Potential candidates for Parry Sound-Muskoka Liberals unveiled

Five nominees – so far – vying to be Liberal candidate for Parry Sound-Muskoka in next federal election:


(November 29, BRACEBRIDGE): At least five people want to be the next federal Liberal candidate for Parry Sound-Muskoka. The Parry Sound-Muskoka Federal Liberal Association (PSMFLA) has revealed five potential nominees for the candidacy, and more could still come forward. An official introduction of the candidate nominees will happen December 14 at the Port Sydney Community Centre.

The nominees for candidate include (alphabetically):

  • Trish Cowie, Mactier, Owner, Cowie Law Professional Corporation in Bala
  • Paul Everitt, Bracebridge, Sales Manager, Rentquip Canada Limited
  • Eric Gonneau, Port Carling, Engineer and Realtor
  • Mary Robertson, Bracebridge, Probation and Parole Officer
  • Phyllis Winnington-Ingram, Bracebridge, Community Development Consultant and President, Steer North

“We have an excellent roster of people who have said “yes” to the challenges ahead,” says Leigh Beal, President of the PSMFLA. She adds, “to be clear, only one of the nominees (Paul Everitt) is currently considered ‘qualified’ by the Liberal Party of Canada, meaning that he has already passed the Party’s vetting. The other four are ‘seeking nomination’ as they’ve completed the nomination package and are presently in the vetting process.”

Nominations will remain open until the federal party brass gives the riding association the green light to hold the vote.

Who can vote for a candidate? Anyone wanting to take part in selecting the next Federal Liberal candidate for our riding must be a current member of the Liberal riding association at least one week before the party announces the date for the nomination meeting. While riding officials say they don’t have an indication yet when that will be, they expect it to happen “sooner rather than later.”

A federal election is expected to be called as early as April and certainly no later than October as according to Bill C-16 (passed in 2007 to establish fixed election dates) the next date Canadians are scheduled to go to the polls is October 19, 2015. However, Prime Minister Stephen Harper could still exercise his power to call an election earlier, as many pundits expect he will do. If Parliament Hill watchers are right, Canadians can expect an election before certain senators start making headlines again due to trial dates and/or after a budget laced with enticing goodies for the electorate to chew on.

By Norah Fountain. Published November 29, 6am

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