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The Federal Election is a mere 41 days away, even if it hasn’t been officially called. The writ, by law, must be dropped by no later than September 15. That, however, hasn’t stopped all the candidates in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola from hitting the campaign trail.

Tasked with unseating Conservative Incumbent Dan Albas for the Liberals is Mary Ann Murphy.

Murphy was recently in Merritt and spoke with Q101 about some of the concerns she’s hearing from Merrittonians.

“We met with the Chamber and we’ve been door-knocking,” began Murphy. “We were talking with small businesses about some of their concerns and not surprisingly a lot of them venture on things to do with the lumber industry. But, also the need to engage in economic diversification for the city.”

Murphy also spoke to the recent municipal strategic planning sessions and how most of the key items have been receiving funding in other centres.

“The flood mitigation plan, or the airport master plan review, the downtown revitalization, these are things that we really feel that you could benefit from federal support and investment on,” added Murphy.

Last week, a report was published saying that the younger generation for the first time will hold the balance of power in the election. Murphy was asked how she’s been working to involve and attract millennials to her campaign.

“A lot of my career lately has been working to connect millennials with older adults,” said Murphy. “I know that younger people have a lot more on their minds politically than most older adults give them credit for. They have a lot to discuss, they’re very interested in social change and making contributions to a better country.”

The election is set for October 21. Voters in this riding will have a full slate of candidates vying for their vote, with the NDP, Greens, People’s Party and Liberals running challengers to Incumbent Albas.


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