Archive for October, 2009

Day 9: Advanced polls

October 31, 2009

The advanced polls have begun in the four by-elections.

Minister Lawrence Cannon visited the Conservative campaign in Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup.

In Hochelaga, Jean-Claude Rocheleau will be receiving a stream of visint NDP MPs this week including Niki Ashton.

In New Westminster-Coquitlam, Enough is Enough, a tough on crime group, has sent a survey to candidates.  The V3H finished their series of candidate profiles with one on Liberal also-ran Ken Beck Lee.

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Day 11: A couple of days worth of updates

October 30, 2009

John Baird visited New Westminster-Coquitlam candidate Diana Dilworth.  Dilworth is the subject of the latest profile by The V3H.

Gail Shea’s visited to Scott Armstrong in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley got further coverage.  A debate has taken place.  The CKDH debate is November 3.

Former Quebec resident Peter Julian will be campaigning for Jean-Claude Rocheleau on Sunday.  Thomas Mulcair and Claude Gravelle may also pay the riding a visit.  Rocheleau is praising Svend Robinson.  Green candidate Christine Lebel is the subject of a profile.

Nancy Gagnon is getting help from leader Gilles Duceppe and others.  Gagnon and Bernard Généreux are fighting it out for the hearts and minds of local voters.

Day 13: Another Tuesday

October 28, 2009

New Westminster-Coquitlam candidates debated on CKNW yesterday.  Local candidates also commented on the Massey Theatre, a local theatre that needs signfiicant renovations.  The V3H has Fin Donnelly’s profile today.  They square off in another debate November 5.

Green candidate Jason Blanch has a climate challenge for Stephen Harper.  The Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley candidates square off in debates on November 2 and 3.

NDP MP Niki Ashton has paid Jean-Claude Rocheleau a visit.  Jack Layton’s earlier visit got more coverage.

Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup’s candidates had a lively debate this morningNancy Gagnon came out firing.  Conservative Bernard Généreux is taking local unemployment seriously.  Nancy Gagnon of the Bloc wants to lure young people back to the region.

Overall, the Liberals, particularly leader Michael Ignatieff, could be in trouble in these by-elections.

Day 14: Two weeks to go

October 27, 2009

Pundits’ Guide draws attention to campaign videos.

The V3H profiles New Westminster-Coquitlam Green candidate Rebecca Helps.  NDP candidate Fin Donnelly’s call for a salmon inquiry gets more coverage.

NDPer Jean-Claude Rocheleau knows what he wants for his birthday – a donation.  Stéphanie Cloutier of the Conservatives is focusing on seniors.

Marcel Catellier had help from a newly liberated Denis Coderre who seems more aggressive now that nothing is holding him back.  Catellier is also trying to bring strong man competitions to Montmagny in 2011.  His Bloc opponent Nancy Gagnon is fighting for EI reforms.    Meanwhile, Conservatives are hitting Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup with a heavy telephone push to identify enough support to close the gap with the Bloc.

Gail Shea, the fisheries minister, was out stumping for Conservative Scott Armstrong in Nova Scotia over the weekend.

DAy 17: Catch up Friday

October 24, 2009

Conservative candidates appear to be focused on delivering money to their ridings if their websites are to be believed.

Conservative Scott Armstrong has come out firing against the long gun registry.  Mark Austin could become part of Nova Scotia’s growing NDP.  Greem Jason Blanch is focused on climate change.

Bernard Généreux appeared before Parliamentary committee yesterday in his role as the president of the Quebec municipal federation.  Today, former somebody in the Liberal Party, Denis Coderre, campaigned for Marcel Catellier.  Bloc candidate Nancy Gagnon has laid out where she stands.

Hochelaga Conservative Stéphanie Cloutier had support from Miniser Jason Kenney today.

Fin Donnelly is calling for an inquiry into the collapse of salmon stocks on the Fraser.  Today, Rob Oliphant began a wave of Liberals showing that their party has not forgotten about Ken Beck Lee even if they have already written New Westminster-Coquitlam off.  Green Rebecca Helps, among other things, wants to change the tax system.  Ken Beck Lee of the Liberals fights to deliver better results.

Day 18: Halfway there

October 23, 2009

Michael Ignatieff was in Nova Scotia campaigning for Jim Burrows today.

In New Westminster-Coqutilam, the Conservatives are pushing hard to get help out for candidate Diana Dilworth, including an e-mail from the party’s national director.  Meanwhile, Dilworth’s main opponent, Fin Donnelly of the NDP, wants to focus on sustainability, rapid transit and the evils of the HST.

Day 19: Busy Wednesday

October 22, 2009

First, Pundits’ Guide has a great post on social media in the by-election campaigns.  In general, it does not seem to be as popular in Quebec as in English Canada yet.

Jean-Claude Rocheleau had Carole Hughes and Thomas Muclair out to help him campaign today.

Nancy Gagnon of the Bloc is concerned about forestry.  Meanwhile new Quebec lieutenant Marc Garneau is getting busy helping out Marcel Catellier.  Catellier is making an issue of rural internet access.

On a lighter note, it might be tough to find a place to stick these Fin Donnelly signs in the ground.  New Westminster-Coquitlam has some of the more restrictive campaign sign by-laws in B.C.

Day 20: Tuesday variety

October 21, 2009

Michael Ignatieff with be campaigning in Nova Scotia Thursday.  Also from Nova Scotia, here is a profile of NDP candidate Mark Austin.

New Westminster-Coquitlam had a summary piece on the candidates, just before yesterday’s deadline.  NDP candidate Fin Donnelly is following in the footsteps of Conservative candidate Diana Dilworth by taking a leave from his council post.  Dilworth plans to be a strong voice in government.

Liberal candidate Marcel Catellier is discussing agricultural issues.  Meanwhile his NDP and Conservative opponents are in the middle of a sign war. (h/t Jean-Claude Rocheleau, who spends a lot of time tweeting)

Rocheleau is also interested in renewable energy.

Day 21: After a weekend off

October 20, 2009

The final candidate lists were set this afternoon.

In Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, the candidates are Scott Armstrong of the Conservatives, Mark Austin of the NDP, Jason Blanch of the Greens, Jim Burrows of the Liberals, and Jim Hnatiuk of the Christian Heritage Party.

In Hochelaga, the candidates are Gabrielle Anctil of neorhino.ca, Stephanie Cloutier of the Conservatives, Christine Dandenault of the Marxist-Leninist Party, Robert David of the Liberals, Christine Lebel of the Greens, Daniel Paillé of the Bloc, Jean-Claude Rocheleau of the NDP, and independent John Turmel.

In Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup, the candidates are Marcel Catellier of the Liberals, Nancy Gagnon of the Bloc, Bernard Généreux of the Conservatives, François Lapointe of the NDP, and Charles A. Marois of the Greens.

In New Westminister-Coqutilam, the candidates are Diana Dilworth of the Conservatives, Fin Donnelly of the NDP, Rebecca Helps of the Greens, and Ken Beck Lee of the Liberals.

Day 24: Slow Friday

October 17, 2009

L. Ian Macdonald says Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup could turn out to be a tight Bloc-Tory race.  Meanwhile Bloc candidate Nancy Gagnon is taking a swing at the Conservatives for ignoring forestry.  NDP candidate François Lapointe got some coverage from his visit from Jack Layton.

NDP candidate in Hochelaga Jean-Claude Rocheleau protested against poverty today as part of the Stand Against Poverty campaign.

Green leader Elizabeth May now says she would have run in the Nova Scotia by-election if it had been called earlier.  Instead they got Jason Blanch.