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LaFLECHE: The idleness of political speculation

Tories generally do well in rural ridings, Dykstra is experienced and Niagara West–Glanbrook is still represented by Conservative MP Dean Allison in Ottawa. Certainly, if...

Border agency defends staffing, despite delays | St. Catharines ...

And it's not enough for the Canada Border Services Agency to average daily wait times, when peak-flow slowdowns are the issue. “We seem to have...

Start electoral reform by committee overhaul | St. Catharines Standard

Now we understand a little better the plot the Liberals and Conservatives are hatching over reforming Canada's electoral system: They intend to bore everyone ...and more »...

HEROD: Huh? A probe to judge councillor conduct?

The feeling was mutual. During his eight years in office, McMullan was increasingly at odds with St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra. ... Britton and Sorrento...

LaFLECHE: NIcholson bill on the right track

So it was not without a feeling that bordered on joy that I read last week that Niagara Falls Conservative MP Rob Nicholson's private member's...

Divisive council must mull over wisdom of micro-managing

“Well, I'll just ask you,” said Sorrento, “did Mr. Dykstra not ask to see if he could have an open house on behalf of Club...

Dykstra adjusting to life without Ottawa

When the former St. Catharines Conservative MP took office, his children were 9, 11 and 13 years old. Ten years later, they are all adults,...

Bittle busy learning the ropes

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind for Chris Bittle. The lawyer from St. Catharines has been busy learning the ropes since defeating...

Bittle Standard's top newsmaker for 2015

Bittle described the time since the election — in which he unseated incumbent Conservative MP Rick Dykstra — as an “adjustment period,” with work underway...

One manager, two winning campaigns

“Having the opportunity to go run the campaign and possibly beat one of the top Conservatives around, that's an opportunity that doesn't always present itself,”...

Local MPs anxious to get to work

Volunteers and supporters of Liberal candidate Chris Bittle celebrate as he arrives at the celebration with his wife Charlene in this file photo. Bittle defeated...

Dykstra concedes defeat, looks to achievements

Conservative incumbent Rick Dykstra speaks to supporters at Roberto's Pizza on Facer St. in St. Catharines after conceding defeat to Liberal candidate Chris Bittle on...

Allison takes Niagara West again

In the 2011 federal contest Allison easily took the riding with 33,701 or 57.3% of votes cast. Coming in No. 2 was the NDP candidate...

HEROD: Candidates ride waves, buck trends

Suffice to say that if either St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra or Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson loses, the Conservatives don't stand a chance to...

Bittle, Dykstra exchange verbal blows

Liberal Chris Bittle, left, argues with Conservative Rick Dykstra while NDP candidate Sue Erksine-Fournier waits her turn to speak at the JCI St. Catharines debate...

Niagara West candidate Q&A

The Standard sat down with Niagara West candidates from the major parties to talk about election issues. Today we present some of the responses from...

ST. CATHARINES DEBATE: Piers, poverty and pension

Conservative incumbent Rick Dykstra, Liberal candidate Chris Bittle, New Democratic Party candidate Susan Erskine-Fournier and Jim Fannon, the Green party candidate, took part in the...

Agriculture, trade focus in Niagara West debate

Conservative incumbent Dean Allison, Liberal candidate Phil Rose and New Democratic Party candidate Nameer Rahman took part in the match-up hosted by Postmedia's three Niagara...

Candidates tackle jobs at debate

During the live TVCogeco broadcast, Conservative incumbent Rick Dykstra said Niagara's unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2001 and is below the national...

Regional chair endorses Dykstra's re-election

News Talk 610 CKTBA photo of Chairman Alan Caslin, along with a supportive statement, was recently spotted on the campaign Facebook page of St. Catharines...

Harper talks jobs, infrastructure in Niagara

... make a second Niagara stop Wednesday, speaking at Canadian Tire Financial Services in Welland at 9 a.m., where he will be joined by Niagara...

Election Notebook: Sometimes a picture isn't worth 1000 words

MP Malcolm Allen was scheduled to launch his re-election campaign Wednesday night with a BBQ at Club Richelieu. The NDP candidate's launch follows that of...

Mulcair returns for Niagara doughnuts

Niagara Centre incumbent Malcolm Allen said Mulcair's visits indicate the NDP believe three Niagara ridings held by established Tory MPs — Rick Dykstra in St.

LaFleche: Region goes wrong on Twitter...again

Tamming quoted me as saying: “St. Catharines Conservative incumbent Rick Dykstra has been a great MP for the city,” to which he added his own...

St. Catharines NDP still to choose candidate

The federal election is underway, yet the St. Catharines NDP haven't officially signed off on a candidate. NDP riding association president Willie Noiles said a...

Local Conservatives, Liberals ready to go

I've made commitments to clients and the courts and I have to keep those,” he said. “But we're ready to go. We'll keep walking and...

Badawey wins Niagara Centre Liberal nomination

Badawey was chosen as the candidate for Niagara Centre in a vote by local riding association members late Thursday. “Let's take this riding back,” Badawey...

LaFleche; Feds, release Port pier study now

Today we see the signs of rot within the current Conservative government. Once the champion of transparency and ... The office of St. Catharines MP...

Sheepdogs brothers give musical gift to DSBN Academy

But what is happening here today is pure magic, St. Catharines Conservative MP Rick Dykstra said Thursday. The Sheepdogs soared to success when they were...

Savers, seniors and families targeted by federal budget

However,, some critics charged that many of the financial promises benefit people who are already wealthy. And that measures don't actually kick in until after...

Income splitting will cost $2.2B, benefit 15% of Canadian families, budget ...

Liberal revenue critic Emmanuel Dubourg called the report "devastating" for the government. "We remember that (late finance minister) Jim Flaherty disagreed with income splitting, so...

Noel Gallagher isn't 'Chasing Yesterday' on new LP

Gallagher previously wanted Marr to play on the first NGFHB album in 2011 but “he couldn't do it because he was at the Oscars with...

Local MP recalls terror of shooting

"At first it sounded like metal chairs falling," said Allen, at about 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday inside a secure room in the basement of Parliament...

NDP dismisses latest Tory attack over its use of taxpayer dollars

But the Conservatives, in response to a QMI Agency investigation, said the NDP is bending the rules by allowing its federal staffers to collect government...

Canada will not be scared off by ISIS threats: PMO spokesman

Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett said Monday her concern with revoking passports is that it could prevent individuals from returning to Canada to face prosecution here...

Harper fumbles on trade deal stop

It also provided Niagara West-Glanbrook MP Dean Allison with a photo-op you will surely see in his re-election campaign materials when the time comes. Although...

New funding for Vineland Research Station

“Back by market research, the result will be a hardy, made-in-Canada rose that can take on markets from Calgary to Copenhagen,” said Conservative MP Pierre...

HEROD: Secord seeks mayoral brand

At his campaign launch this week were St. Catharines Conservative MP Rick Dykstra and the failed, wannabe St. Catharines Conservative MPP Mat Siscoe. Also on...

Allen trashes Tories on environment

But during the past several years under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government, Welland MP Malcolm Allen said the country is perceived...

UPDATE: Zimmerman not seeking re-election

Zimmerman also ran unsuccessfully in the 2004 federal election as a Liberal candidate, narrowly losing to Dean Allison of the Conservatives. "Being regional chair has...

Zimmerman won't seek re-election: report

She also ran unsuccessfully in the 2004 federal election as a Liberal candidate, narrowly losing to Dean Allison of the Conservatives. Zimmerman has served as...

Justin Trudeau sorry for F-bomb at charity boxing event

NDP MP Charlie Angus isn't personally offended by swearing, but said that as an MP, you don't do it "in your official capacity because people...

Peter Kormos: One year after his death

Malcolm Allen misses that about his friend of some 20 years. He also remembers the talk he had with Kormos, encouraging him to fill Forster's...

Russian move against Allison is useless

Take Dean Allison for example. The long-time federal representative of Niagara West-Glanbrook isn't that well known in Canada, even among avid political watchers. The chairman...

Rally for inquiry into missing native women

Whichever total is correct, Welland NDP MP Malcolm Allen said the lack of an inquiry is scandalous. "I will tell you this, if hundreds of...

Reclassified guns get temporary amnesty

Several Conservative MPs have expressed outrage that the RCMP switched the Classic Green family of Swiss Arms rifles from restricted or non-restricted to prohibited weapons.

Canada closes embassy in Ukraine

Conservative MP Costas Menegakis attended the vigil, saying he wanted to stand with them during Ukraine's time of crisis. "I'm pleased that our government is...