Election notebook: NDP leader to visit Vancouver Island this week

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NDP leader coming to the Island

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh comes to Vancouver Island this week as his party tries to wrest back what it sees as one of the most critical ridings in Canada.

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The New Democrats won Nanaimo-Ladysmith in 2015, but lost the seat to the Green Party’s Paul Manly in a byelection in May.

Manly, who had been spurned by the NDP when seeking that party’s nomination in 2015, became just the second Canadian MP elected as a Green, after Elizabeth May. His win also gave the Greens two of Vancouver Island’s seven seats. The others all belong to the New Democrats.

Singh will visit three Vancouver Island ridings Thursday and Friday. He’ll start in Campbell River, part of North Island-Powell River, on Thursday morning before continuing to the Comox Valley and Parksville, both in Courtenay-Alberni. He’ll finish the day at a Nanaimo town hall meeting with candidate Bob Chamberlin, then begin Friday with an appearance in Ladysmith.

Candidates forum in Metchosin

The Metchosin Community Association will host an Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke all-candidates meeting from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Rd.

VIU hosting meet and greet, debate

Vancouver Island University’s Political Studies department, in partnership with the VIU Students’ Union, is hosting a candidates’ debate on Thursday in the Malaspina Theatre from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

There will also be a meet-and-greet for students in the Upper Cafeteria (Building 300) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Eat Think Vote event in Duncan

Food insecurity, poverty and poor health will be among the topics at an all-candidates session in Duncan on Sept. 26. Hosted by the Cowichan Green Community, the Eat Think Vote event will be at the Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Rd., 5 to 7 p.m.

Saanich-Gulf Islands meeting on Oct. 2

The Central Saanich Community Association will host a Saanich-Gulf Islands all-candidates meeting at Stelly’s Secondary School, 1627 Stelly’s Cross Road, at 7 p.m. Oct. 2. It’s open to the public, but only community association members will be given the opportunity to submit questions in advance.

100 Debates on the environment

The environment will be the subject of all-candidates debates in all four southern Vancouver Island ridings Oct. 3.

All debates will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Here are the locations:

• Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke: Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Rd.

• Victoria: First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd.

• Cowichan-Malahat-Langford: United Church, 246 Ingram St., Duncan.

• Saanich-Gulf Islands: St. Paul’s United Church, 2410 Malaview Ave., Sidney.

It’s part of a non-partisan effort to stage similar events across Canada on the same day. There’s more information at 100debates.ca.

Seniors’ issues focus of Duncan debate

In Duncan, the National Association of Federal Retirees will host a candidates’ forum on seniors’ issues Oct. 2. It’s at Quamichan School, 2515 Beverly St., 5 to 6:30 p.m.

A forum for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke candidates will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Prospect Lake Community Hall, 5358 Sparton Road.

Televised leaders debates

The leaders of the Bloc Quebecois, Conservatives, Greens, Liberals and NDP and People’s Party of Canada will engage in two debates — though here on the West Coast you might have to skip work if you want to watch them in real time.

The English-language debate will be 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7. The French-language one will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Both debates will be held in the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que.

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