Federal Election 2015  

Cannings off to Ottawa

The second time was a charm for Richard Cannings.

Naturalist and author Richard Canning swept to victory Monday in the riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay.

The NDP candidate easily outdistanced Liberal contender Connie Denesiuk and Conservative hopeful Marshall Neufeld.

Just two years ago, Cannings lost by 1,200 votes to Liberal Dan Ashton in the provincial election.

"The people of the South Okanagan-West Kootenay have voted for change," Cannings said in his victory speech.

"As I look out at this room, I see a great team, and it is so humbling to have such a hard-working team."

"My office door will always be open, and together we can build a better country and a Canada we can be proud of once again."

Cannings also thanked his fellow candidates for a good campaign.

He also talked about driving around the riding with his brother at the end of the campaign, "because candidates are nervous and there is not much left to do, so why not drive around the riding?"

Cannings will have four years to get familiar with every part of the riding.

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