Back to plowing through the ridings on the island of Montreal now…
Papineau still promises to be a struggle between Justin Trudeau and the Bloc’s Vivian Barbot. Because the contest was so close last time and because of the inevitable interest around a Trudeau, there’s been a fair bit of talk about this one as the candidates court the culturally mixed riding. I live in Papineau and haven’t heard anything from or about the NDP’s Marcos Tejada
, who has no biography on the party site.
In Pierrefonds—Dollard Liberal Bernard Patry has been MP since 1993. The NDP’s running Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe; the Bloc’s Nicolas Jolicoeur lists recent work as a bagger and cashier. I don’t mean to mock the young, or imply that only hardened political hacks should run, but there seem to be ridings where some parties are not really trying. Rue Frontenac has a piece about candidates who know they have no chance of winning.