The official list of candidates running in the federal election is now finalized and in Brandon-Souris the number has doubled over the previous federal election.
In 2015, only four people vied for the seat; in 2019, there are eight candidates including six who represent official parties and two independents.
Brandon University chair of political science Kelly Saunders was asked by the Brandon Sun why the number of candidates is so large in this riding, this election.
"We are seeing a lot more over-volatility," she said. "Voters are a little frustrated, a little unhappy in terms of the ways in which politics is unfolding and some of the choices that we might have and that’s why we’re seeing things like decreased voter turnout."
OFFICIAL CANDIDATES LIST:
The Virden Empire-Advance’s coverage area is bisected by the boundary between two federal ridings. Candidates running in both these ridings are listed below.
Duguay, Ashley - New Democratic Party
Eastcott, Robert - Independent
Hamilton, Vanessa - Independent
Hayward, Terry - Liberal Party of Canada
Hein, Rebecca - Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Lussier, Robin - People's Party of Canada
Maguire, Larry - Conservative Party of Canada
Tiessen, Bill - Green Party of Canada
Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa Riding:
This is your riding if you live on the east side of the Wallace-Woodworth municipality, in Sioux Valley, Prairie View Municipality or the RM of Ellice-Archie. There are six official candidates in this contest:
Godon, Frank - People's Party of Canada
Johnson, Jenni - Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Lewycky, Laverne - New Democratic Party
Mazier, Dan - Conservative Party of Canada
Scofield-Singh, Cathy - Liberal Party of Canada
Storey, Kate - Green Party of Canada