Sign of the times
May 2 federal election on
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.
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.