The Federal Election campaign is over -- voting day has arrived

all Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates  (Captions) - Sep 2019 - 2b

Polls are now open across BC, as Canadians (who haven't already voted in the advance polls) cast their ballots for the next federal government.

Here in the Northwest, eight candidates are running to fill the Skeena-Bulkley Valley seat being vacated by New Democrat Nathan Cullen, who did not run for re-election.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are the NDP's Taylor Bachrach, Liberal Dave Birdi, Jody Craven of the People's Party, independent Danny Nunes, Conservative Claire Rattee, independent Merv Ritchie, the Green Party's Mike Sawyer and Rod Taylor of the Christian Heritage Party.

To vote, bring your voter registration card as well as government-issued photo ID... if you don't have either of those things, you can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

All the information -- including your voting location -- is on the Elections Canada website

Voters in Kitimat are being offered Free Public Transit today -- thanks to BC Transit and the District of Kitimat.

Free fares are available today (Election Day) on routes 1, 2 and 3  (that's Whitesail, Nechako and Kildala) -- as well as on the Handy-Dart service.

Kitimat is the only northwest community offering free fares today.

After the polls close tonight at 7, we'll have election reports on Pure Country Radio and EZ Rock -- and full CTV Election coverage on CFTK-TV.