Motz tak­ing ad­van­tage of head start

With Trudeau ex­pected to call fed­eral elec­tion to­day, lo­cal CPC in­cum­bent al­ready on cam­paign trail as Lib­er­als and NDP have yet to an­nounce can­di­dates; Greens and PPC have hope­fuls named

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Con­ser­va­tive cam­paign work­ers were ready­ing to put signs in place on Tues­day while Canada’s two other main par­ties were still work­ing to put lo­cal can­di­dates in place ahead of an ex­pected elec­tion call to­day.

Vol­un­teers with the Glen Motz re-elec­tion cam­paign were dis­tribut­ing signs and the can­di­date was door-knock­ing as news re­ports broke that Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau was set to re­quest the elec­tion writ be dropped on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“We’re pretty ex­cited to get to work,” said Pat Hein, manager of the lo­cal Con­ser­va­tive cam­paign, which has sched­uled a grand open­ing of its Dun­more Road cam­paign head­quar­ters for Fri­day.

“We’re get­ting out, knock­ing doors and try­ing to meet as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

Trudeau had sched­uled a visit for Wed­nes­day morn­ing with Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette. It is ex­pected that the elec­tion will be called for Oct. 21, mak­ing for a 40-day cam­paign.

That will likely be­gin with­out a can­di­date in place for ei­ther the New Democrats or Lib­eral par­ties.

Three na­tional par­ties had named can­di­dates for Medicine Hat-Card­ston Warner, in­clud­ing the Peo­ples Party and fed­eral Green Party.

An­drew Nel­son, who in June be­came the Peo­ples Party can­di­date, said on Tues­day from his home in Card­ston that he’s prep­ping for an ac­tive cam­paign.

“There’s go­ing to be a lot of hard work mak­ing sure that we meet as many peo­ple in the area as pos­si­ble, but it’s a big area,” he said of the rid­ing that stretches from Medicine Hat and the Saskatchew­an bound­ary to near B.C.

The party, formed about oneyear ago by former CPC lead­er­ship run­ner-up Maxime Bernier, has been ac­tive pro­mot­ing it­self on so­cial me­dia. Pro­mot­ing the party na­tion­ally has been the work of Bernier who vis­ited Al­berta, stop­ping in Medicine Hat and Card­ston in July.

“We are see­ing on the doorsteps that peo­ple have heard about the party,” he said. “It’s a very con­ser­va­tive rid­ing, and the most con­ser­va­tive can­di­date will win.”

The rid­ing voted over­whelm­ingly Con­ser­va­tive in the last gen­eral elec­tion in 2015 and then again in a 2016 by­elec­tion that drew na­tional at­ten­tion when Lib­eral Leader Trudeau vis­ited, but can­di­date Stan Sako­moto se­cured only about one quar­ter of the votes.

Motz se­cured 72 per cent of the votes in the six-can­di­date race to fill the seat left va­cant when Con­ser­va­tive MP Jim Hil­lyer died in of­fice.

This fall, Shan­non Hawthorne, who was raised in Medicine Hat, will run for the Greens.

The lo­cal Lib­eral As­so­ci­a­tion has yet to name a can­di­date for the up­com­ing vote.

As for the NDP, of­fi­cials with the pro­vin­cial party rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tion told the News that since there is no fed­eral con­stituency as­so­ci­a­tion in op­er­a­tion, a can­di­date will be ac­claimed with­out a nom­i­na­tion process.

The To­ries, PPC and Greens also had can­di­dates in place in four ru­ral rid­ings sur­round­ing Medicine Hat, where Lib­er­als and NDP have yet to name can­di­dates, ac­cord­ing to the par­ties’ re­spec­tive web­sites.

One no­table ex­cep­tion is the NDP as­so­ci­a­tion in Cy­press Hills-Grass­lands, where a nom­i­na­tion meet­ing is sched­uled to take place to­day.

Leth­bridge ap­pears to have had five can­di­dates from the na­tional par­ties in place for sev­eral months.

First-term in­cum­bent Rachel Harder faces a full slate of na­tional party op­po­nents in the city that was split be­tween the Al­berta United Con­ser­va­tives and New Democrats in the springs pro­vin­cial vote.

Vol­un­teers Sue Motz and Daniel Williams load elec­tions signs at the Medicine Hat cam­paign of­fice for Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Glen Motz on Tues­day af­ter­noon. An fed­eral elec­tion is ex­pected to be called to­day.

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