Lethbridge candidates hit the federal election campaign trail

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WATCH ABOVE: It's Day 2 of the federal election campaign and candidates in Lethbridge are hitting the ground running. But in a riding that is historically Conservative, what are the chances for the other candidates? Jasmine Bala takes a look – Sep 12, 2019

Lethbridge candidates for the federal election are hitting the ground running as their election campaigns kick off.

Conservative incumbent Rachael Harder is seeking a second term. Her opponents are Amy Bronson from the Liberal Party, Shandi Bleiken from the NDP, the Green Party’s Stephnie Watson, Grant Hepworth from the People’s Party and Marc Slingerland, who is representing the Christian Heritage Party.

Harder won the 2015 election with about 57 per cent of the vote while the NDP runner-up had 21 per cent.

A margin of this size isn’t shocking, said political scientist Faron Ellis, noting that it’s likely this election will have similar results.

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“Unless there is something monumental locally… some type of disaster — it’s almost sure that the Conservatives will hold Lethbridge as a seat,” he said.

Historically, this has been the case. The last five federal elections have seen the Lethbridge Conservative candidate win with more than half of the vote.

Harder, however, said she isn’t letting that affect how she campaigns.

“I was elected because I earned the trust of the voters in Lethbridge and I will continue to work hard to earn their trust once again.”

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Other candidates say it’s time for change.

“We can make this better by building each other up,” said Shandi Bleiken, the NDP Lethbridge candidate. Bleiken said she believes previous federal governments have tried to appeal to working people but end up being beholden to corporate interests.

For Liberal candidate Amy Bronson, it’s not about the party.

“People in our communities don’t face Liberal problems or Conservative problems, they face people problems and they want those problems and challenges listened to,” she said.

“This is not about parties and politics, this is about listening and finding good representation.”

Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 21.


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