Canadian elections underway

The time of the Canadian election is now in progress and different parties are vying for the votes of Canadians.

  • Sep. 24, 2008 6:00 a.m.

The time of the Canadian election is now in progress and different parties are vying for the votes of Canadians. On Oct. 14 Canadians will have made their decision and head to the polls to cast their vote on who they feel will best lead the country.

Ponoka will be voting for an MP for the Westaskiwin constituency and signs have been popping up around the town since Prime Minister Stephen Harper called an election.

Upon the dissolution of Parliament the Conservatives hold 127 seats, the Liberals have 95, the Bloc Quebecois holds 48 seats, the NDP has 30 and there are four vacant seats in Parliament.

Currently there are five candidates in the area. Blaine Calkins, current MP, is campaigning for the Conservative Party, Rita Dillon for the Liberal Party, Tim Robson for the New Democratic Party (NDP), Les Parsons is campaigning for the Green Party and Shawn Mann for the Canadian Action Party (CAP).

The official release of the candidates for the area will be posted on the Elections Canada website on Sept. 25.

For more information visit www.elections.ca.