Campaign heats up

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Member of Parliament candidates for Kootenay-Columbia hit the campaign trail.

  • Apr. 10, 2011 4:00 p.m.

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Member of Parliament candidates for Kootenay-Columbia hit the campaign trail.

There are now five candidates running in the riding. District of Sparwood mayor David Wilks is the Conservative Party candidate, Betty Aitchison is the Liberal Party candidate, Mark Shmigelsky is the candidate for the NDP, Bill Green will be running for the Green Party, and Brent Bush is running as an Independent.

Shmigelsky made a trip to the Elk Valley this week stopping in Fernie to put up signs, knock on doors, and introduce himself to the staff at The Free Press.

He was also busy in Canal Flats and Kimberley.

On his twitter he said “Mainstreeting in Fernie today! People care about their country and democracy and they want a voice. Let’s make sure you have one.”

Wilks was campaigning in Radium on Tuesday and was in Cranbrook last week.

On his twitter on Tuesday morning he wrote “Breakfast in Radium with small business owners and tourism industry. They like our low tax plan for small businesses. Our plan equals jobs.”

Independent candidate Bush was in Cranbrook on Monday. On his facebook he wrote, “Today was a good day going door to door in Cranbrook. Not only are people ready for a change, they want real representation without the empty promises. I’m pumped!”

Green said in the Revelstoke Times Review last week,” I think it’s essential we move towards a more collaborative approach for our democratic functions so people begin to believe in our government and believe that government is a way to provide solutions to our more complex problems.”

Aitchinson has been busy campaigning for the Liberals and said to the Cranbrook Townsman, “I feel people should have options in this debate on the future of the country. What’s happening in the present parliament does not represent Canadian values as I see them.”

An all-candidates meeting has not yet been announced for the Elk Valley.