Just under half of the Hamilton-area federal election candidates have responded so far to the RTH election questions.
By Ryan McGreal
Published April 25, 2011
this article has been updated
With a week to go until the federal election, about half the Hamilton-area candidates have responded to the Raise the Hammer election questions, despite the fact that our respective candidate page was in the top four Google search results for every candidate's name when we checked on the weekend.
In Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale (AFDW), five candidates have responded and only one has not. You can read the responses from Libertarian candidate Anthony Giles, Liberal candidate Dave Braden, Communist Party of Canada - Marxist Leninist (CPCML) candidate Jamile Ghaddar, NDP candidate Nancy MacBain, and Green candidate Peter Ormond. Missing is any response from incumbent Conservative candidate David Sweet.
In Hamilton Centre, only two candidates have responded so far: CPCML candidate Lisa Nussey and Marijuana Party candidate Michael James Baldasaro. The other three - Liberal candidate Annie Tennier, Conservative candidate James W. Byron and incumbent NDP candidate David Christopherson - have not.
In Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, five candidates have responded and four have not. You can read the responses of CAP candidate Bob Green Innes, Green candidate David Hart Dyke, Libertarian candidate Greg Pattinson, incumbent NDP candidate Wayne Marston and CPCML candidate Wendell Fields. Missing are responses from Communist Party candidate Bob Mann, Conservative Candidate Brad Clark, Progressive Canadian candidate Gord Hill, and Liberal candidate Michelle Stockwell.
In Hamilton Mountain, only two candidates have responded so far: Liberal candidate Marie Bountrogianni and Green candidate Stephen E. Brotherston. We're still waiting to hear from incumbent NDP candidate Chris Charlton, independent candidate Henryk Adamiec (for whom we have not been able to obtain an email address), Christian Heritage candidate Jim Enos, and Conservative candidate Terry Anderson.
Finally, in Niagara West-Glanbrook, which encompasses parts of Hamilton south and east of Hamilton Mountain and Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, none of the five candidates have so far responded. We have not been able to obtain email addresses for Christian Heritage candidate Bryan Jongbloed or NDP candidate David Heatley, but incumbent Conservative candidate Dean Allison, Green candidate Sid Frere, and Liberal candidate Stephen Bieda have not reponded either.
We received a response from the one Canadian Action Party candidate: Bob Green Innes in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.
We have not received responses from any of the Conservative candidates.
We have not received responses from either Christian Heritage candidate: Jim Enos in Hamilton Mountain or Brian Jongbloed in Niagara West-Glanbrook.
We have received responses from all three CPCML candidates: Jamile Ghaddar in AFDW, Lisa Nussey in Hamilton Centre, and Wendell Fields in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.
We have received responses from three of the four Hamilton-area Green candidates: Peter Ormond in AFDW, David Hart Dyke in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, and Stephen E. Brotherson of Hamilton Mountain. We have not heard from Sid Frere of Niagara West-Glanbrook, and no Green candidate is registered to run in Hamilton Centre.
We have received responses from two of the five Liberal candidates: Dave Braden in AFDW and Marie Bountrogianni in Hamilton Mountain. We have not yet heard from Annie Tennier in Hamilton Centre, Michelle Stockwell in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek or Stephen Bieda in Niagara West-Glanbrook.
We have received responses from both Libertarian candidates: Anthony Giles in ADFW and Greg Pattinson in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.
We received responses from the one Marijuana Party candidate: Michael James Baldasaro in Hamilton Centre.
We have received responses from two of the five Hamilton-Area NDP candidates: Nancy BacBain in AFDW and Wayne Marston of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek. We have not heard from David Christoperson in Hamilton Centre, Chris Charlton in Hamilton Mountain or David Heatley in Niagara West-Glanbrook.
We have not received a response from the one Progressive Party candidate: Gord Hill in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.
Finally, we have not received a response from the one independent candidate: Henryk Adamiec in Hamilton Mountain.
We have not received responsed from the incumbent MPs for four of the five Hamilton-area ridings: Conservative candidate David Sweet in AFDW, NDP candidate David Christoperson in Hamilton Centre, NDP candidate Chris Charlton in Hamilton Mountain, and Conservative candidate Dean Allison in Niagara West-Glanbook.
Among incumbents, only NDP Candidate Wayne Marston of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek has responded.
Update 1: This article originally listed Michael James Baldasaro having responded to the RTH election questions in the section on responses by party, but neglected to mention his response in the section on response by riding. We regret the oversight. You can jump to the changed paragraph.
Update 2: We have now received a response from Stephen Bieda, the Liberal candidate for Niagara West-Glanbrook.
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