Federal Election Race has Started

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.

Grant Dingwall

Grant Dingwall
Grant Dingwall

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 Honey

Sarah Honey
Sarah Honey

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 Lawrence

Philip Lawrence
Philip Lawrence

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.

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Change for Good

I believe Sarah would be a welcome change – she has a lot of experience and I like her connection to farmers and the more rural areas of the riding.

I have no idea who this Philip person is.. but he does look awfully creepy and angry in his submitted photo.. not sure of this reasoning for choosing that particular image?!

Gerald Childs

May I inquire what do Trump, Obama, Farrakhan, have to do with a thread about the Canadian Federal Election?

Wally Keeler

Exactly. cornbread started it, then Walter wanted sources, and posters obliged.

Albert

Got something to say about the election.
Knock yourself out!

Walter L. Luedtke

Chuckles.
One is a lifelong Conservative – from infancy on.
Probably inherited.
That must count for something, no?

cornbread

What the h__ do you think Trudeau is. Also know as Mr. Dressup.

Wally Keeler

He’s a life long lib all the lib long day after day.

cornbread

And what was his “Commi” socialist daddy? Check your history!

Wally Keeler

Check your humour, pornbread.

cornbread

No personal name calling on this site, old sport.

Wally Keeler

Whatever you say corndread.

ben

Hmm interesting two of the three still in short pants and a pile of political work, what is it with the thinking that policy wonks make great MPs?

Walter L. Luedtke

Disclaimer: I am no lifelong anything, but your classic swing voter.
But I have always admired the political career of Lou Rinaldi.
Started as a Councillor in Brighton; then became Reeve/Mayor; then went on to Provincial politics.
Municipal politics should be the starting point for anyone thinking of a Provincial or Federal career.

manfred s

Walter, in my view, acquiring ‘experience’ in one dicipline to guide oneself in another but different one can serve to corrupt one’s approach to and performance in the intended one. That can have as many repercussions as benefits, which may render the acquired experience as detrimental in some ways as it could be beneficial in others.

Walter L. Luedtke

You may be right on that Manfred. What may be valuable experience in one set of circumstances, may prove to be blinkers in another.
I have always wondered why being a lawyer is the universal entry point into politics.
Or what I have noticed lately is that membership in an evangelical religious denomination is offered as a qualification for public office.
Adam Moulton, the last PC Federal candidate, let it be known that he belongs to the Alliance Church. Now Sarah Honey tells us that she is a Pentecostal.
That may be useful in selling Party memberships and getting the suburban evangelicals out to a nomination meeting.
But I wonder how membership in a religious group that still wonders about evolution and is almost certain that homosexuality is a sin, works out in the real election to follow.

manfred s

Walter, I think of it as a ‘product information tag’ that helps sell the item but is discarded the moment you’ve accepted its information. How often does that info come to mind during the useful life of the item? I tend to keep election pamphlets for future reference, not that it prevents their dismissal by the candidate who presented it to get our votes in the first place. But, it helps me on the next go-round! Just imagine if more people did that.

Bill Thompson

Maybe you should check with the faithful followers of the “Diversity is our Strength” Government as to how it works out.

Walter L. Luedtke

Chuckles!
Talk about “faithful”.
“On the sprawling stage of Toronto’s Prayer Palace mega-church, Doug Ford stood solemnly as Pastor Paul Melnichuk blessed him and his bid to be Ontario Progressive Conservative leader.
“I’m sensing a deep and profound anointing,” Melnichuk told his flock in the dramatic cadence of the evangelical preacher. Behind them, the scene was broadcast on a towering video screen.
“Because of your prayer and your light, God’s hand will rest upon Mr. Ford.”
As the anointing ceremony ended, the giant screen filled with the words FordforLeader.com, the website where Ford had earlier urged the congregation to sign up as Tory members.
“Go online … register, register your family and friends, because that’s the only way we can make a change in this province,” Ford told them. “And we will make sure — I can guarantee you we’ll make sure — the church has a voice. All the time.”
National Post: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/doug-ford-anointed-literally-by-controversial-evangelical-pastor-as-part-of-effort-to-win-social-conservatives
Guess it worked! We have God’s Anointed as Premier!

cornbread

I wonder if this is the same thing as Louis Farrakhan giving Obama the big blessing about 10 years ago.

Walter L. Luedtke

Source, cornbread?

Walter L. Luedtke

Chuckles!
Maybe my reading comprehension is failing me, but I am not seeing anything about a “big blessing”, only that Obama and Farrakhan were in the same room together.
In fact, Obama vigorously denounced any Farrakhan endorsement of his candidacy. https://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/02/26/obama-denounces-farrakhan-endorsement/
Nothing like Ford being anointed by the Reverend Melnichuk.

Wally Keeler

Oh yes, yes, Obama denounced any Farrakhan endorsement; likewise trump denounced KKK, etc. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/14/trump-denounces-kkk-neo-nazis-as-justice-department-launches-civil-rights-probe-into-charlottesville-death/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.9c8b4a554aaa

See how easy it is for political leaders to make announcements. I don’t believe either of them. You believe one of them. Gullible dupe.

Walter L. Luedtke

Wally, Wally!
“After some pressure from one of the caucus’s staffers, Muhammad agreed to bury it.”
Maybe your reading comprehension is failing you. Obama did not suppress the photo, The Black Caucus did.

Wally Keeler

Because they knew what was good for their man — wink wink nudge nudge. The cover-up began.

Wally Keeler

“…only that Obama and Farrakhan were in the same room together.”

If that is all it was, why repress the photo for years? Especially before an election? Well, because Farrakhan is a well-known anti-Semite and Hater-in-General. Concealing the truth from the people is pathetic party politics

Wally Keeler

WALTER, the Footsie found here: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/journalist-claims-photo-of-obama-and-farrakhan-was-suppressed-1.5767552

And, of course, the Aretha Franklin funeral was celebrity politicized by Farrakhan & the three lefty amigos; race baiters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and America’s ‘first black prez’, feminist dreamboy, Billy boy Clinton. https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/what-was-louis-farrakhan-doing-at-aretha-franklin-s-funeral-1.6442245

Walter L. Luedtke

Thanks for this Wally!
Interesting to see President Trump going after evangelical pastors to have them support the Republicans in the coming mid-term election.
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/28/politics/trump-evangelicals-midterms/index.html
Trump and Ford have that in common. Scheer not so much.

Rusty Brown

Thank you for reminding us. Must not be forgotten.

manfred s

but we do forget, Randy, and rather quickly. It’s counted upon and we oblige. Oh, the irony.

Wally Keeler

Irony deficiency. It’s Rusty, not Randy.

manfred s

OMG, that was really bad! My apologies to Rusty .. and Randy 😱