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.