McLeod confirms run in next federal election

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod will once again be the Conservative Party’s candidate in the next federal election, which will be held on Oct. 21, 2019.

McLeod was acclaimed as the party’s nominee during the nomination period, which took place at the end of 2017.

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“I was the candidate a number of months ago and no one challenged me at that time,” she told KTW. “I always said I would make the final definitive decision [to run again] one year out, which is what I’ve done.”

In a statement sent to media on Friday, McLeod said there is still unfinished business she would like to attend to, including the completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

In an interview with KTW, McLeod also cited continued work on First Nations files, including further reconciliation work, and working on better communication with third parties, such as ranchers.

“I have the passion, energy and strong support from my family to continue working hard for our region,” she said in her statement.

In the 2015 federal election, McLeod withstood strong campaigns from NDP candidate Bill Sundhu and Liberal candidate Steve Powrie en route to being re-elected.

McLeod received 24,595 votes (35 per cent), compared to Sundhu’s 21,466 (31 per cent) and Powrie’s 21,215 (30 per cent).

Voter turnout was 73 per cent, with 70,000 of the eligible 95,000 voters casting ballots in the riding.

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