Column: Federal election shaping up to be an interesting one

It appears as though all of the candidates for the Federal riding of Cariboo-Prince George have put their names forward.

It appears as though all of the candidates for the Federal riding of Cariboo-Prince George have put their names forward.

The NDP were a little late getting out of the gate, however, with two more months of campaigning it probably doesn’t matter that much because there is lots of time for the candidates to make their pitch to the voters.

Todd Doherty from Prince George, running for conservatives, has been campaigning for a couple of months.

Prince George businessman Trent Derrick will represent the NDP as he beat Debora Munoz and Laura Zimmerman of Williams Lake.

Derrick will run against Liberal Tracy Calogheros, Conservative Todd Doherty, Green Party Richard Jaques, Independent Sheldon Clare, and Christian Heritage party Adam De Kroon.

It should be a good political race for Cariboo-Prince George federal riding.

I suspect Doherty will win the riding by a close vote.

I also think that the Conservatives will win the election, however, it could be very close and that would mean a minority government.

Doherty has lived in Williams Lake and he was the coach of the Williams Lake Junior hockey team.

None of the qualified Federal candidates currently live in Williams Lake, but you should see their faces as they come into our community and do some door knocking.

The only elections signs I see so far are those of Conservative candidate Todd Doherty.

I suspect there will be a lot more candidates signs before we hit the election day in late October.

I hope whoever wins the election in our riding in October will take the time to visit Williams Lake and be in touch with the voters.

As mentioned before, I would hope we have a really good turnout for voting in this election.

Sixty-one percent of Canadians cast ballots in the last Federal election.

Let’s hope more people get out to vote.

I cannot understand why folks cannot be bothered to take a half hour out of their lives to go to the polling station and cast a vote.

As the old saying goes, ‘vote for whom you please, but please vote.’

Ken Wilson is a freelance columnist with the Tribune/Weekend Advisor.

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