Archive for November, 2009

Aftermath

November 10, 2009

Conservatives Scott Armstrong and Bernard Généreux, Bloc candidate Daniel Paillé, and NDP candidate Fin Donnelly were elected.

Day 0: What we’ve all been waiting for

November 9, 2009

The by-elections are under way.  We should know the results in 12-or-so hours.

Predictions

November 9, 2009

The Bloc will take both Quebec seats.  The other two seats will go to the Conservatives.

The NDP will finish second on both coasts and in Hochelaga while the other second place finish will go to the Conservatives.

The Liberals will be third in all four ridings.

Day 1: Zero hour

November 9, 2009

What will happen tomorrow as 22 candidates seek public office?  Could there by Conservative upsets?  Will the Liberals finish better than third anywhere?

Coach and Senator Jacques Demers has been called in to push the Tory vote out via robo-calling.

Hardline MNA Amir Khadir is helping Jean-Claude Rocheleau.  Rocheleau received plenty of support from his party’s MPs.

New Westminster-Coquitlam has come down to the wire.

Day 2: The last weekend

November 8, 2009

Maybe no one caresPerhaps no one will vote.

New Westminster-Coquitlam has come down to the wire.  Fin Donnelly, the Orca, has brought out Jack Layton, Libby Davies, Peter Julian, Denise Savoie, former MLA Chuck Puchmayr, and candidate Michael Crawford  to help him fight to hold Dawn Black’s old seat.  Donnelly is trying to take credit for the salmon inquiry announced by the Tories this week despite it being a Conservative campaign promise.  Conservative Diana Dilworth seems to be continuing her heavy calling schedule.  Liberal Ken Beck Lee seems to have given up, even on Twitter.

The Bloc is in a hot race with the NDP in Hochelaga.  Bernard Bigras was out to help Daniel Paillé, who is the subject of a weird YouTube video.  NDPer Jean-Claude Rocheleau is supportive of striking newspaper employees.

NDPer François Lapointe received further support from Thomas Mulcair.

Feisty CHP leader Jim Hnatiuk is trying to pick a fight over the long-gun registry with Conservative Scott Armstrong.

Day 4: The final countdown

November 6, 2009

Fin Donnelly has been endorsed by the Georgia Straight.  This counters the endorsement of Diana Dilworth by Enough is Enough.  Donnelly has brought in Jack Layton for the final push while also making the campaign’s focus the HST with new campaign signs.  Dilworth appears to be hard to reach.

Nancy Gagnon is making her final push.

Scott Armstrong appears to have strong help in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley from the Conservative governmentCanadian Christianity highlights the campaign of CHP leader Jim Hnatiuk.

Day 6: Less than a week to go

November 4, 2009

Michael Ignatieff was in Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup yesterday.  He seems to be putting a lot of his effort into these four by-elections.  Will he be wearing it when the Liberals fail to make a breakthrough?

Jack Layton spent the weekend bouncing around the ridings.  He was also in MLKR and Nova Scotia where he did a radio interview and made retirement savings an issue.

In New Westminster-Coquitlam, Minister James Moore continues to provide support to Diana Dilworth.  Dilworth has also had visits from other Tory ministers including Rob Nicholson and Jason Kenney.  Local Conservative, NDP, Green and Liberal candidates talk about why they are running.

In Nova Scotia, CHP leader Jim Hnatiuk appears to be keeping busy on Twitter.  Jim Burrows says Stephen Harper will not make the riding a priority.

In Hochelaga, the Greens have geared up.  Meanwhile Jean-Claude Rocheleau has gone on the offensive.  NDP MP Peter Julian has been out campaigning this week for Rocheleau.

In Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup, Steven Blaney has put out a release for Bernard Généreux.  Meanwhile Obama is part of the debate.