NDP leader returning to Penticton

Adrian Dix will be in Penticton Saturday for the annual NDP Christmas celebration

The provincial NDP leader will be making another of his stops in Penticton this weekend, but this time he is attending a party rather than making an announcement.

Dix will be a guest at the annual Christmas celebration for the local NDP constituency organization, which also doubles as a fundraising event for their campaign war chest.

It’s far from the first time Dix has visited the Okanagan or Penticton. Jeanette Wood, the interim president of the riding association, said she has lost count of the number of times Dix has visited since he was elected party leader two years ago.

“He has publicly stated we will do well here in the Okanagan, especially here in Penticton. Our election planning committee believe very much that we have a great opportunity to win this seat.” said Wood, explaining that the visits bolster the confidence of the local supporters.

“It’s a great boost for our candidate and our constituency as we move into campaign mode, because the election is just around the corner,” said Wood. “It’s good for our members, it is good for our volunteers and it is especially good for our new candidate, Richard Cannings.”

Dix and Cannings, who was recently selected as the Penticton NDP candidate, will be joined by Marji Basso, the NDP candidate from Boundary-Similkameen. Wood said Basso will be rushing up to Penticton to join the party after spending the day campaigning in her own riding.

Entertainment will be provided by local band The Trio, followed by a live auction.

The event will be held Saturday at the Days Inn, 152 Riverside Dr. Everyone is welcome, but tickets are only available in advance. Contact Wood at 250-493-4341 to purchase.