Liberal candidate makes local stop

Deborah Coyne will be at Okanagan-Shuswap Liberal AGM

One of the contenders for the federal Liberal leadership may be stopping in Okanagan-Shuswap.

Deborah Coyne, a constitutional lawyer and author, will appear at the Okanagan-Shuswap Liberal Riding Association’s annual general meeting Oct. 12.

Also seeking the Liberal leadership is Montreal MP Justin Trudeau.

“Both are very credible people,” said Janna Francis, Okanagan-Shuswap Liberal president.

Francis expects much of the media attention will be focused on Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

“He will bring some attention to Canadian politics and wake some people up,” she said.

“There is some apathy out there about politics.”

A new federal leader will be elected in April, and the party continues to rebuild after last year’s election loss, which saw the Liberals place third nationally.

“Right after the election, meetings began on how we clearly define what the Liberals stand for,” said Francis.

“There has been a groundswell of support.”

The Oct. 12 annual general meeting will be at the Royal York Golf Course in Armstrong, with a wine and cheese social at 6 p.m.

Toronto MP Carolyn Bennett will speak at 6:30 p.m.