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May 2 fe­de­ral elec­tion on

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Fe­de­ral can­di­dates have be­gun re­de­co­ra­ting the re­gion if on­ly for a while with cam­pai­gn pos­ters fol­lo­wing the de­feat last week of Ste­phen Har­per's Con­ser­va­tive go­vern­ment.

A May 2, 2011 fe­de­ral elec­tion will mark the sixth elec­tion since 1997. Elec­tions al­so took place in 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

According to Elec­tions Ca­na­da, it cost tax payers close to $300 mil­lion to stage the last fe­de­ral bal­lot bid in 2008.

Thus far Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes' can­di­dates include Bloc qué­bé­cois in­cumbent Mei­li Faille, who has re­pre­sen­ted the re­gion since 2004.

Chal­len­ging her are Li­be­ral can­di­date and Saint-La­zare re­sident Lyne Pel­chat, who was­ted no time this wee­kend erec­ting cam­pai­gn pos­ters across ma­ny of the 23 MRC de Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes towns, and Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Claude-Marc Bou­dreau, a lawyer who comes from Pin­court. Al­so ex­pec­ted to run again is Green Par­ty can­di­date Jean-Yves Mas­se­net of Hud­son.

Can­di­dates have un­til April 11 to file with Elec­tions Ca­na­da, so more names could be ad­ded to lo­cal bal­lots.

Ad­vance vo­ting will take place la­ter next month, on Fri­day April 22, Sa­tur­day April 23 andMon­day, April 25.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

Li­be­ral can­di­date Lyne Pel­chat was the first out of the gate to get cam­pai­gn pos­ter, like this one in down­town Hud­son, af­fixed in ma­ny towns.

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