Candidates with Same Name Are Running Against Each Other in Canadian Election

By 2 years ago

With one election in Prince Edward Island voters are facing a difficult choice on April 23 during the provincial election: do they go with Matthew MacKay, or Matthew MacKay?

Progressive Conservative Matthew MacKay is seeking re-election in the provincial Kensington-Malpeque district, but he’s being challenged by none other than, Matthew MacKay—that’s right, these two have the same exact name.

The Tory incumbent, a 37-year-old real estate agent, has represented the district for four years since 2015. “I was a little worried that come election day some people might get confused,” he said. “It’s the talk of the community right now.”

To avoid a potential mix-up, MacKay’s Green party rival has agreed to use his middle initial. His name will appear as “Matthew J. MacKay” on the ballot.

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