On Monday night, for the first time since 2004, the New Democrats had to settle for third place in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, but rookie politician Cynthia Egli isn’t disappointed with the results.
Egli, who amassed 13.7 per cent of the vote, told KTW she is disappointed that she lost, but noted winning was a long shot.
“I think we did really well and we were against two top people,” said Egli, noting the strong competition in Liberal candidate Terry Lake, a former mayor and MLA, and now four-time Conservative MP Cathy McLeod.
Egli entered the fray with just four weeks left in the campaign — having put her name forward after two other acclaimed NDP candidates withdrew from the race.
The NDP has placed second to the Conservatives in the previous four elections.
Egli said she has learned plenty from her first political campaign and could see herself running again in the future.
“I might be. I came into this [campaign] doing this as a favour for the NDP and trying my hand at it and I ended up liking it way more than I thought I would, so you never know,” Egli said.
She said she may considering running in the next provincial election, which is slated to be held in October 2021.
Looking at the minority government situation that has unfolded in Ottawa, Egli said she is hopeful NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his 23 MPs will be able to work with the Liberal government on issues of affordability and pharmacare.
“He’s the leader and he’s going to have to decide when he gets there, but I think it’s positive,”she said. noting it would have been nice to see the NDP pick up a few more seats.