The race for Simcoe Grey
Published Monday, September 30, 2019 7:05PM EDT
The federal election campaign is ramping up in Simcoe Grey.
Candidates from the four main parties were out delivering signs and knocking on doors today trying to secure votes.
It's a riding that the Conservative party has held since 2004.
Liberal Candidate Lorne Kenney hopes to paint the riding red. Kenney says the Tories have done a poor job of serving the community. "It's time that our member of Parliament was focused on the needs of people in Simcoe Grey."
The riding includes Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Alliston, and stretches from The Blue Mountains in the northwest to New Tecumseth in the south.
Conservative Terry Dowdall has 18 years of experience working in municipal politics in Simcoe County. "I know each town and township - the seven - that makeup Simcoe Grey have concerns, and we need a government that's going to invest in Canada and Canadians."
Ilona Matthews is the NDP candidate. Matthews is from Wasaga Beach, where she operates two small businesses. She's focusing on affordability, especially for seniors. "Very worried about their well-being, their living off very little money and we need to help them with their pensions."
With the environment a hot issue on the campaign trail, Green Party candidate Sherri Jackson says her party has a viable economic plan. "That's our platform. honest, ethical, caring leadership, and I'm prepared to deliver that to the people of Simcoe Grey."
Conservative Kellie Leitch previously held the riding, but she has decided not to seek the nomination.