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

Links to candidate contact information
Bob Chamberlin, NDP
Michelle Corfield, Liberal
John Hirst, Conservative
Paul Manly, Green
Brian Marlatt -PC 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