PM bypasses Hamilton again

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

If you missed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to

Hamilton Oct. 9, 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.

Mr. Harper became the first sitting prime minister to attend

Niagara College’s Welland campus, Oct. 8, helping to break ground on a

$40-million Niagara Applied Health Institute. He then traveled to Hamilton to

sit for an in-studio interview with CHCH News at about 3 p.m.

But the prime minister 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 were unaware of Mr.

Harper’s visit to the area until CHCH News promoted it early in Oct. 9. Individuals

in the local Conservative offices were not informed of the PM’s Niagara visit.

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.

This is the second time Mr. Harper has visited the Niagara

region without stopping in Hamilton for a public event. He held a roundtable

discussion about economic development and tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake in

early September. During the last federal election a year ago he made his first

visit to downtown Hamilton 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 bypasses Hamilton again

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

If you missed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to

Hamilton Oct. 9, 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.

Mr. Harper became the first sitting prime minister to attend

Niagara College’s Welland campus, Oct. 8, helping to break ground on a

$40-million Niagara Applied Health Institute. He then traveled to Hamilton to

sit for an in-studio interview with CHCH News at about 3 p.m.

But the prime minister 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 were unaware of Mr.

Harper’s visit to the area until CHCH News promoted it early in Oct. 9. Individuals

in the local Conservative offices were not informed of the PM’s Niagara visit.

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.

This is the second time Mr. Harper has visited the Niagara

region without stopping in Hamilton for a public event. He held a roundtable

discussion about economic development and tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake in

early September. During the last federal election a year ago he made his first

visit to downtown Hamilton 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 bypasses Hamilton again

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

If you missed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to

Hamilton Oct. 9, 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.

Mr. Harper became the first sitting prime minister to attend

Niagara College’s Welland campus, Oct. 8, helping to break ground on a

$40-million Niagara Applied Health Institute. He then traveled to Hamilton to

sit for an in-studio interview with CHCH News at about 3 p.m.

But the prime minister 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 were unaware of Mr.

Harper’s visit to the area until CHCH News promoted it early in Oct. 9. Individuals

in the local Conservative offices were not informed of the PM’s Niagara visit.

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.

This is the second time Mr. Harper has visited the Niagara

region without stopping in Hamilton for a public event. He held a roundtable

discussion about economic development and tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake in

early September. During the last federal election a year ago he made his first

visit to downtown Hamilton 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.