/Forbes and Schmale square off again
Judi Forbes is the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal nominee for the upcoming federal election. /Photo provided

Forbes and Schmale square off again

By Chad Ingram

Whenever the next federal election is called, Judi Forbes will once again attempt to unseat Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes- Brock Conservative incumbent Jamie Schmale.

The Liberal riding association announced last week that Forbes has been acclaimed as the Liberal candidate for HKLB.

A retired banker and small business owner living near Beaverton, in a press release, Forbes indicated the focus of her campaign would be on helping residents of the riding recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am a lot like many others in this riding,” Forbes said in the release. “I work hard and I care for my family, my friends, and my community. I have been affected, as many here have been, by this pandemic and I will work hard to bring to the residents of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock the kind of progress we have seen in neighbouring ridings. I will fight for the support needed for all communities in this riding to recover better and stronger.”

In the 2019 election, Forbes took approximately 26 per cent, while Schmale took almost 50 per cent. Before becoming first elected to Parliament in 2015, Schmale was the long-time executive assistant to former HKLB MP Barry Devolin.

While the next federal election is not scheduled until 2023, many national political pundits are pontificating that with a minority Liberal government in place, Canadians may be heading to the polls as soon as this fall.