Riding to have four provincial candidates
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | May 3, 2018|
So far, it looks like Progressive Conservative incumbent Laurie Scott will have three contenders when Haliburton County residents go to the provincial election polls June 7.
The Highlander has leared that Brooklynne Cramp-Waldinsperger is the likely Liberal pick. A spokesman for the riding association has confirmed that she’s seeking the nomination. A date has not yet been set for the nominaiton meeting. Cramp-Waldinsperger is a political science student.
The NDP, meanwhile, is holding its nomination meeting this Saturday (May 5) in Lindsay. Only one nominee has so far come forward. Riding association president Don Abel said “to my knowledge, Zac Miller is the only approved candidate contestant. Our nominations closed April 25. Looks like an acclamation, but we have had surprises in the past so you never know.”
Miller is a 20-year-old political science student at University of Ontario Institute of Technology who works part-time at a gas bar and aspires to be a journalist one day. He hails from Pontypool. And there’s an Ontario Libertarian Party candidate, Gene Balfour, of Fenelon Falls. He’s recently retired from a long business career and moved from Thornhill with family.
Scott has been the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP since 2003, with the exception of her stepping down in 2009 to let party leader John Tory run for a seat in the Ontario Legislature. He was defeated by Liberal Rick Johnson in a byelection. Scott returned to the House after the 2011 election. Meanwhile, the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Haliburton County Development Corporation, CARP and the Lakelands Association of Realtors, has announced it will hold an all candidates meeting on Monday, May 28 between 7-9 p.m. at the Pinestone Resort.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.