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Incumbent Gerard Kennedy faces challenge from predecessor Peggy Nash
(Written for Town Crier April 15.)
Parkdale-High Park is a rematch between Liberal Gerard Kennedy and the NDP’s Peggy Nash.
Kennedy won the seat in 2008 when he beat first-term incumbent Nash.
This showdown mentality was on display during an all-candidates debate at Swansea Town Hall on April 13.
One of the contentious issues of the evening was Kennedy’s attendance for Parliamentary votes. Nash’s team was passing out a Globe and Mail article she said is based Hansard, the complete minutes of Parliament. An addendum to the article claims between Nov. 2008 and March 2011 Kennedy missed 122 votes and was present for 241 out of the 363 total votes.
NDP candidate and former MP Peggy Nash. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.
Kennedy’s team countered he was present for 272 votes and 32 paired, a system whereby an opposition and a government member both agree to be absent for the vote and are not normally counted as absences, for a total attendance record of 304 votes out of 363.
The two candidates had a few exchanges regarding this at the debate at one point Kennedy appeared quite emotional as he said, “Don’t accuse me of not working hard for this community.”
He said he attended votes in Ottawa even at times when close family members were battling severe illnesses.
Posted in Toronto Politics
Tagged Andrew Borkowski, Christian, Conservative, election, federal, Gerard Kennedy, heritage, Kris Scheuer, Liberal, NDP, Parkdale High Park, party, Peggy Nash, Taylor Train, Town Crier
Green candidates seeking federal seats in Toronto
(Updated with all candidates nominated.)
Sonny Day is the Green Party's federal candidate in York South-Weston.
It’s election time with another federal vote on May 2.
I have posted information on the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP candidates as they become known who are running for federal seats in Toronto ridings.
But this post focuses on Green Party federal candidates running for 22 seats in Toronto:
1)York Centre Green candidate Rosemary Frei.
2)York South-Weston Green candidate Sonny Day.
3)York West Green candidate Unblind Tibbin.
4)St. Paul’s Green candidate James McGarva.
5) Scarborough-Rouge River Green candidate George Singh.
6)Scarborough-Guildwood Green candidate Alonzo Bartley.
7)Scarborough Centre Green candidate Ella Ng.
8)Scarborough Southwest Green candidate Stefan Dixon.
9)Scarborough Agincourt Green candidate Pauline Thompson.
10)Etobicoke North Green candidate Carman Roberts.
Posted in Toronto Politics
Tagged 2011, Aaron Cameron, Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, Alonzo Bartley, candidates, Carman Roberts, David Corail, election, Ellen Michelson, federal, George Singh, Georgina Wilcock, Green, James McGarva, Katarina Zoricic, Kris Scheuer, party, Paul Baker, Sarah Newton, Sonny Day, Stefan Dixon, Toronto, Unblind Tibbin, Wayne Scott, Yama Niwand