Thursday, April 28, 2005

Notes from All Over

Many of these blurbs deserve more time and space, but my "real life" intrudes...

A slew of news from the password protected Star-Phoenix, so no links for you good people. Deep breath. Former NDP Saskatchewan cabinet minister and politically promiscuous NDP MP Chris Axworthy intends to seek the Liberal nomination in Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, where he lost to Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott. Farm activist and New Democrat Nettie Wiebe is seeking the NDP nomination in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, rather than Saskatoon-Humboldt, where she ran third last year. Last year's NDP candidate in Rosetown-Biggar, Dennis Gruending, is not seeking the nomination, the Star-Phoenix reports. City Councillor Tiffany Paulsen, who placed second for the Liberals to Tory Lynne Yelich in Blackstrap is mulling a rerun of that race.

According to CBC News, the Conservatives are polling to determine who the strongest candidate would be against Scott Brison in Kings-Hants. Names tested include Tory MLA Mark Parent, former Acadia University president Kelvin Ogilvie, Bob Mullan, who ran against Brison last year and Wolfville lawyer Andrew Waterbury.

Former Maple Leaf Russ Courtnall will not run for the Conservatives in Victoria for family reasons, according to the all too password protected Times Colonist. Putting their families second are former Victoria police officer Jack McClintock and nursing administrator Faith Collins.

George Noble of North Rustico has submitted his name for the Conservative nomination in Malpeque, PEI. Curiously, Noble has worked as a recreation coordinator at the provincial correctional centre in Sleepy Hollow for just over 25 years. Volleyball with the incarcerated may be good preparation for Parliament, methinks.