Federal Election 2021

NATIONAL PARTY STANDINGS

Seats: 338/338  
Party Leader Elected Leading Total
LIB Trudeau, Justin 143 15 158
CON O'Toole, Erin 115 6 121
BLOC Blanchet, Y-F 29 2 31
NDP Singh, Jagmeet 22 4 26
GRN Paul, Annamie 2 0 2
PPC Bernier, Maxime 0 0 0
FPC   0 0 0
IND   0 0 0

NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE

Votes: 13,944,060/27,366,297 51%
Polls: 66,542/72,375 91.9%
Party Leader Votes Vote Share %
CON O'Toole, Erin 4,743,475 34.1
LIB Trudeau, Justin 4,427,800 31.9
NDP Singh, Jagmeet 2,451,885 17.6
BLOC Blanchet, Y-F 1,117,974 8.0
PPC Bernier, Maxime 716,987 5.1
GRN Paul, Annamie 313,052 2.2

Kelowna Lake-Country

Votes: 59,896/105,621 56.7%  Polls: 223/233 95.7%
Party Candidate Votes Vote Share % Elected Leading
CON Gray, Tracy 27,298 45.9 1
LIB Krupa, Tim 15,457 26.0 0 2
NDP Desjarlais, Cade 10,598 17.8 0 4
PPC Rogers, Brian 4,298 7.2 0 5
GRN Szeman, Imre 1,851 3.1 0 3

 

South Okanagan-West Kootenay

Votes: 51,157/102,433 49.9%   Polls: 254/289 87.9%
Party Candidate Votes Vote Share % Elected Leading
NDP Cannings, Richard 20,869 40.8 1
CON Konanz, Helena 18,013 35.2 0 2
LIB Robertson, Ken 6,451 12.6 0 3
GRN Howse, Tara 3,811 7.4 0 4
PPC Taylor, Sean 2,013 3.9 0 5

 

 

Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Votes: 56,735/100,133 56.7% Polls:  231/247 93.5%
Party Candidate Votes Vote Share % Elected Leading
CON Albas, Dan* 25,706 45.5 1
LIB Eves, Sarah 13,558 23.9 0 2
NDP Phillip, Joan 11,623 20.6 0 3
PPC McDonald, Katherine 4,115 7.3 0 5
GRN Wauters, Brennan 1,495 2.6 0 4

 

North Okanagan-Shuswap

Votes: 57,752/111,599 51.7%     Polls: 295/308 95.8%
Party Candidate Votes Vote Share % Elected Leading
CON Arnold, Mel* 26,801 46.4 1
NDP Johnston, Ron 11,178 19.4 0 3
LIB Desautels, Shelley 10,957 19.0 0 2
PPC Delfing, Kyle 5,591 9.7 0 5
GRN Gunner, Andrea 3,225 5.6 0 4

 

 

Traci Gray

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Tracy Gray (incumbent)

Tracy Gray is the Conservative candidate for Kelowna-Lake Country. During this exceptional time, she worked tenaciously day and night to serve her community. Since being elected in 2019, Tracy has been very engaged – participating in numerous community meetings and events, holding a public Teleforum townhall, hosting local roundtables, sending mail-in surveys to homes, and writing a bi-weekly MP “In Your Service” report which is circulated widely through online and print media.

In Ottawa, Tracy stood up for small businesses, not-for-profits, and free speech while standing against tax increases and soaring debt. She was appointed to serve as Shadow Minister for Interprovincial Trade, and then as Shadow Minister for Export Promotion and International Trade, a role that often garnered national attention with the Liberal failures on this file. Tracy also served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade.

Prior to federal political service, Tracy worked a long career in the BC wine and beer sector, including owning Discover Wines wine stores. In this capacity, she was named 2006 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and one of BC’s 100 ‘New Pioneers’ in entrepreneurship by the Women’s Enterprise Centre.

Tracy also served as a Kelowna City Councillor for the 2014-2018 term, as well as on several regional boards including Okanagan Film Commission, Okanagan Regional Library Board, and Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Tracy actively volunteers in the community and lives in Kelowna with her husband Larry and their dog Ozzy. She also has one adult son.

 

 

 

Tim Krupa

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Tim Krupa

Tim Krupa is running to deliver a strong economy, sustainable environment, and experienced representation for Kelowna—Lake Country.

Tim has extensive experience in business and government. He works in the financial sector at CPP Investments, which oversees $500 billion in assets on behalf of 20 million Canadians. Previously, he worked as an investor at Bridgewater and advised on policy in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Tim is a proud product of Kelowna, where his family has lived since 1996. He is the son of two teachers turned small business owners who instilled in him a passion for service. In turn, Tim has been deeply involved in our city as an athlete, volunteer, and community organizer.

Tim completed the French Immersion program at Kelowna Secondary School, before graduating valedictorian at UBC Okanagan and serving on the University’s Board of Governors. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy with distinction at Oxford University. He researched economics at Harvard Business School and was consulted by Mark Carney on his book, Value(s). These experiences will make Tim a strong advocate for our community in Ottawa. He knows how to deliver results and is ready to serve Kelowna—Lake Country to help build a community and country that is stronger and more resilient than ever before. He knows that families and small businesses in the Okanagan are recovering from the health crisis, economic hardship, and extreme weather, including heatwaves and wildfires. That’s why Tim will fight to help build back our local economy, create good jobs, and combat climate change. As we finish the fight against COVID, he will advocate to make housing more affordable, support agriculture, protect the health of those most vulnerable and defend and celebrate the incredible diversity of our vibrant community.

 

 

 

Cade Desjarlais

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Cade Desjarlais

Cade is a student leader at UBC Okanagan and a dedicated mental health activist. He is a political science major entering his second year at the University of British Columbia Okanagan he’s fought for social justice and more inclusive communities as a member of the Student Union Board of Directors.

Cade saw young people and working families struggle during the pandemic. Balancing school with a job in the hospitality sector, Cade saw big businesses and Canada’s ultra-rich make record profits while working people struggled to make ends meet. Cade knows that we need meaningful support for local businesses, workers, and our tourism industry as part of Canada’s pandemic recovery. He’s ready to stand up for good jobs that pay a living wage and make sure that small businesses have support during, and beyond the pandemic. He knows that everyone should be able to access a good post-secondary education and start their career without the burden of thousands of dollars in student debt.

Cade is standing with Jagmeet Singh and New Democrats to help build a better future where no one is left behind. Cade is passionate about mental health awareness and ensuring mental health resources are more accessible. He’s worked on the Youth Action Advisory Council at the Foundry, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Bell Let’s Talk to get help to more people. He believes everyone should be able to access dental care, mental health services, and their prescription medication with their health card -- not their credit card. Cade understands that taking care of people and our environment go hand in hand. He’s fighting to make sure we tackle the climate crisis with bold emissions reduction targets and investments in good, sustainable jobs.

Cade has always worked hard to listen to people in his community and make sure everyday people get the help that they need. Born and raised in Kelowna, he’s ready to work for our community as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country.

 

 

 

Imre Szeman

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Imre Szeman

Dr. Imre Szeman is the Climate Critic in the Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet. He holds the position of University Research Professor of Environmental Communication at the University of Waterloo and has previously held research chairs at McMaster University and the University of Alberta. Imre is originally from Calgary, Alberta, the city his parents immigrated to following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. 

Imre’s research explores the social and cultural transformations necessary to support a transition to sustainable forms of energy. He is the author and editor of more than 25 books and has given lectures to members of the public around the world. In 2020, he was recognized for his research contributions by his appointment to the Royal Society of Canada

In addition to his work, Imre has been active in the arts and culture sector, working with organizations across Canada, including The Banff Centre. He enjoys hiking and mountain biking, cooking meals for friends and family with food grown on his small B.C. homestead, and walking his dog through fields and forests. He remains a devoted sports fan, despite supporting hockey, football, and soccer clubs which never fail to disappoint. Imre divides his time between the B.C. Interior and Southern Ontario.
 

Platform

In 2021, climate change became all-too-real for Canadians, with violent weather events threatening lives and communities. 

But for thirty years – since the first international climate summit – Liberal and Conservative governments have done little to address climate change. By almost all measures, Canada today has one of the worst records on climate issues in the world. Previous governments have never lived up to the climate policies they announced. The ones they’ve announced this time around do little to address climate change – even if, for once, they actually keep their promises.

In 2021, we entered the era of renewable energy, with governments and industries around the world committing themselves to a clean energy future.

For thirty years, governments have also failed to take advantage of the huge economic opportunities of energy transition. Other countries are racing to the finish line with new technologies and new ways of living. Canada has yet to even enter the race. 

The Green Party is the only party ready to take on the challenges we face, and to do so in a way that benefits all Canadians. Our Green Future program provides individuals and communities with the resources to make the changes we need. For example, we intend to incentivize the creation of green jobs and cleantech and will establish green jobs training programmes. And that’s only the beginning.

The smoke and mirrors of previous governments have led to the smoke and fire now threatening our communities. It’s time for a new direction – for Kelowna, B.C., and Canada.

 

 

 

 

Brian Rogers

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Brian Rogers

Hello everyone,

My name is Brian Rogers, I am the candidate for the People's Party of Canada for Kelowna - Lake Country.

I have lived in this valley since the early '70s. Went to primary and secondary school here and my post-secondary education was in Kelowna as well. I met my wife here and my two children grew into adults here. This valley is my home. I am a journeyman electrician and worked at Western Star Trucks for 25 years, working up to shop steward, which ended when the company was sold.

I watched politicians make their own lives better and do nothing for the Canadian citizen footing the bill. Life is much harder – our living standard is dropping. We used to be able to have a home and family on one income – now it takes two full-time working adults to maintain a household – barely.  

Today a government job is something everyone aspires to….no one wants a job that actually produces a good or service with value – the job that pays the bill - this has got to change. Those that pay the bill should be honoured not ignored.

I first noticed Maxime Bernier when he was vying for the leadership of the Conservative party. I was disappointed when he lost the race but soon learned he had decided to start a true grassroots party. At his first meeting in Kelowna, I was there. I believed in the party platform and became a founding member.

I believe passionately in our legal constitution – today, largely being ignored or abused. Over the last 30 years, I have studied our constitution; I have become familiar with legal precedent and am outraged at what is happening in our system. 

The regular person needs a voice. 

I'd like to be that voice.

 

 

 

Helena Konanz

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Helena Konanz

Helena is the Conservative candidate from the riding of the South Okanagan-West Kootenay. She is running to guarantee the riding has the representation it deserves in Ottawa.

Helena has her undergraduate degree in Political Science from UCLA and her master’s degree from UBC Okanagan. She is a former world-ranked tennis player and coach and has won seven Canadian National Masters Tennis Championships.
 
Helena previously worked for Nike Inc., is a small business coach, and has owned a successful family business for the past 25 years.
 
From 2011-2018 she served as a Penticton City Councillor and as a Director for the Regional District, Okanagan-Similkameen. She has volunteered throughout the community, including 10 years as a tennis coach at Penticton Secondary School, with the Penticton Chamber of Commerce, the Soupateria, and Rotary Club.
 
Helena and her husband Adam have been married 28 years and have two grown children, Zakary and Zoe.

 

 

 

Ken Robertson

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Ken Robertson

Ken Robertson, M.S.M. is a dedicated husband and father of four. He is Secwepemcúl’ecw from Neskonlith Indian Band, located in the south-central part of British Columbia. Ken is a passionate community leader and proud to be the Liberal Candidate for South Okanagan—West Kootenay.

Ken has dedicated his career in the public service to advocating for all children with autism spectrum disorder. He is a former Board Member of Autism Ontario, Implementation Working Group with the Province of Ontario, and Social Inclusion Working Group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). In addition, he has experience speaking in conferences and committees on the needs-based approach to Autism services. Also, he is a volunteer with the Giiwedin Anang Council, which provides a traditional approach to guiding the families towards the best possible outcome for the children.

In 2020, Ken received the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) for the Governor-General for his advocacy work with the ASD community.

Ken is passionate about investing in a fairer, greener economy that empowers future generations and making life better for families right here in our community. Ken and the Liberal Party of Canada will deliver!

Ken’s hobbies include fishing, playing basketball and cooking.

 

 

Richard Cannings

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Richard Cannings (incumbent)

As a biologist, I have spent my life working to protect BC’s environment and wildlife.

I got into politics to bring a scientific voice to the fight against climate change. Before entering politics, I operated my own consulting company and worked on conservation and bird population projects for government and NGOs. I was born and raised in Penticton and still live on the West Bench near Penticton in my long-time family home. 

This summer’s heatwave has awakened Canadians to a new sense of urgency and a new deeper understanding of the critical importance of taking climate action seriously. I’m proud of what the NDP has accomplished to strengthen Canada’s first Climate Accountability Act. Since becoming your member of Parliament in 2015 I’ve fought hard for bold actions on this front. We must seize this moment and push for bolder action. 

The pandemic has shown us what we can accomplish quickly when faced with a clear crisis. We need to face climate change the same way and stop making only tentative moves to a clean energy economy. Young people are deeply concerned about their future as climate change continues to impact our world. Workers are deeply concerned about their future as they see good jobs in the fossil fuel sector disappearing. We must fight the climate crisis like we actually want to win and invest in good sustainable jobs in our region. Our plan doesn’t leave people behind.

I stand with Jagmeet and the NDP to advocate for significant federal investments in affordable housing; to deliver on a Universal Pharmacare plan, and to expand our health care system to include the dental and mental health care that Canadians need. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked hard with my NDP colleagues in parliament to get more support for people, faster. We helped ensure that working Canadians had access to CERB, that students and seniors received support, and defended small businesses. We must continue to fight to get results for families and workers through our recovery. We need to close loopholes and increase enforcement so the ultra-rich 1% that profited off the pandemic pay their fair share. 

My priorities for our region reflect what I want for my children and my grandchildren. A safe place to live, a healthy family living in a healthy environment, access to a promising future, and a society that values our diversity and indigenous heritage. 

 

 

 

Tara Howse

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Tara Howse

THE TIME TO ELECT A GREEN MP IS NOW

Vote for affordability, resilient local economies, and bold climate action

Many of you have expressed frustration at the Liberals for calling this election, echoing anger from the provincial election the NDP held in 2020. However, it means the time to elect a Green MP to South Okanagan-West Kootenay is now. There is a shift happening. The climate emergency is impossible to ignore. The affordability crisis, exacerbated by the pandemic, has rocked communities. Local businesses and economies are suffering. People want to see action.

The climate emergency is raging in British Columbia as we experience another devastating wildfire season and extreme heat events. Without a change in policy and legislation, this will be our new normal. Can the federal government do more? Tara Howse, Green Party candidate, says yes.

Ms. Howse emphasizes that these disaster events are not “natural” but caused by human activities, like industrial logging. While she acknowledges that resource management falls under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, there are actions the federal government can take. “There is ample evidence showing that industrial logging is a contributing factor to both increased flooding events, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and larger, hotter wildfires. And yet, there has been no moratorium on old-growth logging, which should be a no-brainer. Old-growth stands are a carbon sink, a fire suppressant, and support incredible biodiversity.”

The Green Party Caucus has been advocating for greater involvement from the federal government. Through the national climate emergency declaration, the federal government could take steps to curb forestry as part of an action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Green Party MP, Paul Manly, developed a petition for federal intervention to immediately halt old-growth logging but not a single NDP MP signed.

Howse further notes that “Forestry is not just a provincial issue. Local communities’ watersheds and jobs are impacted. International trade agreements are involved. We need to be working across federal, local, and First Nations government jurisdictions to identify solutions that work best for us now and the future.”

Tara Howse is willing to do just that, to work for the betterment of the people of the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding by addressing the climate emergency and making sure that our region is better protected in the present and future.

 

 

 

Sean Taylor

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Sean Taylor

My name is Sean Taylor. I grew up in Vernon, and spent most of my life working in Alberta. I joined the Canadian military in 2002 as a member of the Calgary Highlanders, and I did a tour in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010.

I'm currently an emergency nurse for Interior Health, working in Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton.

In 2015, I noticed a real shift in dialogue in our country. The language had changed, focuses had changed, and I started becoming alarmed at what I was hearing.

And when I came across Maxime Bernier, the leader of our party, for the first time in my life, a Canadian politician was saying things that resonated with me. I became a founding member.

We're the one voice of dissent in Canadian politics. The other parties are all about mass immigration, massive carbon tax, massive deficits.

We're the one party that says we'll balance the books, come up with a fair tax plan for everyone, get rid of corporate welfare, and lower our immigration numbers to a reasonable level.

My number one issue is sovereignty. We need to stop letting foreign interests dictate what's going on in this country. We rely on immigration to make the economic wheels turn, but the numbers we're doing now are unrealistic and unreasonable.

To the environment, when I look at all these parties, they have the same platform. Wind and solar. This is completely ridiculous.

There are two things that'll bring us off carbon. That's next-gen nuclear, and thermonuclear. The international thermonuclear reactor being built in France right now is something we'll be looking back at as a species. I plan on initiating a private member's bill to get Canada involved.

We also want the complete abolition of corporate welfare and subsidies - getting rid of safety nets for companies that curry favor within the government, like Bombardier and SNC-Lavalin. If you can't make it on your own, you don't deserve to do business in Canada.

 

 

 

Sarah Eves

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Sarah Eves

As the Liberal candidate for Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola, Sarah Eves is committed to building an inclusive, vibrant community and ensuring we have a robust economic recovery.

Sarah is an elementary school teacher in Logan Lake, specializing in Inclusive Education. She lives in Merritt with her husband, Paul, and has three wonderful children, Cassandra, Alexander and Gabriel.

As a teacher, Sarah saw firsthand the positive impact of the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). In 2016, when the Liberal government launched the CCB, Sarah noticed a real change in the lives of families who too often struggle with the rising cost of raising kids — and she’ll never stop working to ensure that no child in Canada is living on or below the poverty line.

A dedicated community volunteer, Sarah is passionate about helping people around her. She has been a volunteer at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store and is looking forward to returning as soon as COVID-19 protocols allow. Sarah is a tireless advocate who will always stand with LGBTQ2S communities in the fight for human rights and equality. She has taken on a leadership role as her school’s representative to the school district as both LGBTQ2S and Diversity Lead, supporting people and providing training and assistance to faculty and staff.

In 2017, Sarah and her family also established an annual scholarship for students who have demonstrated especially strong perseverance in completing their education.

Sarah will be a strong voice for the families of Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola. She will work tirelessly to ensure that the unique needs of our communities are heard, and work to build a better future for all Canadians.

Sarah Eves holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Education from University of Northern British Columbia, and earned a Certificate in Inclusive Education from Queens University.

 

 

 

Joan Phillips

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Joan Phillip

Joan Phillip has years of experience fighting to make life better for the people of British Columbia and to protect our environment, alongside her husband, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip from the Syilx Nation. Joan has extensive political experience with the Penticton Indian Band and the Okanagan Nation Alliance, and through her ongoing position as a Lands Manager.

Joan understands the challenges facing the working people of BC and knows firsthand about the terrible losses from the pandemic, residential schools, and forest fires. She listens carefully to people in the Central Okanagan–Similkameen–Nicola district – youth, elders, families, workers, and business owners.

She has seen lives being put on hold during the pandemic, small business owners facing severe economic hardship, the discovery of unmarked graves on residential school grounds sending shock waves through the country, and forest fires exploding through our province. She is ready to tackle the challenges of climate change, reconciliation, and economic reform.

The NDP has made life better for millions of people during this pandemic. Joan knows there is plenty more to be done and is standing with Jagmeet Singh and the NDP team to fight for a real recovery from COVID-19 that makes medications and dental care more affordable, works towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and takes bold action on the climate crisis.

Joan pledges to support people in need, especially those who often go unnoticed. She will make sure the voices of people across the Central Okanagan–Similkameen–Nicola district are heard in Ottawa. Throughout this pandemic, Trudeau’s Liberals and the Conservatives have been looking out for the ultra-rich. Joan, Jagmeet, and the NDP are fighting for families and workers.

 

 

 

Brennan Wauters

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Brennan Wauters

If you are a voter in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, you are safe to vote GREEN.

If you know people who are leaning toward Green but are uncertain, please pass along this message to anyone who would like some guidance. And further, pass this message along to anyone who is interested, or who might want to know what I stand for and what the Green Party of Canada is about.

Imagine yourself an 18-year-old first-time voter…, and then further imagine yourself at age 47 in the year 2050. You have children, you may have grandchildren arriving soon. Your work is fulfilling, exciting and provides for your family’s needs. On a typical day, you walk out of your house and an autonomous electric vehicle pulls up to take you to work. In transit, you scroll through your participatory democracy app voting on various municipal, provincial and federal legislative and budgetary initiatives. On the radio, you hear that the Wild Salmon return of 2050 is the most successful on record. Moreover, you know that the Southern resident Orca population is the largest in number and healthiest we have ever seen, the bird population has recovered to normal and diverse levels, the economy is booming, opportunities exist everywhere, and Canada’s global trade in value-added products has never been better. Most important, the world’s coastlines are geographically exactly as they were in 2021.

The Green Party of Canada has a plan to get you to that vision of 2050. It is the only plan that outlines a careful, graduated, and costed sector-by-sector reduction in our fossil fuel dependency while ensuring at the same time, we build the electrical infrastructure necessary to arrive at a zero-carbon economy in 2050; we have a plan for a clean green prosperous economy. It is an intentional, considered plan that allows us to arrive at a place of peace, prosperity, ecological regeneration, and cooperation, all while ensuring a safe future for our children and grandchildren and generations beyond. It is the plan that can slow down species extinction and guarantee that if you bring children into the world, they will have a better chance at exceeding the benefits you have enjoyed in your own life.

I am so committed and invested in that plan to get you and your family to that vision of 2050, that I am offering the citizens of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola a unique proposition: As your representative at the federal level, I will sacrifice my wage as an MP and only accept the wage of a mid-ranking Canadian Soldier, in solidarity with our national defense responsibilities AND because the average median income of Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola resides at approximately the same level. Any remaining wage provided to me above this median amount will be used to initiate the installation of solar panels on public buildings in the riding in cooperation with individuals and institutions in the riding. I am committed and invested to show you that this necessary transition is an opportunity. I work directly in the energy industry reducing people’s energy needs and increasing energy production capacity. There is no end in sight for the work and opportunity ahead. With your vote on September 20th, we will see that vision of 2050 arrive.

Thank you for taking the time to consider what the future must be.

Green Party of Canada is distinct, in that we are bound to focus on our constituents, not the dictates of the party as has been demonstrated in our current parliament and political system. I was charged with the responsibility to represent the people of the riding of Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola and to provide unprecedented transparency and options for citizen involvement in the decisions and topics discussed in the Parliament of Canada and locals alike. Like the political imperative to localize economics, The Green Party of Canada is also localizing democracy.

As a member of the Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager and BC electrician, I have been specializing in alternative energy, having installed many \solar photovoltaic systems in BC, as well as contributing to industrial wind turbine production facilities in BC and Alberta. I bring knowledge of the environment to everything that I have undertaken, for the betterment of Canadians and future generations. I also have Project Management Certification from the Sauder School of Business, UBC.

Having been an energy and environmental activist since graduating from McGill University with a Master’s degree in Communications, my professional life focuses on the zero-carbon economy based on alternative energy and preserving Canada’s environmental wealth. I also seek to ensure that equality is given priority in Canadian society, as well as ensuring that care to Canadians who are vulnerable or in need, is provided while at the same time building a system that prevents Canadians from such adversity. My involvement in education has equipped me with the ability to seek consensus in problem-solving while respecting and validating different opinions, values, and experiences of people from diverse backgrounds, while also working with youth and young people, believing that alternatives to the current system will have noticeable benefits for youth, indigenous peoples, newly-arrived citizens, and future generations of all Canadians.

 

 

 

 

Kathryn McDonald

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Kathyrn McDonald

Kathryn is a mid-30s Paralegal/Legal Assistant who’s worked in the industry for over 12 years. She works every day to protect Canadians who suffer injury at the hands of others. Kathryn has a keen sense of justice and fully supports truth, transparency, and equality of opportunity. Kathryn represents that demographic that will lead this country for decades to come.  

Please support Kathryn in her desire to help the People’s Party of Canada put Canadians back in control of their destinies!

 

 

 

Mel Arnold

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Mel Arnold (incumbent)

A long-time business owner and active volunteer, Mel Arnold has always been passionate about enriching the opportunities available for all those in the North Okanagan–Shuswap. His dedication to conservation made him a natural for his role as Deputy Shadow Minister for Fisheries Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, where he is able to continue his efforts toward conservation on a national scale.

Mel has built strong relationships with all levels of government around the North Okanagan–Shuswap and across Canada- relationships which he will continue to strengthen when he is re-elected.

Mel and his wife Linda have been married for 40 years, have one daughter and son-in-law, and are lifetime residents of the North Okanagan–Shuswap area they love.

Mel Arnold was elected to the House of Commons on October 19, 2015, and with your support, will return to continue the work as your representative from the North Okanagan–Shuswap.

 

 

 

Shelley Desautels

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Shelley Desautels

A champion for a better future in North Okanagan–Shuswap

Shelley has spent her whole life in the North Okanagan–Shuswap, having been born and raised in Vernon and having lived in Salmon Arm for the last 7 years. Not only is Shelley a friendly face in the community, but she has a deep understanding of the local needs and dynamics of our region and communities.

New to politics, Shelley is a natural leader with a passion for helping others, and community engagement. She decided to run because she saw the need for real leadership in our communities and believes an engaged, local Liberal representative will best support the needs of North Okanagan–Shuswap.

Right now, we are still working to finish the fight against COVID-19, while facing a housing crisis, a climate emergency, and the urgent need to achieve Truth and Reconciliation. To address these issues, our community needs a leader who will be our voice in Ottawa and is willing to fight for smart policy. Shelley is dedicated to putting in the hours and the hard work to see these policies through.

Shelley works as the GIS Certificate Instructor at Okanagan College, teaching mapping and data analysis. She also owns her own mapping company, where she works with First Nations Community Forests. She is the Vice President of the Boxing for Wellness Society, a director of the Shuswap Cycling Club, a Director of the BC Community Forest Association, and the Service officer at the Royal Canadian Legion.

With your support, Shelley will never stop working hard to build a better future for everyone in North Okanagan–Shuswap, and work locally to achieve positive change for our communities.

 

 

Ron Johnston

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Ron Johnston

The last year has shown that when you send New Democrats to Ottawa, we get results. Jagmeet and I will keep fighting for you.

Ron Johnston comes from a background in mechanical design and understands that complex challenges require creative solutions. He knows that, if you want a solution to succeed, you need to involve everyone who will be affected and engage them in a spirit of collaboration of friendship – a spirit that is central to the values of Jagmeet Singh’s NDP.

Ron is passionate about the environment and recognizes that Canada must take swift action to address the climate emergency and build a robust, sustainable economy. He supports putting an end to fossil fuel subsidies and developing clean energy technologies that create well-paid jobs here in North Okanagan–Shuswap and across Canada. 

Creating good, green jobs will help us address Canada’s affordability crisis – but it is only part of the solution. Far too many hard-working families are being left behind as housing costs skyrocket and corporations build monopolies while wages stagnate. Ron strongly supports the NDP’s commitment to immediately address affordability in North Okanagan–Shuswap.

Ron is also committed to fighting for action to reduce the cost of prescription drugs by instituting universal pharmacare, so that nobody goes without the medications they need. Additionally, he places great importance on working towards justice for and reconciliation with Indigenous people.

Ron has lived in North Okanagan–Shuswap for over 15 years and is familiar with the diversity of this large district, which encompasses many rural, urban, and Indigenous communities. He will be a local voice on the issues that matter to people here and will fight to ensure we get a fair pandemic recovery that benefits all our communities.

My priorities for our region reflect what I want for my children and my grandchildren. A safe place to live, a healthy family living in a healthy environment, access to a promising future, and a society that values our diversity and indigenous heritage. 

 

 

 

Andrea Gunner

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Andrea Gunner

Andrea Gunner is a professional agrologist with thirty years experience in business planning, agricultural marketing and agricultural economics.

Andrea has been involved in a number of projects connecting agricultural producers with consumers in sustainable and economically viable systems. She has worked in farm business management, market and economic research for individual farm clients, producer co-operatives, farmers markets, first nations, industry associations and government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Together with her husband, they run a certified organic, pastured poultry operation raising roasting chickens and turkeys on a small acreage in the North Okanagan.

 

 

 

Kyle Delfing

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Kyle Delfing

Kyle Delfing is passionate about family, freedom, and financial prosperity! As an entrepreneur in Vernon, BC. Kyle started a moving company with very little capital. The company grew with drive, determination, and hard work, servicing the Okanagan Valley, Shuswap, and going Canada-wide, coast to coast, with no agency affiliation. Born to a single mother, Kyle grew up in the North End of Winnipeg, where "People before Profit" is the motto.

He learned the benefits of hard work at the age of 11, washing dishes and learning hands-on skills with many part-time jobs as a teen, eventually landing in logistics. Logistics afforded him experience in every aspect of transport from driving to shipping/receiving to cross rail management, finally working in heavy equipment operations and management.

He now enjoys passing on his experience as a youth by employing young people and mentoring those who need help in the workforce to procure a better life.

No stranger to politics, Kyle has advocated in Winnipeg and Vernon to change by-laws, pave roadways, update old policies, and have unfair policies rescinded.

Running for the People's party in 2019 led him to take up more work within the party. 2020 brought new challenges and new opportunities, and with the snap provincial election, Kyle ran by invitation, with the CPBC earning 12.5% of the vote in Vernon-Monashee.

The 2021 election is the most crucial in recent history. We must change the course of Canada this election. We can not continue to let Canada slip into unimaginable debt, risk having no voice of reason to debate crucial issues or elect leaders who stand firmly for freedom, a clean environment, safety, and prosperity for all Canadians. The old way isn't working. The last 18 months have proven we need new ideas, fearless people, and a strong voice for Canadian values in Ottawa.

Some of Kyle's goals as a Member of Parliament for the North Okanagan Shuswap include:

- Bring jobs to the North Okanagan Shuswap, which have a low impact on the environment.
- Advocate for accessible drug addiction rehabilitation in scientifically proven, successful programs rather than drug addiction enablement.
- Make Highway #1 an infrastructure priority and create four lanes right through the North Okanagan Shuswap.
- Support the completion of infrastructure promises made by past Canadian governments to our communities.
- Advocate for and educate Canadians in their Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

If elected, Kyle's skills in time management will allow him to be always available to every citizen and anyone who has an interest in the North Okanagan Shuswap. Kyle and his Fiancée Amanda have roots deep in the community. Through their teamwork, dedication, and quick thinking, together with you, we can all rebuild and uplift this community, supporting those born here and those who choose to bring their lives here!

I'd like to be that voice.