Saturday, May 07, 2005

Edmonton, and All Points East

Our spies in Edmonton have reported.

Apparantly Laurie Hawn has competition for the Conservative nomination in Edmonton Centre. Step forward Dr. Paul Yewchuk. Who he, I hear you ask? Dr. Yewchuk is the famous former Tory MP for Athabasca, 1968-1980. Those of you with a long memory will recall the mischief Dr. Yewchuk got up to during the last minority parliament...

In Edmonton Beaumont-Mill Woods, the race to succeed David Kilgour is on. The only declared Liberal candidate to date is Chinwe Okelu, a community activist and defeated candidate for city council. The race for the far more valuable Conservative nomination features former Canadian Alliance (remember them?) and Conservative 2004 candidate Tim Uppal and Kilgourite Sukhi Lalli a former assistant to Kilgour.

And the sacrificial lambs haven't stopped screaming in Edmonton St. Albert. Queuing up for the right to lose to Conservative MP John Williams are Stanley Haroun, previously defeated in his bid for St. Albert city council and Pamela Paul, former Liberal MLA for Edmonton Castle Downs.

Another name has burbled to the surface in the Ottawa Centre NDP sweepstakes, according to a passworded bit of the Globe. It is that of Jamey Heath, communications guru in Jack! Layton's office.

And there have been a whack of Conservative nominations in Ontario. Stepping forward are Bruce Stanton in Simcoe North, Bal Gosal in Brampton West and Brent Barr in Guelph.

UPDATE: More Conservative doings - Bill Brown nominated in Kenora, Ken Walker seeking nomination in Sault Ste. Marie.