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article imageFederal Election 2011: Candidates for Kitchener-Conestoga

By Susan Keeping     Apr 15, 2011 in Politics
Kitchener - Canadian's are going to the polls again. The Harper minority Conservative government hopes for a majority, while the other parties hope to take over from them.
The election will take place on Monday, May 2, 2011. It is sometimes hard to find all the information you need on your local candidates. The party leaders get all the attention with the televised debates and the majority of sound bites on the news, but most voters will not be voting for the party leaders, they will be voting for their local candidates.
The riding of Kitchener-Conestoga is current held by Conservative Party MP Harold Albrecht. Albrecht has held the office since 2006, he was re-elected in 2008 with 49% of the vote. The riding has a population of over 114, 000 with more than half of the population aged 34 and under. It includes parts of Kitchener and the towns of Wellesley, Woolwich, and Wilmot. Voter turnout in Kitchener-Conestoga during the last election was 57%.
There are 4 candidates running in Kitchener-Conestoga. Harold Albrecht represents the Conservative Party, Bob Rosehart represents the Liberal Party, Lorne Bruce represents the NDP, and Albert Ashley is the Green Party candidate.
Harold Albrecht (Conservative Party)
Harold Albrecht has lived in the Kitchener/Waterloo area all of his life. He has a Doctorate of Dental Surgery and worked as a dentist before getting into politics. He and his wife founded the Pathway Community Church. Albrecht is currently the Deputy Government Whip of the Conservative Caucus in Ottawa.
Bob Rosehart (Liberal Party)
Bob Rosehart was born in Owen Sound, Ontario. He received a PHD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Rosehart is also a former president of Wilfred Laurier University. He has worked as an expert consultant to the federal and provincial governments in such areas as post-secondary education, regional development, and aboriginal issues.
Lorne Bruce (New Democratic Party)
Lorne Bruce is a union representative at Zehrs supermarkets, where he has worked for 25 years. He volunteers with several organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Association and Kitchener minor baseball.
Albert Ashley (Green Party)
Albert Ashley was born in Listowel, a small city not far from Kitchener. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario He is currently working as a financial services advisor. He is involved with local organizations such as the Waterloo Region Cycling Committee and the King Street Revitalization Committee.
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