Monday, May 16, 2005

You Mean People Check This Thing on Weekends?

An interesting piece on a little talked about issue in English Canada in today's National Post (remember the National Post?) - Bloc nominations. Read the piece, which is about the increased diversity of the Bloc team. The bare facts are that Liza Gomez is the Bloc's candidate in Honore-Mercier, Maria Mourani will run against Liberal MP Eleni Bakopanos in Ahuntsic and Vivian Barbot will stand against Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew in Papineau.

Pause and consider, NomWatch readers, the travels of Tony Clement, now the nominated Conservative candidate in far away (at least from Brampton) Parry Sound-Muskoka.

27 year old Brian Storseth thumped Joe Dion and a cast of thousands and is now the Conservative candidate in Westlock-St. Paul. In other suburban Edmonton news, Mike Lake won the sweepstakes in the Kilgourless Conservative nomination process in Edmonton-Beaumont-Mill Woods, beating 2000 and 2004 candidate Tim Uppal. He will face nominated Hewardite Progressive Canadian Sherry Lavery, amongst others.

A cautionary tale about politicians in hats can be found here, along with the news that former Sault Ste. Marie Liberal MP Carmen Provenzano is nominated again, and will attempt to wrestle his old job from New Democrat Tony Martin.

Dr. Bob Mullan will run for the Conservatives in Kings-Hants against Scott Brison, of whom they may have some passing recollection.

The Chronicle-Journal says Thunder Bay-Superior North New Democrats have chosen businessman and 2004 candidate Bruce Hyer as their nominee against Liberal MP Joe Comuzzi.

Keith Fountain, a foreign service officer will run for the Conservatives in Ottawa Centre, according to the Ottawa Sun.

The London Free Press says the candidates are set in London West. Liberal MP Sue Barnes is now renominated, and will face NDP activist Gina Barber and the already nominated Great Uncle, Al Gretzky, who is not attempting to trade on his famous surname.

Le Droit (who are doing yeoman's work) reports that Denis Pommainville, currently Warden of the United Counties of Prescott & Russell and current Mayor of La Nation Township, has officially announced yesterday his candidacy for the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Liberal nomination. It also reports that a lawyer from the Town of Alexandria, Pierre Aubry, is, like every other living, breathing Liberal in GPR, rumoured to be considering a run for the nomination.

Former MP and financial somethingorother Garth Turner won the Conservative nomination in Halton. Others winning Conservative nominations include Lou Grimshaw, a defence management consultant, whatever that is, nominated in Kingston and the Islands, Ron Cannan, a Kelowna city councilor, was nominated in Kelowna-Lake Country to replace the retiring (but not shy) Werner Schmidt. Ajmir Mandur, of whom we know nothing, will represent the Conservatives in Kitchener Waterloo.