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Who will take the Delta federal riding?

Opposition parties opposed to early election
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Carla Qualtrough was first elected in the 2015 election.
Will the Liberals be able to once again hold onto Delta?

That’s the big question following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visiting Rideau Hall Sunday morning to ask for dissolution of Parliament

The snap federal election will be held Sept. 20.

The Delta riding is currently held by Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion.

The Conservatives recently named Garry Shearer as their candidate for the riding.

Until recently, he was the executive director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce.

The Greens have North Delta resident Jeremy Smith as their candidate for the riding.

The Optimist this week reached out and is waiting for a response from the New Democrats who will be their candidate for Delta.

In the October 2019 federal election, Liberal incumbent Qualtrough retained her seat in Delta by a 4,300-vote margin over the Conservative’s Tanya Corbet.

NDP candidate Randy Anderson-Fennell was a distant third, followed by Craig DeCraene of the Greens, Angelina Ireland of the People’s Party and independents Amarit Bains and Tony Bennett.

Qualtrough was first elected in 2015 in a newly reconfigured riding which combined South Delta with North Delta. She finished around 9,000 votes ahead of then Conservative incumbent Kerry-Lynne Findlay, garnering 49.3 per cent of the popular vote.

Qualtrough in 2019 ended up taking 23 of Delta's 29 polling stations, winning 41.2 per cent of the vote.

Prior to the 2015 election, South Delta in particular had been a Conservative stronghold for many years.

The upcoming federal election will take place two years ahead of schedule.