Current state of nominations (courtesy of Pundit's Guide)
The Conservatives have the most candidates nominated in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC and the North. The Liberals lead in Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec
In the past when we were not sure of the election date, parties had to always be ready while at the same time not be really in campaign mode. Now everyone can develop realistic long term campaign plans.
Close to ten months will give all the local campaigns the time needed to build strong teams and manage to do the door to door thing. It will also make it easier to raise the money needed to be competitive in the election because the effectively the campaign is now underway.
I would very surprised if we did not see large scale door to door campaigning by July 1st and maybe even start to see it underway by the end of April in some areas. The summer of 2015 will be full scale campaign even though the writ will not have officially been dropped.
Because the three independents that have declared are interesting, here are some details on them:
- Brent Rathgerber - he left the Conservatives in June of 2013 to be able to vote as he wishes on bills
- Scott Andrew - he was expelled on November 5th 2014 from the Liberal caucus for allegations of personal misconduct against an NDP MP
- Inky Mark - he was an MP from 1997 to 2010 for the Reform party, Canadian Alliance, PCs, and Conservatives. He also sat as an independent for a while. He is running as an independent even though he is now a member of the Green Party.