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Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo independents' view of the vote

Bob O'Brien and Wayne Allan review their runs for office in the Sept. 20 federal election.
bob o'brien and wayne allan

Expectations were vastly different amongst the two independent candidates in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding.

Bob O’Brien was disappointed in his 277-vote total after putting in five 70-hour weeks during the campaign, thinking he would place in the top three, whereas candidate Wayne Allan said he considered anything more than one vote for him a success. Allan received 140 votes.

O’Brien said he talked to a thousand people who were in favour of an independent candidate for the riding, but felt many were concerned Justin Trudeau and the Liberals would be returned to power, so they voted strategically.

Allan said he felt his campaign went well, noting he didn’t get started until late and didn’t feel he had the same amount of opportunities other candidates had.

He said the campaign is just the beginning and he plans to support whomever may be an independent candidate for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in the next election.

O’Brien said he will likely seek a party nomination if he again pursues office.

All vote tallies are pending tabulation of mail-in ballots on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 21). Elections Canada said there were requests for 7,100 mail-in ballots, but it remains to be seen how many were returned.