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Backroom handling of potential Liberal nomination in Kanata-Carleton causing fissures in riding, say riding association members and potential candidates

Aug 4 2021 — Abbas Rana — If the Liberals are planning on appointing a candidate in Kanata-Carleton, Ont., for the next election without consulting the riding association, or going through the regular nomination process, they should think twice, say some potential Liberal candidates and riding association members. “We would like a nomination process that’s open and transparent,” said Dr. Rouba Fattal, […]

Closing gap between Liberals and Conservatives should force Trudeau to reconsider calling an election in coming weeks, say some pollsters

Aug 2 2021 — Abbas Rana — Calling an election when some public opinion polls suggest a closing gap between the Liberals and Conservatives should make Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reconsider right now because he could end up with a weaker minority or even losing the government altogether, say some pollsters. “There’s no need to have an election right now,” said Darrell […]

Deputy mayor of Ottawa Sudds eyeing Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Kanata-Carleton, say Liberal sources

Jul 30 2021 — Abbas Rana — Councillor and deputy mayor of Ottawa Jenna Sudds is said to be eyeing the federal Liberal nomination in Kanata-Carleton, sources told The Hill Times. Incumbent two-term Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon is not expected to seek re-election. By deadline, she had not made an official announcement, and did not respond to an interview request from The […]

National Liberal campaign director Ishmael advises candidates to rent campaign offices for two months: Liberal sources

Jul 26 2021 — Abbas Rana — With all federal parties entering the final phase of preparations for an anticipated election call next month, a top Liberal campaign official told candidates, campaign managers, and riding association presidents last week that they should rent campaign offices for two months. Liberal sources who attended the online meeting on Monday, July 19, said that in […]

McCrimmon not expected to run again, Carney could succeed her as next Liberal candidate in Kanata-Carleton, say Liberal sources

Jul 15 2021 — Abbas Rana — Two-term Ottawa Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon is not expected to run again in Kanata-Carleton and political insiders say Mark Carney, the former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, could run in the Ottawa area riding. “Karen McCrimmon has dedicated her life and career to serving Canadians, and she has always […]

So far, 18 incumbent MPs not running again could make difference between minority, majority, or ‘the government flipping,’ says pollster Nanos

Jun 21 2021 — Abbas Rana — With the next federal election expected in the August-October window, at least 18 MPs have so far announced they won’t seek re-election which means the ridings will be in play in the next election, say political players. “We’re in a minority government, every party has an interest in trying to hold on to as many […]

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson ‘could be persuaded’ to run for federal Liberals in Edmonton Centre, say some Alberta insiders

Jun 14 2021 — Abbas Rana — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are courting outgoing two-term Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson to be their candidate in Edmonton Centre, political insiders say, but former Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault is also preparing a campaign to try to reclaim the party’s banner in the riding—if the Liberals will let him. Mr. Boissonnault represented Edmonton Centre from 2015 to […]

Liberal MP Bratina says he’d reconsider not running again if McKenna reverses $3.4-billion Hamilton LRT announcement

May 24 2021 — Abbas Rana — Hamilton Liberal MP Bob Bratina says he may reconsider his decision not to run in the next election if Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna changes her mind about funding an LRT project in the city. Mr. Bratina (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, Ont.), who was the city’s mayor from 2010 to 2014 and served on city council since […]

Thousands of expiring Conservative Party memberships this month throwing a wrench in nominations, say Conservatives

May 10 2021 — Abbas Rana — The thousands of Conservative Party memberships expiring this month are adding another layer of complexity in the nomination process as candidates are already facing an uphill battle to sign up new members in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, say Conservatives. “Everything’s more difficult in a pandemic, door-to-door knocking efforts to try to get support […]