Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Bright Lights, Big City

News from our Toronto spies...

No surprises on the NDP's candidate in Toronto-Danforth - that would be Jack! Layton. But in the other target ridings for the party? Well, in a number of races, the 2004 candidate seems poised to return, such as Peggy Nash in Parkdale-High Park, Rui Pires in Davenport. And in Trinity-Spadina nothing has been said officially, but all expectations are for Olivia Chow to reoffer.

In a couple of ridings though, 2004 nominees face competition for the job. In Toronto Centre-Rosedale, 2004 nominee and housing activist Michael Shapcott faces a challenge from Nancy Martin, a downtown Aboriginal activist, and Chris Moise, a former Brampton NDP candidate. In Beaches-East York, former city councillor Peter Tabuns is expected to run, but will likely face unnamed opposition.

And while it may not be as exciting (or as bloody) as Kells vs. Capobianco, the Etobicoke-Lakeshore NDP faces a contested nomination fight between Andrew Klochek, a riding activist, and Margaret Ann McHugh, the party's 2004 candidate.

Other declared candidates for nomination include David Thomas in Don Valley West, Max Silverman in Eglinton-Lawrence and Dr. Sandra Romano Anthony in York West.

Oh, and more good news for New Democrats. Trinity-Spadina Conservatives are threatening to run a real campaign, and draw more than the usual votes from the Liberals - they are talking about nominating Lorrie Goldstein, a scribbler (editor?) for the Toronto Sun...