Former B.C. health minister Terry Lake acclaimed as federal Liberal candidate in Kamloops

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Former BC Liberal health minister Terry Lake will carry the federal Liberal banner into October’s election.

The veterinarian, three-term BC Liberal MLA and former Kamloops mayor was acclaimed Tuesday evening at an event in Kamloops with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


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Lake cited the Liberals’ plan to address climate change as what brought him out of political retirement and called the environment a ballot issue in the coming vote.

“(We have) a party that wants to take action on climate change and one that hasn’t revealed a plan of action. A party that wants to ensure families get ahead versus a party that says government shouldn’t have anything to do with social programs. I think there’s a very stark choice here,” Lake said.

Lake will run in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding, where he will face off against Conservative MP Cathy McLeod.


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He’s likely facing an uphill battle. The riding is a Conservative stronghold that the Liberals haven’t won in about 40 years.

Prior to his return to politics, Lake was working in the medical cannabis industry, where he served as vice-president of corporate social responsibility with Quebec-based Hydropothecary.

—With files from the Canadian Press

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