UPDATED: By-election countdown: Not all quiet on the western front
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The circumstances under which Larry Maguire became the acclaimed pick of the Conservative riding association for the forthcoming by-election in Brandon-Souris, MB are starting to receive more attention.
UPDATE: Added Liberal nomination meeting date in Provencher, MB to the table at the bottom.
While city councillor and now Brandon Deputy Mayor Les Isleifson is maintaining that he withdrew from the nomination contest rather than being disqualified from it, former Merv Tweed executive assistant Chris Kennedy – who was first into the race, and many considered the original frontrunner – seems genuinely perplexed as to how his nomination papers could have been rejected.
A "shocked" Kennedy told the Brandon Sun Monday that he was advised no deposit cheque for $1000 was attached to his nomination papers as received by 5PM Ottawa time on the Wednesday September 11 deadline, though he swears it was affixed when the papers were sent.
Party headquarters has told him there's nothing he can do about it, and while on the one hand Kennedy says "I’m not going to drag … the party or myself or anybody through the mud", on the other hand he is being urged by several supporters of his nomination to consider running as an independent. Kennedy is planning another thank-you tour to talk to his supporters, so I guess we'll see what happens next there.
|Chris KENNEDY||CANDIDACY NOT ACCEPTED – Tweed's former EA, Souris-born||@ChrisKennedy2|
|Len ISLEIFSON||WITHDRAWN – Brandon Ward 9 councillor, Brandon-raised||@LenIsleifson||Profile, Page|
|Larry MAGUIRE||ACCLAIMED – Arthur-Virden MLA, Souris-born, lives in Virden||@LarryMaguire4MP||Page|
In other Brandon news, more developments are rumoured on the Liberal front, with no nomination meeting in sight as yet, which I take to be the possibility of another candidate. I doubt it could be Kennedy, but the logical possibility is at least worth having ruled out. To this point, SFM-alumnus and former media exec Rolf Dinsdale is being contested by former US-Marine and métis Frank Godon, with no meeting date on the horizon as yet. The NDP nomination meeting is still set for Thursday, October 17 between Steelworker Cory Szczepanski and Teamster John Bouché.
|Cory SZCZEPANSKI||Welder, Labour Council pres (USWA), lives in Wawanesa||@Corythewelder||Profile|
|John BOUCHÉ||Op. Eng, Union Staff rep (Teamsters), Thompson MB-born, ran 2008-11||Profile|
|Rolf DINSDALE||Media exec (Walrus, Facebook, Blue Ant Media), political family from Brandon||@RolfDinsdale||Profile, Page|
|Frank GODON||Former teacher & US Marine, Métis heritage, lives in Boissevain||@FrankGodon||Profile, Page|
Meanwhile in Provencher, Liberals will be moving to set their nomination date this week, with former riding president and 2011 candidate Terry Hayward as the only declared candidate to date. The NDP will also see a candidate announce this week, I understand.
|Ted FALK||ACCLAIMED – Business owner, credit union pres||Profile|
|Terry HAYWARD||Retired public servant, ex-farm org pres, lives in Anola||@TerryHaywardMB||Profile|
Toronto Centre, ON
Returning to the centre of the universe, Conservative nomination hopeful Geoff Pollock was confirmed as their acclaimed candidate late yesterday, thus completing the slate of candidates for the major parties in Toronto Centre. NDP candidate Linda McQuaig has just challenged Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland to a debate on income inequality. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has been doing a round of events with Freeland, while NDP leader Tom Mulcair is set to campaign with McQuaig on Thursday – an event announced by both McQuaig and fellow nomination contender Jennifer Hollett to their respective email lists.
|Geoff POLLOCK||ACCLAIMED – Lawyer, Churchill devoté||@geoffpollock||Profile|
|Todd ROSS||Former Smitherman aide||@tejross||Page|
|Diana BURKE||Former IT exec at RBC, Jamaican emigré||@TeamDianaBurke||Page|
|Chrystia FREELAND||ELECTED – Journalist, editor, Alberta-born Rhodes scholar||@cafreeland||Page|
|Jennifer HOLLETT||Former Much VJ, CBC/CTV journo, Harvard MPA||@JenniferHollett||Profile|
|Linda McQUAIG||ELECTED – Toronto Star columnist, author||@LindaMcQuaig||Page|
|Susan GAPKA||Housing and trans rights LBGTT activist||@SusanGapka||Profile|
|John DEVERELL||ACCLAIMED – Former journalist, democratic reform activist, lives in Pickering||@Dev4TOCentre||Page|
The Conservatives have also moved to finalize their candidate in the Montréal riding of Bourassa, picking Rida Mahmoud, an 8-year resident of the riding who originally hails from the Ivory Coast. Mahmoud is a trained construction engineer who is currently working as architectural technician, and he is also active in the Haitian Youth Chamber of Commerce. [I erroneously tweeted the name as "Rita Mahmoud" yesterday, an unfortunate error resulting from speed and sloppiness on my part, for which I apologize to Mr. Mahmoud.] The Bloc Québécois have still not identified a candidate, though they are apparently intending to run here given that several names have been floated to the french press gallery in Ottawa already.
|Rida MAHMOUD||ACCLAIMED – Architectural technician, hails from the Ivory Coast||Profile|
The next contested nomination meeting to take place in the current round of by-elections will be the Bourassa NDP nomination meeting, a week from Wednesday at the same location the Liberals used: the Costa Del Mar on Amos St, September 25 at 7PM. One of the four candidates dropped out after the membership cut-off, Mario LeClerc, but the members will be selecting from amongst the remaining candidates – 2011 candidate Julie Demers, PSAC regional vice-president Larry Rousseau, and lawyer and Bran Van 3000 singer Stéphane Moraille – by preferential ballot. The membership counts, which were expected by today, will likely not be known until tomorrow now.
|Larry ROUSSEAU||PSAC Reg VP, long-time StatsCan emp||@larryrousseau||Profile, Page|
|Mario LECLERC||WITHDRAWN – PSAC Staff Rep||@007Leclerc||Profile|
|Stéphane MORAILLE||Lawyer, musician/singer||@S_Moraille||Profile, Page|
|Julie DEMERS||2011 NDP candidate in Bourassa||@TweetJewels||Profile. Page|
|Emmanuel DUBOURG||ELECTED – Former Viau MNA, Haitian emigré||Profile|
|Joseph A. DI IORIO||Lawyer practising in QC and ON|
|Georges LARAQUE||APPOINTED – Former NHL player, Deputy Green leader||@GeorgesLaraque||Page|
Let's re-update the readiness table from last time, to see where the parties are across the four ridings.
|Bourassa, QC||Sept 25 meeting with 3-way contest||Deputy leader appointed candidate July 9||Dubourg wins Sept 8 2-way contest||Mahmoud acclaimed Sept 16||Leader has ruled out a run for himself|
|Toronto Centre, ON||McQuaig wins Sept 15 3-way contest||Deverell named candidate Sept 9||Freeland wins Sept 15 3-way contest||Pollock acclaimed Sept 16|
|Provencher, MB||–||–||1 declared candidate for Sept 25 meeting||Falk acclaimed Sept 11|
|Brandon-Souris, MB||Oct 17 meeting with 2-way contest||–||2-way contest||Maguire acclaimed Sept 11|