Independent Candidates 2008 – Who They Are

I will update this page on a regular basis.

Here is what purports to be a complete list of independent candidates:

To find out who is running in your riding (all candidates):

Here is a link to another site that is keeping track of independents:

I would like to list all independent candidates running in the October 14 (or any future) election. Please email me at: I will organize them by province:


Andre Arthur:

“Quebec’s colourful independent MP André Arthur won’t face any Conservative opponent in the upcoming election.

The Tories confirmed they decided last week not to field a candidate against the former radio DJ, once known as “King Arthur,” who represents Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier in the Quebec City area.”

Read on at:

David Marler:

“I am running as an Independent in the Federal election because I, together with over 50% of qualified Canadian voters, are fed-up with the manner in which our politicians conduct themselves in Ottawa.  The fundamental problem, as I see it, is that our elected representatives do not speak for us but are simply the mouth pieces for the partisan messages concocted in the back rooms of the offices of the party leaders.  We must reverse this trend if we are to save our democracy.  The only way in which we can do this is to elect candidates who will be responsible to us and not to a political party.”

– David Marler

‘Democracy in peril,’ says ex-Tory

David Marler running as an independent in Brome-Missisquoi

By Frank Nixon

With Canadians going to the polls Oct. 14, David Marler, a lawyer based in Knowlton, is running as an independent in the federal riding of Brome-Missisquoi. “It is the corruption endemic in the federal party system of Ottawa that motivates me to run as an independent,” says Marler. “If elected, I will conduct myself as Heward Grafftey did a man who was true to his own principles, and who was fully committed to serving his constituents and his country.”

For the complete article and to download Mr. Marler’s book see:

Nova Scotia:

“Bill Casey

This is kind of like the People’s Campaign and a return to democracy for the many who have never gotten involved before. It has been very interesting to watch unfold. I can see a need for political parties, but I do enjoy being able to speak for the riding without it being just the party’s opinion and not my own. There is a place for an Independent in this system.

I have been asked what can an Independent candidate do in Parliament? The answer is simple; I can express the wishes of the riding without having to go through a Whip’s office, a critic or worrying that my comments on an issue will be problematic for another caucus member elsewhere in the country.”


John Turmel – Guelph

Paul Barnes – Prince Edward Hastings

Carlos Santos Almeida – Trinity Spadina

Bernadette Michael – Willowdale

Wendy Forrest – Davenport

John Richardson – Toronto Danforth

Gerald Derome – Toronto Centre

David Popescu – Sudbury


Kirk Schmidt – Calgary West

“In the case of a majority government, MPs affiliated with a party often have to “toe party line.” This means that, no matter what their constituency believes, they have to vote in line with the way the party is voting.

Independents, on the other hand, are not held to a party line, and they are able to vote in the best interests of their constituents. If elected, the only line that I have to toe is Calgary West’s. I will do that.”