Derkaz carries Liberal banner in election

Cindy Derkaz is waving the Liberal flag for Okanagan-Shuswap residents

Candidate Cindy Derkaz speaks to federal Liberal supporters Saturday.

Candidate Cindy Derkaz speaks to federal Liberal supporters Saturday.

Cindy Derkaz is proudly waving the Liberal flag for Okanagan-Shuswap residents as she prepares for the 2015 federal election.

Derkaz, of Salmon Arm, was acclaimed federal Liberal candidate for the 2015 election in front of two crowded meetings of local Liberal party members and supporters Saturday in Vernon and Salmon Arm.

“Many people here in the riding have become increasingly concerned about the direction Canada has been taking under the Harper Conservative government,” said Derkaz, a retired lawyer who previously worked in her parents’ shoe stores in Vernon and Salmon Arm.

“I believe that another five years of this government will fundamentally and irreversibly change the Canada we think we live in.”

Derkaz has a record of community service as she helped found the Shuswap Community Foundation, was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 and has served on the Environmental Appeal Board of BC and the Forest Appeal Commission.

Democracy, environment, First Nations, diplomacy and economic development are all on her agenda.

“Federal Liberal policies are a good fit for my world view: a country that is well managed fiscally, a fair and open society, well respected on the world stage and prepared to take a leadership role on climate change and the environment,” she said.

“I look forward to standing up for the needs of our community in Ottawa as a member of the Liberal team.”

MP Colin Mayes will not seek re-election in 2015, but former Vernon Mayor Wayne Lippert, Vernon businessperson Scott Anderson, former Lumby councillor Janet Green and Salmon Arm businessperson Mel Arnold, are all vying for the Conservative candidacy, with a nomination meeting scheduled for Saturday in Vernon from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre, following the Salmon Arm meeting Friday.

Jacqui Gingras of Falkland is the selected NDP candidate while Vernon’s Dave Smith is the Green Party candidate.