CORNWALL – The president of the People’s Party of Canada riding association has won the party nomination in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry for the upcoming federal election.
Sabile Trimm won in a two-way race against the riding association’s secretary, Colby Prosser.
“I’m very pleased. It’s bit of a surreal experience because even though I was hoping for it I wasn’t expecting it,” Trimm told Cornwall Newswatch moments after the results were announced at the Cornwall Public Library at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“I’m really flattered that people chose me and I’m plan to give it my best,” Trimm said.
She told the small crowd at the library that she is not working at the moment so she’s going to “treat this like a full time job.”
Trimm plans to push every issue hard on social media. “Going in person over such a big riding isn’t realistic. People can’t attend events. Everyone’s busy with their own life,” she said.
Trimm’s competition is Eric Duncan for the Conservative Party of Canada. While Trimm says Duncan has name recognition, she’s hoping to tap into what people like provincially.
“I also know that people love Doug Ford and what he’s doing. But the federal equivalent of him is not (Conservative leader) Andrew Scheer, it’s (PPC leader) Maxime Bernier. That’s what I’m going to make clear to people. If you like the cleanup that’s going on and the financial responsibility that’s happening, you need to pick the People’s Party of Canada because the Conservative party still believes in handouts and corporate welfare,” Trimm said.
“The Conservative party is going to have a hard time in this riding. I’m going to make sure of it.”
Riding associations for the major parties typically don’t release the results of the party vote. But, in this case, both candidates agreed to the release of the vote. The final tally was 33 votes for Trimm and 13 votes for Prosser.
There were 106 registered party members in the riding able to vote – most of them did it online – making the overall voter turnout 43 per cent.
We go to the polls on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.