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Jacob Mantle to run for Conservative nomination for next federal election


DAN CEARNS The Standard


NORTH DURHAM: While no federal election has been called, as of yet, the new riding of York-Durham has its first candidate.

Earlier this month, lawyer and former Uxbridge councillor, Jacob Mantle announced his candidacy to run to be the Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate, for an election which must be held by 2025.

“I’m very excited to be getting back into politics,” Mr. Mantle said. “We have a great leader in Pierre [Poilevre] and we’ve got issues to tackle, like housing and general affordability. I think he’s the man for the job.”

Mr. Mantle previously ran in the Pickering-Uxbridge riding, in the 2021 election, though in that campaign he fell short of being elected.

“I think that [experience] makes me a much stronger candidate in the nomination and a much stronger candidate in the general election. Obviously, we have strong networks in Uxbridge, as well as historical networks in Port Perry, from my time on council, my time working for John O’Toole, and then my time helping Jamil [Jivani] in his most recent nomination and his by-election.”

The ridings across the country recently changed, and the new York-Durham riding was created. This new riding encompasses areas in Scugog, Brock, Georgina, Uxbridge and Whitchurch-Stouffville.

“I think that’s a much better riding, in terms of communities of interest. Uxbridge is a lot more similar to Port Perry than it was to Pickering. So, I think that’s good for residents.”

He listed local issues, such as agriculture, economic development, and affordable housing, as ones he’d like to tackle as a potential Member of Parliament.

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