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Benns’ Belief: Political confessions

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Benns’ Belief: Political confessions
Advocate publisher Roderick Benns at I.E. Weldon where political aspirations were first sparked. Photo: Erin Burrell.

I grew up in a family that voted Conservative, if they voted at all, because that’s how my grandparents had voted. Most political scientists believe voting through familial patterns is the norm and how we politically wire ourselves, often for life.

I was eight when I watched the federal election of 1979, when Joe Clark beat Pierre Trudeau in what was certainly an upset. Brian Mulroney was prime minister when I was in high school and his prolific agenda was thrilling for a young man with political aspirations. Free Nelson Mandela! Clean up our environment! Free trade! (I’m still happy with the first two.)

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Schmale and O’Toole in minority on climate change recognition

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Schmale and O’Toole in minority on climate change recognition

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale found himself in the minority last month when a majority of Conservative delegates refused to vote for a statement that read “climate change is real and the party must be willing to act.”

A full 54 per cent of Conservative delegates voted against the statement with an election likely to be called within the next 12 to 18 months.

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Liberal’s bill on conversion therapy is flawed, says reader

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Conversion therapy is an abhorrent practice that should be banned in Canada. I’m glad that MP Jamie Schmale recognizes this. (Schmale under fire for seeking guidance from constituents on outlawing conversion therapy.)

I am also thankful that he is engaging his constituents as to their thoughts on Bill C-6 (conversion therapy).

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Advocate hosts all-candidates debate in Lindsay with help of 3 community sponsors

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Make an informed choice Oct. 21.

There’s an important federal election coming up and the Advocate wants to help you make an informed choice on Oct. 21.

That’s why we’ve organized, and will host, an all-candidates debate on social policy on Oct. 6 from 2-4 pm, with the help of three community sponsor organizations – the Food Security Working Group of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, Kawartha Citizens United, and Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition.

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Bethany woman to represent Green Party here in October federal election

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Bethany woman to represent Green Party here in October federal election

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.

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Forbes to square off for Liberals in upcoming federal election

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Federal election Q & A with Judi Forbes of the Liberal Party of Canada

The Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal Association has announced that Judi Forbes has successfully completed the nomination application process. At the nomination meeting on June 26 Forbes will be acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in the riding for the federal election in October.

As the owner of Moorlands Bed and Breakfast in Beaverton, and a former bank senior manager, Judi has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by families into our region, according to a press release.

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