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.


Day 25: Where the leaders are

October 16, 2009

The opposition leaders are busy this week campaigning for their candidates.

Today, Elizabeth May hit Nova Scotia to campaign for Green hopeful Jason Blanch.  One local columnist thinks Blanch could be the answer.  May heads for New Westminster-Coquitlam Sunday where she will be at a William Deverell book signing event in the riding Rebecca Helps is trying to win.

Also today, Jack Layton campaigned for François Lapointe in Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup.

Tomorrow Gilles Duceppe head out to help Daniel Paillé.

The Amherst Daily News inquires if Stephen Harper will come out to help Scott Armstrong.

On a side note, John Turmel has popped up as an independent in Hochelaga.  Turmel began running in 1979 and on occasion has run in Qubeec as Jean Turmel.  This appears to be his 71st campaign.  Chances are the gambling rights advocate will finish last.

Fin Donnelly meanwhile thinks homelessness should be the issue of the day.  His opponent Diana Dilworth was discussing women in politics with Minister of State Helena Guergis.

The local chamber of commerce is organizing a debate on October 27 for Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup.  It will be simulcast on CIEL-FM.  Chances are Bloc candidate Nancy Gagnon may have some strong opinions on culture.


Day 26: Wednesday potpourri

October 15, 2009

New Westminster-Coquitlam Green Rebecca Helps continues the Georgia Straight’s series on the B.C. by-election by saying she would stand up for local residents.  Meanwhile in Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup, the Greens are running Charles Marois.

In Nova Scotia, the opposition makes it case against the Harper Conservatives.

Like in by-elections of the past, low turnout is expected to be a problem.

Jean-Claude Rocheleau of the NDP is quite active on Twitter.


Day 27: Post-turkey potpourri

October 14, 2009

Michael Ignatieff visited Ken Beck Lee and supporters in a pub and at a Burnaby energy company today.  Jack Layton opened the Nova Scotia by-election campaign office of Mark AustinGilles Duceppe was campaigning in the rain for Nancy Gagnon.  As is common with incumbent Prime Ministers, Stephen Harper did not campaign during his visit to Vancouver.

The Royal City Record is asking voters if they plan to vote in the New Westminster-Coquitlam by-election. 

Also in that riding, Liberal Ken Beck Lee thinks Canadians can do better on the climate, economy and education than Stephen Harper.

Impolitical points out that Stephen Harper is the focus of Stéphanie Cloutier’s website.