Kamloops is Liberal land this week.
Two federal Liberals — leadership candidate Deborah Coyne and aboriginal critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett — are in Kamloops later this week to meet and greet party faithful as well as talking to locals.
Coyne, 57, will speak to the Kamloops-West Rotary on Thursday at noon at Chapters Viewpoint and meet with Liberal members and supporters at the Shanghai Mandarin for dinner.
She is a lawyer and professor at the Toronto Law School, and has been appointed to the Ontario Insurance Task Force and Ontario Human Rights Commission. She also worked in the Prime Minister’s Office and co-founded the Canadian Coalition on the Constitution.
Coyne ran against NDP Leader Jack Layton in Toronto-Danforth in 2006. She came second.
Coyne was romantically involved with former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, and the two had a daughter together.
Trudeau’s son Justin is also running for the Liberal leadership.
On Friday, Bennett is in Kamloops to meet with the Shuswap-Nation Tribal Council in the morning, followed by gatherings with Liberal supporters later in the day.
She is MP for St. Paul’s riding as well as critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
She was a family doctor before being elected to parliament in 1997.