Richmond campaigns launch as election looms

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday with the Governor General of Canada – it is anticipated he will ask her to dissolve Parliament, which will set in motion the Oct. 21 federal election.

In the meantime, candidates in Richmond are organizing in their campaigns and lining up their volunteers.

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This week the Liberal and Conservative candidates for Steveston-Richmond East will both open their campaign offices. Incumbent MP Joe Peschisolido will open his office this Sunday at 4 p.m., according to his campaign manager.

Kenny Chiu, who is trying to unseat Peschisolido under the Conservative banner, will open his campaign office on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Michelle Rempel, MP for Calgary Nose Hill, the Conservative party’s shadow minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, will be at Chiu’s office opening.

Alice Wong, who is the Conservative MP for Richmond Centre, already opened her campaign office a few weeks ago. She will be challenged by the Liberal candidate Steven Kou in Richmond Centre.

The Greens have named candidates for both Richmond ridings, but the NDP have yet to name candidates for either one.

Ivan Pak is running in Richmond Centre for the People’s Party of Canada.

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