Trio of Liberal leadership candidates on way to Kamloops

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Three contenders for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada will be visiting Kamloops this month, including putative favourite Justin Trudeau.

All seven leadership candidates — Trudeau, Deborah Coyne, Marc Garneau, Martha Hall Findlay, Karen McCrimmon, Joyce Murray and George Takach — will meet for a debate at Vancouver's Westin Bayshore Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 20.

The next day, Monday, Jan. 21, Trudeau will drive to Merritt and Kamloops, arriving in the Tournament Capital at about 3 p.m.

Murray Todd, president of the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding association, said a public event is planned for that day, possibly at the Kamloops Convention Centre or Thompson Rivers University, though details are still being worked out.

"He's on a very tight timeline, but there will be a public event," Todd said. "We're hoping to have a speech and some questions and answers."

Trudeau will then drive on to Vernon that night.

Two days later, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, Hall Findlay and McCrimmon will arrive in Kamloops, with both expected to appear at a Kamloops Chamber of Commerce-sponsored public event.

The seven candidates are seeking to succeed Michael Ignatieff, who stepped down as leader after losing his seat in the May 2011 federal election.

The party will elect its leader at an April 14 convention in Ottawa, with even non-members able to cast a vote.

Supporters of the Liberal Party of Canada can register to vote online, at no cost, here.



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