Saturday , 16 October 2021

Federal election primer with candidate profiles

Today is election day across the country.

Go to Elections Canada to find your nearest polling station.

Contact the Lakeland returning officer at 1-866-497-8895, or the Fort McMurray-Cold Lake returning officer at 1-866-497-8893 for details.

Lakeland riding candidates are Conservative Shannon Stubbs, People’s Party Alain Houle, Liberal Mark Watson, Veterans Coalition Roberta Graham, NDP Jeffrey Swanson, Libertarian Robert McFadzean, and Green Party Kira Brunner.

In the Cold Lake-Fort McMurray riding there are five candidates: Conservative David Yurdiga, People’s Party Matthew Barrett, Liberal Maggie Farrington, Green Brian Deheer, and NDP Matthew Gilks.

Candidate profiles Lakeland

Shannon Stubbs stops by in studio. She talked about her last four years in the House of Commons, which included being the shadow critic for natural resources in the Conservative Party.

She discussed the energy platform, climate change action, Indigenous issues, and Trudeau’s track record of being soft on terrorism.


People’s Party of Canada candidate Alain Houle stopped by in-studio to discuss the new party and their conservative platforms.

He denied claims that the party is racist and explained why the PPC would pull out of the United Nations Migration Pact and Paris Climate Accord. The party would bring in tax reforms, remove corporate welfare and would lower immigration levels.

Liberal candidate Mark Watson supports expanding the Alberta oil and gas sector and changing the equalization formula.

Veterans Coalition Party candidate supports leaving UN and supporting Canadians first

Libertarian candidate Robert McFadzean wants to see the government lesser involved in people’s lives. He explains here.

Veterans Coalition Party candidate supports leaving UN and supporting Canadians first

Roberta Graham is the Veterans Coalition Party candidate. The new party would put “Canadians first” and cut foreign aid, support veterans, and would support deporting illegal immigrants. She took part in the Yellow Vest convoys in Bonnyville and Ottawa.

Veterans Coalition Party candidate supports leaving UN and supporting Canadians first

Lakeland Connect reached out to NDP candidate Jeffrey Swanson but did not respond to a request for interview.

Green Party candidate Kira Brunner could not be reached for interview.

Candidate Forum

Here’s video from the candidates forum in Bonnyville two weeks ago.



About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.