A snap election was called in B.C. Monday, Sept. 21 and so far only one candidate has been declared for the Cariboo-Chilcotin riding. (Elections BC map)

B.C. snap election called, only one Cariboo-Chilcotin candidate confirmed

BC Liberals confirm Lorne Doerkson is running

With a snap election confirmed Monday (Sept. 21) in B.C. for Oct. 24, so far the Cariboo Chilcotin riding has one declared candidate.

Lorne Doerkson confirmed he was appointed to run for the BC Liberals in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

“I’m thrilled,” Doerkson told Black Press Monday afternoon. “I am extremely grateful to the volunteers who have been working with me over the last month and a half to get my name out there.”

Doerkson confirmed on Aug. 26 he was hoping to be a potential successor for Liberal MLA Donna Barnett who is not seeking re-election.

“I’m excited to take over for Donna Barnett who left quite an impression on this riding and certainly the people of it and I know that it is going to be a big task to fill the shoes of Donna. She has been an unbelievable ambassador of this region and I hope to carry on that tradition.”

Read more: Lorne Doerkson running for Liberal MLA nomination in Cariboo-Chilcotin

Barnett told Black Press Media Horgan’s decision to call a snap election is all about retaining power when it should be about the people.

“This is all about people, it should not be about politics but with him, it’s all about politics,” she said. “He could have just as good a chance next year. It’s how you deliver policies, how you care about the people of British Columbia. People don’t always vote for a party, they vote for a person who shows them compassion.”

She said Doerkson cares about the people, not the politics and she will be working on his campaign and being an “aggravator.”

“I’m officially unemployed but there are still things I have the right to do,” she said. “We will be getting in election mode.”

Barnett said now is not the time for an election.

“The time for an election is a year from now so by then hopefully the pandemic is under control, we have a vaccine that’s under control and the people of British Columbia can then think about governance. They’re thinking of their children, their parents, their jobs and their future right now.”

New Democratic Party (NDP) Premier John Horgan said he ‘struggled mightily’ with the decision to call an early vote, but the long duration of the pandemic requires stability.

In the Cariboo-Chilcotin the NDP party does not have a candidate yet.

Cariboo-Chilcotin NDP association president Jean Oke, however, told the Tribune Monday the party has seven days to file nomination papers for a candidate.

“We will have one for sure,” Oke said, adding the party is presently vetting some possible candidates and welcomes any good suggestions of candidates.

Sally Watson, who ran in the riding for the NDP in the 2017 election, confirmed she would not be seeking the nomination.

The Green Party of British Columbia did not confirm a specific candidate for the riding, but said the the party will be dividing announcements of its candidates to roll out in the next few days.

Read more: Citing stability, B.C. Premier calls snap election for Oct. 24

B.C.’s election law specifies a minimum 28-day campaign period with an election falling on a Saturday, so the next available date from Monday’s announcement is Oct. 24.

Michael Geoghegan, who was vying for the BC Liberals nomination in the Cariboo-Chilcotin riding, said he received a phone call from the BC Liberals Monday letting him know Doerkson would be the party’s local candidate.

Geoghegan said with it being a snap election it made sense to go with a candidate that’s been living in the riding for as long as Doerkson has.

Elections BC chief electoral officer Anton Boegman said their main focus will be to ensure a safe and accessible voting process during the pandemic,Voting safely and COVID-19.

Elections BC is implementing a number of measures to help voters cast their ballot safely in person. Pandemic voting protocols have been developed in consultation with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer.

Safe voting practices for voting places are available at elections.bc.ca/safevoting and will include physical distancing, capacity limits, election officials wearing personal protective equipment (such as masks and face-visors), protective barriers, hand sanitizing stations and frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touched surfaces.

“We encourage voters to wear a mask when they vote to help protect others. Voters will not be asked to remove their mask to vote. Voters will be asked to sanitize their hands before and after voting,” notes a press release from Elections BC.

“To prevent close contact, some familiar voting procedures may be different. For example, voters will make a verbal declaration of their eligibility to vote instead of signing a voting book. Voters also can bring their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot.”

With files from Ashley Wadhwani and Tom Fletcher


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BC politicsBC Votes 2020Cariboo

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

Dave and Sharon Bedford cast their ballots in advance voting at 100 Mile Community Hall Tuesday. B.C.’s general election is set for Saturday, Oct. 24. (Kelly Sinoski photo, 100 MIle Free Press).
It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

Rayla Annett wins in the tall sunflower category in Community in Bloom contest. (Photo submitted).
Blooming beautiful: Clinton takes third in B.C. contest

Everyone wins after Clinton kids ‘Plant a Little Sunshine’ with cheerful sunflowers

Sue Moss is the new executive director of the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce. (Kelly Sinoski photo, 100 Mile Free Press).
New Chamber head hopes to help businesses prosper

Sue Moss takes over role in South Cariboo.

(Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay)
QUIZ: A celebration of colour

Fall in British Columbia is a time to enjoy a spectrum of vivid colours

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

RCMP stock photo (Black Press)
Charges laid against Prince George man, 39, in drug trafficking probe

Tyler Aaron Gelowitz is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18

Most Read