Game On! Trudeau Dissolves Parliament, Writs are Drawn Up, and the Race Begins!

The 43rd Canada General Election is underway. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Rideau Hall this morning to dissolve the House of Commons and officially commence the election. The main Federal party leaders now spread out from coast to coast to coast to convince electors that they have the people and the plan to lead Canada for the next four years.

In terms of the logistics of actually voting, Elections Canada has its site ready to receive electors. Election Day is still scheduled for October 21, but there will be advanced voting days from Friday October 11 to Monday October 14, and you can vote at your local riding office anytime and even arrange to vote by mail. You can get all those details here.

To register to vote, or to find out if you’re already registered to vote, click here. To find out what pieces of identification you need when you get to the polls, click here.

Also, Elections Canada is looking for people to work on Election Day, and at the advanced polls, so if you would like a side hustle working for our democratic institutions, click here.

Back on the campaign trail, and looking to Guelph, Green Party candidate Steve Dyck has already been out on the hustings this morning with Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner.

NDP candidate Aisha Jahangir meanwhile is planning a canvassing blitz tonight and tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, People’s Party candidate Mark Paralovos is wondering where his debate invitation is.

Presently, there are eight candidates who have announced their intention to run in this fall’s federal election in Guelph, or have already been acclaimed by their local riding associations. They are:

  • Juanita Burnett, Communist
  • Steve Dyck, Green Party
  • Aisha Jahangir, NDP
  • Lloyd Longfield, Liberal
  • Mark Paralovos, People’s Party
  • Dr Ashish Sachan, Conservative
  • Paul Taylor, None of the Above
  • Gordon Truscott, Christian Heritage

All candidates have been invited to take part in a half-hour interview on Open Sources Guelph in the weeks to come. We’ll released the confirmed dates and candidates on this week’s edition of the show, Thursday at 5 pm, on CFRU.

If you would like to submit questions for the candidates, send an email to adamadonaldson [at] gmail [dot] com, and/or scottyhertz [at] bell [dot] net.

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