The Prime Minister has announced that there will be four by-elections coming up.
The by-elections are being held to replace seats that have become vacant after three MPS announced their resignation from federal politics, Liberal cabinet minister Marc Garneau (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, in Quebec), Conservative MP Dave MacKenzie (Oxford, in Ontario) and former Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen (Portage–Lisgar, in Manitoba).
The fourth race to become MP is to fill the seat of former liberal cabinet minister John Carr in Winnipeg Southcenter which was left vacant after his death.
According to past election results all four ridings are considered to be safe seats for parties recently elected in the districts.
After the Alberta provincial election is over, a byelection is anticipated to be called for Calgary Heritage, another seat that is still vacant.
While not all federal parties have announced their candidates there have been some announcements.
On Friday the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier said he intends to run in the by-election in Portage–Lisgar, Manitoba.
Branden Leslie a former campaign manager for former interim Conservative Party leader and MP Candace Bergen will face off with the People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier competing for the Conservative voters.
Bergen previously won the riding in 2021 with 52.52% of the votes with PPC coming in second above all other parties winning 21.6% of the votes.
Political commentators across the board say the Portage–Lisgar, Manitoba riding is one to watch because in 2021 PPC won 21.6% of the votes.
The NDP has not announced a candidate for the riding yet.
Anna Gainey was chosen by the Liberals to run in the by election for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount Montreal.
“Thank you, NDG-Westmount. It’s a true honour to have your trust and confidence as our Liberal candidate in this important by-election” She Tweeted on Monday.
The NDP don’t have a date set for candidate nominations but do have two candidates waiting to apply; Jean-François Filion is a member of the NDP’s Quebec committees for relations with Indigenous peoples and the environment and Malcolm Lewis-Richmond a long time NDP member.
A conservative strong hold in rural southwestern Ontario. The official NDP candidate for the Oxford riding is Cody Groat, an assistant professor of history and Indigenous studies at Western University in London, Ontario.
Ben Carr was confirmed as the Liberal party’s candidate in April. Ben Carr is the son of former Manitoba MP Jim Carr, who represented Winnipeg South Centre since 2015.
A clinical psychologist named Julia Riddell is the NDP’s nomination to run in the riding. The Conservative party nominated Damir Stipanovic, a former air traffic controller and member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve.