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Conservative Tracy Gray re-elected in Kelowna-Lake Country

Tracy Gray in 2019 after winning the Conservative Party nomination for Kelowna-Lake Country. She's now been re-elected to a second term as MP for the riding.
September 20, 2021 - 9:05 PM

The tradition of the Kelowna-Lake Country federal riding being a Conservative stronghold is being rebuilt as incumbent Tracy Gray won a victory tonight.

While the riding has long been a sure thing for Conservatives, that changed in 2015 when Liberal Stephen Fuhr overturned 45 years of history to win election. Gray stormed back in 2019 to reclaim the seat for her party with more than 45 per cent of the vote.

She fought off Liberal Tim Krupa to claim a victory tonight, Sept. 20.

With 95 of 233 polls reporting at publication time, Gray was ahead with 44.5% of the vote compared to Krupa with 27%.

All election results are preliminary, the final tally won’t be known until mail in votes are counted.

Krupa had attacked Gray early in the campaign both for her stand on climate change and for refusing, initially, to say whether she was vaccinated or not.

READ MORE: iN VIDEO: After dodging the question, Kelowna-Lake Country candidate announces she is vaccinated

Prior to the election being called, Gray offended the LGBTQ community in Kelowna when she voted against a law to ban conversion therapy. She’s been banned from attending Gay Pride events this fall.

READ MORE: MP Tracy Gray lashes out after being banned from Kelowna Pride events

None of those issues gained much traction with voters.

In the last Parliament, Gray was the Conservative Party’s critic for Export Promotion and International Trade.

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