Two Liberals square off for provincial candidate battle in Niagara Falls riding

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Published November 17, 2021 at 11:25 am

Two candidates are vying for the provincial Niagara Falls riding, hoping to turn the seat Liberal red.

As next June’s provincial election approaches, the competition for Niagara Region’s four ridings is starting to heat up.

The Niagara Falls-Fort Erie-Niagara-on-the-Lake riding, presently represented by the NDP’s Wayne Gates, has already seen two candidates throw their hats in the ring to challenge as the Liberal candidate.

Former Niagara-on-the-Lake town councillor Terry Flynn and Niagara Falls’ resident Ashley Waters have both put their names up for Liberal contention.

The riding has seen all three major parties represent it since the 1950s as the Liberals and Conservatives traded places a handful of time until 1990 when NDP candidate Margaret Harrington took it during the Bob Rae landslide.

Following that, it went back to the Conservatives and then Liberals until present NDP incumbent Gates won it in 2014 and has stayed ever since. Three of Niagara Region’s four provincial ridings are represented by the NDP.

The nomination meeting between Flynn and Waters (should no one else contest it) will take place on Saturday, December 11. Only card-carrying Liberal members in the riding can vote for the eventual candidate.

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