After weeks of speculation Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to officially call the 43rd Federal election early this morning.
Trudeau will meet with Governor General Julie Payette this morning and ask her to officially dissolve the 42nd Parliament.
While the campaign is set to begin today, candidates across the country have been on the campaign trail for months, and the local riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola has been no exception.
Voters in the riding will have a full slate of candidates vying for their vote come October.
The Liberal’s have Mary Ann Murphy, the NDP acclaimed Joan Phillips, the Greens’ will see Robert Mellalieu again run for office, and the People’s Party has Allan Duncan. Those four challengers will all be working towards unseating incumbent Conservative MP Dan Albas.
All the candidates have spoken to visiting the Merritt area soon to meet with Merrittonians and do some door knocking, however, currently there isn’t an official all-candidates forum scheduled for the area.
A recent Leger poll has the Conservatives and Liberals in a near dead-heat nationally as the writ is dropped. The Liberals are polling at 34 per cent to the Tories 35 per cent.
The Greens and NDP are tied with 11 per cent and the People’s Party of Canada has 3 per cent.
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