Election campaign begins to heat up

As summer begins to fade, Canadians begin to take notice of the election campaign going on around them

With children having headed back to school and the crisp hint of fall returning to the morning air, Canadians are beginning to turn more of their attention to the federal election campaign going on around them.

The campaign has officially been going on for the better part of a month, with the party leaders criss-crossing the county and releasing platforms and policy details in dribs and drabs. But with the election date set for Oct. 19, Canadians have been pre-occupied with other matters, whether it be heading out for a sunny summer day at the beach or catching up on the Blue Jays pennant drive.

But as the weather continues to cool down we can expect the election campaign to heat up. The News has begun our coverage into the federal campaign. We are in the midst of running profiles of all the candidates of the main political parties in the three Saanich ridings.

In the future, we will be covering the local all-candidates meetings as well as soliciting the candidates’ responses to a series of questions we feel are important to local voters. But we also want to hear from you, our readers. We welcome letters to the editors, but ask writers to stick to the issues rather than sink to character bashing.

And we encourage readers to take the time to learn the issues in order to cast an informed vote. There will be several opportunities in the days ahead to take in a candidates debate, and between television, newspapers and the Internet, there is no reason not to find out where the parties stand on issues important to you.

The News hopes to do our part in highlighting some of the issues in the campaign and giving readers a sense of who the candidates are. We hope that voters will take an active role, let the candidates know what issues are important to you and above all, exercise your democratic right on Oct. 19.


Just Posted

Mount Douglas Mathletes enjoying success by the numbers

Saanich Grade 9s walk away with top five spots in Island math competition

Songhees Wellness Centre event immersed in indigenous cuisine and culture

Camosun and Songhees cook together for reconciliation while fundraising for student scholarship fund at March 23 event

Victoria Women’s Expo showcases the latest trends

Over 100 vendors feature lots of beauty, health, food, jewelry products and more

Hillside Avenue death ruled a homicide, police say

No charges have yet been laid in the killing of Victoria man Joe Gauthier

Hope gets eight year sentence for Church Avenue sex assault

Eight years is the sentence for David Robert Hope, who was found… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

Lilia Zaharieva wants to share her medical good fortune

UVic student wants treatment for cystic fibrosis made available for all

Saanich Talks event kicks off Local Area Plan updates

Updates on plans for Cadboro Bay and Cordova Bay the focus of Wednesday meeting at UVic

Braves trim Bucs to fend off elimination

Game 7 of VIJHL playoff series goes Sunday night in Nanaimo

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

UPDATED: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Most Read