EDITORIAL – Suddenly, the election in Kamloops riding is very interesting

Terry Lake. (Image: Govt of B.C.)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THERE REALLY SHOULD BE a recovery program for ex-politicians, one that gradually weans them off the compulsive need to be in the limelight.

Terry Lake is the latest to try to quit, and to relapse. The former B.C. health minister took to social media Tuesday announcing he’ll seek the Liberal nomination for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in this fall’s federal election.

He will, of course, get the party’s nomination with little, if any, opposition. What Liberal wouldn’t want a star candidate like Lake to take on incumbent Conservative MP Cathy McLeod?

Even with Lake, though, the party’s chances in the riding are anything but assured. They were iffy even before the scandal in Ottawa that has seen the governing Liberals and Justin Trudeau plummet in popularity.

Such things have never bothered Lake. He ran for mayor against a well-known and respected civic leader in the person of Al McNair, and won. He ran for MLA in a year when Christy Clark and the Liberals were supposed to take a drubbing, and he won.

And now, with any sane person expecting the federal party to suffer a beating in the wake of Trudeau’s problems over SNC-Lavelin, Lake has decided to try for a comeback.

Cathy McLeod has represented the riding since 2008, and she enjoys a high level of personal popularity of her own.

Even though the Liberals polled well here In 2015 with a relatively unknown candidate and a modest campaign budget, I really didn’t think Lake would go for it. I thought common sense and the problems of the party would keep him out, but the lure of politics obviously courses strongly through his veins still.

With the prospect of McLeod and Lake squaring off, one almost feels sorry for the NDP.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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6 Comments on EDITORIAL – Suddenly, the election in Kamloops riding is very interesting

  1. Lorraine Winter // April 26, 2019 at 8:59 PM // Reply

    It’s a pretty easy choice for me too. I think Cathy is about to meet her match. This will be an exciting election for sure.

  2. The only party that represents my views regarding the most important issues facing us today is the Green Party. I hope they have a strong candidate as well- I hope this election is a turning point for people to vote for something truly different.

  3. Looking forward to finding out where he stands on various issues. It would be wonderful to have this riding become Liberal again, it has been years.

  4. Well Mr. Lake if you do win it will be interesting to see how you react to being given your talking points and told that no matter what the question is this is what you will say.

    • Of you seem to be confused, that is what the Cons do. Last election the Con would not even show her face at the debate about election reform. The Cons are still Harper puppets as is Scheer. Funny how the Cons made such a big deal about Trudeau’s age but then choose someone who is years younger.

  5. John Noakes // April 24, 2019 at 5:26 PM // Reply

    It’s a pretty easy choice for me.
    Who has made a long term commitment to one political office and has stayed the course?

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