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Calogheros’ call to progressive voters angers Kerr, Sapergia

Cariboo-Prince George Green Party candidate Mackenzie Kerr, Liberal candidate Tracy Calogheros, and NDP candidate Heather Sapergia at the beginning of the campaign. Facebook photo

Cariboo-Prince George Green Party candidate Mackenzie Kerr is accusing Liberal candidate Tracy Calogheros of “fear-mongering.”

In a campaign video posted to her Facebook page, Calogheros urges progressive voters to choose her rather than Kerr or Sapergia.

“We know that the majority of voters in this riding voted for a progressive party in 2015,” she said in the video. “I’m going to speak directly and bluntly to those of you considering voting NDP or Green this time around. We have a lot in common. I deeply respect and appreciate those two candidates, but the choice facing voters in this riding is whether to send a Liberal or a Conservative to represent us.”

Kerr compared the message to U.S.-style political tactics.

“I am deeply disappointed in the Liberal candidate’s most recent video claiming that a vote for the Greens is a de facto vote for the Conservatives,” she said in a statement. “This is fear-mongering. This is why we don’t have more young people, women, or minorities in government, this is the system we have created. It’s toxic and this is exactly why I’m running for the Green Party. To get rid of this divisive American style rhetoric.

“Nobody should tell you how to vote. There’s no place in Canada for these dirty tactics and we pride ourselves in being able to vote for what we believe in. Our community deserves better than this.”

New Democrat candidate Heather Sapergia says a Liberal vote isn’t a progressive one.

“The Liberals are not progressive for these following reasons,” she said in a statement. “There are still many First Nations reserves which don’t have clean water, which was a Liberal promise. The Liberals promised proportional representation but didn’t deliver. There are thousands of people living on the streets. They bought a pipeline.

“Tracy is encouraging people to vote against something instead of voting for something. If you want to turn Liberals into progressives, vote NDP.”

In the 2015 election, Conservative Todd Doherty won the riding with 36.6 per cent of the popular vote. Calogheros polled second with 31.5 per cent. The NDP captured 25.8 per cent of the vote while the Greens captured 3.5 per cent.

The Canada 338 popular vote projection for the riding, as of October 14, puts the Conservatives at 38.1 per cent, the Liberals in second place with 24.5 per cent, the NDP in third with 21.3 per cent, the Greens at 12 per cent and the People’s Party of Canada at 3.6 per cent.

(Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected as we had incorrectly copied percentage numbers from the Canada 338 site.)

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