EDITORIAL: The writ drops and they're off

As anti-climactic as it may be, there will still be a news buzz around Wednedsay's trip by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Rideau Hall, where he will visit Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament.

Once she does so, the 2019 federal election will officially begin, though the de facto campaign has been on since at least this past spring.

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Once the writ drops, all sorts of election rules kick in — how much money each party and candidate can spend, how third-party interest groups register and buy ads, which entities are barred from donating, etc.

And, while the door-knocking from various candidates in Kamloops has been occurring for the past few weeks, expect more frequent visits from a larger number of men and women seeking to tell you why they deserve your vote.

In the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding, voters will have a record number of candidates from which to choose. The seven people seeking to be MP — Kira Cheeseborough (Animal Protection Party), Dock Currie (NDP), Iain Currie (Green) Ken Finlayson (People’s Party), Peter Kerek (Communist), Terry Lake (Liberal) and Cathy McLeod (Conservative) — represent the most names on the ballot since the riding was formed in 2004.

KTW and all the other media in this city will be covering the election campaign deeply. We began last week with a look at what issues are most top of mind with voters we encountered on the street.

We continue this week with the first of our series of candidate profiles. Those will be followed by candidates’ takes in a number of issues we have identified, along with the various stories that emerge between now and Oct. 21, when voters go to the polls.

Also planned is an Oct. 8 debate at TRU’s Grand Hall, co-hosted by KTW, Radio NL and the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.

There will be plenty of options to get informed.

Do so.

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