PM campaigns in Kamloops

A room full of Liberal supporters gathered at candidate Terry Lake’s Kamloops campaign office Thursday to welcome the prime minister.

Justin Trudeau was in Kamloops on Day 2 of the federal election campaign, which also included stops in Victoria and Edmonton. 

The visit was quick. Trudeau chatted with coffee shop customers. Minutes later, he walked over to Lake’s office and gave a quick speech.

“Terry, thank you for your leadership, your devotion to community, your significant engagement over many, many years in public service. Thank you for stepping up and choosing forward along with the rest of us,” Trudeau said. Lake is a former BC Liberal MLA and cabinet minister.

The prime minister took his five minutes with the mic to tout his party and take a few shots at the Conservatives.

“This election is a choice. It’s a choice about whether we go back to the Harper approach, that doesn’t believe in fighting climate change, doesn’t particularly care about working with Indigenous peoples, doesn’t particularly understand that by investing in the middle class and not helping the wealthy, that’s the way you build a stronger community forever – and that’s how you build a stronger economy,” said Trudeau.

After the pep rally, Lake said having Trudeau in the riding is a “tremendous boost.”

“It shows the importance the Liberal Party places in the Interior of B.C. and Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in particular,” he said. “We have a very good chance of taking this riding. And that would mean a Liberal MP for the first time in 40 years.”

The riding's last federal Liberal MP was Len Marchand Sr.

Lake is running against incumbent Conservative MP Cathy McLeod; Green candidate Iain Currie; rancher Ken Finlayson of the People's Party of Canada; Peter Kerek of the Communist Party; and Kira Cheeseborough of the Animal Protection Party of Canada.

The local NDP riding association is currently searching for its candidate, after Dock Currie dropped out of the race for social media comments he made two years ago.

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