SUDDENLY, A FEDERAL ELECTION is very much a topic of conversation. Oh, we’d always had our suspicions that we’d have to go to the polls again this fall, but it’s a near-certainty now.
In Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding, the parties are getting into campaign mode. The NDP has already confirmed its candidate, the Conservatives have several would-be replacements for retiring MP Cathy McLeod, and there’s chatter about the Liberal nomination. The Greens will come up with somebody and even the People’s Party of Canada has a candidate ready to go.
And the signs — no pun intended — are everywhere on the federal scene.
Justin Trudeau is handing out money for major infrastructure projects and programs and he’s shaven off his beard and gotten a haircut. A clean-cut image is much better for the campaign trail.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.