An extra-long federal election campaign means parties have nearly six extra weeks to get their candidates in place — and they’re going to need it: The three main parties are still missing 135 candidates between them.
But while all those holes are likely to be filled in time, the early election call has put everyone but the Conservatives at a disadvantage, one expert says.
There are a total of 338 seats up for grabs on Oct. 19 — 30 more than in the last election after new seats were added in British Columbia (six), Alberta (six), Ontario (15) and Quebec (three).
Of the main parties, the NDP is the furthest behind. The New Democrats have nominated 275 candidates so far and have 33 nomination meetings scheduled within the next month to fill the remaining 63 holes. The party was working to get more meetings set.
“We’ve been moving forward at a solid pace, and certainly some riding associations are moving their dates up,” spokesman George Soule said.
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