Sunday, May 01, 2005

Weekend NomWatching

You are an insistent bunch. Here we are, having spent less than a week serving the cruel mistress called blogging, and you won't let us have a moment's peace. A day or two spent away from the QWERTY and you're beside yourselves.

But you didn't come here to hear us wag our fingers at you, you came here for a healthy mixture of established facts and baseless rumours. Which is exactly what we have for you...

You think you have trouble finding candidate news? Pity the poor Quebec Liberals trying to find candidates. La Presse reports that the Libs have stooped to advertising for candidates - and they have pretty specific requests. According to an email obtained by the paper, in the riding of Pointe-de-l'Île they are specifying that they would prefer a woman of Haitian origin. As an incentive, she (whoever she is) will not have to spend any money from own pockets, as the party will pay all election expenses and will form a team to assist her. If any NM readers have names for the Pointe-de-l'Île Libs, we would be happy to forward them along. Send names (and nomination rumours and news, naturally) to nominationwatch@hotmail.com...

Former Chretien Minister and Victoria MP David Anderson is moving on, and will not seek reelection, according to the Times-Colonist, who disappointingly do not speculate on possible successors...

And proving that Ontario isn't the only province that can recycle conservative politicians, the Edmonton Sun reports that former PC MP Willie Littlechild will seek the Conservative nomination in his old constituency, Wetaskawin. The news was presumably met with girded bowels by the already announced contenders.

And speaking of retreads, is Bernard Valcourt (and no motorcycle jokes, please. Well, save for that one), former Minister of Fish and trainwreck leader of the NB PCs really thinking about running in Madawaska-Restigouche?

In the realm of much firmer reality, according to the North Bay Nugget, North Bay Deputy Mayor Peter Chirico has secured the Conservative nomination in Nipissing-Timiskaming...

Windsor sees all three incumbents reoffering, with NDP MP Brian Masse facing either 1999 provincial PC candidate and Ford worker Dave McCamon someone carrying on business under the name Al Teshuba in the Conservative interest. In Windsor-Tecumseh NDP MP Joe Comartin (father of legal beagle Eric) will face either DaimlerChrysler engineer Rick Fuschi or Greg Lowry in a rerun of the 2004 Conservative nomination fight. No word to date on either riding for the Liberals. Can someone edify us?

In Essex, former Liberal MP and notorious charmer Susan Whelan is expected to be renominated without a fight as she seeks to retreive the seat from Conservative MP Jeff Watson.

Blocquistes are salivating over Liberal MP Jacques Saada's Brossard-La Prairie seat. According to Le Reflet, former Bloc candidate Marcel Lussier will face Myrlande Pierre from Brossard and Richard Bourdeau from Candiac.