More candidates enter SDSG election race

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CORNWALL – Until last week, the local slate of candidates for the upcoming June 2 provincial election was nearly empty. Very quickly, the pace has picked up for candidate nominations as the official election call on May 2 nears.

South Dundas Deputy Mayor Kirsten Gardner was confirmed the Liberal Party of Ontario candidate on April 26.

The Ontario NDP have called a nomination meeting for May 4. Kingston-area teacher Wendy Stephen is the only confirmed candidate for nomination. NDP spokesperson Jodie Shupac told The Leader that while the party’s candidate does not live in the riding, she intends to campaign in SDSG during the election.

Local Green Party of Ontario members welcomed Summerstown artist Jacqueline Milner as that party’s confirmed candidate for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.

Two upstart political parties – both conservative-based – New Blue Party of Ontario, and the Ontario Party also have candidates in SDSG. South Glengarry resident Rémi Tremblay is the NBPO candidate, and Cornwall resident Claude Tardif will carry the OP banner in the riding. The NBPO was founded by former PC MPP Belinda Karahalios and her husband Jim Karahalios following her expulsion from the PC Party caucus in 2020. OP was founded in 2018. Former federal Conservative MP and leadership candidate Derek Sloan leads the OP.

In 2018, the local campaign in SDSG had five candidates. So far, no candidate has been announced for the local Libertarian Party.

Nominations deadline for the 2022 provincial election is 2 p.m. on May 12. Voters will go to the polls June 2.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader

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