Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to be in Kamloops this Tuesday to help acclaim Terry Lake as the Liberal Party of Canada’s candidate in the fall federal election.
The prime minister is expected to be at the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Liberal riding association’s nomination meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way in Aberdeen.
The location is the same site where Lake introduced Trudeau during the prime minister’s visit to Kamloops in January. At that time, Trudeau attended a party fundraising luncheon at the Coast before hosting a town hall Q&A at Thompson Rivers University.
The Jan. 9 fundraiser in Kamloops raised as much as $36,300, according to documents filed with Elections Canada. The luncheon attracted 121 paying guests, with ticket prices set at $300 for the general public, $200 for party Victory Club members (those who donate monthly) and $75 for students.
Lake is a former Kamloops councillor and mayor and former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister. He will face incumbent Conservative MP Cathy McLeod and soon-to-be acclaimed NDP candidate Gina Myhill-Jones of 100 Mile House.
The Greens are expecting a contested nomination, while the People’s Party of Canada is expected to have an announcement of some kind on May 23, when leader Maxime Bernier is scheduled to visit Kamloops.
Voters will go to the polls on Oct. 21.
The 2015 results in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo saw McLeod get re-elected with 24,595 votes, followed by New Democrat Bill 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. The party distribution of seats is as follows: Liberal (177), Conservative (97), NDP (41), Bloc Quebecois (10), Independent (7), Green (2), People’s Party (1) and CCF (1). There are two vacant seats.