TRURO - There will be five people in the running when people go to the polls
to elect a member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit
The nomination deadline passed Monday without any additional candidates
"We have five confirmed candidates in the riding and the returning officer
has confirmed there are no other applications pending," Elections Canada
spokesperson Karen Janigan said.
Voters go to the polls on May 2 to participate in the 41st general election
in Canadian history. Those in the running include Conservative Scott
Armstrong, Jason Blanch of the Green Party, Liberal candidate Jim Burrows,
Christian Heritage Party leader Jim Hnatiuk and Wendy Robinson of the New
The slate is almost the same as what ran in 2009 when former Independent MP
Bill Casey retired from politics to accept a position as the provincial
government's representative in Ottawa.
In the byelection, Armstrong was the overwhelming choice of voters in the
riding taking 45.8 per cent of the ballots with then NDP candidate Mark
Austin placing second and Burrows finishing in third. Blanch was fourth,
Hnatiuk fifth and Independent candidate Kate Graves placing sixth.
Austin stepped aside as NDP candidate several weeks ago to accept a position
with the Coastal Communities Network while Graves is not re-offering.
Those unable to cast ballots on election day can also participate in advance
polls on Friday, April 22; Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25 at the
Amherst Fire Department.
Ballots can also be cast at the local Elections Canada office before
Tuesday, April 26.