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Waterloo Region Candidates and Events for 2015 Federal Election

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 9th August 2015

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Hello Waterloo Region Electorate! It’s time again for a Federal Election. To head off the usual dearth of information I’ve collected information about the candidates running in the five ridings of Waterloo Region.

Federal Election 2015 – WR Candidates

This page will be updated as I get more information about each candidate, so if you’d like to stay up-to-date you can subscribe to the page updates via ChangeDetection.com, or add the RSS feed to your favourite reader.

I’m also maintaining a calendar of public events where the candidates will be appearing.


Aug
6
Thu
2015
Maclean’s Leaders’ Debate
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The first debate for the party leaders in the 2015 Federal Election, hosted by Maclean’s magazine.

Maclean’s National Leaders Debate: Watch and Engage

REPLAY: Maclean's National Leaders Debate – YouTube

Aug
12
Wed
2015
WREN Meet ‘n’ Greet @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join CAB, WREN (the Waterloo Regional Environmental Network) and more for a summer social at the Queen Street Commons Cafe. This will be a great opportunity to connect with one another in the network and greater Waterloo Region community.

Aug
25
Tue
2015
Kitchener Centre All Candidates Meeting on Electoral Reform – Fair Vote Waterloo @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region is pleased to invite you to an all
candidates meeting on electoral reform, with the candidates from Kitchener
Centre.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 7 PM

WHERE: Queen Street Commons, 43 Queen Street South

We have an unprecedented opportunity to elect 170 MPs who will commit to implementing proportional representation. Where do your local candidates stand on PR? Know before you vote!

Candidates will be invited to present their positions on proportional representation. They will then discuss with the audience in an informal, social setting, moving between tables.

Please help us by sharing this event widely!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1636135436662308/

Thank you for supporting Make Every Vote Count 2015!

Sincerely,

Anita Nickerson
FVC Action Coordinator

FAIR VOTE CANADA / REPRÉSENTATION ÉQUITABLE AU CANADA
283 Danforth Avenue #408
Toronto, ON M4K 1N2
Canada

Sep
3
Thu
2015
CARP Election Forum @ CIGI Campus Auditorium
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

CARP is the national leader in advancing the interests of Canadians as we age. Waterloo Region is home to more than 3,000 CARP members. Like many older Canadians, they are politically aware, and they are more likely to vote. To be fully informed before casting their ballot, they’d like to hear directly about each party’s policies.

On the evening of Thursday, September 3, CARP Waterloo Region members will gather in the CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, for the CARP Election Forum. The Forum will be live-webcast by CIGI, our venue sponsor, making the program available to those CARP members who want to view it at home.

CARP Waterloo Region would like to invite each of the four major national political parties to participate in the Forum by having one of its candidates on stage to address our members on their party’s policies.

The Forum is intended to allow each political party to “put its best foot forward”. The event is not structured as a “candidates’ debate”.

The preliminary event agenda is:

  • Doors open 6:00 pm
  • Social hour in the CIGI Campus Foyer 6:30 to 7:15 with coffee/cookies
  • formal event in the Auditorium 7:15 to 8:30
  • mingling afterward in the Foyer till 9:00 when the
    event ends
Sep
17
Thu
2015
Globe and Mail Leader’s Debate
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm

A Canadian Leader’s Debate on the economy, hosted by the Globe and Mail.

Source: Wikipedia – Canadian federal election, 2015

Sep
28
Mon
2015
KW Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Kitchener South – Hespeler @ Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for Kitchener South – Hespeler on Monday, 28 September 2015 from 4-6 pm at the Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre, 1128 Rife Road in Cambridge.

http://www.greaterkwchamber.com

Sep
29
Tue
2015
KW Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Kitchener-Conestoga @ Woolwich Memorial Centre
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for Kitchener-Conestoga on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 4-6 pm at the Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Street South in Elmira.

http://www.greaterkwchamber.com

Sep
30
Wed
2015
KW Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Kitchener Centre @ Kitchener City Hall Rotunda
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for Kitchener Centre on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 from 4-6 pm at the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, 200 Kint Street West in Kitchener.

http://www.greaterkwchamber.com

Oct
1
Thu
2015
KW Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Waterloo @ Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for Waterloo on Thursday, 1 October 2015 from 4-6 pm at CIGI, 67 Erb Street West in Waterloo.

http://www.greaterkwchamber.com

Oct
2
Fri
2015
TVA French Language Leader’s Debate
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm

French language leader’s debate for the 2015 Federal Election, hosted by TVA.

Source: Wikipedia – Canadian federal election, 2015

Oct
7
Wed
2015
Consortium French Language Leader’s Debate
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

French language leader’s debate for the 2015 Federal Election, hosted by the media consortium of CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global, and Télé-Québec.

Source: Wikipedia – Canadian federal election, 2015

Oct
8
Thu
2015
Consortium English Language Leader’s Debate
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm

English language leader’s debate for the 2015 Federal Election, hosted by the media consortium of CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global, and Télé-Québec.

Source: Wikipedia – Canadian federal election, 2015

Oct
25
Wed
2017
Joint meeting of @FairvoteWRC and KW Council of Canadians @KWCofC @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hi Fair Voters: This month, the regular date for the Fair Vote
Waterloo Discussion Night falls on the same day as the KW Council of
Canadians [1] meeting. But rather than making you choose one or the
other, we’re holding a joint meeting!

There is considerable overlap in the membership of our groups, and
one of the Council of Canadians’ campaigns is Electoral Reform. This
joint meeting is one way that we can offer support to CoC.

[2]This is also an opportunity for FairvoteWRC members who haven’t
heard about Council of Canadians, and might like to join that
organization. And, of course, it’s an introduction to FairvoteWRC for
CoC members who would like to get involved with FairvoteWRC in a
focused campaign solely on electoral reform.

WHAT: Joint meeting of @FairvoteWRC and KW Council of Canadians
@KWCofC
WHEN: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE: Community Meeting Room, Bread Roses Co-op
LOCATION: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1 [3]

Parking: If you’re driving, place a note on the dashboard of your
vehicle:

MEETING IN COMMUNITY ROOM RE APT 107 FROM 7-9PM

and park in the north lot, on the other side of the Morrison-Reist
building Map 2 [4]

There’s no fixed agenda for this meeting, but the following are
points for discussion:

There will be a town hall meeting sponsored by the Waterloo Regional
Labour Council [5] on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm and St.
David’s Catholic Secondary School, 4 High St, Waterloo featuring
Kitchener- Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife, Ontario Health Coalition
Executive Director Natalie Mehra, and other local politicians. We urge
all who can get there to attend.

Several of us attended the CoC Guelph meeting on 18 October at which
Maude Barlow and Gus Van Harten spoke eloquently about the dangers of
NAFTA and its implications for water rights. This provided a number of
ideas we can talk about regarding further advocacy and actions.

* Van Harten urged everyone present to write to Office of the
Minister of Foreign Affairs at chrystia.freeland@international.gc.ca
[6] and ask her with due respect to get Canada out of ISDS

Philippe Charbonneau (Political Team Admin Assistant in Ottawa) asks
if chapters would be interested in screening a new documentary on the
cooperative enterprise model called A Silent Transformation [7] that
features Maude Barlow. There would be a small fee. If there is
sufficient interest, we will ask for further details.

The Liberal government has not kept the campaign promise to restore
protection to the 99% of lakes and rivers removed from the schedule of
protected waters under the Harper government. CoC chapters are urged
to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Transport Minister Marc
Garneau for protection of a local lake or river. For further details
see No waters left behind – nominate a lake or river worthy of
protection [8] and Groups across Canada urge Trudeau government to
protect 100% of lakes and rivers [9].

Friday, 10 November 2017 at 3:30pm [10], FairvoteWRC will present a
petition in support of proportional representation to MP Raj Saini at
his Constituency Office (Suite 202 – 209 Frederick Street, Kitchener.
Electoral reform is one of the areas in which CoC and FairvoteWRC
overlap, and the more we can coordinate our efforts, the more likely
we are to succeed. All are invited to attend.

The FairvoteWRC Outreach subcommittee is reaching out to faith-based
communities to build awareness of and allies on the issue of
proportional representation (PR) in the community. Their goals are to

* create awareness of FairvoteWRC
* offer an opportunity to further educate about the issue
* invite endorsement of our work with an invitation to engage or
join with us in the future

On 1 February 2017 the mandate letter for the Hon. Kristina Gould,
Minister of Democratic Institutions was released, marking the first
official announcement that the Liberals would be breaking their
promise that ‘2015 will be the last election under First Past The
Post’. FairvoteWRC intends to hold an event (protest, rally, public
information meeting) to remind people, and especially the Liberals,
that we have not forgotten the promise, and that we’ll be holding the
Liberals to account.

Every year FairvoteWRC tries to hold several public information
events during the winter months. We could bring in a speaker, show a
movie, or hold a seminar to explain the mechanics of proportional
representation. Sometimes these events are held as part of Discussion
Nights; sometimes they’re held separately. The Kitchener Public
Library has been a suitable venue in the past.

See you on Wednesday!

-Bob Jonkman,
FairvoteWRC Co-chair

Links:
——
[1] https://canadians.org/
[2] https://canadians.org/
[3] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTLMg–?m=
[4] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTL0rw–?m=
[5] http://www.wrlc.ca/pharmacare
[6] mailto:chrystia.freeland@international.gc.ca
[7] http://asilenttransformation.ca/
[8] http://www.freshwateralliance.ca/no_waters_left_behind
[9]
https://canadians.org/media/groups-across-canada-urge-trudeau-government-protect-100-lakes-and-rivers
[10]
https://www.fairvotewrc.ca/event/rescheduled-visit-your-mp-raj-saini-kitchener-centre/?instance_id=58870

Oct
29
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: Helping Your Team Message to and Reach Out to Youth!
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Special Guest: CHARDAYE BUECKERT. Chardaye Bueckert has demonstrated
her passion for youth engagement as a member of Fair Vote Canada’s
National Council and Youth Committee, as a World Economic Forum’s
Global Shaper, and as president of Simon Fraser University’s student
government. Her accomplishments as a young leader were recently
recognized with a Schwarzman Scholarship, enabling Chardaye to
complete a Masters in Global Affairs in China. Chardaye is 26 years
old and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Register: If you are not on our Chapters/teams email list and would
like to join this workshop, please contact anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca
[1]

Links:
——
[1] mailto:anita.nickerson@fairvote.ca

Nov
1
Wed
2017
Community Groups Networking: Making It Easier! with @SPCofKW @ Social Development Centre
Nov 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

[1]

Together with the Social Development Centre [2], we are calling on
citizen/volunteer led groups interested in networking and mutual
support to come together on November 1st: civic, neighbourhood,
environmental, professional, social justice, ethnocultural groups!
Come to the Trinity United Church on 74 Frederick Street, and to find
out more contact trudy@waterlooregion.org [3] or
+1-519-579-1096;ext=3006

Links:
——
[1] http://waterlooregion.org/community-groups-networking
[2] http://waterlooregion.org/
[3] mailto:trudy@waterlooregion.org

Nov
10
Fri
2017
Rescheduled: Visit your MP: Raj Saini, Kitchener Centre @ Raj Saini's Office
Nov 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Fair
Vote WRC co-chairs Sharon Sommerville and Bob Jonkman met with
Kitchener-Centre MP Raj Saini to discuss Proportional Representation
on Wednesday, 13 January 2016We are keeping the pressure on!
You are invited to visit Raj Saini, MP Kitchener Centre [1] to deliver
a petition in support of PR. Everyone is welcome!

Rescheduled from Friday, 20 October 2017 at 3:00pm [2]

Links:
——
[1] http://rsaini.liberal.ca/
[2]

Postponed! Visit your MP: Raj Saini, Kitchener Centre

Nov
12
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: Busting the Most Common Myths about PR for Canada: Get the Facts!
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Does PR mean instability? Will MPs still be accountable? What about
‘fringe parties’? Get the facts to answer all the most common myths,
take a look at the research on PR, and ask your questions!

Register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4598079947118491651 [1]

Links:
——
[1] https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4598079947118491651

Nov
26
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: PR Systems for Canada Series Part Two: Top-up Systems — Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Special Guest: BYRON WEBER BECKER. Find out how Mixed Member
Proportional (MMP) works for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches
Computer Science at University of Waterloo. He has combined his
passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a
web site (http://election-modelling.ca [1]) with detailed simulations
of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different
features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party
committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for
the committee. Byron has been involved with the design of two
made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional
Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting
BC — see webinar three in this series) and Local Proportional
Representation (see webinar one in this series).

Register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6428164274994150914 [2]

Links:
——
[1] http://election-modelling.ca/
[2] https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6428164274994150914

Dec
10
Sun
2017
Fair Vote Canada Webinar: PR Systems for Canada Series Part Three: Made-for-Canada hybrid, blended systems — Rural-Urban Proportional
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Special Guest: BYRON WEBER BECKER. Find out how Rural-Urban
Proportional and Local PR work for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches
Computer Science at University of Waterloo. He has combined his
passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a
web site (http://election-modelling.ca [1]) with detailed simulations
of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different
features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party
committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for
the committee. Byron has been involved with the design of two
made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional
Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting
BC) and Local Proportional Representation (see webinar one in this
series).

Register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2400232069497311234 [2]

Links:
——
[1] http://election-modelling.ca/
[2] https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2400232069497311234

Jun
7
Thu
2018
Ontario Provincial Election 2018
Jun 7 all-day

This is the date for the Ontario Provincial election, following the
provincial election of 12 June 2014.

From the Election Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.6 [1] (revised 7 June 2017):

First Thursday In June

(2) Subject to the powers of the Lieutenant Governor referred to in
subsection (1), general elections shall be held on the first Thursday
in June in the fourth calendar year following polling day in the most
recent general election. 2016, c. 33, s. 7.

Links:
——
[1] http://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e06#BK28
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_Ontario_general_election

Oct
22
Mon
2018
Ontario Municipal Elections 2018
Oct 22 all-day

From the Ontario Municipal Elections Act, Voting Day [1]:

Voting day in a regular election is the fourth Monday in October,
subject to section 10. 1996, c. 32, Sched., s. 5; 2009, c. 33, Sched.
21, s. 8 (4).

Links:
——
[1] http://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/96m32#BK5

Oct
21
Mon
2019
Federal Election 2019
Oct 21 all-day

This is the latest date for a federal election, following the federal
election of 19 October 2015.

For Fixed Election Date legislation see Date of General Election |
Canada Elections Act [1]

Links:
——
[1] http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-2.01/page-22.html#h-27



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This year it should be easier for me to gather that information, as I’m running for the Green Party in Kitchener-Conestoga. But still, if you find Errors or Omissions, or have Additions or Updates for either the candidates’ info or the calendar then please let me know at bjonkman@sobac.com or leave a comment on this page.

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