When the election results start rolling through the Prairies on the night of October 21st, there are three key ridings in Saskatchewan and Manitoba that could light a fire under the Conservative momentum as it heads West to Alberta and BC.
All three of these Prairie ridings were taken from the Conservatives in 2015.Regina-Lewvan (SK) and Elmwood-Transcona (MB) slipped into NDP hands by the tiniest of margins, and Kildonan-St. Paul (MB) was won by Liberal MP MaryAnn Mihiychuk, who was appointed Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour and then quickly dropped in a 2017
Regina-Lewvan – this riding is held by the NDP’s Erin Weir following a 132-vote (0.27%) win over Conservative Trent Fraser in 2015. It’s clear that this is one key riding in Saskatchewan that will be key to a Conservative comeback in the Prairies on October 21st. Up to the plate for the Conservatives this time around is Warren Steinley, who grew up on a dairy farm and was on the University of Regina track team – so he knows the value of hard work and is probably putting his athletic background to good work knocking on doors. The Liberals were well back in third place in this 2015 contest.
Elmwood-Transcona – former Conservative MP Lawrence Toet will be back to reclaim the seat he lost to the NDP’s Daniel Blaikie by 61 votes ( 0.14%) with the Liberals in a weak third place. Lawrence comes from a second generation family-owned printing business, so strong private sector experience and savvy will be well utilized in a Conservative government.
Kildonan-St. Paul – this is going to be an exciting race to watch, given the exceptional strengths of Conservative candidate Raquel Dancho. This young woman is a fully bilingual and media savvy veteran of political campaigns and operations and clearly knows how to connect with younger voters. She comes from a family of four generations of dairy farmer, studied at McGill in Montreal and was a policy analyst for the PC caucus in Winnipeg, so it’s clear she’ll be a huge asset for the Conservatives if she makes it to Ottawa in October. She’ll by trying to overcome the 1,239 votes (2.82%) spread that the Liberals won by in 2015 – this will be a two-way race only with the NDP far behind in third place.
Here are two things you can do to help us light this Prairie Fire:
1. Elections Canada rules have placed a limit of $1,600 that any one Canadian citizen or permanent resident – no corporate donors allowed – can collectively contribute directly to one or more local federal election campaigns. We are highlighting 16 candidates in our “Boots on the Ground” campaign so we’d ask you to consider donating up to $100 for each of those 16 ridings.
So, if you are able to, please donate up to $100 to each of these three campaigns above directly on their websites. The local campaign teams will use those funds for their election expenses. Suits and Boots will have no role at all in using those funds. Tax receipts will be issued for these direct campaign donations.
2. At Suits and Boots, we’ll be directly focussing a strong social media campaign in each of these three ridings: Regina Lewvan, Elmwood-Transcona and Kildonan-St. Paul.We will also be making calls to people we know and encouraging them to help her, and working through a variety of local channels we have on the ground in each of these areas.
Donations to Suits and Boots are different than the direct donations to individual campaigns. We are registered as a Third Party Advertiser with Elections Canada and can accept up to $500,000 in donations in total, with no individual limits, and we’re allowed to accept corporate donations as well. We simply report to Elections Canada the identity of any donor of $200 or more. No tax receipts are issued.
Your donation to us goes straight into supporting these local campaigns. This is hugely powerful. And we need it now!
Thank you so much for your help and support!
Founder and Director
Suits and Boots