ELECTION 2015: Liberals and Greens join forces in Kelowna to take down Conservative Cannan

Federal Conservative MP Ron Cannan during a tour of the new surgical centre at Kelowna General Hospital.

KELOWNA - Local Green Party members have chosen to back Liberal candidate Stephen Fuhr in the upcoming federal election.

Greens in the Kelowna-Lake Country riding made the decision last night after Fuhr agreed to incorporate key planks from the Green platform into his campaign.

Although the national Green Party office has yet to give its final stamp of approval, Lance Greenberg, president of the Kelowna Liberals, says in a media release the national office had approved the cooperation agreement and Green leader Elizabeth May has already said she would support the decision made locally.

Both parties say the purpose of the agreement is singular — to help get rid of the Stephen Harper and the Conservatives by combining to defeat local Lake Country MP Ron Cannan.

The media release describes the agreement on inter-party cooperation as “pioneering” and hopes Liberals and Greens in other ridings will be inspired to do the same thing.

Cannan is pushing for a fourth term in Kelowna Lake Country where he grabbed a daunting 56 per cent of the popular vote in the last election.

The federal election will be held on October 19.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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