Canada Voters in four federal ridings select new MP

12:16  11 december  2017
12:16  11 december  2017 Source:   MSN

Opposition attacks on Bill Morneau veer into character assassination territory

  Opposition attacks on Bill Morneau veer into character assassination territory MONTREAL—Over the nine weeks of the fall sitting of Parliament, the Conservative official Opposition has devoted no less than 15 questions daily to matters pertaining to Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Monday’s question period unfolded on the same theme. That works out to more than 600 questions over the space of less than three months. That total does not include the NDP contributions to the same discussion.No recent federal finance minister has come under fire for such a prolonged period of time. Indeed, rarely has a minister — federal or provincial — lasted so long on the hot seat.

Select Location. 25 as the date for four federal byelections. However, New Democrats are making a concerted effort to snatch the two ridings away or, at least, make significant inroads. The Liberals have chosen Rolf Dinsdale, son of former longtime Conservative MP Walter Dinsdale.

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OTTAWA - The Trudeau government will get a chance to test its popularity today with four federal byelections.

The most heated race is the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock where the Liberals are making a concerted effort to steal the seat from the Conservatives.

Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer have campaigned in the riding, which was held by Tory MP Dianne Watts who jumped to provincial politics.

The Conservatives have tried to stir up voter anger in the riding over the Liberal government's tax reforms that include closing loopholes for small business owners.

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The Conservatives are considered in the driver's seat in the western Saskatchewan riding of Battlefords-Lloydminister, which has voted for right-wing parties since the 1990s.

The other two ridings, in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, are considered safe Liberal seats.

The riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity became vacant last summer when the province's representative in the federal cabinet, Judy Foote, resigned for personal reasons.

Foote had represented the area as a Liberal MP for the past decade.

The Toronto riding of Scarborough-Agincourt became vacant due to the death of Liberal backbencher Arnold Chan.

It has been in Liberal hands since the '80s.

The Saskatchewan seat became vacant this year when former Conservative cabinet minister Gerry Ritz left politics.

Morneau meets with provincial counterparts

  Morneau meets with provincial counterparts Morneau meets with provincial counterpartsOTTAWA - Finance Minister Bill Morneau can expect a lot of provincial hands reaching for the federal purse strings when he sits down with his counterparts in Ottawa today.

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government will get a chance to test its popularity today with four federal byelections. The most heated race is the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock where the Liberals are making a concerted effort to steal the seat from the Conservatives.

Some Toronto voters are now in the middle of three elections — federal , provincial and municipal — after Prime Minister Stephen Harper called by-elections to fill vacancies in two city ridings .

In the last election the New Democrats were a distant second in Ritz's riding and a distant third in the other three ridings.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh the day before the vote shaking hands and greeting voters at an outdoor shopping centre in Montreal, nowhere near any of the ridings in play.

Singh declined to speculate on his party’s chances, saying only that he’d “called and spoken” to all his candidates and was happy with their campaigns.

“They're running great campaigns and I'm confident they're going to put up a good representation of our values and what we believe in," Singh said Sunday.

The Liberals hold a comfortable majority in the House of Commons so the outcome of the races will have little effect on the balance of power.

Alberta releases draft caribou plan .
EDMONTON - Alberta's draft plan to try to help threatened woodland caribou recover in 15 different ranges prompted immediate criticism from environmental groups when it was released Tuesday. The plan is in response to a federal deadline under the Species at Risk Act that passed in October. "We have sent them to the federal government," Environment Minister Shannon Phillips told The Canadian Press. "There will be a lot of work with the federal government to determine the plan's adequacy."We think what we've done is put forward a credible and practical plan.

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