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Albas Victory

While the final votes were being counted last night Conservative Incumbent Dan Albas already knew he was headed back to Ottawa for the people of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola (COSN).

With only 30 of 227 polls reporting, Albas was declared victorious in his bid for re-election, and he will be returning to the House of Commons for his third term. Albas was first elected in 2011 and then again in 2015.

“All I can say is I will continue to champion your voices in Ottawa. I will make sure that I am accessible as possible, come back to be accountable as possible and in this 43rd parliament to get as many results for the people of COSN, so you can feel proud of the representation you have,” Albas told his supporters during his victory speech.

“We have increased our seats in the house of commons, a stern rebuke of the devisive politics Mr. Trudeau has brought. That being said, Canadians have had their say they are expected us to be the opposition and we’re going to do everything we can to hold this government to account and to make the case for a conservative government in the future,” added Albas.

When asked about his priorities in Ottawa, Albas hit on a topic front of mind for a lot of Merrittonians.

“Right now, forestry is going through a crisis. The Provincial Government and 21 Mayors in BC have said that the Federal Government has not come to the table to support these communities. So, I’m going to be a voice for forestry,” said Albas.

Albas has said that an MP must have a private member's bill on the table, ready to be debated if given the opportunity. He addressed his plans after his speech.

“I have had a few suggestions on some new areas to research,” began Albas. “I also have some previous private members business that hasn’t gone forward. For example, updating our charity law, so that if somebody donates a virtual currency that it gets the same tax treatment as you would if you would donate a house or some stocks. We know that fires and floods are an issue, and evacuation orders can be issued, and people are sometimes concerned about looting, so I brought that forward.”

When the dust had finally settled Albas had collected 47.9% of the vote.

Dan Albas (Conservative) – 30,364

Mary Ann Murphy (Liberal) – 15,843

Joan Phillip (NDP) – 10,772

Robert Mellalieu (Green) – 4,910

Allan Duncan (PPC)– 1,338

Jesse Regier (Libertarian) – 209


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Dan Albas: 17,809 votes ( ELECTED) 

Allan Duncan: 781 votes

Robert Mellalieu:2,982 votes

Mary Ann- Murphy: 9,441 votes  

Joan Phillip: 6,528 Votes 

Out of 150 out of 227 polls reported thus far 



As of 9:32 PM 

                                   E             L            Total

Liberals                     141       15       156

Conservatives           115        6        121

NDP                           21           4        25

Green Party               3            0            0

People's Party           0             0             0


In the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola (Polls close at 7 p.m.)

Dan Albas, Conservative  

Allan Duncan, People's Party of Canada, 

Robert Mellalieu, Green Party

Mary Ann Murphy, Liberals

Joan Phillip, New Democratic Party

Jesse Regier, Libertarian 


Q101 will have extensive coverage on our riding once the polls close at 7 p.m.



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Merritt RCMP Cpl. Brock Hedrick has provided Q101 with details relating to arrest made on Friday afternoon.

On October 18, a Merritt RCMP member was on routine patrol and noted two males in the alley adjacent to Granite Ave in downtown Merritt. The officer noted tools, gloves and a piece of fencing near the males.

The officer detained the two males who are both Merritt locals and known to police. One of the males provided a false name to the officer.

Subsequent investigation revealed the piece of fencing was from the Telus compound just down the street.

The investigation led police to recommend charges to the B.C Prosecution Service against one of the males, a 31-year-old Merritt man. The second male was released without charge.

Recommended charges:

- Obstruct Peace Officer Section 129 Criminal Code;
- Possession of Break-in Instruments Section 351(1) Criminal Code;
- Break & Enter Section 348(1) Criminal Code;
- Possession of Credit card data Section 342 Criminal Code


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Bc Elections

Voters in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola (COSN) will be headed to the polls today.

Polling stations in the riding and across the province will be open from 7 am until 7 pm. Be sure to check your voting card for full details about your polling station.

To cast a ballot, a Canadian citizen over the age of 18 must present a photo ID, or your voter registration card and another piece of identification.

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Q101 will have full election coverage throughout the day and results once the polls close at 7 pm with Roger White, Michael Reeve, and Al Clarke. 


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Earlier this year the BC Government announced that all public schools in the province would be required to have free menstrual products for their students.

Since then individual School Districts have been working on the roll-out of the program that must be in place by the end of the calendar year.

Superintendent Steve McNiven joined Q101 to discuss the progress after the topic was raised during this month’s board meeting.

“We are on track with that particular initiative,” began McNiven. “We predict to be ready to go no later than December. It’s an important service to our students so we’re happy to be moving forward."

“There’s some funding at the Provincial level that’s been provided to support this work,” added McNiven.

According to the memo circulated at the board meeting, all washrooms in the high school will be equipped with free-to-use dispensers. The elementary schools in the district will have one washroom in the school stocked.


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