Federal

Schmale tapped for O’Toole’s shadow cabinet

Local MP Jamie Schmale has been appointed as the new shadow minister for Indigenous Services in Canada’s 44th Parliament.

Schmale, Forbes, and Davidson talk rural-urban divide and conservatism

Forty-eight hours after fighting and winning his third election, local MP Jamie Schmale says it’s bittersweet to be going back to Ottawa while the Conservative Party itself has once again been defeated.

“We were hoping for better,” Schmale said.

NDP happy with local campaign; Green candidate calls it ‘learning experience’

Local NDP candidate Zac Miller placed third in last night’s federal election while Green candidate Angel Godsoe placed fifth, behind PPC candidate Alison Davidson.

Conservative incumbent Jamie Schmale easily retained his seat in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, with the size of the popular vote still being counted, while Liberal candidate Judi Forbes placed second.

338Canada.com has Conservatives polling locally at 47 percent

With less than a day before the votes are counted in the 2021 Canadian federal election, it is worthwhile to look at the latest polling provided by 338Canada.com.

If their predictions are correct, Prime Minister Trudeau will remain the nation’s leader, Jamie Schmale will win Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock easily and the classic bellwether riding of Peterborough-Kawartha that has sided with the winning party since 1960 could see a photo-finish with less than one per cent of the total vote separating the winner from the loser.

The political fringe: PPC and Libertarian candidates have much in common

People’s Party of Canada candidate Alison Davidson and Libertarian candidate Gene Balfour are also vying for voters’ intentions on Monday – and their parties have much in common.

It’s the PPC that gets the most headlines, though, thanks to the pandemic and leader Maxime Bernier’s use of it as a wedge issue. Now home to most of the anti-vax, anti-mask, and no-more-lockdowns movement, the PCC’s Davidson does nothing to dispel this notion when she speaks about vaccines.

Green Party candidate says local food production should be ramped up

Green Party candidate Angel Godsoe says it’s time for big changes to support local agriculture and food production, with a real emphasis on local. Godsoe, a farmer just north of Cambray, says the Green Party wants “to safeguard agricultural lands.”

NDP’s Miller says riding would benefit from party’s policy on housing

When it comes to the hot button issue of housing, Zac Miller of the NDP says his party is the best choice to make to see a positive difference.

Miller, who was also the NDP candidate for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock in the 2018 provincial election, says one obvious way to lower the cost of housing is to “increase the supply.”