In the middle of this Covid-19 crisis, there has been continual talk of the performance of Federal and Provincial politicians with particular speculation about the possibility of a Federal election because of the minority Government. The current Federal MP for Northumberland Peterborough South (NPS) is Conservative Philip Lawrence and if a federal election were to be held, many have assumed that he would be running against the previous incumbent, Liberal Kim Rudd. But today, Kim announced that because of health reasons, she would not be running again. Given the possibility of an election at any time, that means the Liberal Party will need to find a candidate quickly. Kim’s announcement today did not discuss who might run in her place… Read complete articleAnnouncement re Federal MP candidate
For some time, the County has been planning an expansion of affordable housing at their Elgin Park development and on Thursday July 23, $5.7M funding for it was announced through the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI) – that’s a joint Federal/Provincial initiative. The announcement was made by Steve Clark, (Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing) and Adam Vaughan (Federal MP & Parliamentary Secretary) – see photos below. There are currently 18 units at the development in 9 duplexes and when complete there will be 40 units in 8 two storey buildings of 4 plexes and 6 plexes including a shared green space with a playground and recreational area. The new money will fund 28 of the new units, all… Read complete articleAffordable Housing gets Funding
Around 1:20 am on the day after election day, results indicated that Justin Trudeau would be leading a minority Government with 156 seats against the Conservatives with 122. Since that was fewer Liberal seats than in the last parliament, it meant that some Liberal MPs lost their seats and our local Riding MP Kim Rudd was one of them. She lost to Conservative Philip Lawrence. The Liberals planned to celebrate a win at a hall in Port Hope but it didn’t happen – Kim didn’t show by 11:10 so I left to join the Conservatives who were having a party. One of those celebrating was MPP David Piccini – see the photo. The numbers Tuesday morning were as shown below. … Read complete articleLocal Riding has a new M.P.
About 70 people came to the all-candidates debate at the Cobourg Lions Community Centre last night. Hosted by Retired Teachers Ontario, all five candidates responded to 16 questions as well as giving opening and closing statements. Moderated by York Bell-Smith with time limits enforced, it was orderly and informative since the questions covered a good range of concerns. If you haven’t already heard, the Candidates are: Liberal Kim Rudd – incumbent M.P.; Conservative Philip Lawrence; Green Party Jeff Wheeldon; NDP Mallory MacDonald and People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Frank Vaughan. See the links below for more on these candidates. After the opening statements, each candidate was asked to respond to three questions posed by the Retired Teachers; these focused on… Read complete articleKey Questions Raised at All-Candidates Meeting
With short notice to most of us, Justin Trudeau came to Cobourg today to help Kim Rudd with her campaign. This follows the visit by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer about 3 weeks ago. There were two bus loads – one with media and the other with Justin and his staff. Somewhere in there were security people and of course two Cobourg police were standing by. Justin stopped by the Buttermilk Café and spoke to a number of patrons – all seemed pleased to see him and many wanted photos. There were a lot more media people than for Scheer on his visit but maybe that’s because the writ has now dropped – see the photos. After the Buttermilk, Justin walked down King Street to… Read complete articleJustin Trudeau’s quick visit to Cobourg
It was a big event for Conservative Party candidate Philip Lawrence – Andrew Scheer visited Cobourg. It started with some people gathering at Philip’s office on King Street at around 6:00pm last night – then everyone walked to the Lions’ Pavilion in Victoria Park. At around 6:30, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrived and gave a short speech to the crowd. His first comment was to answer the question – “what’s it like to have a 5th child?” He quipped “picture yourself drowning and someone tosses you a baby!”. He then went on with campaign comments starting with “We can’t afford another 4 years of Justin Trudeau”. He said that Justin was not as advertised. He talked about some of his… Read complete articleAndrew Scheer Campaigns in Cobourg
The People’s Party of Canada (PPC) was launched by Maxime Bernier on September 14, 2018 when he broke away from the Conservative Party. Elections Canada gave it official recognition on January 18, 2019. In November 2018, the PPC established an Electoral District Association (EDA) in Northumberland Peterborough-South (see report below). At the time, Frank Vaughan, a farmer from Codrington, was appointed as Riding president and now he has announced he will be the local PPC Candidate in the Federal election in October. Frank has issued a long rationale as to why he is running but it is clear that when he references previous government actions, he is unhappy with both Conservatives and Liberals. The emergence of the PPC and the… Read complete articlePeople’s Party Names Federal Election Candidate
The federal election on October 21 is not that far away and Jeff Wheeldon, Green Party Candidate, held a “meet and greet” in Newcastle tonight. Jeff and his team have been campaigning in Newcastle and left 1000 pamphlets and invitations to the event at nearby homes. The Green Party feels that they are on a roll with double the number of MPs (2 up from 1) and polls showing 9.8% support, up from 3.4% in the last election – so confidence is high in making a difference. Certainly the talk in the room was positive. The meeting was held in the Newcastle Community Town Hall and because it was a meet and greet spread over more than 2 hours, at… Read complete articleGreen Party Launches Election Campaign