Renee Merrifield was chosen Monday by Liberal Leader of British Columbia Andrew Wilkinson to represent the party in the riding of Kelowna-Mission in the October 24 election
Renee Merrifield was chosen Monday by Liberal Leader of British Columbia Andrew Wilkinson to represent the party in the riding of Kelowna-Mission for the 24th election
Renee Merrifield’s entry into provincial politics involved a phone call, one question, and a Zoom Press conference
The Kelowna promoter was named by British Columbia Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson as the party candidate in Kelowna-Mission for the Oct 24 electionÂ
– It was an absolute whirlwind, but I feel incredibly honored and honored to be invited to represent the party, – Merrifield said later
Although incumbent MP Steve Thomson announced last December that he would not be running again, the party had yet to choose his successor through a traditional nomination process There was little urgency to do as the next election was not scheduled until October 2021
But NDP Premier John Horgan’s decision on Monday to call an instant vote meant there would be no time to organize an appointment process
Merrifield, a member of the British Columbia Liberal Party for 15 years, had indicated months ago that she would seek the Liberal nomination for Kelowna-Mission
â ???? I am a strong supporter of open and competitive nominations, â € “ said Merrifield, who lost the federal Conservative nomination in Kelowna-Lake Country to Tracy Gray through such a processÂ
– If Horgan hadn’t called this election, we would be heading for a 2021 provincial election that would have given MPs plenty of time to pick the Liberal candidate, a ???? she said
– But he chose the midst of a pandemic to call an election, so we had to prepare quickly, â ?? Merrifield said â ???? Nominations are always better than cheers But it was a last resort “
Early Monday, Merrifield said she had received a ‘cryptic text’ Liberal Party representatives to be ready to answer her phone When she answered, the question was simple: would she run for the Liberals in Kelowna-Mission?
After answering yes, Merrifield was quickly introduced with Wilkinson and other Liberals in a virtual press conference following Horgan’s election announcementÂ
The rapid streak of events left out for potential candidates such as three-term Kelowna city councilor Mohini Singh, who had spoken to Wilkinson twice about his interest in running for Kelowna-Mission
– But I agree with everything that happens, – Singh said, before she knew Wilkinson had decided to directly choose Merrifield as a candidateÂ
During the election, Merrifield said one of the targets would be what she claims to be the NDP’s inadequate COVID-19 economic recovery plan, especially her scant detail on key Kelowna sectors such as tourism , hospitality and agricultureÂ
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