October 09, 2015 - 12:02 PM
KAMLOOPS - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose visited Kamloops yesterday to help fellow Conservative candidate Cathy McLeod on the campaign trail but only spent five minutes speaking to media and would only answer a handful of questions, none of which pertained to local issues.
McLeod has worked closely with the member of Parliament from Edmonton-Spruce Grove in the last few months as the minister’s parliamentary secretary. Ambrose returned the favour by coming to Kamloops yesterday, Oct. 8. She said she wanted to tell 'the good people of Kamloops' about McLeod’s contribution to the Conservative team.
The pair spoke to seniors at the Berwick on the Park and had a photo-op with Conservative senator and former Olympian Nancy Greene-Raine.
At the last event of the day Ambrose allotted five minutes for questions from local media.
Kamloops has recently received its first official medical marijuana grow operation application and reporters attempted to ask Ambrose about the federal government’s policies on the licencing of medical marijuana growers.
"You’ll have to ask the (Health Canada) bureaucrats," Ambrose said, three times, also noting the federal government would consider a national pharmacare program.
When reporters continued to press the issue, her communications person put an end to the questioning.
The evening concluded with a live brass band, food and even a few dance steps from both McLeod and Ambrose as the two thanked the volunteers.
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