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Kamloops Liberal MLAs critical of Premier Horgan's snap election call

Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone is pictured in this file photo from June 9, 2017.
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September 21, 2020 - 1:04 PM

Kamloops's MLAs are not happy about Premier John Horgan's announcement that British Columbians will head to the polls Oct. 24.

Kamloops-South Thompson Liberal MLA Todd Stone describes Horgan's decision as "very cynical and irresponsible." 

"John Horgan wants to force an early election for his own political benefit and nothing else," Stone said.

He said the government will go into "caretaker mode" in the middle of a pandemic, which will have several consequences.

READ MORE: British Columbians going to the polls Oct. 24

"It means no Minister of Education looking after the safety of our kids in the classroom, no Minister of Health focussed on the wellbeing of British Columbians and no Finance Minister and cabinet focused on economic recovery," Stone said. "It is with that context that it is extremely disappointing and irresponsible, in my view, for the Premier to think that now is a good time to go to the polls."

Kamloops-North Thompson Peter Milobar is also critical of the snap election call.

"It’s very disappointing, and it’s completely unnecessary at this time," he said.

He said it's unfortunate the government has spent the last several months pretending they're not trying to prepare for an election instead of working on pandemic response.

"I think we're paying the price as a province as a result of that," Milobar said. "We will be doing everything we can to ensure that voters hold him to account in the October 24 election."

– This story was updated at 4:26 p.m. Sept. 21, 2020 to add comments from Todd Stone and Peter Milobar. 

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