York-Simcoe byelection February 25, 2019

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York-Simcoe byelection February 25, 2019

I just thought we should have a thread for this to go along with the other two.

Voters in York-Simcoe will head back to the polls Feb. 25, after the riding was one of three federal byelections called by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Jan. 9.

Three months after municipal elections, and six months before a general federal election in October, voters will decide on a new federal MP in the riding — long considered a Tory stronghold, held for the past 14 years by Conservative MP and former cabinet minister Peter Van Loan before his retirement from politics last September.

On the heels of the announcement, Georgina resident and Conservative candidate Scot Davidson said that he plans on working hard to ensure the riding remains Tory blue in the byelection and that the Conservatives come to power in October.

Davidson, who has owned and operated numerous companies during the span of his career — but is most known as the owner of the former Bonnie Boats marina in Jackson’s Point — has stated that small business is a main pillar in his campaign, which also includes support of the Hwy. 400-404 connecting link.

Davidson is up against Liberal candidate Shaun Tanaka of Sharon, and the NDP’s Jessa McLean of Sutton.


Georgina Advocate article


PPC HQ, Gatineau, January 15, 2019 — Today, Clinton Desveaux, Executive Director for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada, announced the nomination of Robert Geurts as candidate for the York-Simcoe by-election. He will represent the PPC in its first electoral fight in Ontario since the party was officially launched on September 14, 2018.Robert Geurts began his long and distinguished legal career as a senior criminal prosecuting attorney for the Attorney General of Ontario. Since 2001 he has been a successful trial defense lawyer within the Ontario Bar. He has put criminals behind bars as well as defended their innocence. This has given him unique perspectives into how to defend your best interests when it is you who are the accused.

Mr. Geurts is a recognized expert in his field, having lectured and taught widely on various subjects related to criminal law. During his 20-year career, he has been an instructor for the Ontario Bar Admissions Program, and a University lecturer in criminal law within the Justice Studies Program at Ryerson University. He also lectured at the Rogers School of Business until 2007.

Robert Geurts specialized in Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, receiving his LL.M at Cornell University, NY. He also received a Masters of Arts concentrating in Constitutional Politics at the University of Toronto.


“The people of York-Simcoe never saw the benefits of real reform from Peter Van Loan or from the Conservative and Liberals governments during the past 14 years. Both were more interested in distributing corporate welfare and serving special interest groups such as the dairy cartel instead of the moms and dads in York-Simcoe.

I am truly proud to represent the People’s Party. Maxime Bernier has shown courage and is championing greater fairness for all. He is defending the middle class as we fight the decline of the average Canadian's buying power. His leadership should inspire all Canadians.” – Robert Geurts, Candidate

PPC Press release

Is there any chance that the Trudeau Liberals could pip the Cons here given the potential for a split vote on the right?


Looks like the local NDP candidate is making some news.


The Venezuelan political turmoil has also caused division among Canada’s major political parties.

Michael Levitt, a Liberal MP and chair of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, called on NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to denounce comments from NDP MP Niki Ashton  [b]as well as Jessa McLean, the party’s candidate in York-Simcoe, criticizing the government’s decision to recognize Mr. Guaido as interim president.[/b] The NDPers’ tweets on Wednesday questioned the Trudeau government’s support for the Venezuelan opposition leader.

Globe and Mail