South Okanagan - West Kootenay riding Conservative candidate Helena Konanz (left) with Stockwell Day (right). (Submitted)

South Okanagan-West Kootenay Conservative candidate delays office opening

Delay is due to supporter and former politician Stockwell Day having ‘emergency diplomatic mission’

A former long-time politician will be offering his endorsement for the campaign kick off of the South Okanagan — West Kootenay Conservative candidate.

Stockwell Day will be visiting Penticton on July 25 showing his support for Helena Konanz, the SOWK candidate. The event will be held at her new campaign office, scheduled to open that same week.

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The event had been scheduled for Monday, July 15 but according to the official campaign website for Konanz, Stockwell has been requested to attend “an emergency diplomatic mission” at short notice.

Konanz was named as the Conservative party candidate in September, while she was finishing her second term as a City of Penticton councillor.

Day retired after a 25-year career in politics in 2011. He started as an MLA in Alberta, where he served as a cabinet minister, then entering federal politics in 2000. After winning the leadership of the Canadian Alliance Party, he rode up to his first press conference after being named the leader on a jet ski on Okanagan Lake after deciding the run in the area’s riding — which was then known as Okanagan-Coquihalla.

The opening of Konanz’s office will be catered with artisanal sandwiches and a cash bar, entry fee is $15 at the door. The kick off takes place at 483 Main St. at 6 p.m.

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