burdening the children of today and their children with federal deficits and debt is “just not fair,” Barrett added.

He and other speakers at the Conservative campaign event blasted the Liberals and Prime Minister Justin

Trudeau for their proposed carbon tax, which Clark described as the worst tax ever proposed. Barrett spoke of his party’s support for such things as balanced budgets, secured borders and lawful immigration as well as getting pipelines built to reduce Canada’s reliance on foreign oil.

McFall was joined on Saturday morning by Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen.

“This is not an easy time in politics,” said the MP, who told supporters that the Liberal government is doing great things as the Conservatives try to place doubt and fear in the minds of voters. In describing McFall as someone who knows the ins and outs of government and the community, Gerretsen said that the local campaign has the support of Ottawa.

McFall also referred to her local roots, having grown up and spent most of her life in the Lyn and Brockville area.

Speakers at the Barrett event praised his work ethic; it was noted that he had already knocked on 2,000 doors in the riding before the byelection was called.

Retired senator and longtime MPP Bob Runciman said that Brown looked at Barrett as a possible successor.

“He was impressed with the guy,” stated Runciman, who described the Conservative candidate as a workhorse.

Barrett ended his address by calling on supporters to send a message to Ottawa and keep the riding blue.

“Do it for my mentor and friend Gord Brown,” Barrett concluded.

Also running in the Dec. 3 byelection are NDP candidate Michelle Taylor and Green party candidate Lorraine Rekmans.

A general election is slated for Oct. 2019.


https://www.recorder.ca/news/local-news/byelection-campaigns-ramp-up
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( John Turmel plans to run and lose in the leeds grenville by election )


Record-holding loser eyes byelection run



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Published on: November 8, 2018 | Last Updated: November 8, 2018 5:58 PM EST




Perennial election candidate John Turmel wants to make the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes byelection his 97th campaign. He is seen posing on King Street while gathering signatures to register on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2018 in Brockville, Ont. (RONALD ZAJAC/The Recorder and Times) BT


A new name may soon be on the ballot for the local byelection – the same name that has been on ballots for 96 previous elections in various parts of the country, at different levels of government.

John Turmel, who holds the world record for most elections contested (and lost), was walking King Street West Thursday afternoon hoping to gather the 100 signatures he needed to get on the ballot for the Dec. 3 Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes byelection.

If he gets on, it will be his 97th election.

His first was in 1979, the federal contest that brought Joe Clark, briefly at least, to power.

“I ran as an independent to legalize gambling, prostitution and pot,” he said, repeating the timeworn quip that he was called “the champion of the gamblers, hookers and dope smokers.”

In the nearly four decades to follow, he developed something of a shtick: Fast-talking, ready with the lines, supremely self-assured with a dose of irony.

According to the Guinness World Records website, Turmel holds the record for most elections contested.

All of them resulted in defeat, although the Guinness site notes: “His one non-loss occurred when the Guelph byelection was pre-empted by a federal election in 2008.”

An electrical engineering graduate, Turmel runs with his trademark “Turmel The Engineer” white construction helmet and says he made his fortune as a professional gambler.

Perhaps obviating the need for what politicos call “oppo research,” Turmel’s own campaign sheet notes he “was convicted half a dozen times for being Keeper of a Gaming House.”

Running afoul of the law for gambling was, in his earlier days, all part of his activism to legalize gambling.

His epic record of electoral failures includes a 1993 run for prime minister as leader of the Abolitionist Party.

As of late Thursday, Elections Canada had only three confirmed candidates on the Dec. 3 ballot: Conservative Michael Barrett, Liberal Mary Jean McFall and New Democrat Michelle Taylor. Green Party candidate Lorraine Rekmans is also expected to be confirmed as a candidate.

On Thursday, Turmel was working the pavement getting signatures by promoting one idea: Paying youth with bus tickets to do community service.

The idea, which he dubbed “bus bucks,” is one variant of his central argument about the need for an alternate currency to serve as a solution to poverty.

Turmel wants to promote the idea of interest-free local barter economies, using time, or more precisely labour, as the currency, and claims to have financed the world’s first time bank software in 1984.

He equates interest with usury, noting that, while poker chips don’t depreciate, money does.

“I want somebody to advocate for an interest-free Bank of Canada,” said Turmel.

He has no illusions about winning, unless it’s his own definition of victory: Getting his ideas talked about and even taken up by others.

By early afternoon Thursday, Turmel was well on his way to getting the required 100 signatures and even exceeding that goal.

The number of signatures he gets, noted Turmel, usually equals his number of votes.

Turmel does not plan on door-knocking or putting up lawn signs in this campaign, but he does plan to attend the all-candidates meetings, where he can continue putting out his message.

“That’s my duty as a poor candidate,” he said.

https://www.recorder.ca/news/local-news/record-holding-loser-eyes-byelection-run
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The Engineer going after that 100!!!
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cosmostein wrote:
The Engineer going after that 100!!!



the list of confirmed candidates now included 5 people , Michael Barrett cpc , Mary Jean Mcfail liberal , Lorraine Rekmans green , Michelle Taylor ndp and John Turmel independent


no sign of the other fringe candidates mentioned earlier or Libertarian / Christian heritage party candidates as examples of parties who sometimes run in by elections
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the final list of candidates only includes the 5 names mentioned above , no one else appears to have made it on the ballot by the deadline



I tried to search around and find any news on the by election but very little was out there .


the liberal campaign seems focused on phone bank calling the riding from there headquarters in Ottawa , bizarre considering its only an hour away from the riding itself , why not just knock on someones door instead ?


the conservative campaign started the day it was called and signs started to go up according to posts online , candidate also has opened several campaign offices , didn't see any sign of big name mp's in the riding though


no party leaders appear to have visited the riding yet


also saw no evidence online of an active ndp or green campaign in the riding , no tweets from the ndp at all or articles about them online


advance polls start on November 23 ( end of next week ) and run for 4 days
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( May is the first leader to visit the riding to my knowledge , although unlikely the greens will be a major factor in the race )




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May urges voters to send a message



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Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May, left, joins Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Green candidate Lorraine Rekmans at a meet-and-greet event at North Grenville District High School in Kemptville on Sunday night. (TIM RUHNKE/Special to The Recorder and Times) BT



KEMPTVILLE — Elizabeth May is encouraging local voters to be courageous.

The Green Party of Canada leader attended a meet-and-greet event at North Grenville District High School in Kemptville on Sunday night. May was joined by Lorraine Rekmans, the Green candidate in the Leeds-Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes byelection. Almost 100 people attended.

May, a British Columbia MP who was first elected to the House of Commons in 2011 and has served as federal party leader for 12 years, told the audience that the Dec. 3 byelection creates an opportunity for change.

In noting that Justin Trudeau will still be the prime minister and the Liberals will continue to form the government the day after the local vote, May observed that Greens doing well in the byelection will send a signal to Canada ahead of the 2019 general election.

She pointed out that Green candidates have now been elected to provincial legislatures in several provinces, including Ontario this year.

“Greens are winning in places they’re not supposed to be winning,” May told the audience.

She called on local supporters to talk to their friends and neighbours. Success can be achieved as soon as people stop being convinced that the Greens cannot win, according to May.

The leader indicated that she met Rekmans about 20 years ago and became friends when the now-candidate worked with the National Aboriginal Forestry Association. Rekmans is good at putting forward a point of view and is able to work a room and reach consensus, according to May.

“She is amazing,” the leader stated.

May joked that voters could vote out Rekmans in 2019 if they don’t like her after a few months.

This is the second time that Rekmans has been the local Green candidate. She received 3.7 per cent of the vote in the 2015 election. Rekmans, who has served as the party’s indigenous affairs critic since 2008, also ran in another Ontario riding in two previous elections.

Rekmans expressed her desire to serve the public and do what’s right rather than what is politically expedient or popular.

“As a candidate, there’s nothing that scares me,” she remarked.

May and Rekmans cited climate change as the most important issue to be addressed. Saying there is nothing more immediate or unforgiving, May spoke of the need for the federal government to act quickly to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We have this one chance to save our children’s future,” the Green leader stated.

May cited a historical reference point in terms of facing an unpleasant subject such as survival, talking about it and figuring out what to do in a time of crisis: Five days in May, 1940, when the British war cabinet met and debated a possible surrender to Germany as Dunkirk was unfolding.

“We are capable of rising to the occasion,” commented May, who said that Canadians are not any less courageous now than they were at the start of the Second World War.

In noting that other countries are moving away from fossil fuels, Rekmans emphasized the need for Canadians to be stewards of the land.

“We’re really going in the wrong way,” the candidate stated. “This is a time for telling the truth… and we can get there together.”

The prime minister called the local byelection in late October. The local seat was declared vacant following the sudden death of longtime Conservative MP Gord Brown this spring.

May recounted the day Brown died on Parliament Hill and described him as a friend and as a very collegial person with whom to work.

“Gord’s death hit us all really hard,” she said.


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Lorraine Rekmans


Lorraine Rekmans is Green Party candidate for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. - Photo submitted by Lorraine Rekm



Lorraine Rekmans has been an advocate for environmental and social justice issues through her work with both media and non-governmental organizations. With a background in journalism, Lorraine has extensive experience in policy development, government, industry, public affairs and Indigenous communities. She is the former Executive Director of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association, and has spent the majority of her career in the not-for-profit sector.

Lorraine was instrumental in a number of natural resource development initiatives in Northern Ontario before settling in Eastern Ontario in 2001. She was involved in setting up local forestry enterprises and in developing the first Aboriginal-owned forestry marketing co-operative in Canada. She has supported and advocated for sustainable use of natural resources through organizing, research, writing, advocacy and regional and national conferences.

As the former Executive Director of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association (NAFA), Lorraine worked on national and international forest policy. She has co-chaired an international dialogue on forestry at the UN Forum on Forests, and helped organize the World Forestry Congress at Quebec City. Lorraine assisted in writing a number of international declarations including the Indigenous Peoples Declaration on Forestry, which was submitted at the World Forestry Congress, in 2003.


Lorraine is the recipient of The Rosalie Bertell Award for outstanding service in the field of environmental health, from the International Institute of Concern for Public Health.

She is currently the Indigenous Affairs Critic in the Green Party Shadow Cabinet, and was a two time federal candidate for the Green Party in Algoma–Manitoulin—Kapuskasing. She divides her time between her duties in Ottawa, her work at her family business in Kemptville, and her work serving as Chair for the Grenville Centre for Social Studies.

She is dedicated to balancing her roles as advocate, mother, wife and grandmother. Lorraine is of Algonquin descent.

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