Canadians will go to the polls October 21 to elect a federal government — including locally to choose from among six candidates in the South Okanagan – West Kootenay riding.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — accompanied by his wife Sophie — arrived at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Wednesday morning to ask Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, launching Canada’s 43rd general election.

In the South Okanagan – West Kootenay, incumbent MP Richard Cannings, a New Democrat, will be campaigning to keep his seat away from five challengers.

They include:

  • Liberal Connie Denesiuk;
  • Conservative Helena Konanz;
  • the Green Party’s Tara Howse;
  • the People’s Party’s Sean Taylor, and,
  • Rhinoceros Jon Pelletier.

Electors will have several options to vote, including at their assigned polling station on election day or during advance polling days (Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14).

They can also vote at any Elections Canada office across Canada or by mail (deadlines apply). Find out more here.

An Elections Canada office is now open in Osoyoos. The office is located at 9150 Main Street (in the Lakeview Plaza) and open Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m.

The local returning officer is Peter Beckett, no stranger to provincial and federal elections.

Voters can visit the Elections Canada office to get information, register, or vote.

All Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years old on election day are eligible to vote.

To vote, you must:

Be registered. Most electors are already registered. To check if you are registered, register or update your address information, you can visit elections.ca/register, visit any Elections Canada office across Canada, or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

Electors can register at any time between now and October 15, 6:00 p.m. If they miss this deadline, they can register at the polls on election day, just before they vote.

Show proof of their identity and address. There are many different pieces of identification that can be used to prove identity and address. The full list is available online.

 

 

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