London North Centre: E-day minus 7

Well this is it – (insert your favourite sports analogies, all of ’em, here).

The federal by-elections, in London North Centre and Repentigny (QC), are to be held a week from tomorrow.

I must confess the London race has caught my interest more than the one in Québec, except for the Bloc Québecois candidate’s background, as a sex-trade worker and Roman Catholic priest (not that the two are irreconcilable), who supports same-sex marriage. If I was there, I might vote for him just to see how the Pope would respond!

Back to London… Is it precisely because this is a by-election or is there a real groundswell of interest in having four, count ‘em, four all-candidates meetings over the next four nights? Two of them, though, are at Western so I’m guessing our Blogging Dippers at UWO will be represented.

Maybe, if pigs don’t fly first, the national media will give us a little coverage of at least one of the meetings:

– Monday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Somerville House, Room 3345, University of Western Ontario. (It’s billed as a focus on health, research and the environment.)

– Tuesday: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the London City Press Club, 379 Dundas St. (available live on local Rogers Television, channel 13).

– Wednesday: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., London Central Library, Stevenson-Hunt Room, sponsored “Women Our Votes Count”.

– Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Spencer Engineering Building, Room 1200, UWO, sponsored by the London chapter of “Engineers Without Borders”.

Timed oh-so-well for the vote was Jack Layton’s appearance on CTV’s Question Period today, during which he unveiled the party’s starting point for completely re-working the Conservatives’ so-called Clean Air Act.

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