Federal election set for May 2

NORTHWEST FEDERAL candidates are putting their campaigns together for a voting day of either May 2 or May 9 after the Conservative government fell in Ottawa this morning.

NORTHWEST FEDERAL candidates are putting their campaigns together for a voting day of  May 2 after the Conservative government fell in Ottawa yesterday morning.

The election was triggered after MPs voted 156 in favour and 145 against for a Liberal party motion expressing non-confidence in the government.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be visiting Governor General David Johnston to formally ask that Parliament be dissolved.

Candidates will need to hit the ground running in order to make an impression on voters because of the relative shortness of the campaigning period.

In the Skeena – Bulkley riding, New Democrat Nathan Cullen is the incumbent. He’ll be up against Terrace resident Clay Harmon representing the Conservative party, Christian Heritage Party candidate Rod Taylor from Smithers and Green candidate Roger Benham, also from Smithers.

Taylor, who is also his party’s deputy leader, and Benham have run for federal office here before.

Cullen was first elected in 2004, re-elected in 2006 and again 2008.

The federal Liberals have so far not named a candidate.