Local MP Jamie Schmale was appointed today as shadow minister for Families, Children and Social Development by Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole.
Jamie Schmale, the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP, has thrown his support behind Erin O’Toole for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, which will be determined by mail-in ballot in mid-August.
“Erin is a strategic thinker, level headed and a voice of reason in difficult times,” Schmale said.
The decision was not taken lightly, and the local member shared that both what he wanted, and the wishes of the local riding executive were taken into consideration before he declared for O’Toole.
The race to elect a brand new parliament is on for Oct. 21 and the candidates running in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock offer up competing visions for federal representation.
New Democratic Party Candidate Barbara Doyle believes her history gives her an edge over her opponents, at least when it comes to understanding what life is like for both the middle class and those who need additional supports in our communities.
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield once quipped “The way my luck is going, if I were a politician I would be honest.”
Dangerfield was following a long tradition of commentators using humour or satire or even political theatre to challenge the ruling class, a tradition that goes back past Plato, who said “one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
We are supposed to doubt, challenge and question our politicians. It’s part of our democratic DNA, every bit as essential as a vibrant free press and open access to the information that the state uses to rule us. We are often wise to be cynical of the powers that be.
A 21-year-old Carleton University student and Bethany resident, Elizabeth Fraser, will represent the Green Party of Canada for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes – Brock in the fall federal election.
The third-year environmental studies student tells the Advocate she started the Carleton University Green Party club when she was in her first year of studies and has been involved with them since that time.
Knowing of her work at Carleton, a coordinator for the young Greens asked her if she’d be interested in running. After mulling it over Fraser decided to take the plunge, filling out the necessary paperwork and becoming the acclaimed candidate.
The local People’s Party of Canada Electoral District Association (EDA) will be meeting in Coboconk this weekend as it prepares to run a candidate in next year’s election in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock (H-KL-B).
The People’s Party of Canada was formed on September 14, 2018 by Maxime Bernier, who had finished second in the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership. Bernier left the CPC over policy disagreements. He has been known over his years in politics as ‘the Albertan from Quebec’ and ‘Mad Max.’