Libs descend on Valley

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.

Former finance minister and Abbotsford West MLA Michael de Jong will also be visiting the Okanagan this week in his bid to lead the party.


  • Date:              Tuesday, October 10
  • Time:              12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location:        The Schubert Centre


  • Date:              Wednesday, October 11
  • Time:              8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Location:        The Curious Café


  • Date:              Wednesday, October 11
  • Time:              5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location:        Painted Rock Winery


Some of the candidates for the leadership of the BC Liberal party descend on the Okanagan this week.

High profile candidate Dianne Watts, the former mayor of Surrey who won a seat for the Conservative Party in the last federal election, will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in the Valley, with stops scheduled for Kelowna, Summerland, Osoyoos, Penticton and Oliver. A number of meet and greets are scheduled.
“Communities are the engines behind economic growth and delivering public services and the time has come to strengthen our partnerships between local communities and the province,” said Watts in a press release.
Her campaign platform includes:

  • ensuring taxes raised from the legalization of cannabis goes to municipalities
  • ensuring local governments are at the table in the development of a comprehensive energy strategy for oil and gas, LNG, electricity, solar, wind and other renewables
  • supporting communities ravaged by the recent wildfires

Members of the public are invited to attend to following events:

Tuesday, October 10th 

  • Youth meet and greet, 3-4 p.m. at Starbucks, UBCO location, 3247 University Way, Kelowna
  • Meet and greet, 6:30 p.m. at The Curious Café, 1423 Ellis Street, Kelowna

Wednesday, October 11th 

  • Meet and greet, 12-1 p.m. at Kismet Estate Winery, 9580 Road 20, Oliver
  • Meet and greet, 4:30-6 p.m. at Kettle Valley Station Pub, 1070 Eckhardt Ave W., Penticton

Lesser known leadership candidate Michael Lee, Vancouver-Langara MLA, will be in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A business lawyer, Lee is new to B.C. politics although in the past he worked behind the scenes for former Tory prime minister Kim Campbell.

A press release from the Lee campaign team did not list any public events although he has made himself available to the media for interviews.

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