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BC Election campaign trail Saturday October 17

Advance voting is now on daily -- October 15 through 21.

Saturday October 17, 2020 | VICTORIA & VANCOUVER [Last update 8:30 pm]

Election campaign coverage by Mary P Brooke, editor | Island Social Trends

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Saturday October 17 is Day 26(*) on the Election BC campaign trail (*calling September 21 as Day 1, the day the election was called).


John Horgan, 2020, NDP Campaign
Call the Langford-Juan de Fuca campaign office at 778-265-7955 if you need information about how to vote.

BC NDP: In a news release this morning, BC NDP Leader John Horgan said a re-elected BC NDP government will deliver a new regional cancer centre in Kamloops. He made these comments in Kamloops this morning at 9:15 am at Thompson Rivers University alongside BC NDP candidates Sadie Hunter (Kamloops-North Thompson), Anna Thomas (Kamloops-South Thompson), and Aaron Sumexheltza (Fraser-Nicola).

Horgan said that local health care investments would be at risk under the BC Liberals. Horgan cited that under the NDP the first Urgent Primary Care Centre opened in Kamloops, giving opportunities to new doctors. A new patient care tower is being built at Royal Inland Hospital. Another 100 more public long term care beds are coming to Kamloops, as part of 500 beds coming to the Interior.

Jennifer Rice, Nathan Cullen, BC NDP
Impacts on Northern BC discussed by BC NDP candidates Jennifer Rice and Nathan Cullen in the northern region of BC online on October 17, 2020. They were joined by Joy Thorkelson, President, United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union.

BC NDP: BC NDP Leader John Horgan also is making stops today in Merritt, Penticton and Oliver.

BC NDP: This morning northern region candidates Nathan Cullen and Jennifer Rice addressed media about how they say BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s past actions have impacted communities in Northern BC regarding a court challenge with Sun Wave Forest Products for which he was the legal counsel (ref: Globe & Mail article February 2013).

Mitzi Dean, BC NDP, voting place
BC NDP candidate Mitzi Dean came out to vote during advance voting on October 17, 2020 at the West Shore Parks & Recreation voting place location. [Island Social Trends / Mary Brooke]

BC NDP: BC NDP incumbent Mitzi Dean (Esquimalt-Metchosin) cast her vote at the advance voting place at West Shore Parks & Recreation in Colwood today.


BC Liberal: Today BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson will address media at 10:30 am from Campbell River. In a release prior to the live announcement, Wilkinson is quote as saying that “the NDP simply threw in the towel and let forestry workers and forestry-dependent communities suffer on their own”.

In his live session, he again mentioned his background as a medical doctor, saying he practiced medicine in Campbell River for three years in the 1980s.

Wilkinson encouraged people to vote today — advance voting is open and today is the deadline for putting mail-in ballots into the postal mail system (to reach Elections BC in good time for the 4 pm October 24 deadline).


Sonia Furstenau, BC Green Leader, campaign ad

BC Green: BC Green Leader Sonia Furstenau released the full BC Green platform earlier this week.

Today October 17 Furstenau addressed media at 12:30 pm from an outdoor spot at Witty’s Lagoon regarding a sustainable forestry system. She was accompanied by BC Green candidates Andy MacKinnon (Esquimalt-Metchosin) and Gord Baird (Langford-Juan de Fuca).

Furstenau feels that the legislature produces better results for British Columbians by hearing different perspective at the table. The BC Greens would bring evidence-based solutions to the table, she said today.

Furstenau will take part in a Trivia Night with BC Green candidate Jenn Neilson (Victoria-Beacon Hill) this evening, from 7 to 8 pm.

BC Green Leader Sonia Furstenau at Witty’s Lagoon in Metchosin on October 17, 2020 accompanied by BC Green candidates Gord Baird – Langford -Juan de Fuca (left) and Andy MacKinnon – Equimalt-Metchosin (right).

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