Finlayson, Cheeseborough reflect on election runs

People’s Party candidate decries democracy; Animal Protection flag-bearer wants to run again

While Cathy McLeod coasted to victory over Terry Lake and Cynthia Egli battled Iain Currie for third spot, a trio of candidates finished at the bottom of the seven candidate ballot locally.

Ken Finlayson, the People’s Party candidate, finished fifth, garnering 1,123 votes for 1.6 per cent of the vote.

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Nationally, the party managed 1.5 per cent of the vote, with leader Maxime Bernier losing his seat in Quebec.

“It looks like every election we’ve had since Confederation,” Finlayson told KTW.

“We’re guided by that Montreal-Toronto corridor. The West doesn’t have a voice — it’s all a charade.”

Finlayson brought up electoral reform and the U.S. electoral college system.

“The founding fathers of the United States foresaw that with the electoral college. We don’t have that in Canada. We delude ourselves with this holy grail of democracy,” he said.

“To be honest, I have no idea where I was going to fall. I just said the things I had to say and the things I believe in. Whatever the outcome, I accept the result.”

Finlayson was previously a contestant to replace Mantracker on the eponymous TV show, but failed.

Asked what was harder, applying for the show or running a federal campaign, he replied that Mantracker was a “walk in the park.”

Meanwhile, Kamloops voters haven’t seen the last of Kira Cheeseborough.

The federal Animal Protection Party candidate, who placed sixth in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding, said she is looking forward to running in future elections, including the next municipal and provincial elections.

In future runs for office, the 25-year-old university student plans to begin campaigning months ahead of time and recruit more volunteers.

Cheeseborough amassed less than a half per cent of the vote, with 317 ballots cast in her name in Monday’s federal election.

Though the numbers were small, Cheeseborough said she was “thrilled” to see there’s a small contingent of constituents interested in her platform and message.

The 2019 federal election was the first time Cheeseborough has ran for office and she said she did it without a campaign manager and without spending money on election signs or advertisements.

“Without having as much publicity as some of the other candidates from the main parties, I was still able to appeal to and reach 317 people and I think that’s incredible,” she said.

Cheeseborough watched the election results roll in from home, hosting a small get-together with party supporters and campaign volunteers.

At one point, an apparent glitch on a couple of poll tracking websites showed Cheeseborough in second place with some 2,000 votes.

Though thrilling to see, she told KTW she knew it was a mistake.

“It was the highlight of my night,” she said, adding it gave her a taste of the intensity of being in the running.

Cheeseborough said her proudest moment on the campaign trail was her performance at the Oct. 3 debate on the environment.

Looking back on the campaign, Cheeseborough said she feels she did the best she could given the resources she had.

Calls by KTW to Communist Party candidate Peter Kerek were not returned by press deadline.

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