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.
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.
- Federal Election Page – a summary of publicly available information on all candidates in the upcoming federal Election.
- Trudeau Visits Cobourg – 19 October 2018 – note that Philip was at the event with some supporters – see his photo.
- Federal Election Race has started – 31 August 2018
- Philip Lawrence campaign web site
- Conservative Party Candidate Nomination Rules – pdf