Greetings from River Hebert. On Monday, May 2, the 41st federal election (and the fourth since 2004) in Canadian history will be held.
Over the past several weeks, each of the three major political parties (the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper; the Liberal Party led by Michael Ignatieff and the New Democratic Party led by Jack Layton) have traveled around the country, participated in nationally televised debates and have broadcasted countless political ads in an attempt to convince us that we should vote for their party on Election Day (Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party and Gilles Duceppes leads the Bloc Quebecois, a party which only fields candidates in the province of Quebec).
As part of the riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, registered voters who are 18 years of age or older on May 2 can vote (if they haven’t done so already at one of the advance polls) for the candidate that they feel will best represent our interests in Ottawa.
Here are five of the choices that voters will see on their ballots on Monday, May 2 between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. (in River Hebert, ballots can be cast at the legion; check the voting card that you received in the mail for a polling station near you): Scott Armstrong (Conservative MP for our riding); Jason Blanch (Green Party); Jim Burrows (Liberal Party); Jim Hnatiuk (Christian Heritage Party) and Wendy Robinson (New Democratic Party). This Saturday, April 30 is shaping up to be a busy evening in both River Hebert and Joggins.
The River Hebert Masonic Hall will be hosting Open Music Night beginning at 7 p.m. (in the past, this has been a bi-weekly event). Admission will be by donation which can be paid at the door.
Also this Saturday, the Joggins legion hall will be hosting a wing night and dance. Eat in or take out. From 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m., Maccan’s Alfred Dwyer will be providing the music and vocals for the evening’s dance.