Nomination deadline passes with no additional applications

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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

Valley.

The nomination deadline passed Monday without any additional candidates

coming forward.

"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

Democratic Party.

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.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Elections Canada, NDP, Green Party Democratic Party Coastal Communities Network Fire Department

Geographic location: Ottawa, Amherst

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