Friday, May 13, 2005

Not Only Were We Wrong, Here's Proof We Were Wrong...

Goldsteingate refuses to die:

MEDIA ADVISORY TRINITY-SPADINA CONSERVATIVES SELECT CANDIDATE SUNDAY, MAY 15TH

WHO: Trinity-Spadina Conservative Electoral District Association
WHAT: Nomination Meeting
WHERE: Room 308, Metro Hall, 55 John Street (just south of King Street)
WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2005
2:10 PM - Candidate Speeches (followed by voting)
3:30 PM - Speaker (TBD)
4:15 PM - Announcement of Results
4:45 PM - Candidate Media Availability

CANDIDATES:
SAMUEL D. GOLDSTEIN is a criminal lawyer and former prosecutor who has lived in the riding since 1996. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and the Downtown Jewish Community School. In 1991 he was awarded the Canadian Jewish Playwrighting Award.

ANDREW WEST is a freelance video editor with a background and sketch and improvisational comedy. He has performed numerous times at such venues as The Oasis, The Victory Café, and the Tim Sims Playhouse. He has recently become involved with the Toronto Harbourfront Board.

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Astute NomWatch readers will note the absence of Lorrie Goldstein from this list.

"All This For You, With Me..."

Nomination news that could only be described as "fast and furious"

The puzzlingly password protected Hamilton Spectator reports on seismic events in Hamilton. Longtime Hamilton Mountain Liberal backbencher Beth Phinney (all the way at the back, if you know what we mean) has called it quits, and will not run again. The Spec speculates that Lib replacements for Phinney could include city councilor Bill Kelly and Javid Mirza, president of the Muslim Association of Hamilton. Chris Charlton, who lost to Phinney in 2004 and previously, is in, and will seek the NDP nomination. The Spectator also reports that 2004 Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP candidate Tony DePaulo will not run again, due to his commitment to USWA negotiations. Possible NDP candidates against Liberal MP Tony Valeri include labour council president and school trustee Wayne Marston, and Steelworker and party activist Bob Sutton.

Also in the Spectator is the news that former Liberal MP Stan Keyes will not attempt to win his old seat back from Hamilton Centre NDP MP Dave Christopherson. Eliot Hill, a "Toronto police officer with no political experience" will be the Conservative candidate. Does this mean that Stan's beloved senate appointment is finally coming through?

CBC says John Wallace is the Conservative candidate in St. John. And who are we to argue?

Zanniness reigns in Abbotsford, and how many times have we said that? The proof is found in this piece from the Abbotsford News, which in reporting on the Conservative nomination process notes in passing that Canadian Idol contestant Shane Wiebe has endorsed candidate Ed Fast. The News also runs a picture of Fast ennobling a supporter with a scarf. Check the link, as we are unable to describe the transaction otherwise. Trenton Poy is his opponent.

Oak Lake teacher Bob Senff has been nominated by the NDP to face Conservative MP Merv Tweed in Brandon-Souris, according to the Brandon Sun

CBC reports George Noble of North Rustico, a former provincial government employee is to be the Conservative candidate in Malpeque

Peterborough This Week has the full run-down from Peterborough (where else?) - Linda Slavin is nominated for the NDP, a donnybrook is set to ensue for the Conservative nomination with candidacy from (deep breath) Bill Hampton, Aaron Henderson, 2004 federal election candidate James Jackson, Darrin Langen, Dean Del Mastro, Paul Peterson and Alan Wilson

The Gazette reports on Hewardmania, which has already been talked to death, but also notes that the Conservatives have nominated a whole whack of candidates on the South Shore. They charitably note "[n]one of them are well known beyond the ridings."

Athabaska-Fort McMurray has checked in. According to Fort McMurray Today, CEP activist Roland Lefort will run for the NDP, former Mayor and 2004 candidate Doug Faulkner won't run for the Libs and Conservative MP Brian Jean is in.

A couple of NDP associations in Edmonton have nominated - Donna Martyn, who ran in Edmonton-Riverview for the NDP provincially has been nominated to run in Edmonton-Centre. Also, Mike Melymick is back for another kick at the can in Edmonton-St. Albert and he has been nominated to run again. Also, Melanee Thomas, who ran in 2004, will return as the NDP candidate in Lethbridge.

John Carmichael, the owner of a car dealership and a bigwig in the world of rowing will be the Conservative candidate in Don Valley West.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Roundup

News from all over...

CBC runs a feature on the expected close race in the Saint John Conservative nomination fight between Lisa Keenan, the former president of the New Brunswick Conservative party, lawyer John Wallace, and Jim Parrott, a cardiac surgeon.

An action packed nomination update of nomination doings in most of Southwestern Ontario is found in today's London Free Press. Of news to NomWatch readers is the nomination of Pat Davidson, warden of Lambton County and mayor of Plympton-Wyoming, as the Conservative candidate challenging Liberal Roger Gallaway in Sarnia-Lambton. Also, "in Oxford, Kaye Sargent, who declined to give her age, will again campaign for office as a Libertarian candidate."

Add Whistler Councilor Ted Milner to the list of candidates vieing to replace John Reynolds as Conservative candidate in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea-to-Sky (More a travelogue than a riding name, but what can you do...), according to The Powell River Peak.

Victoria News reports that Victoria city councillor Denise Savoie and Laura Acton, former director of community relations at the New VI, have announced plans to seek the NDP nomination in the riding of Victoria, as will former Victoria Mayor and 2004 candidate David Turner.

Former Nova Scotia Finance Minister Greg Kerr won the Conservative nomination in West Nova, beating out Yarmouth County Councillor Gilles Robichaud. He will face former Chretien (who he?) minister Robert Thibault.

Marc Deslauriers, a billingual and bicultural boy from Baie-Comeau (that rings a bell, somewhere...) has been nominated as the Conservative candidate in Manicougan, according to Radio-Canada. Of course, there were only a dozen people at the nomination, but we still count it as news. Barely.

And what of the Brampton NDP, I hear you ask? In Brampton-Springdale the rumour is that Kathy Pounder, the party's candidate in the 2003 provincial and 2004 federal election, will seek renomination. In Bramalea-Gore-Malton, former NDP candidate Fernando Miranda is looking to run again, and in Brampton West, the local party is apparantly courting former 2003 provincial and 2004 federal candidate Cesar Martello to seek renomination.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Just Noodling

Ashely was only playing, it would seem.

Back to the Future

712 year old Heward Grafftey is throwing his hat into the ring, and has announced his candidacy for the Progressive Canadian (yes, he means P.C.) nomination in Brome-Missisquoi. In the press release, Grafftey thunders "Macdonald and Cartier would be the first to ask the citizens of Brome-Missisquoi to support my candidacy as a committed Progressive Conservative."

We expect follow-up P.C. press releases announcing Sir John A.'s nomination in Kingston and the Islands and Cartier's bid for a Montreal seat.

UPDATE: Can anyone confirm that the other four members of the "best five Members of Parliament" referred to by Heward were CCFers, Socreds and Walter Gordon? Does anyone have any clue what Heward's on about?

Who's Afraid of Adam Richardson?

Well, Stephen Harper, perhaps...

Anyone care to share with the rest of the country the reason(s) why Tobique-Mactaquac Conservative members won't be allowed to vote for or against Mr. Richardson?

Fiddling while Ottawa Burns?

What is it with Conservatives and that demon fiddle? First we find out who Howie McDonald is, and now this?

For those of you who are linkishly challenged, it would seem that Ashley McIssac is thinking about running for parliament.

In Toronto Centre-Rosedale.

For the Conservatives.

Please submit punchlines to this joke, and all other information to nominationwatch@hotmail.com...

Can Someone Tell Us If...

... former Saskatoon Mayor Jim Maddin is going to run for the NDP in Saskatoon-Wanuskewin?

Fear and Loathing in Glengarry Prescott Russell

Le Droit is a deep pail of information on the seething mess that has been left by the retirement of Don Boudria in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

First, the Libs - GPR MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde has confirmed that he is considering running for the Liberal nomination. Mathieu Dupont, a 27-yr-old assistant to Boudria, is the only declared candidate today, but Yves Drouin, former Mayor of Hawkesbury and J.-M. Lalonde rival for the 1994 provincial Liberal nomination in what was then called Prescott-Russell, is also considering throwing his hat into the ring. Another rumoured candidate is Jeanne Charlebois, municipal clerk-treasurer with Champlain Twp. Not in Le Droit, but rumoured is the candidacy of a little Boudria - perhaps son Dan or daughter Julie?

Le Droit also runs a piece on the Conservative nomination in GPR. Apparently nomination candidate Alain Lalonde has pulled out, pledging that he will stand as an independant Conservative. Lalonde is quoted as saying the local Conservative association has been taken over by the extreme religious right, and that when he wins the general election, he will ask Harper to welcome him into the official Conservative fold. Confident fella...

Nomination Overload

Dear God, can't a hardworking team of blogging amateurs have a day to ourselves?

We were back from the spa, midway through our second lunch, and about to send down to the kitchen for better conversation, some humility and another bottle of Pommery when if occurred to us that some nomination news might have built up in our absence. Here 'tis...

City Councilor Mike Wallace (not the leathery newsman) won the Conservative nomination in Burlington, beating former Miss Canada Blair Lancaster ... Summerside businessman Edward Guergis (a relation to Simcoe-Grey MP Helena G.?) is seeking the Egmont Conservative nomination, says the (Summerside) Journal-Pioneer ... The stage is just about set in Winnipeg South Centre - incumbent Liberal MP Anna Neville will face Conservative lawyer Michael Richards and archivist/historian New Democrat James Allum ... The Owen Sound Sun Times says Ben Lobb is the Conservative candidate in Huron-Bruce ... Colin Mackinnon will not run for the NDP in Simcoe-Grey after all, citing "personal reasons", says the Georgian Triangle News ... The Trentonian tells the world that retired OPP officer Rick Norlock will run for the Conservatives in Northumberland-Quinte West ... Former Saskatchewan Party honcho Brad Farquhar is the Conservative candidate against Ralph Goodale in Wascana, says The Leader-Post ... The Simcoe Reformer says one of Graeme Dunn, Valya Roberts or Andrew Thompson (not the no-show Liberal Senator, we are informed) will run for the NDP in Haldimand-Norfolk ... Oakville Liberal MP Bonnie Brown will face one of former Halton MPP Terrance Young or Andrew Pask, according to The Oakville Beaver ... Businessfella Alfonso Teshuba will run for the Cons in Windsor West, according to the Windsor Star ...

East Side Story

The news of the day (well, yesterday) has to be this. Marilyn Churley, who has represented Toronto-Danforth and its predecessors in the Ontario Legislature will run "next door" in Beaches-East York against the ethically challenged Maria Minna.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Boudria in Stand-Down Shocker!

We hate to come across all tabloid, but big news such as this deserves grubby, Sun-like enthusiasm, at least among the nomination-obsessed.

One would presume that interest in the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Liberal nomination will attract interest amongst... well in every living, breathing Liberal within two hour's drive of Hawkesbury.

Housekeeping

Small news from all over.

John Capobianco beat back the wizened forces of the past - Morely Kells is gone, at least until the next Conservative Etobicoke-Lakeshoreish nomination comes vacant.

Dave Van Kesteren was acclaimed as the Conservative candidate for Chatham-Kent-Essex. Van Kesteren lost by only 405 votes to retiring Liberal Jerry Pickard in 2004.

We feel like such fools for bringing this to you now, but PC MHA Fabian Manning was turfed from the Tory caucus in St. John's - allegedly for talking to Peter McKay about the federal Conservative nomination in Avalon.

And finally, this rather odd news from the Halifax Chronicle Herald - "Entertainer Howie MacDonald is taking another run at politics. Mr. MacDonald, 40, a married father of two, will seek the Tory nomination in Sydney-Victoria." Anyone able to give any colour and texture to this little snippet ("Entertainer"? "Another"? "Howie"?) should provide such colour and texture to nominationwatch@hotmail.com

Sunday, May 08, 2005

NB News, Large and Small

And what do we hear about the lovely and charming Claudette Bradshaw not allowing the residents of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe the chance to vote for her next time? Well, we hear lots. But we'd be happy to hear more from you, dear readers...

We do hear that if the Liberal nomination was uncluttered by the presence of Bradshaw, former Moncton Mayor (and Diamond Joe Quimby knock-off) Brian Murphy would do some cluttering of his own.

And in less sizeable but more reliable news, newly slim and trim Beausejour MP Dominic Leblanc will be renominated by acclamation on May 15.

Brantford, Exposed

The Expositor of Brantford provides us with a summary of goings-on in the federal riding of Brant. Lynn Bowering, a health care consultant, will reoffer as the NDP candidate, hoping to knock off rookie Liberal MP Lloyd St. Amand.

According to The Expositor, city councillor Greg Martin, the Tory candidate last year, is locked in an intense struggle for the nomination this time with businessman Phil McColeman and investment banking analyst Chris Cattle.