Thursday, May 19, 2005

An aquatic day: canals, rainy rivers and sea to sky country...

Centre of the universe, or just the centre of Niagara? In either event, the Welland Tribune gives us the full update on goings on in the federal riding of Welland. The big news is the arrival in the NDP nomination fight of Rob Dobrucki, a former city and regional councillor and present assistant to local MPP Peter Kormos. He'll challenge 2000 and 2004 candidate Joey DiBartolomeo for the nomination. The Conservatives have already nominated - their candidate is Mel Grunstein, who ran for the party in 2004. The Liberals, who are expected to renominate local MP John Maloney, have yet to do so.

The candidates are (tentatively) set in Thunder Bay-Rainy River. Liberal MP Ken Boshcoff has been renominated. He awaits both of his 2004 rivals, Conservative David Leskowski and New Democrat John Rafferty, both of whom will likely be renominated without opposition, according to the Fort Frances Times, which we have no reason to mistrust.

A decisive first ballot win was registered by John Weston in his bid to replace retiring MP John Reynolds as the Conservative candidate for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country. Weston, a lawyer and former advisor to Reynolds beat hopefuls Doug Lang, Ted Milner and Jean Lewis. The Powell River Peak continues that the Liberal candidate is to be Blair Wilson, who ran against Reynolds in 2004.

Sudbury Conservatives seem to have had a fairly fundamental experience in nominating pentecostal minister Kevin Serviss as their candidate against Liberal incumbent Diane Marleau. Northern Life reports that amidst cries of “amen” and “that's right”, Serviss set out his agenda. But there's trouble in paradise - some of Serviss' defeated rivals suggest Serviss' success in motivating Christian voters may not translate into success outside his faith community. With seeming less turmoil, Nickel Belt Conservatives nominated Margaret Schwartzentruber by acclamation.

Yukon Conservatives have nominated law student Graham Lang, the son of Yukon Energy, Mines and Resources Minister Archie Lang as their candidate against Yukon Liberal MP Larry Bagnall, according to the Whitehorse Star.

Our old friend Barry Turner has been nominated for the Conservatives in Ottawa South. But despite what the Ottawa Sun said yesterday, is it true that Alan Riddell, his nomination rival didn't jump out of the race but was rather pushed? Something about the party blocking his candidacy after finding out about a university prank in Mr. Riddell's past?

Peter Van Loan has been renominated as the Conservative candidate in York-Simcoe, says the Georgina Advocate ... a similar state of affairs has befallen Andy Mitchell - the Parry Sound North Star says he's renominated as Liberal candidate in Parry Sound-Muskoka. Oh, and Cory Ollikka, former President of the National Farmers Union of Canada has been acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in Westlock-St. Paul.