Voter turnout worries some
In the other two ridings covered by this newspaper, the Bloc had more than a comfortable advance in 2008. In Sherbrooke, where the coming of Mr. Duceppe was officially to support the nomination of six time running Bloc candidate, Serge Cardin, Mr. Cardin won by a margin of over 15,000 votes, defeating Conservative star candidate André Bachand, who came third after Liberal Nathalie Goguen who is not running again. In her place will be Eric Deslauriers-Joannette who did not have a resumé or anything on the English page of the Liberal Party site as we went to press. The NPD, who had a well-known TV personality as a candidate, do not have a candidate yet in Sherbrooke.
For the Liberal’s William Hogg in ComptonStanstead, where he has been campaigning full time since he was beaten by incumbent France Bonsant, the task of winning will not be easy: the Bloc Québécois candidate had almost twice as many votes as Mr. Hogg. As Bloc organizers are saying privately, the problem of this election will be to convince their voters to vote! Today’s visit by Liberal leader Michael Ignatief in Compton, at the Coop at 9 am, may help Mr. Hogg a little.
The Conservative candidate is already making a name for herself; Jean-François Lizée, of L’Actualité, has already dubbed her Miss Universe. Mrs. Sandrine Gressard Bélanger’s video, where she expounded on the virtues of the Universe, has been removed at her request from Youtube, the web site sandrinegressardbelanger.com, linked by Lizée, is not functional, but others that she has, sandrine.jasabel.com and reseautagedurable.wordpress.com, among others, still function. When presented to this newspaper by her communication man, he started by saying: “… candidate du Parti Q…” correcting himself immediately.
And what has become the English debate, even if a lot of questions are asked in French, will once again be hosted, for the third time, by the Unitarian Universalist Church in North Hatley. The event will be next Wednesday, the 13th, at 7:30.
Conservative candidate, Sandrine Gressard Bélanger, speaking with Stanstead councillor Guy Ouellet at last Sunday’s churchwarden dinner. She sang at the mass before.
North Hatley mayor Michael Page welcomes new councillor Dara Jane Loomis to the town’s council.