Long federal election campaign begins

On Sunday morning Canadians received a surprise from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

On Sunday morning Canadians received a surprise from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He emerged from Rideau Hall in the morning stating he had asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament for a general election to be held on Monday, Oct. 19th.

This campaign call may not be a surprise, as many already knew a fixed federal election was set for the fall. What most didn’t foresee was a marathon federal election campaign, an 11-week long period and one of the longest noted in Canadian history.

After his meeting with Governor General David Johnston, Harper said Canadians will be making a critical decision about the direction of the country, a decision which will decide which party can keep the economy strong and the country safe.

In response to the question as to why he launched an early campaign in advance of the fixed election date leaving the costs to taxpayers to skyrocket, Harper stated that most knew the election date and the campaign platforms of the other parties. He said that the campaigns have already begun and that they must be conducted lawfully.

The money used in campaigns must come directly from the parties and not from other government organizations or taxpayer resources, so with an early election campaign call, through the process, it will ensure everyone is operating within the rules and not misusing taxpayers’ money, he added.

For this federal election, local residents will be voting in a newly-created riding called Red Deer-Lacombe, which was a result of the 2012 federal electoral boundaries reconfiguration. The boundaries were redrawn to accommodate six new ridings in the province prompting Lacombe, Lacombe County and Blackfalds residents to joining residents of Red Deer North in the new riding for the upcoming election.

As far as candidates, Red Deer minister Jeff Rock has been selected as the Liberal party candidate.

Current Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins has also put his name forward as the Conservative Party candidate.

One thing’s for sure, Alberta will no longer be a ‘fly-over’ province in this election. For long, especially during the 2011 federal election, many considered Alberta a Conservative stronghold leading to many political leaders making token visits or in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s case, celebrating on election night in Calgary in his riding.

Alberta’s new political climate has now opened up the province federally into an even playing field for the NDP and Liberals. We have already seen Justin Trudeau attend the Calgary Stampede and don a classic white Stetson in a pre-campaign move.

We should expect all federal party leaders, including Harper, to be making a stop somewhere in our backyard over the next 11 weeks.

 

 

 

Just Posted

WCPS uses cannabis legislation to fully review drug, alcohol and tobacco policies

Cannabis is not permitted in schools; WCPS focused on providing education and support

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

Alberta readies itself for cannabis sales with 17 stores (for now) and a new provincial website

Lacombe Mayor Creasey says enforcement of cannabis bylaws dependant upon adherence

Recreational cannabis becomes legal this week in Canada

UPDATE: Lacombe Generals split weekend games after losing in Stony Plain

Lacombe shows off offensive repertoire against Ft. Sask; comes up just short against the Eagles

Darrell Paulovich remembered after accident claims his life

A tragic accident claimed the life of a rodeo advocate over the weekend

WATCH: Ground-breaking ceromony held for Charis Village Seniors Housing project

$22 million development will include 10 duplexes and 46-unit complex

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

After 50 years, ‘Sesame Street’ Big Bird puppeteer retiring

The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.

Britain, EU decide to take some time in getting Brexit right

Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said “we need much time, much more time and we continue to work in the next weeks.”

Parole denied for convicted killer-rapist Paul Bernardo after 25 years in prison

Paul Bernardo plead for release on Wednesday by arguing he has done what he could to improve himself during his 25 years in prison.

B.C. Lions look to cement CFL playoff spot with victory over Eskimos

B.C. can cement a post-season berth in the wild West Division on Friday night with a home win over the Edmonton Eskimos

Canada ban on asbestos takes effect but mining residues are exempt

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna plans to announce the new regulations implementing the ban on Thursday in Ottawa

UPDATE: Aurora Rafer has been found unharmed

RCMP have a man in custody and continue to investigate

Most Read