Former New Brunswick MP Keith Ashfield dies at 66 – New Brunswick

Keith Ashfield, a former federal MP and cabinet minister in the New Brunswick provincial government, has died at the age of 66. The Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick (PCNB) tweeted out the news on Sunday. On behalf of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick I want to express our sorrow upon the passing of Keith Ashfield. Our deepest sympathy to Keith’s wife, Judy, his family and to everyone who loved our friend and colleague. Rick LafrancePresident PCNB — PCNB (@pcnbca) April 22, 2018 “On behalf of the Progressive…

Andrew Lawton takes London-West nomination as Doug Ford appoints candidates to remaining Tory ridings – London

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives appointed the remaining 11 provincial ridings that didn’t have Tory candidates, a list that includes 980 CFPL talk show host Andrew Lawton. Lawton announced he was running for the London-West nomination on April 11, and was set to face off against Thames Valley District School Board Trustee Jake Skinner and Liz Snelgrove, executive director of the Advanced Medical Group. READ MORE: Jonathan Hughes to run for Liberals in London West riding “While I was eager for a good, old fashioned contested nomination, I respect and understand the…

Doug Ford pledges corporate tax cut to boost manufacturing jobs in Cobourg campaign stop – Peterborough

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford says his party will cut corporate taxes as part of a focus on bringing manufacturing jobs back to the province. On Wednesday afternoon at Lorenz Conveying Products in Cobourg, Ford unveiled the fourth of his five priorities in his Plan For the People of Ontario. He says creating good jobs in the province comes down to reducing taxes. READ MORE: Kathleen Wynne accuses Doug Ford of acting like Donald Trump “It all starts with lower taxes, cutting red tape and regulations, and reducing hydro…

Steve Parish, long-time mayor of Ajax, won’t be seeking re-election

After serving the Ajax community as mayor for more than 20 years, Steve Parish says his time in office is coming to an end. Parish made the announcement Friday afternoon at Ajax Town Hall, telling an atrium full of politicians, reporters, as well as his family and friends that “there’s no perfect time to leave.” “There’s no question that I’m going to do all of my job and all of my duties and fight all of the battles, as I’ve always done, right to the last day,” said Parish, whose…

Supreme Court declines to hear appeal by former Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a former federal politician’s bid to have his convictions for electoral offences overturned. In September, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld Dean Del Mastro’s 2014 convictions on three violations of the Canada Elections Act. READ MORE: Former Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro released from jail again pending appeal to Supreme Court Del Mastro was convicted of overspending, failing to report a personal contribution of $21,000 he made to his own campaign and filing a false report over the 2008 election. He was…

London’s municipal election: Who’s in and who’s out so far – London

Even though it’s months away, London’s municipal election this fall is already peaking people’s interest. Registration doesn’t open for another few weeks but that hasn’t stopped some Londoners from announcing their bid to run in the upcoming municipal election. Planning to run for council are newcomers Elizabeth Peloza, Arielle Kayabaga and Matthew Reid. READ MORE: Matt Reid vying to represent Ward 8 in municipal election Possible mayoral candidates include businessman Paul Cheng and former police board budget chair Paul Paolatto. “If you’re running for mayor, there is a requirement of…

Harold Usher won’t seek re-election this fall – London

London’s second longest-serving councillor has announced he won’t seek re-election this October. Ward 12 Coun. Harold Usher, 78, announced near the end of Tuesday night’s council meeting he won’t seek re-election. “I have decided I will not be campaigning in the next election, I’m going to step aside,” he said. “I want you all to know that I will not be contesting the next election, this is my last year.” Usher has been on city council since 2000. Now in his fifth term, he narrowly won re-election 2014, winning the race…