October 19, 2015 - 8:32 PM
KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding will remain blue after re-electing Conservative candidate Cathy McLeod.
This will mark McLeod’s third term in office, having already served seven years as an member of Parliament representing the region.
McLeod's Conservative campaign office was perhaps more somber than a winning candidate's office might be. McLeod called the night 'bittersweet' as she maintained her seat but many in her party did not. She watched former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's concession speach with her Conservative supporters and volunteers, clapping after points in the speech she appreciated.
"Canadians voted," McLeod said simply describing the massive change federally.
"I was very proud to work with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and be part of his team," she said. "Thank you to every single person in this room who worked so hard."
McLeod is a nurse by trade and entered politics in the 90s when she became a councillor in the village of Pemberton. She was first elected as a member of Parliament in 2008 after taking over the Conservative candidacy from Betty Hinton, who announced she would not seek re-election.
McLeod recently served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, appointed in February 2015, and for Western Economic Diversification, appointed in September 2013.
McLeod was running in the riding against New Democrat Bill Sundhu, Liberal Steve Powrie and Green Matt Greenwood.
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