Sunday, October 25, 2020
ADVT 
National

Trudeau calls byelections for late October

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 18 Sep, 2020
  • Trudeau calls byelections for late October

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called two byelections less than a day after the Liberals named their candidates in each of the Toronto ridings.

A short notice from the Prime Minister's Office says the votes in York Centre and Toronto Centre will take place on Oct. 26.

The Liberals are hoping to hold the seats left vacant by the resignations of two government MPs.

The party named CTV broadcaster Marci Ien as its candidate in Toronto Centre, which was held by Bill Morneau before his sudden resignation as finance minister and MP in August.

Ien announced her candidacy for the nomination in a series of tweets on Thursday, only to be declared the party's standard-bearer by the end of day.

TD Bank Group executive Paul Saguil had previously declared his candidacy for the nomination and so had Scotiabank deputy chief economist Brett House.

The Liberals gave the same treatment to Ya'ara Saks in York Centre, a seat left vacant by the resignation of MP Michael Leavitt at the beginning of September.

Green party leadership hopeful Annamie Paul said she wants to run for her party in the Toronto Centre byelection but needs special permission to do so.

The Green party requires any of the eight people running for the leadership to ask permission if they want to run in a byelection before the winner is named Oct. 3.

Paul said the Liberals are making politically motivated decision to call the byelections now, when COVID-19 numbers in Toronto are spiking and before the government knows if it will survive a confidence vote on next week's throne speech.

She said the Liberals also know very well the Greens are two weeks away from picking their next leader, and that she was the Green candidate in Toronto Centre in 2019.

"The timing is fairly cynical," she said.

One of Paul's rivals for the Green leadership also has ties to Toronto Centre. Glen Murray was the Ontario Liberal MPP for the riding of the same name from 2010 to 2017.

MORE National ARTICLES

Federal pay-equity commissioner reappointed

Federal pay-equity commissioner reappointed

Consultations for the proposed pay-equity rules ended in June 2019, but when COVID-19 hit in March, Tassi's department became mostly consumed with the health and safety of workers during the pandemic.

Federal pay-equity commissioner reappointed

New research building for Royal B.C. Museum

New research building for Royal B.C. Museum

The province has announced a site in Colwood, B.C., has been selected for the 14,000-square-metre building.

New research building for Royal B.C. Museum

Lake Babine Nation signs deal with Ottawa, B.C

Lake Babine Nation signs deal with Ottawa, B.C

He says the First Nation wants to create the right relationship with the forest industry and local government.

Lake Babine Nation signs deal with Ottawa, B.C

B.C. disburses funds to reclaim oil and gas wells

B.C. disburses funds to reclaim oil and gas wells

Ottawa pledged $1.7 billion in April to help Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C. clean up inactive and so-called orphan oil and gas wells, with B.C. receiving $120 million.

B.C. disburses funds to reclaim oil and gas wells

UPDATE: 83 year old Toronto man Chandulal Gandhi missing

UPDATE: 83 year old Toronto man Chandulal Gandhi missing

UPDATE: Chandulal Gandhi has been found safe and sound. Toronto police would like to thank the public and the media for all their assistance.

Chandulal Gandhi, 83, was last seen on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 5 p.m., in the Kipling Avenue and Steeles Avenue West area.

UPDATE: 83 year old Toronto man Chandulal Gandhi missing

Vancouver Police identifies homicide victim and seeks witnesses

Vancouver Police identifies homicide victim and seeks witnesses

Grewal was murdered on Wednesday evening. He was found dead in front of a house near Knight Street and East 64th Avenue near 7:30 p.m. Investigators believe Grewal was targeted.

Vancouver Police identifies homicide victim and seeks witnesses

PrevNext