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Well, it seems Jack Layton and his NDP Caucus will no longer be supporting the good ship Martin, which may mean a winter election in 2005… perhaps we will still win our bet with Mr. Bullerwell and be $20 richer come New Year’s Eve…

This left us wondering what will go on in our newly adopted riding of Edmonton Strathcona (we were previously in Edmonton Centre, represented by Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan).

Candidate-wise, it looks like Mr. Rahim Jaffer will be running for the Conservatives again (he has represented Edmonton Strathcona under the Reform, Canadian Alliance, and Conservative banners since 1997).

For the NDP, environmental lawyer Ms. Linda Duncan is their candidate of choice. As some of you may remember, the more controversial Mr. Malcolm Azania was the NDP candidate in Strathcona last time around.

The Liberals are in the midst of a 3-way contested candidate race with former U of A Secretariat Director Ellen Schoeck taking on fraud investigator George Hodgson, and lawyer Andy Hladyshevsky. It should be an interesting nomination race. We know both Ms. Schoeck and Mr. Hodgson and the’re both very nice people. We don’t know Mr. Hladyshevsky, so we can’t really offer any sort of opinion on him.

No word on who the Greens have nominated or yet to nominate.

Though we’re fairly sure Mr. Jaffer will be re-elected, he won’t be getting the pleasure of our vote. We’re really not sure who we’re going to vote for yet. Time shall tell.

For those of you interested, the last couple of elections in Strathcona went like so…

2000 Federal Election
x-Rahim Jaffer, CA – 23,463
Jonathan Dai, Lib – 17,816
Helene Narayana, NDP – 8,256
Gregory Toogood, PC – 5,047
Ken Kirk, MP – 814
Kesa Rose Semenchuk, AP – 299
Kevan Hunter, M-L – 164

2004 Federal Election
x-Rahim Jaffer, CPC – 19,089
Debby Carlson, Lib – 14,057
Malcolm Azania, NDP – 11,535
Cameron Wakefield, Grn – 3,146
Dave Dowling, MP – 519
Kevan Hunter, M-L – 103

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