PM ignores Hamilton again

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

If you missed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Hamilton today, you were not alone.Even though Mr. Harper was making his second visit to the Niagara region in just over a month, he failed to hold a public event in Hamilton again.On Friday, Mr. Harper became the first sitting prime minister to attend Niagara College’s Welland campus, helping to break ground on a $40-million Niagara Applied Health Institute.He then travelled to Hamilton to sit for a live television interview, but did not speak to any other media.The prime minister also did not hold a public event in either one of Hamilton’s ridings held by a Conservative. Spokespersons from Niagara West-Glanbrook MP Dean Allison, and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MP David Sweet said they were unaware of Mr. Harper’s visit to the area until a local television station promoted his single stop. Both offices confirmed Mr. Harper was not holding any events in the area.Mr. Allison remains secure in his riding for a possible election, but will be challenged by Liberal candidate Ivan Luksic. Meanwhile, Mr. Sweet will be trying to beat back hard-charging Liberal candidate Dan McLean.On the Mountain, Conservative candidate Terry Anderson will be trying to knock off incumbent NDP Chris Charlton, with the Liberals still trying to secure a candidate for what is expected to be a tough three-way battle.Hamilton East-Stoney Creek federal Conservative riding association still has to select its candidate to challenge NDP MP Wayne Marston.Mr. Harper’s presence in Niagara, some political watchers speculate, could be to shore up support in Niagara, particularly in Welland, where there race for MP could be close.Mr. Harper held a roundtable discussion about economic development and tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake in early September. During the federal election campaign a year ago he made his first visit to downtown Hamilton prior to holding an event at Hamilton General Hospital.During his Welland visit, he touted Canada’s unemployment rate dipping to 8.4 per cent in September from 8.7 per cent in August, while adding about 30,000 more jobs to the Canadian economy. Ontario’s jobless rate fell from 9.4 per cent to 9.2 per cent, while Hamilton’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.1 per cent from 8.7 per cent.

PM ignores Hamilton again

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

If you missed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Hamilton today, you were not alone.Even though Mr. Harper was making his second visit to the Niagara region in just over a month, he failed to hold a public event in Hamilton again.On Friday, Mr. Harper became the first sitting prime minister to attend Niagara College’s Welland campus, helping to break ground on a $40-million Niagara Applied Health Institute.He then travelled to Hamilton to sit for a live television interview, but did not speak to any other media.The prime minister also did not hold a public event in either one of Hamilton’s ridings held by a Conservative. Spokespersons from Niagara West-Glanbrook MP Dean Allison, and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MP David Sweet said they were unaware of Mr. Harper’s visit to the area until a local television station promoted his single stop. Both offices confirmed Mr. Harper was not holding any events in the area.Mr. Allison remains secure in his riding for a possible election, but will be challenged by Liberal candidate Ivan Luksic. Meanwhile, Mr. Sweet will be trying to beat back hard-charging Liberal candidate Dan McLean.On the Mountain, Conservative candidate Terry Anderson will be trying to knock off incumbent NDP Chris Charlton, with the Liberals still trying to secure a candidate for what is expected to be a tough three-way battle.Hamilton East-Stoney Creek federal Conservative riding association still has to select its candidate to challenge NDP MP Wayne Marston.Mr. Harper’s presence in Niagara, some political watchers speculate, could be to shore up support in Niagara, particularly in Welland, where there race for MP could be close.Mr. Harper held a roundtable discussion about economic development and tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake in early September. During the federal election campaign a year ago he made his first visit to downtown Hamilton prior to holding an event at Hamilton General Hospital.During his Welland visit, he touted Canada’s unemployment rate dipping to 8.4 per cent in September from 8.7 per cent in August, while adding about 30,000 more jobs to the Canadian economy. Ontario’s jobless rate fell from 9.4 per cent to 9.2 per cent, while Hamilton’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.1 per cent from 8.7 per cent.

PM ignores Hamilton again

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

If you missed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Hamilton today, you were not alone.Even though Mr. Harper was making his second visit to the Niagara region in just over a month, he failed to hold a public event in Hamilton again.On Friday, Mr. Harper became the first sitting prime minister to attend Niagara College’s Welland campus, helping to break ground on a $40-million Niagara Applied Health Institute.He then travelled to Hamilton to sit for a live television interview, but did not speak to any other media.The prime minister also did not hold a public event in either one of Hamilton’s ridings held by a Conservative. Spokespersons from Niagara West-Glanbrook MP Dean Allison, and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MP David Sweet said they were unaware of Mr. Harper’s visit to the area until a local television station promoted his single stop. Both offices confirmed Mr. Harper was not holding any events in the area.Mr. Allison remains secure in his riding for a possible election, but will be challenged by Liberal candidate Ivan Luksic. Meanwhile, Mr. Sweet will be trying to beat back hard-charging Liberal candidate Dan McLean.On the Mountain, Conservative candidate Terry Anderson will be trying to knock off incumbent NDP Chris Charlton, with the Liberals still trying to secure a candidate for what is expected to be a tough three-way battle.Hamilton East-Stoney Creek federal Conservative riding association still has to select its candidate to challenge NDP MP Wayne Marston.Mr. Harper’s presence in Niagara, some political watchers speculate, could be to shore up support in Niagara, particularly in Welland, where there race for MP could be close.Mr. Harper held a roundtable discussion about economic development and tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake in early September. During the federal election campaign a year ago he made his first visit to downtown Hamilton prior to holding an event at Hamilton General Hospital.During his Welland visit, he touted Canada’s unemployment rate dipping to 8.4 per cent in September from 8.7 per cent in August, while adding about 30,000 more jobs to the Canadian economy. Ontario’s jobless rate fell from 9.4 per cent to 9.2 per cent, while Hamilton’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.1 per cent from 8.7 per cent.