Candidates confirmed for federal election in Huron-Bruce
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
With a federal election set for Monday, Sept. 20, the candidate list for the Huron-Bruce riding appears to be set with five people vying to be the area’s next MP.
Incumbent Conservative MP Ben Lobb is running again in search of a fifth consecutive election victory.
Lobb first ran for the Conservatives in Huron-Bruce in 2006, but was narrowly defeated by incumbent Liberal MP Paul Steckle. Lobb lost by just under 1,000 votes, earning the votes of 20,289 residents to Steckle’s 21,260.
In 2008, Lobb won the riding after Steckle retired. He defeated Greg McClinchey’s 16,346 votes with 22,202 votes of his own.
In the three elections since, Lobb has earned between 54.95 and 44.94 per cent of the vote, retaining his seat in 2011, 2015 and 2019.
James Rice will be representing the Liberals in Huron-Bruce in his first attempt at the seat.
According to his website, Rice grew up in Bruce County and went on to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph, followed by a law degree from the University of Windsor.
While attending law school, Rice worked in the Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities program at the Ministry of Community and Social Services before beginning a clerkship with the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories.
Rice now serves as an assistant crown attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General and, over the years, has been involved with Bruce-Grey Child and Family Services, the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and local agricultural societies.
Jan Johnstone will be representing the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the riding. Johnstone had previouly run for the NDP, though has never won the riding.
A 30-year resident of the riding, Johnstone has served as a school trustee for Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss for over 20 years. She now serves as the vice-chair of the Bluewater District School Board. She also serves as a Director of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, chairing the Program Work Committee.
Johnstone holds a Master of Social Work in Social Policy and has worked in the riding as a social worker in health care, child welfare and community development.
Jack Stecho is running for the People’s Party of Canada.
According to the party’s website, Stecho has lived in Goderich for most of his life, though he has also lived in Exeter, London and Marathon.
Just 18 years old, Stecho attended St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School and St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School. There, he won the Senior Constable Bruce Crew Award for “contribution, compassion, and good conduct on and off the court.”
The website states that Stecho has played hockey for the Goderich Flyers and abroad in Poland.
Justin L. Smith has registered as an independent candidate.
According to his website, Smith was born in Goderich, first living in Dungannon before moving just north of Goderich.
He attended Laurentian University in Sudbury to study chemistry, but transferred to Cambrian College to pursue an education in Police Foundations, returning to Laurentian to major in Law and Justice Specialization.
According to Smith’s website, he has since volunteered extensively and is now the store manager of Parsons Used Furniture in Goderich.
The 44th Canadian federal election is set for Monday, Sept. 20. As of Monday, Elections Canada stated that voter information cards were already in the mail and that all eligible voters should receive one by Sept. 10.