Federal candidates have hit the hustings locally.
Seeking election Oct. 19 in North Okanagan-Shuswap so far are Mel Arnold with the Conservatives, Cindy Derkaz with the Liberals, Chris George for the Green Party and Jacqui Gingras for the NDP.
“The residents of the North Okanagan Shuswap need a strong voice in Ottawa,” said Arnold, a Salmon Arm resident.
“As a lifetime resident of the area I have seen the challenges. Now I want to put my leadership skills and experience to work for you, to have a positive impact on the lives of everyday people in the riding. By being active in the community, I understand the issues that families and seniors face and I will work tirelessly on your issues as your MP.”
Derkaz, a Salmon Arm resident, says she decided to throw her hat in the political arena due to an increasing concern over the direction the country has taken under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“After a decade of Harper, we want change that will make a real difference in the lives of all Canadians – change that will help families make ends meet, put more money in their pockets, and bring this country together,” she said.
George lives in Notch Hill and says environmental and social policies brought him to the Greens.
“There is no excuse for poverty in Canada. Elizabeth May’s small business initiatives are the best there is,” he said.
“Trade deals that give foreign corporations the right to sue our government for making responsible decisions in the interests of Canada must be renegotiated.”
Gingras says her vision for the North Okanagan-Shuswap is to “mobilize our abundant resources to reinvigorate our local community.”
“What we have learned too well over the past eight years with Harper is that the answers to the issues that affect our community don’t come from Ottawa,” said Gingras, who lives in Falkland .
“They come from you and me; people who work here, raise their families here, and build a life here.”
The nomination process for candidates closes Sept. 28.