Interesting federal nomination races emerging across Alberta

Edmonton's 2015 electoral districts as recommended by the Electoral Boundary Commission Final Report.
Edmonton’s 2015 electoral districts as recommended by the Electoral Boundary Commission Final Report.

Interesting nomination races are emerging across Alberta as parties prepare to choose candidates to run in the next federal election, slated for October 2015. Below are some of the most recent updates from ridings across the province, where candidates are seeking nominations to run in two by-elections and the general election.

By-elections

Macleod
Conservative Party members will choose their candidate at nomination meetings in Pincher Creek on March 6, Claresholm on March 7 and Okotoks on March 8. Five candidates remain in the contest after Rick Waljamaa withdrew from the race. The remaining candidates include John Barlow, Melissa Mathieson, Phil Rowland, and Scott Wagner. Firearms lobby groups and conservative media pundits have intervened to ensure that guns have become the dominant issue of the campaign.

Fort McMurray-Athabasca
First out of the gate, Kyle Harrietha announced that he is seeking the Liberal nomination to run in the impending by-election. Mr. Harrietha is a former Ottawa staffer and worked in Fort McMurray as the program manager of the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA). He now works as General Manager of Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935.

The NDP have recruited their first nomination candidate in Lori McDaniel, a Suncor employee and health and safety representative for Unifor Local 707A. Ms. McDaniel announced her plans as NDP leader Thomas Mulcair visited Fort McMurray last week.

Three-term councillor and former Athabasca County reeve David Yurdiga is the first candidate to enter the Conservative Party nomination contest. Mr. Yurdiga currently represents the Grasslands area, which will become part of the new Lakeland riding when the next general election is called and the new Fort McMurray-Cold Lake riding is created. The current boundaries will remain the same when the by-election is held.

General Election 2015

Banff-Airdrie
Incumbent Conservative MP Blake Richards will seek his party’s nomination in the new Banff-Airdrie riding. Mr. Richards has represented the current Wild Rose riding since 2006.

iPolitics.ca
is reporting that Marlo Raynolds is seeking the Liberal Party nomination in the new Banff-Airdrie riding. Mr. Raynolds is the former executive director of the Pembina Institute and spoke at last weekend’s federal Liberal Party convention in Montreal on the topic of cities and infrastructure investment. He currently serves Vice-President of Market Development for BluEarth Renewables.

Edmonton-Greisbach
Six Five candidates have stepped up to run for the NDP nomination in this east central Edmonton riding. Candidates include Canadian Labour Congress representative Amanda Freistadt, educator Janis Irwin, Cam McCormick, Namrata Gill, Bashir Mohamed and Zane Smith.

Edmonton-Riverbend
Five-term Conservative Member of Parliament James Rajotte plans to seek his party’s nomination in the new Edmonton-Riverbend riding. He has represented southwest Edmonton since 2000.

Edmonton-Wetaskiwin
Three-term Conservative MP Mike Lake has announced his plans to seek the Conservative nomination in the new Edmonton-Wetaskiwin riding. Mr. Lake has represented Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont since 2006 and lives in the south portion of Edmonton that will be included in the new riding. He will face Mohinder Banga for the Conservative nomination.

For up-to-date nomination news, follow the list of Alberta Federal Election candidates.

6 thoughts on “Interesting federal nomination races emerging across Alberta”

  1. Any word on who the CPC will backfill into Edmonton – Mill Woods? I assume Tim Uppal? And if Mr. Uppal does move over to Mill Woods, that leaves a CPC hole in Sherwood Park, correct?

    Lots of shuffling of chairs aboard this Titanic! Can’t fault Mike Lake for making the switch thou. There’s always a remote chance of an urban riding like Mill Woods being caught up in a national surge for another party. But Edmonton – Wetaskiwin will still be voting converative long after the sun implodes, so Mr. Lake is looking at some serious job security with this switch.

  2. If you read the latest post on Bashir Mohamed’s facebook page, he has dropped out of the NDP nomination race for Edm-Griesbach. Just FYI.

  3. Neal – Thanks for catching that announcement on Bashir Mohamed’s Facebook page. I missed that. It is now updated.

    As for Edmonton-Mill Woods, Conservatives I have spoken with believe it is very likely that Tim Uppal will seek the Conservative nomination in Edmonton-Mill Woods.

    If he wins the nomination in Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, which I suspect he will, Mike Lake will easily hold the new riding (only about 25% of the new riding includes his current riding).

  4. Any word on Laurie Hawn’s future as I have heard rumours of a possible retirement? Any potential CPC candidates challenging Mr. Hawn for the nomination of Edmonton-Centre?

  5. @Ross Hamilton – Thanks for the comment. I have heard rumours that Mr. Hawn could choose to retire before the next election. I have not yet been able to confirm them.

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