Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Updates: It's Just What We Do.

There's a big, sweeping nomination watch overview CP story by Joan Bryden that's a must-read. What's news in it? Well, Deborah Coyne running for the Libs in an as yet unnamed Ottawa riding counts as news.

How the not terribly mighty have fallen. Former Wetaskawin MP Willie Littlechild was defeated in his bid to reenter politics in the Wetaskawin Conservative nomination race by Blaine "I am the guy down the street trying to earn an honest living" Calkins. Good luck on that, Blaine.

A squeaker in Fredericton. Pat Lynch has been confirmed as the winner of the Conservative nomination, beating Raj Venugopol by only three votes.

One unpleasant rumour can now finally be killed. John Nunziata will not be running for the Conservatives. At least not in his old seat of York South-Weston. Local Conservatives have nominated Steve Halicki as their candidate. In other Ontario Conservative news, Alderman Patrick Brown, who is probably still surprised he didn't become MP for Barrie last year, will run again against surviror Aileen Carroll.

Northern Life provides a pretty decent update on nomination activity in the Sudbury area. Sudbury Liberal MP Diane Marleau and Nickel Belt Liberal Ray Bonin have both been renominated, as have their NDP challengers from 2004, Claude Gravelle and Gerry McIntaggart, respectively. The Conservatives are not quite as settled, with Stephen Butcher, who ran unsuccessfully against Marleau last year, challenged for the nomination this year by Al Gorman, Kevin Serviss and Dave Deloye. In Nickel Belt, Margaret Schwartzentruber and Gerald Potvin will contest the nomination.

Housing activist Michael Shapcott has been nominated as the NDP's candidate against Bill Graham in Toronto Centre. Shapcott previously ran in 2004.

Various dribs and drabs from the Ottawa Sun includes the news that Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde has decided not to enter federal politics, and will not be the big dog in the GPR Liberal nomination fight. As rumoured here previously, Denis Pommainville, the mayor of Nation and warden of the United Counties of Prescott Russell, announced Friday he would seek the nomination. Also in the Sun is the news that Conservatives in Ottawa-Orleans nominated "former Liberal" Royal Galipeau.

Henry Clarke has a rival in the Peterborough Liberal nomination race. She is Diane Lloyd, according to Peterborough This Week. One of them will face Dean Del Maestro, who according to the same rag is the Conservative candidate.

According to something called Halifax Live, Peter Mancini, former NDP MP for Sydney-Victoria and now a Dartmouth area legal aid lawyer has won the NDP nomination in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. Our Atlantic spies tell us that Paul Francis, about whom we know nothing will be the Conservative candidate. And while we're thinking about Metro Halifax, the Chronicle-Herald says that youngish lawyer Andrew House is the Conservative candidate for Halifax.

And to make a change from all this news on candidates being nominated, here's a piece from the London Free Press about candidates in southwestern Ontario not being nominated. At least not yet.

Oh, and for purely historical purposes, here's an article on the situation in Newmarket-Aurora from April 22. Seems a long time ago, doesn't it?