Liberal leadership frontrunner Trudeau to visit Kamloops

Two other candidates also expected

Kamloops Daily News
January 8, 2013 01:00 AM

Three more Liberal leadership candidates - including the one Canadians consider most likely to win the convention - tour through Kamloops this month.

MP Justin Trudeau visits the city on Jan. 21, followed by Martha Hall Findlay and Karen McCrimmon on Jan. 23.

The Liberal constituency association is hoping to set up a public event featuring Trudeau but has yet to schedule one, said past-president Murray Todd.

Candidates Deborah Coyne and Alex Burton, the Vancouver prosecutor who later withdrew his candidacy, have visited Kamloops so far in the campaign. Liberals vote on a new leader on April 13.

McCrimmon, a retired lieutenant colonel of the Canadian Armed Forces, was the first woman ever to command an RCAF squadron. She has twice run unsuccessfully for federal office. Findlay served as a one-term MP from 2008 to 2011 after running to succeed Paul Martin as Liberal leader in 2006.

All told, four of the seven candidates still in the race will have visited by month's end. The other three candidates are Joyce Murray, George Takach and Marc Garneau.

All candidates are expected to be in B.C. on Jan. 20 for a debate at Vancouver's Westin Bayshore hotel. Trudeau will stop in Merritt en route to Kamloops from Vancouver, Todd said.

Successive opinion polls for the past six months have pegged Trudeau as the frontrunner by a long shot with former astronaut Garneau trailing by more than 20 points. A year ago, interim party leader Bob Rae was leading in opinion polls, but he announced in June that he would not run for permanent leadership.

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