A quick roundup of federal election news in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies:
• The Rhinoceros Party has plans to inject some levity into the campaign in northern B.C. Jacob "Turkman" Stokes is listed as candidate on the satirical party's website, which also notes promises of privatizing the Senate, nationalizing bacon, and annexing Massachussets among its platform highlights.
"The Rhinoceros Party has always sought to make Canadians laugh while laughing at politicians," that party notes.
Stokes couldn't be immediately reached Thursday morning. Party leader Sébastien CoRhino Corriveau says the candidacy is real. "He is really motivated and ready for this election," Corriveau said, adding the party also plans to pitch a "greener" Canada to voters by promising to make the winter season shorter and summer longer.
• Bob Zimmer's nomination for the Conservative Party is official. Zimmer was the first candidate in the riding to be confirmed by Elections Canada. Zimmer opened campaign offices in Fort St. John (10230-100 Street), Prince George (1905 Victoria Street), and Dawson Creek (1201 Alaska Avenue) this week.
• Ron Vaillant has been confirmed as candidate for the People's Party.
• Catharine Kendall has been confirmed as candidate for the Green Party.
• The Liberals and NDP have yet to announce candidates. The Liberals still list Tracy Calogheros as riding chair on its website, however, that information is not up to date. Calogheros is the Liberal candidate for Cariboo-Prince George. Despite repeated requests for information from both parties, it remains unclear whether any nomination meetings are scheduled, and if so, the dates, times, and locations of those meetings.
• Nominations close Monday, Sept. 30. The complete list of confirmed candidates will be published by Elections Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
• Election forums are being organized throughout the riding, with tentative dates so far set for Oct. 7 in Tumbler Ridge, Oct. 8 and 9 in Prince George, and Oct. 10 in Fort St. John. Forums are also being planned for Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson.
• Advanced voting will take place Friday, Oct. 11, Saturday, Oct. 12, Sunday, Oct. 13, and Monday, Oct. 14.
• Election day is Monday, Oct. 21.
• Poll locations for advanced voting and for election day will be published by Elections Canada on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
• Elections Canada offices are located at 1112-103 Avenue in Dawson Creek; 10543-100 Street in Fort St. John, and 1600-15th Avenue, Suite 129 in Prince George.
• You can vote in person at any Elections Canada office any time before 6 p.m. local time on Oct. 15.
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