Incumbent MP Kim Rudd yesterday announced that she is withdrawing her name from consideration as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources. She wants to focus her energies on her riding and “on the important issues that matter to my constituents”. The timing is interesting – it was on the day that the federal Appeal Court disallowed Justin Trudeau’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The ramifications of this would no doubt would have kept her very busy and away from the Riding. But a Federal Election is just over a year away and the Conservatives are gearing up with three candidates indicating they are vying for the nomination. One candidate is a lawyer from Orono and the other two are much younger but with extensive political experience.
So far, there is no indication of who might run for the NDP, the Green Party or possibly Maxime Bernier’s new as yet unnamed party. But let’s look at the Conservatives aiming for the nomination.
Raised in Grafton and Cobourg, Grant graduated from CDCI East and has been active in the Conservative party since he was 15. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University and has several years experience working on Parliament Hill, including in the Leader’s office under Rona Ambrose, and at Queen’s Park for MPP Rob Milligan. Now approx. 30 years old, he has already managed a successful election campaign. Grant currently works in private industry and is now putting his name in for selection as the Conservative Party’s candidate. He recently married Katie and hopes to one day raise a family in Northumberland-Peterborough South.
There is more info at his web site here.
Sarah was raised in Warkworth, where her family has farmed for 4 generations. She moved to Cobourg and has been active in our community through the West High School, Church on the Hill and Lakeshore Camp. She has been a director of the local Conservative EDA for the past five years and has been active in local campaigns for many years.
Sarah is a graduate of Carleton University. She has committed her professional life to public service, having worked for former MP Rick Norlock, where she was a strong advocate for our communities. Subsequently, during the Harper government, she moved to Ottawa to advance the Conservative cause.
Sarah has worked for the National Conservative Caucus Chair, the Ministry of Employment and Social Development, and the Conservative Whip. Sarah has been a key part of the Conservative team under leader Andrew Scheer
There is more info at her web site here.
Philip lives in Orono with his wife of 14 years and two children but works at Sun-Life in Toronto specializing in tax law. He has 10 years experience working as a leader in Financial Services with an established and positive track record managing and mentoring professionals. He’s an International public speaker and a lifelong Conservative.
It is expected that the Conservatives will choose their candidate early November.
Additional information on all the candidates including their contact information is available on Cobourg Internet’s special page about the Federal election here.