Letter: Revealing omission in election pamphlets

…the name, title or a picture of Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party, failed to appear in any of the expensive brochures…

To the editor:

On September 23, I attended a federal all-candidates forum at the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Kelowna campus.

The NDP, Liberal and Green candidates all brought stacks of glossy brochures eagerly identifying and branding their national leaders.

Oddly, federal Conservative incumbents Ron Cannan [Kelowna-Lake Country] and Dan Albas [Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola]  chose to distribute similar glossy brochures that failed to identify by name, title or photograph, the leader of their national party, Stephen Harper.

Are some Conservative candidates in B.C. deliberately distancing themselves from their national leader? As such, brochures generally require pre-printed approval from federal party executives, this question may need to be answered by none other than Mr. Harper himself.

Max Rundle Wilkie, Kelowna