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On Wednesday, October 2nd the Belleville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Bay of Quinte Federal Candidates Debate. Join us and listen as your local Candidates debate issues related to business and our community prior to the 2019 Federal Election.  

When: Wednesday, October 2nd 
Time: Doors Open at 6:00pm ~ Debate: 7:00pm 
Location: The Empire Theatre - 321 Front St. 
Admission: Free admission with No Reserved Seating



Federal Candidates

Tim Durkin - Conservative



Tim Durkin has called the Bay of Quinte region home most of his life. Through his time in the Quinte region, since 17, he has worked in broadcasting, spending time as a journalist and news anchor in Belleville, Kingston, and Yellowknife. It has included radio and television broadcasting, covering hockey for the Belleville Senators (AHL), Belleville Bulls (OHL), the Wellington Dukes and Trenton Golden Hawks.

Tim has worked closely with the Trenton Memorial and Belleville General Hospital Foundations, Volunteer and Information Quinte, the Parkinsons Superwalk, the Military Family Resource Centre, St Michael’s Youth Group, and the Gleaners Food Bank, among others.

Tim’s family instilled hard work, faith, kindness, and giving, as the foundation of a good life. In 2014, he married the love of his life Jennifer, and now have their first child, daughter Elizabeth.

Danny Celovsky - Green



Daniel “Danny” Celovsky resides and works in Picton, Ontario, and finds himself constantly in awe of the sense of community this town provides. With three grown children and a grandchild, he believes that fostering and enhancing that sense of community and ensuring a clean healthy environment is their right, and our obligation to provide, in order that they can experience a positive and healthy life.

Danny was driven to run for the Green Party of Canada by his firm belief that the future of his children and grandchildren is our responsibility to provide and secure in the same form and condition as it was provided to past generations. A clean, healthy and sustainable future is critical for our overall community at the local, national and global levels. He believes that significant changes have to be made to confront the climate crisis, and that current leadership has not led us in that direction.

Danny wants to foster changes in our approach to solving the climate crisis, enhance overall equality and opportunity for Canadians, and ensure personal freedoms and individual opportunities are protected within our democratic system. He recognizes that open dialogue is the foundation of any solution – but action will be the catalyst to achieving the required results to the serious challenges we face. He believes his infectious attitude to action, clear understanding of our natural environment, and strong sense of community engagement provides him a solid foundation to serve this community.

Neil Ellis - Liberal



Born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Neil Ellis has enjoyed a long history of contributing to the Bay of Quinte across a variety of roles.

Foremost, he has owned and operated a successful local business for nearly 30 years. From 2006-2014, he also served as Mayor of the City of Belleville. A committed leader and visionary, he championed innovative strategies to address a serious shortage of family physicians and other health practitioners in the region, and also introduced local infrastructure improvements. These professional and public service roles have enabled Neil to gain an extensive knowledge of the Bay of Quinte riding, and to establish strong, positive working relationships with business leaders, elected officials and community partners throughout Belleville, Prince Edward County and Quinte West. He is tremendously proud of the many successes achieved, together, with them.

As Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte, Neil’s overarching priority is to secure a stable infusion of infrastructure funding. He believes this is the key to promoting economic growth and improving the quality of life for all constituents. As a lifelong resident of the Quinte area, Neil is honoured to continue serving his fellow community members in this capacity.

Stephanie Bell - NDP


Stephanie has been working in the service industry for the past ten years – as a gardener promoting organic farming and biodiversity, and as a strong advocate for local active transportation initiatives. 

Her firsthand knowledge of the daily struggles of the working class is what drives her desire for social justice which, to her, is directly linked to the fight against climate change. She believes that acting together to protect the environment will lead to a more egalitarian society.

Known for being honest and authentic, Stephanie can be counted on to bring an open mind to different points of views and cultures, an ability she attributes to her extensive travels around the world. She is a proud and active resident of Prince Edward County and is ready to bring the community’s voices to Ottawa.

Paul Bordonaro - PPC


Paul Bordonaro is a retired businessman residing in Carrying Place. He is single, has two sons and 10 grandchildren. His volunteer involvement goes back to 1982 in Scarborough, Ontario when he wrote a report on the homeless and presented it to the Minister of Housing at the time, the Honourable Alvin Curling. Paul presented his vision of Scarborough to the city council, to change the city’s direction to create more local jobs. At the time, the city had far less jobs per capita than all the other neighbouring cities and municipalities. Paul worked closely with 3 Scarborough mayors.

In retirement, Paul stays active in his community. He has dealt with a couple of local safety issues he was concerned with and was able to resolve them.

He is thrilled and honoured to be the first candidate in the Bay of Quinte for the newly formed People’s Party of Canada