The federal election will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 and, under current legislation, the latest the election can be called is Sunday, Sept. 15.
With the Manitoba provincial election set to be held next Tuesday, Sept, 10, it is believed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will wait until after that vote to visit Governor General Julie Payette and ask her to dissolve Parliament, thereby triggering the 43rd federal election in the country’s 152-year history.
With the writ ready to drop within days, KTW is beginning its election coverage with a random sampling of voters in which we ask them what issue is top of mind as the election campaign approaches. The answers are varied and may or may not reflect what candidates and party leaders are focusing on as they vie for precious votes.
Next week, we will introduce KTW readers to the six candidates running in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding: Dock Currie (NDP), Iain Currie (Green), Ken Finlayson (People’s Party), Peter Kerek (Communist), Terry Lake (Liberal) and Cathy McLeod (Conservative).
Beginning on Sept. 11, profiles will run in successive editions of KTW and online.
In addition, the pages of KTW and the Kamloops This Week website will feature a series of election topics, with candidates weighing in with their thoughts on various issues.
We will also examine the work being done behind the scenes and will augment our coverage with what voters should know in order to cast ballots and stories on the political narrative as it evolves during the campaign, from local, provincial and national perspectives as we work in tandem with Canadian Press and affiliated newspapers in B.C.
For those wishing to quiz the candidates, KTW, in partnership with Radio NL and the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, will host a candidates’ debate.
The always lively event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall at Thompson Rivers University. Watch the pages of KTW and kamloopsthisweek.com in the coming weeks for more information on the forum.