Local riding looking towards next federal election

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SOUTH DUNDAS – Last week, Conservative Member of Parliament Eric Duncan announced that he had secured his party’s nomination for the next federal election.

Duncan, who is less than 18 months into his rookie term as MP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, said that he is excited to be the candidate for the next election, whenever it may be.

“I wake up every day grateful to serve our community and love what I do to try and make a difference in our community and our country,” Duncan said in a statement January 5th.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leads a minority government that was elected in October 2019. While no election has been called, the spring budget season is close and the government could fall by a vote in the House of Commons.

Other parties in the riding are starting work on plans for the next election, whenever it may be called.

“We’re planning ahead,” said Claude Poirier with the SDSG Liberal riding association. “But that said it is simply not the time to hold an election.”

He explained with the COVID-19 pandemic raging on and vaccines just beginning to be administered, it was not the appropriate time for an election.

“I don’t anticipate an election until more people are vaccinated,” Poirier said. “There is no need for one.” He added that local party executives will be meeting virtually in the next couple of weeks to look towards a post-pandemic election.

Rebecca Sorrell with the SDSG NDP riding association said that the party has some strong candidate options.

“We have been working hard to get the ball rolling despite the barriers this pandemic provides,” Sorrell said. “When the time comes to hold our nomination meeting it will certainly be done virtually as we would never put our members at risk.”

The NDP were not prepared to make an official announcement as to nomination meeting dates or potential candidates.

Representatives from the Green Party of Canada and People’s Party of Canada, both which fielded candidates in SDSG in the October 2019 election, did not comment on their respective riding association plans.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader