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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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Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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