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Campaign heats up between Conservative and Liberal candidates in Kelowna-Lake Country

Tim Krupa is running for the Liberals in Kelowna-Lake Country.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Tim Krupa
August 31, 2021 - 11:09 AM

The federal election campaign is well underway and in Kelowna-Lake Country riding two candidates seem to be unwilling to answer some questions.

Conservative incumbent Tracy Gray refuses to say whether or not she’s been vaccinated, while Liberal candidate Tim Krupa refuses to say whether he’s been parachuted into the riding.

“Where has Tracy Gray been in terms of showing leadership by example?” Krupa said during an interview with yesterday, Aug. 30. “She refuses to say whether she’s been vaccinated herself and she refuses to encourage anyone to get vaccinated. That is dangerous, irresponsible and reckless. Kelowna-Lake Country needs new leadership to get us out of this crisis.”

Gray’s campaign team said in an email to she “continues to strictly adhere to all public health guidelines, including in reference to vaccinations."

Incumbent Conservative Kelowna-Lake Country candidate Tracy Gray.
Incumbent Conservative Kelowna-Lake Country candidate Tracy Gray.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Tracy Gray

The Gray team sent the exact same response with the words “reference to vaccination" highlighted when asked directly, “Is Tracy vaccinated or not?”

Gray’s team countered by accusing Krupa of being parachuted into the riding for the election.

“We understand that Justin Trudeau's former staffer turned Liberal candidate may be unfamiliar with Tracy Gray's strong advocacy for vaccine procurement as he only recently moved back to Kelowna-Lake Country for this election,” they wrote.

Krupa was “proud” to say to that he did work for Trudeau as a policy advisor from 2014 to 2017.

He said that, since then, he studied business and public policy at Oxford University and has worked in the financial field, most recently for the Canada Pension Plan. There was a long pause after he was asked where that was before acknowledging it was in Toronto.

When asked repeatedly by to say when he actually returned to Kelowna, his only response after long periods of silence was to say he’s proud to have grown up in Kelowna and to call Kelowna his home.

His biography, which was provided by his campaign team, says he works at CPP Investments.

Federal election day is Monday, Sept. 20.

— This story was updated at 5:16 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 to clarify Tim Krupa does not currently live in Toronto.

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