Potential NDP candidates touring constituency

Before an official nomination meeting in October, the New Democrats will be touring the Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

Before an official nomination meeting in October, the New Democrats will be touring the Okanagan-West Kootenay riding introducing nominees to the public.

Richard (Dick) Cannings and Margaret Maximenko will be in Trail on Sept. 29 at the United Steelworkers Hall, vying for the position of NDP candidate for the riding in the federal election.

The tour covers the major centres in the riding and the idea behind it is to introduce the potential candidates to the voters before campaigning starts.

Party members will be able to cast their vote for either nominee by the end of September with votes being tallied in early October. Once all of the ballots are counted, the party will be announcing their candidate at a nomination meeting in Grand Forks on Oct. 18. Then the campaigning begins.

Cannings, who could be representing the riding on a federal level, is a native of the Okanagan Valley. He is a biologist, birder and author and has campaigned before. He didn’t win, but he did garner 45 per cent of the Penticton votes in the last provincial election.

Maximenko lives in Christina Lake and has been an activist for the NDP for nearly 30 years. She announced her intention to run in the federal election late last year.

Anyone is welcome to join the meet and greet with the nominees on Sept. 29, but to vote for the future representative of the NDP in the riding, voters must be party members before Sept. 18.