Region residents have many candidates to consider Oct. 21

MacGregor, Manly seeking to regain Member of Parliament posts in their ridings

It’s federal election day Monday, Oct. 21 and time is running out for voters to make up their minds.

There are six candidates running in the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding that encompasses most of the Courier’s readership area.

Alistair MacGregor of the NDP is seeking a second term as the Member of Parliament for the riding in Ottawa.

Other hopefuls include: Rhonda Chen (People’s Party of Canada); Alana Delong (Conservative); Blair Herbert (Liberal); Lydia Hwitsum (Green Party) and Robin Morton Stanbridge (Christian Heritage Party).

Voting takes place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday.

Chemainus voters go to the Royal Canadian Legion 191 Hall polling station on Chemainus Road; the Crofton Community Centre is the site for Crofton residents to cast their ballots; and Thetis Island residents have their polling station at Pioneer Pacific Camp at 248 Pioneer Rd.

Saltair residents are in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding, with Ladysmith’s Frank Jameson Community Centre as the polling station.

The seat is currently held by Paul Manly of the Green Party, who won a byelection on May 6 of this year to fill the vacant post.

There are eight other candidates in a crowded race: Bob Chamberlain (NDP); James Chumsa (Communist Party); Jennifer Clarke (People’s Party of Canada); Michelle Corfield (Liberals); John Hirst (Conservatives); Brian Marlatt (Progressive Canadian Party); Geoff Stoneman (Independent); and Echo White (Independent).

Advance polling was conducted Friday, Oct. 11 through Monday, Oct. 14. A brisk turnout was reported throughout the region.

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