Conservative Candidate for Federal Election Campaigns in Cobourg

Last week saw Kim Rudd acclaimed as Liberal candidate with Trudeau lending support but the meet and greet by Philip Lawrence on Sunday was a much lower profile event.  For a start, the Conservatives have not yet announced a date for their nomination meeting although there are four Candidates who have said they will seek the nomination.  Philip had an open house at 99 King West (Cobourg) and had some Conservative supporters drop in for a chat.  When asked what sets him apart from the other candidates, Philip pointed to his private industry experience plus his longer recent residence in the Riding.  He’s a lawyer but works for Sun-Life – not in his own practice.  Six years ago he chose to move to Orono to bring up his young family and at 40, he’s “more mature” than the other candidates.

Philip Lawrence with family and supporters
Philip Lawrence with family and supporters

Although information is available on three candidates (see link below), the fourth candidate has not issued any statements or contact information – and may yet withdraw.  The Conservative party has said that the nomination process in a riding will start once a call for nominations has been made.  At that time, there will be 14 days for candidates to file nomination papers and then the nomination meeting will be 28 to 40 days  later. To vote on the nomination, you must have been a member 21 days before the nomination meeting date. About 40% of Ridings in Canada have currently selected a candidate but there is no word yet when the Conservatives in Northumberland Peterborough South will do the same – except that it’s “soon”.

The photo at right was taken at the Cobourg meet and greet event – Philip is the tallest in the photo – he’s joined by family and supporters.

No other Federal Party has yet made any statement of intent to nominate although it’s expected that there will be candidates from the NDP, the Green Party and possibly Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada.


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Walter L. Luedtke
31 October 2018 9:59 am

Mr. Lawrence manages the Sun Life Financial Centre in Pickering. The business sells life insurance and ‘financial products’, in addition to financial planning and advisory services from over 20 Sun Life Financial advisors, including a Long Term Care Insurance specialist.
The Centre is wheelchair accessible and to recognize the growing diversity in the area, services are available in English, French, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi.
While Mr. Lawrence is unilingual, his experience in dealing with a multi-cultural clientele will be invaluable in our small-town, rural riding.

Doug Weldon
30 October 2018 11:57 am

Albert and Lyle,not much of a point but ok. Old Sailor comes off as a Trump style crank – lots of criticism but no facts to support the argument. I am quite open to a clear substantiated argument. That is how our thinking is challenged and how we weigh and modify our own opinions. In that regard I do respect Gerinators comments. Thanks.

I am generally a Liberal supporter and think we have had fair government from the current Liberal government. The Libs are certainly open to some criticism but they have not been outrageous.

As we approach the next election I hope we do not import the Trump/Sailor approach to political discussion but rather we follow Gerinator. What is a Gerinator anyway? Doug

Old Sailor
Reply to  Doug Weldon
31 October 2018 10:24 am

Doug, I do not enjoy being likened to a “Donald Trump style crank.” If you want facts on what Mr. Morneau did to small business in his 2017 budget, start reading the business section of a newspaper. Or speak with a tax specialist and hear their version of the impact on small business of the 2017 budget. Regarding what Mr. Trudeau has done with the natural resource sector speak with any resource company in Alberta and to any mining company in Canada trying to conduct basic exploration. Then respond.

Doug Weldon
Reply to  Old Sailor
1 November 2018 8:39 pm

Old Sailor. Thanks for the reply. I was a business owner during the Mulroney/Free Trade/22% interest days. I closed out my business and was fortunate to land a social work job and then a HS teaching job. So in 1983 I was the oppressed small business man. Had also voted for Mulroney! Ouch. My social work and teaching have no doubt made me much more socially aware but I care for fiscal responsibility and am concerned with our debt etc. I mostly admire Trudeau’s social policy and generally our economy is doing well. You no doubt have better inside into the ins and out of our economy than I do. But I would turn once again to reasoned debate and I don’t think the use of the word “bashing” several times is reasoned debate. And I do think it at least harkens to the Donald’s approach. Provide clear context for such a comment. Most of us are not business people. I for one was appalled when Harper was asked what he would do for Native People and he replied ‘ All I can tell you is it is low on my priority list.’ That was when Natives from Attawapiskat had marched from their homeland to Ottawa. Harper went to Toronto to see the Panda bears in the zoo rather than meet these poor and desperate people. We can argue they are poorly educated and poorly managed by their leaders but that is also part of their desperation. I could – and still cannot believe the callousness of our so called leader at that time. So I suppose the point I am trying to make is that I will vote for a government that cares for its people before I would vote for perfect fiscal management . And as I’ve done… Read more »

30 October 2018 8:57 am

Wot’s this then?
No Cobourg Police Pipe Band wailing away and no Chief in full fig?

Reply to  Albert
30 October 2018 9:35 am

Maybe a good question for the chief

Old Sailor
29 October 2018 5:32 pm

I don’t know Philip Lawrence and I don’t know Kim Rudd. However, I am a Biz Guy supporter and sense that the federal Liberal party enjoys bashing big and small business – makes for good press. Mr. Trudeau takes care of bashing big business – like all the players in the natural resource sector – and Mr. Morneau takes care of bashing all the small private company businesses – as per his 2017 budget bashing.

So I wish Mr. Lawrence fair winds and success in the 2019 election. Lest we forget that the businesses that the Liberals enjoy bashing are our employers. When people lose their jobs over poor political decision making then the political tide turns.

Reply to  Old Sailor
30 October 2018 8:17 am

I don’t prescribe to the notion that big biz knows what is best for good governance and sound fiscal GOV management. However I agree with the tenor above, I believe, that we have to start reigning in our recent (10 years) spending habits. There is nothing wrong with telling the rest of the world, if not ourselves, that budgetarily (is this a word?) speaking we need to pull back, get back to basics (infrastructure, revenue > expenses, learn to deal with our new-ish legal environment, etc); then get back to generosity, charity and hand-outs when we can afford it.

Reply to  gerinator
30 October 2018 10:50 am

then get back to generosity, charity and hand-outs when we can afford it.” the usual neo-con response to the needy – “we will help you but not now we cannot afford it!

Priorities please Gerinator

Reply to  ben
2 November 2018 8:19 am

Judging by the number of thumbs down I guess that there are more people out there who want to be selfish – keep their money rather than spend it to help the disadvantaged!!

Reply to  ben
3 November 2018 5:02 pm

Not at all. What is wrong with changing the priorities as one is able to do so. The “needy” require assistance, no question, how much and when are the differentiators. Topics such as the marina, the Park, CIP, V13, the Police – should not be on any agenda. I’m hoping that your jibe at my position (above) isn’t advocating total disregard of sustainability (and boring) topics such as roads, sewers, fiscal planning, the pier and other infrastructural matters. These matters are to often left behind in favour of glitzy, glory topics but the piper will be paid! Hopefully this council recognizes this and will start their term slightly on the scrooge side and then as they end their term move toward a more generous position on other matters.

Rusty Brown
Reply to  gerinator
2 November 2018 5:43 am

Well, “reining in” actually. “Reigning” is what the Queen does as Canada’s monarch. Long live our noble Queen!

Reply to  Rusty Brown
5 November 2018 1:17 pm


Reply to  Old Sailor
1 November 2018 9:46 am

What would it cost to clean up Alberta’s oilpatch? $260 billion, a top official warns. Toronto Star

manfred s
Reply to  Albert
2 November 2018 1:06 am

and just imagine how much of that $260,000,000,000, which becomes income in the hands of those doing the cleanup, the government will recoup in taxes, of various kinds. This is what props up the economy. None of that money is lost or burned or buried or …you get the drift. It’s all income to someone.