Conservatives open call for nominations in the NWT, Greens have a two candidate race

For the first time in the Northwest Territories, the federal Green Party has two people seeking the nomination to run in this fall’s general election.

The two candidates are former City Councillor and lawyer Paul Falvo and William Gagnon. Green members will be voting on Friday May 10th at the Union of Northern Workers Building.

The Conservative Party of Canada has also announced they have opened the nomination period for potential candidates.

A news release yesterday invites all interested members to submit nomination applications before May 16th a 3:00 pm MST.

After the end of the two-week period, there will be further communication to Conservative Party members advising them of the result, and next steps should any be required.

Tim Syer, the NWT riding President, says “We are looking forward to a vibrant and competitive local nomination process and encourage grassroots Conservatives across the territory to seek the nomination.”

He adds that the NWT riding association has been busy building and training an election team to ensure the success of its candidate this fall.

It’s believed that incumbent Liberal MP Michael McLeod is the only declared candidate so far.

No word on a candidate or nomination race yet from the NWT New Democrats.

Meanwhile the final federal by-election in British Columbia saw voters send a message that Canadians are deeply concerned about the environment and climate issues will be at the forefront in October’s federal election campaign.

That’s what jubilant Green party supporters said last night.

Voters in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island elected Paul Manly of the Greens as their new member of Parliament in a byelection barely six months before October’s federal vote.

Manly received 37.4 per cent of the vote while the Conservatives ran a distant second with 25 per cent.

The NDPs had 23 percent while the Liberals had only 11 percent.

(With files from John McFadden)

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Start your morning with the Splash on Denendeh Sunrise from 7:30-8:30am. Campbell was trained and mentored by longtime CKLB host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Prior to hosting the morning show and filling in on the Saturday Request Show, he had stints in the Yukon on CKRW the Rush, CBC North in Yellowknife, and began his broadcasting career at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving North he was born and raised on the banks of the Tobique River, the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet First Nation.