The New Democratic Party may acclaim its candidate in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding for the Oct. 21 federal election.
Local NDP riding association president Bill Sundhu said the party’s nomination meeting will be held on May 26, but noted only a single confirmed candidate has emerged.
Gina Myhill-Jones, a community support worker from 100 Mile House, announced earlier this month that she is seeking the party’s nomination. The deadline for any other prospective candidates to submit an application to the federal party is this Friday, Sundhu told KTW.
“We sent out the message last week that if anybody was going to do it, they better do it fast because the door was going to close,” he said.
Sundhu said it’s possible one more contestant will emerge by the end of Friday, but added he does not know if that person has submitted an application or will meet the vetting requirements.
The field of candidates running in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo remains very much unclear.
People’s Party regional co-ordinator Glen Walushka said he believes there are two prospective candidates who have been vetted by their party who may be announced in the next few days.
The party’s riding associations have from May 20 to May 27 to hold nomination meetings, with a likely reveal party for some Southern Interior candidates set for the weekend of May 24.
Former Kamloops mayor and provincial health minister Terry Lake is seeking the Liberal nomination, but a nomination meeting date has yet to be set. Lake remains the lone person to announce a candidacy for the nomination.
Matt Greenwood, president of the local Green riding association, said the party is expected to hold its nomination in late June, noting at least two people are seeking the nomination, which will be the Greens’ first contested nomination race in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.
Greenwood, who was the Green candidate in 2015, will not be seeking the nomination.
Incumbent Conservative candidate Cathy McLeod was acclaimed by her party more than a year ago.
The 2015 results in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo saw McLeod get re-elected with 24,595 votes, followed by New Democrat Sundhu, with 21,466 votes. Liberal Steve Powrie received 21,215 votes, while. Green candidate Greenwood garnered 2,489 votes.
Powrie’s 21,215 votes were the most ever received by a Liberal candidate in the riding.
Voter turnout was 73.4 per cent.
There are 338 seats in Parliament. As of Thursday, the party distribution of seats is as follows: Liberal (179), Conservative (97), NDP (41), Bloc Quebecois (10), Independent (5), Green (1), People’s Party (1).
There are three vacant seats.