Elections Canada

Main Office:

Nanaimo North Town Centre
4750 Rutherford Road, Suite 195
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 4K6
Toll-free phone : 1 866 545-0624
Toll-free fax : 1 888 849-5510
Returning officer : Dilbar Rupa 

Hours of operation
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 4:00 p.m. 

Nomination deadline, September 30, 2019


Today's Global News poll

October 18, 2019

May touring Vancouver Island ridings this week

Elizabeth May

1013 - Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May will tour Vancouver Island and Vancouver from Oct. 17-19 in a bus to rally supporters and local campaigns. She will make a number of announcements during as well. The tour will conclude with a rally downtown Vancouver on Saturday evening. 

Tour stops will be in North Island-Powell River, Courtenay-Alberni, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, Saanich-Gulf Islands, Victoria, and Metro Vancouver area.

Official list of candidates - Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Nine candidates in running for Nanaimo-Ladysmith seat

1003 - The ballot for Nanaimo-Ladysmith will have nine names seeking support from the electorate in the Oct. 21 election.

The Green party's Paul Manly, who won the seat in the May 6 byelection, will look to secure a full term.

Many of the candidates who ran in that vote have returned to challenge again. John Hirst (Conservative), Michelle Corfield (Liberal), Bob Chamberlin (NDP), Jennifer Clarke (People’s Party of Canada) and Brian Marlatt (PC Party) are all in the race again.

Geoff Stoneman, Echo White and Communist James Chumsa complete the list.

Links to candidate contact information

Candidates face the public in Ladysmith debate Oct. 2

0928 - Ladysmith will hold an all candidates debated on October 2 at the Eagles Hall. The debate is hosted by the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, and will give residents an opportunity to see candidates on stage together before going to the polls.

Singh talks housing during Nanaimo campaign stop

NDP Leaders Jagmeet Singh visits Nanaimo

0927 - Housing was the focus of NDP leader Jagmeet Singh during a campaign stop in Nanaimo.

Singh joined Nanaimo-Ladysmith federal NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin at the Coast Bastion Hotel on Sept. 26, where he spoke to supporters and media about Canada’s housing crisis and his party’s plan to address it.

“Housing is one of the most basic things you need in your life. If you don’t have housing it’s all you can think about,” Singh told a crowd of more than 50 supporters in Nanaimo.

Chamberlin said the NDP’s plan is a progressive and outshines all other parties’ plans.

“It’s one that is grounded in truth, it is one that is grounded in facts, and it is one that is grounded in ensuring that we reduce the cost of living for all Canadians,” he said. MORE

Stoneman enters election race as an independent

Geoff Stoneman

Geoff Stoneman, who works as a plumber and gas fitter, has been confirmed by Elections Canada as an independent candidate for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding.

Stoneman said he chose to run as an independent because he believes there are a lot of people in Nanaimo, who are middle-income blue-collar workers, who either don’t vote or don’t feel that current political parties represent them.

“I know people who are 40 who have never voted, you get the same answer. Either all the parties are the same, politicians don’t represent me, what’s the point? You get a really similar theme,” he said. “I figured this year there was an opportunity here. Why not run a blue-collar, really hands-on, straight-forward campaign to connect with people who aren’t voting?”  MORE

All-candidates debate at Vancouver Island University

0923 - Vancouver Island University will hold a candidates’ debate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Federal Election this Thursday, in the Malaspina Theatre, Building 310 at the Nanaimo campus.

VIU’s Political Studies department and the VIU Students’ Union are organizing the event. It beginds with a meet and greet for students in the Upper Cafeteria (Building 300) from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Questions can be submitted during the debate. 

Confirmed participants include:

  • Bob Chamberlin, New Democratic Party
  • Michelle Corfield, Liberal Party
  • John Hirst, Conservative Party
  • Paul Manly, Green Party

Scheer addresses overflow crowd in Parksville

Andrew Scheet

0915 - Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer addressed a large crowd in Parksville on Sunday outlining his plan for a universal tax cut, saying his government would cut the tax rate on taxable income less than $47,630 from 15 per cent to 13.75 per cent.

He promised to repeal the carbon tax and spoke about the importance of protecting Canada’s rivers by ending the practice of dumping raw sewage into rivers, lakes and oceans. MORE

Identity politics is self serving concept

John Feldsted

0913 - One of the most self-serving and useless concepts political parties have thrust on us is the notion that they invented diversity.

We are, first and always Canadians. Colour, ethnicity, gender, language, marital status, race and religion are not what identifies us. Single people have family, friends and acquaintances so are part of a family, a community, a province and a nation. Everyone fits in in one way or another.

The notion that we were not a diverse people during our formative years is ridiculous. Even a cursory examination of our history indicates our diversity; we are humans and follow natural instincts of forgotten millennia. FULL COLUMN

Chamber of Commerce candidate forum October 10

The Nanaimo Chamber will hold a Candidates Forum for the federal election.

“We now have confirmation from four candidates who will be attending,” says Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO. The declared candidates to date are: Bob Chamberlin, NDP; Michelle Corfield, Liberals; John Hirst, Conservatives; and Paul Manly of the Green Party.” 

The Forum will be held in Beban Park Social Centre on October 10 with the doors opening for a Candidate Meet and Greet at 5:30 pm. The debate among the candidates will begin at 7 pm. Questions will be accepted in advance at info@nanaimochamber.bc.ca and during the event.

“The cost of these events continues to be a challenge for the Chamber so we’re very appreciative of the financial support offered by Vancouver Island University, Canadian Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Federal Retirees plus our media supporters”, said Smythe.

Ontario and Quebec likely hold the key to who wins election

September 11

The race is on, we’re into an election campaign to determine who will govern our country for four years, or less.

But will the election really make a difference, will our vote in Western Canada make any difference? Over the next few weeks we will see more polls than we can comprehend. The accuracy is one of the things in question – many of those polls are conducted for and by the parties themselves, designed to present a positive picture heading to the polls.

I rely on Calculatedpolitics.ca due to the fact that it is an average of all public polls. The latest aggregate of polls shows the Liberals could be headed for a majority government.

The Liberals have edged ahead of the Conservatives, 34.6% to 33.2%. and appear to be in majority territory with 172 projected seats, two more than needed for a majority. Even with almost equal over-all support, the Conservatives appear headed for 127 seats. The interesting picture is how the NDP and Green Party are battling for support. The NDP is down to 13.5% while the Greens are at 10.2%.  But the NDP is projected to get 24 seats while Green projections have dropped to three.

The difference in seats compared to the popular vote between the Liberals and Conservatives is based on population in Ontario and Quebec resulting in more seats. In other words, and this has always been the case, those two provinces determine who will govern the country. In this case, Ontarians and Quebecois are strongly favouring the Liberals.

HERE AT HOME, pretty well since the federal byelection in spring, voter support in Nanaimo-Ladysmith has remained fairly steady with new MP Paul Manly maintaining a healthy lead by as much as eight points. But in politics, anything can change on a dime, and it’s starting to look like there may be a race after all. Manly had more than 35 per cent support in the byelection, and that remained fairly steady. 

This week’s Calculatedpolitics.ca poll showed the New Democrat and Conservative candidates, while maintaining their support they’ve had all along, are now within three points of the Green Party. The most notable is Manly’s decline had been reflected in minor increases for the Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats.

The latest poll, on Sept. 5 compared to Aug. 30
Paul Manly (Green) 28% -2
Bob Chamberlin (New Democrat) 25% Unch
John Hirst (Conservative) 25% Unch
Michelle Corfield (Liberal) 19% +2


Trudeau is at it again, oh the gall of that man

September 11, 2109

You know the word gall hardly does justice to the behaviour of our Prime Minister.

One of the definitions given by Merriam Webster is "brazen boldness coupled with impudent assurance and insolence."

Dictionary.com says :"impudence; effrontery."

Cambridge dictionary says: "rudeness and the quality of being unable to understand that your behaviour or what you say is not acceptable to other people."

I like the one from Collins dictionary which says : "A gall is a growth on the surface of a plant that is caused by an insect, disease, fungus, or injury."

Now that is what Justin Trudeau has become — "a Growth on the Canadian politic, festered by insects and fungus of ethics violations and justice obstruction.

Those of us who have been close to Canadian governments know well what Cabinet confidentiality is all about. It's about confidentiality that allows members of Cabinet to speak freely on public policy formulation so that sober and thoughtful debate can bring the best decision at the time based on the information then available. It's about protecting sensitive information in the public interest.

It is not about preventing the course of justice from being carried out when there is significant grounds for believing that justice was obstructed by people working for the Government in elected and unelected positions. Especially when that suspicion arises from evidence of an independent investigation by an officer of Parliament, The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. 

The commissioner in the conclusion of his report said: "I find that Mr. Trudeau used his position of authority over Ms. Wilson-Raybould to seek to influence her decision on whether she should overrule the Director of Public Prosecutions' decision not to invite SNC-Lavalin to enter into negotiations towards a remediation agreement. Because SNC‑Lavalin overwhelmingly stood to benefit from Ms. Wilson-Raybould's intervention, I have no doubt that the result of Mr. Trudeau's influence would have furthered SNC-Lavalin's interests.

"The actions that sought to further these interests were improper since the actions were contrary to the constitutional principles of prosecutorial independence and the rule of law. For these reasons, I find that Mr. Trudeau contravened section 9 of the Act."

Of course, this decision to deny the RCMP access to information had nothing to do with our dear Princeling, a PM spokesman has said.

If you want Canadians to believe that, Prime Mister, you also want Canadians to believe there is no budget deficit this year that you promised would not happen, that SNC Lavalin was not shown the door by the World Bank, that Bill 47 and Bill 69 did not happen , that Canada does not exist!!

How can I suffer through five more weeks of this charade?

No, no don’t tell me it could be more!

Nanaimo-Ladysmith vote projections from http://www.Calculatedpolicis.ca, Aug. 29

Green 30% – Conservative 25% – NDP 25%  – Liberal 17%

We're in for a wild ride in the federal election

Aug. 22, 2019

The Oct. 21 federal election is now less than 60 days away and the outcome of this national vote may be something we have not seen before. That’s what national polls seem to be indicating when the final ballots are counted.

For the first time in living memory, voting for The NDP could see them in the driver’s seat, if the most recent polls are to be believed. Right now it appears nobody will be able to form a majority government, so will either have to rely on the “friendship” of one of those parties, or form a binding coalition. (We know all about that in B.C.) Read the full column HERE