Candidates of all political stripes dispersed throughout the Okanagan Valley today in a last ditch effort to secure the vote ahead of the 2021 federal election on Monday.
The closest race in the region is expected to be in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding, where incumbent NDP Richard Cannings narrowly beat Tory challenger Helena Konanz by less than 800 votes in 2019.
“I expect it to be very close and the difference is it’s a new world, it’s been two years since the last election and so much has happened and I expect people to want have more representation now more than ever, so I expect people to come out and want their voices heard, ”Konanz said on Sunday.
Cannings said the difference will be people will choose between a progressive candidate, like himself, or the Tories.
“I am cautiously optimistic that we will come out on top, but it will be a close race and we are working hard.”
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In North Okanagan-Shuswap, the constituency has a long history of electing center-right MPs. Outgoing curator Mel Arnold is running for a third term.
He told Global News on Sunday that he expected a high turnout at the polls.
“We’ve seen mail-in ballots and advance polls hit record highs, so I’m expecting a high turnout tomorrow. I encourage everyone to get out early to make sure they have a chance to vote, ”said Arnold.
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North Okanagan – Shuswap Liberal candidate Shelley Desautels said she was staying close to her home in Salmon Arm after a grueling month on the campaign trail.
“We had a short period of hard hitting,” she said.
“We’re hoping for a good turnout, I know the advanced polls were up, I know a lot of people are really concerned about the climate, affordability, those things that I think are going to get people out and vote tomorrow. “
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Conservative candidate Dan Albas is seeking re-election in the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. He has occupied the headquarters since 2015.
“It’s my experience over the last few days that most people know who they’re voting for, there are a few people who may still be undetermined, so I’m going to take a ride to Peachland and West Kelowna, probably to cafes because ‘There will always be people discussing politics and our country,’ said Albas.
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Albas also expects high voter turnout and urges voters to prepare for potential delays due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“We have already seen many reports of an above average turnout, that’s a good thing in a democracy, we always want to see a higher turnout so people can have their say.” , said Albas.
“There are going to be restrictions and that may mean longer queues, so we ask for everyone’s cooperation and patience.”
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In Kelowna — Lake Country, Conservative candidate Tracy Gray defeated incumbent Liberal MP Stephen Fuhr by nearly 9,000 votes in the 2019 election, and she is now fighting to retain her seat in the 2021 federal election.
In a video on Facebook, she offered her advice to voters.
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“Make sure to plan your day, dress for the weather and if you haven’t received your voter card in the mail, check out Elections.ca to see what ID you need to bring and where. is your nearest polling station. ” noted.
Gray told Global News she expects a high turnout.
“Across the province, support for the NDP is high, so it is important that all Conservatives go to the polls.
Liberal candidate Tim Krupa said many volunteers were encouraging people to vote before the polls opened at 7:00 am Monday.
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“Today we are across Kelowna Lake-Country, to Mission, to Rutland, to Glenmore, downtown, to Lake Country, reminding people to come out and vote,” Krupa said.
“There are so many key issues at stake for our community that our current representation in Kelowna Lake-Country has not responded. From protecting our environment from extreme weather conditions to protecting our health heroes and encouraging people to get vaccinated, I think the residents of Kelowna-Lake Country want stronger leadership.
British Columbia ridings to watch in the 2021 federal election
To vote in a federal election, you must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on election day, and be able to prove your identity and address.
Global Okanagan has released a special series featuring the 2021 candidates and local issues in each federal riding in the Okanagan. The reports can be viewed here:
Kelowna — The Land of Lakes
South Okanagan — West Kootenay
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