With the 2019 Federal election campaign now officially underway and party leaders hitting the campaign trail across the country, it’s time to start getting a sense of what’s going on in our own backyard. First of all, the majority of Townshippers fall into one of five electoral districts: Brome-Missisquoi, Compton-Stanstead, Shefford, Sherbrooke, and Richmond-Arthabaska. Prospective candidates have until September 30 at 2 p.m. to file their nomination form with Elections Canada, meaning that there is still time for more candidates to come forward in every district. At this point, however, a large group has already come forward.
With incumbent Liberal MP Denis Paradis not running for re-election, there is room for the race in Brome-Missisquoi to become one of the more interesting to watch in the Eastern Townships this fall. The Liberals have selected former Olympic cyclist Lyne Besette as their replacement for Paradis. The Conservative Party is running Bruno Cote, a Potton municipal councillor, while the NDP candidate is Sylvie Jétte, who is the director of studies at the University of Sherbrooke’s nursing school. The Bloc Quebecois are counting on the union experience of Monique Allard, and the People’s Party of Canada have François Poulin, a local chiropractor. The Green Party has yet to name a candidate for the riding. See full story in the Thursday, Sept. 12 edition of The Record.