Last night the Liberal Candidate, Jeff Kawzenuk, had a grand opening of his campaign office at the top end of Division Street (901) and on Saturday the Conservative Candidate and incumbent, David Piccini, will be opening his campaign office at the other end of Division Street (239). In addition, late Wednesday, the Green Party announced their Candidate, Lisa Francis. The NDP have not yet announced a candidate but say they are working on it. But in this election there are at least three other parties vying for our vote – one of these, the New Blue Party has also announced a Candidate, Joshua Chalhoub. I’ll leave speculation on who’ll win etc to readers of this blog although I have collected the facts about the election on a separate page (see Resources below).
In a week or two, I will be asking candidates leading questions and reporting here but for now the election has not yet been officially called.
But here is a quick summary of the first four Candidates.
David Piccini – Conservative incumbent MPP and Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. He lives in Port Hope and has been very active and visible for the last 4 years. Conservative Leader is Premier Doug Ford.
Jeff Kawzenuk – Liberal Candidate. Lives in Colborne and is a retired teacher and Principal. Active in Volunteer work. Liberal leader is Steven Del Duca who took over from Kathleen Wynne.
Lisa Francis – Green Party Candidate Lives in Brighton. Works as a Teaching and Learning Coordinator at Queen’s University. Green Party Leader is Mike Schreiner.
Joshua Chalhoub – New Blue Party Candidate, Leader is Jim Karahalios. At the risk of being corrected, I would describe the party as right-wing libertarian – but see their web site in resources below.
I expect we’ll hear about an NDP Candidate in the near future and possibly also from these two parties:
- Ontario Party led by Derek Sloan – Freedom, Family and Faith – (firmly on the right).
- None of the Above Direct Democracy Party – Leader Greg Vezina – no local candidate yet
Both parties have a large number of candidates but none yet in this riding.
Linda McArthur-Jackson has been named as the NDP Candidate. No further details as of 30 April.
- Provincial Election – non-partisan facts about this election (and previous ones) plus information on all the Candidates. Includes photos and additional links. Provided by Cobourg Internet.
- Jeff Kawzenuk wins Liberal Nomination – 6 June 2021 – Cobourg News Blog report of nomination win.
- New Blue Party Web site