Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Largely Belinda Free

The Ottawa Sun reports on a potential NDP candidate in Ottawa Centre - step forward Paul Dewar, a teacher and son of former Ottawa mayor Marion Dewar. In other Ottawa (and other filial) news, Michael Gaffney (son of former Nepean MP and councilor Beryl Gaffney) is seeking the Liberal nomination in Nepean-Carleton, according to the Ottawa Business Journal. To finish on Ottawa, CBC reports on some potential candidates for the Liberal nod in Ottawa West-Nepean. They are lawyers Jacques Shore and Gregory Sanders, though CBC does not make clear whether either will actually enter the race. The Sun also runs another piece musing on Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli's as yet entirely theoretical bid for the Ottawa West-Nepean Liberal nomination.

Not travelling too far from Ottawa, we see the first Belindite surfacing, courtesy of Le Droit. He is the already politically promiscuous Alain Lalonde. M. Lalonde, you will no doubt recall, left the race for the Conservative nomination in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell decrying the lack of space for moderates within the party. Well, he knows a bandwagon when he sees one, and he's leaping on board, claiming that he wouldn't rule out running for the Grit nomination: "I have not received any calls, but I'm not closing the door. [...] I see very clearly, now, that my philosophy is more closely aligned to that side (the Liberals) than the Conservatives." In actual news of serious candidates in GPR, Le Droit also reports that Russell Township Councillor S├ębastien Goyer is currently weighing his options as to whether or not to seek the Liberal nomination. The only declared candidates thus far are Denis Pommainville, Mathieu Dupont and Jeanne Charlebois.

A bulletin from one of our Quebec spies contains some interesting news from Outremont. According to Radio-Canada, the Bloc will run Jacques Leonard, a former PQ Minister and MNA from the Laurentians. And despite his busy schedule yesterday, Stephen Harper had the time to travel (flee?) to Montreal to unveil the party's candidate in Brossard-La Prairie. He is Tenzin Dargyal Khangsar, coordinator of the national Canada-Tibet committee and an organizer of the Dalai Lama's recent visit to Canada.

Just in from the Tri-Cities - New Democrat Steve McClurg says he's up for a rematch against New Westminster-Coquitlam Conservative MP Paul Forseth. Forseth says he's running again, as is Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam Conservative James Moore. Expect more B.C. nomination news now that that provincial dustup is over.

Things are a little clearer up north. Western Arctic New Democrats have renominated Dennis Bevington, who came within 53 votes of defeating Liberal MP Ethel Blondin-Andrew in 2004. In Nunavut, the Conservatives have nominated David Aglukark as their candidate against incumbent Liberal MP Nancy Karetak-Lindell.

Oh, and Mark Eyking has been renominated as the Liberal candidate in Sydney-Victoria. He's represented the riding since 2000.

In other smallish news, Dan Samson has been nominated as the Conservative candidate in Thornhill.