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Federal Election 2021: These are the 5 candidates running for election in Saanich-Gulf Islands


The 44th Canadian federal elections are just days away, which means it’s the last chance to cast your ballots.

This Monday September 20th, Saanich-Gulf Islands residents will be heading to their nearest polling stations to take part in the democratic process and elect an MP to represent the electoral district in Ottawa.

Here’s a breakdown of the five major candidates running for election in Saanich-Gulf Islands:

New Democratic Party

The New Democratic Party nominated Sabina Singh as their representative candidate for Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Singh is a former professor of political science at the University Victoria.

She works to push for electoral reform, protect clean water and get justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

You can view Singh’s platform website here

Conservative Party of Canada

David Busch is the Conservative Party candidate hoping to represent Saanich-Gulf Islands in the House of Commons in the upcoming elections.

Busch holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Nursing from Laurentian University as well as a Juris Doctor of Law from the University of Alberta. 

Busch’s platform focuses on the environment, the cost of living and health care. 

You can view Busch’s platform website here

Green Party 

Elizabeth May is the Green Party candidate for the Saanich-Gulf Islands electoral district. Although she resigned as Green Party leader in 2019, she still remains as parliamentary leader in the house.

Elizabeth May has a law degree from Dalhousie University and was the first first elected Member of Parliament, representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in 2011. She was then re-elected in 2015. 

The Green Party’s platform focuses on tackling the climate crisis, building a sustainable economy and taking action toward reconciliation and dismantling systemic racism.

You can view May’s platform website here

Liberal Party of Canada

Sherri Moore-Arbour is the Liberal Party of Canada candidate representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in the 2021 elections.

Moore-Arbour is a locally elected school trustee, service club member and community builder as well as co-founder and Principal of a national public affairs firm.

Her platform includes advocating for more women and people of colour to be elected in politics. As a Metis woman, she stresses the importance of having more Indigenous Members of Parliament to play a key role in Reconciliation. 

You can view Moore-Arbour’s platform website here

People’s Party of Canada

David Hilderman is the People’s Party candidate representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in the 2021 elections.

Hilderman is an engineer and former COO of TC-Helicon, a Victoria based music equipment manufacturer. 

Hilderman states his reason for getting into politics is to fight for freedom and present the other side in the climate question. 

You can view Hilderman’s platform website here

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