Which MP do you want: past or present?
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.
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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
No Conservatives MPs with federal seats in T.O now
But these Tory candidates hope to change that
John Carmichael is running for the third time as a Conservative candidate in Don Valley West.
The federal election is May 2, and the Conservatives want a seat in Toronto.
I will also post all candidates running for the Liberals, Green Party and NDP as they are nominated.
This post focuses on Conservative candidates running for federal seats in the 22 Toronto ridings:
1)York-Centre Conservative candidate Mark Adler.
2)York South-Weston Conservative candidate Jilian Saweczko.
3)York West Conservative candidate Audrey Walters.
4)St. Paul’s Conservative candidate Maureen Harquail.
5) Scarborough Rouge-River Conservative candidate Marlene Gallyot.
6)Scarborough-Guildwood Conservative candidate Kazimierz “Chuck” Konkel.
7)Scarborough-Centre Conservative candidate Roxanne James.
8)Scarborough Southwest Conservative candidate listed as Gavan Parachothy on the Conservative’s site.
9)Scarborough-Agincourt Conservative candidate Harry Tsai.
10)Etobicoke-North Conservative candidate Priti Lamba.
11)Etobicoke-Centre Conservative candidate Ted Opitz.
12)Etobicoke-Lakeshore Conservative candidate Bernard Trottier. Continue reading →
Posted in Toronto Politics
Tagged 2011, Audrey Walters, Bernard Trottier, Bill Burrows, candidates, Conservative, election, federal, Gin Siow, Harry Tsai, Jilian Saweczko, Joe Oliver, John Carmichael, Katarina Von Koenig, Kris Scheuer, Mark Adler, Marlene Gallyot, Maureen Harquail, Priti Lamba, Roxanne James, Taylor Train, Ted Opitz, Theresa Rodrigues, Toronto