With campaign signs now dotting the country, and a May 2 federal election date set, local politicians are gearing up to do some campaigning.
Hoping for re-election in the Nanaimo-Cowichan riding, of which the Cowichan Lake area is included, is NDP MP Jean Crowder, who is running against Conservative hopeful John Koury and the Green Party’s candidate Anne Marie Benoit.
The Liberals announced Brian Fillmore as their candidate for the local riding. Although the three campaigns have begun, not all candidates are happy to have an election so unexpectedly soon.
“Normally, we’d have an election next year, so I’m not sure why they’d want to put the country through a half-a-billion-dollars’ expense to have an election now when we really don’t need it, and the Canadian people don’t want it,” former Conservative Cowichan MP Reed Elley said.
“I don’t think we’re totally out of the recession,” Crowder said.
“I think it was time to address some of the issues for Canadians, and I just find it very disappointing that they haven’t done that.”
“Harper’s become a dictator, he’s so controlling,” Fillmore said. “People aren’t happy with Canada’s standing in the world.”
Before the election date, the Gazette will contact the candidates with Cowichan Lake-specific questions.
What would you like to ask them? Forward your questions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 13.
With notes by the News Leader Pictorial