Green Party Nominates Jeff Wheeldon

Jeff was the Green Party Candidate for the recent Provincial election and will now represent the party in the October Federal Election. Giving an example of being efficient, the Party held two AGMs and nominated their candidate all in one meeting – held at the Cobourg Community Centre.  First was the Provincial AGM with Patricia Sinnott being re-elected as President by the approx. 25 people in attendance.  Jeff  reported on the election results and blamed the relatively low vote on people who did not vote their heart but were intent on stopping either the Liberals or Doug Ford.  The meeting also elected three other executive members.  The second meeting was for the Federal Riding association who elected a new four… Read complete articleGreen Party Nominates Jeff Wheeldon

Conservatives choose Candidate for October election

An estimated 600 people showed up for the Conservative Nomination meeting held at St. Mary’s school today to hear speeches by each of the 5 candidates.  More than 50% of party members in the riding voted – some voted without hearing the candidates’ final speeches probably because they couldn’t get there in time since the parking lot was full to overflowing.  The school auditorium was also overflowing and the voting took close to the full two hours allocated.  The voting used ranked ballots which allowed voters to indicate their second, third and even fourth choices.  The vote was very close for all candidates but in the end Philip Lawrence was declared the winner after four rounds of vote counting (more… Read complete articleConservatives choose Candidate for October election

New Party established in Riding

The new People’s Party of Canada (PPC) held an inaugural meeting in Cobourg tonight to establish their Electoral District Association (EDA) for Northumberland Peterborough South.  The new Federal Party was established in September 2018 when Maxime Bernier broke away from the Conservative Party.  With almost 40,000 members across Canada but not yet an official party, it is racing against time to be set up for the next federal election in October 2019.  At the meeting, a new executive was elected, or rather nominated since their confirmation is subject to some background checking.  There were about 18 people at the meeting held in Arthur’s pub – more than expected by organizer Adam Gray from Belleville.  All ages were represented with about… Read complete articleNew Party established in Riding

Federal Government contributes to Armistice 18

MP Kim Rudd today announced that Canada’s Commemorative Partnership Program that is operated by the Veteran’s Affairs Department is granting Cobourg $10,000 for its Armistice 18 program.  Kim commended Cobourg for its efforts although she did not mention the criticism leveled at the Federal Government in a recent McLeans article (see link below).  The same article also commended Cobourg:  “Cobourg, a town of 20,000 on Lake Ontario, is currently putting the rest of the country to shame in recognizing one of the most significant events in our nation’s past. In fact, it’s doing more to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War than the entire federal government.” But Kim did manage to get the money… Read complete articleFederal Government contributes to Armistice 18

Conservative Candidate for Federal Election Campaigns in Cobourg

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… Read complete articleConservative Candidate for Federal Election Campaigns in Cobourg

Trudeau Visits Cobourg

With no-one contesting the nomination of Kim Rudd as the Liberal Candidate for the 2019 Federal Election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to her nomination meeting to declare her the official Candidate.  No other party has yet had a nomination meeting in the Riding so Kim is off to an early start.  The meeting tonight at the LiUNA hall on Dodge Street in Cobourg was full with an estimated 350-400 people.  Most were Liberal supporters but not all; there were some Conservatives, notably Candidate Philip Lawrence with some supporters (see photo) plus some protesters (who were barely heard) and of course the National and local media.  The event was billed as open to all and starting at 6:00 p.m.  At… Read complete articleTrudeau Visits Cobourg

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… Read complete articleFederal Election Race has Started

Venture 13 Grand Opening

The new centre for innovation and technology entrepreneurs had its grand opening on Thursday.  All councillors were there with Mayor Brocanier acting as MC.  MP Kim Rudd, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Police Chief Kai Liu were there as well as project prime movers CFDC executive director Wendy Curtis and CAO Stephen Peacock.  The idea for the project was first aired at Council in May 2017 but funding from the Federal Government and Fleming College helped get the project going with tenders let in December 2017.  The second floor will be occupied by the Cobourg Police Business Services unit that is planning to expand and will fully fund their portion.  The speeches were kicked off by a video from Hon Navdeep Bains,… Read complete articleVenture 13 Grand Opening