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Election readiness in high gear this summer, federal political parties busy

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The Conservative Party’s director of political operations Fred DeLorey asks party members to start preparations for the next election now, as ‘if you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.’ NDP spokesman George Soule said ‘momentum is picking up, candidates are being sought, dates are being scheduled.’ Deputy Liberal Leader Ralph Goodale said his party is planning on completing most of its nominations in 338 ridings this year.

The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015, but political parties are busy this summer fundraising, nominating candidates and reaching out to their rank-and-file members across the country, asking them to put their election readiness activities in high gear. The Conservatives officially say one-third of their 338 candidates have been nominated, but The Hill Times understands that almost half have been nominated, while the New Democrats completed nominations in eight ridings and have opened up nominations in all 98 held ridings, and the Liberals completing nominations in 68 held and unheld ridings.  

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Election readiness in high gear this summer, federal political parties busy

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Conservative Party’s director of political operations Fred DeLorey asks party members to start preparations for the next election now, as ‘if you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.’ NDP spokesman George Soule said ‘momentum is picking up, candidates are being sought, dates are being scheduled.’ Deputy Liberal Leader Ralph Goodale said his party is planning on completing most of its nominations in 338 ridings this year.

The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015, but political parties are busy this summer fundraising, nominating candidates and reaching out to their rank-and-file members across the country, asking them to put their election readiness activities in high gear. The Conservatives officially say one-third of their 338 candidates have been nominated, but The Hill Times understands that almost half have been nominated, while the New Democrats completed nominations in eight ridings and have opened up nominations in all 98 held ridings, and the Liberals completing nominations in 68 held and unheld ridings.  

  

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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