Five in Delta race as federal election campaign now underway

The federal election campaign is officially underway after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped the writ Wednesday morning.

The 2015 election saw Trudeau’s Liberals win a majority government with newcomer Carla Qualtrough, now a key member of his cabinet, win the newly reconfigured Delta riding, which combined North Delta with South Delta.

This time around Qualtrough is facing four declared challengers in Conservative Tanya Corbet, New Democrat Randy Anderson-Fennell, Craig DeCraene of the Greens and People’s Party of Canada candidate Angelina Ireland.

Corbet is a former council member of the Tsawwassen First Nation government who did not seek re-election this year. This July, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer helped kick off her campaign by paying a visit to Tsawwassen to share his vision for the country.

A nine-year Delta resident, Anderson-Fennell is an electrician for the Surrey School District. He served for several years as an executive officer with his union, CUPE Local 728, and ran for the Delta school board in last fall's municipal election.

Ireland is an accountant and long-time local resident who had applied to be the Conservative candidate in Delta but later withdrew.

DeCraene, who ran in the civic election for a seat on city council last fall, works in the auto glass replacement industry.

A human rights lawyer and former Paralympic athlete, Qualtrough beat Conservative incumbent Kerry-Lynne Findlay by more than 9,000 votes in 2015, making her the first Liberal to represent South Delta in Ottawa since 1968. Delta had among the highest voter turnouts in the country in that race at just over 75 per cent.

The election takes place Oct. 21.

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