Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. Christian Heritage Party candidate Henry Zekveld is standing for election in the riding of Durham.

Born in Lindsay and raised on a dairy farm, Henry studied at Woodstock’s Fanshawe Agriculture College in 1987, the same year he joined the Christian Heritage Party. A farmer for the last 11 years, he is an active member of a local church, serving as deacon and, currently, an elder. He is a member of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and serves on the local board of the Christian Farmers’ Federation of Ontario. He ran for office as a CHP candidate Huron-Bruce (1993) and Durham (2006).

Wikinews contacted John, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

A riding from 1904 to 1968, and since 1988, Durham includes Newcastle, Scugog, Uxbridge, Scugog Indian Reserve No. 34, Whitby north of Taunton Road, and Oshawa north of Rossland Road and some other allowances. Conservative Bev Oda currently holds the riding; she is the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, as well as Minister for International Cooperation. Looking to take this riding from Oda are Zekveld, Stephen Leahy (Green), Andrew McKeever (NDP), and Bryan Ransom (Liberal).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.