Lois Lane is a Liberal

DECISION 2011: Canadian actress Margot Kidder urges "closet Liberals" to come out on election day.

Margot Kidder, as Lois Lane

PENTICTON -- Margot Kidder -- aka Lois Lane, girlfriend of Christopher Reeves in the Superman movies -- was campaigning on the weekend for the party's candidate in Okanagan Coquihalla. He happens to be her brother, John Kidder.

"I'm here not only because John is a dream candidate but because I'm living in the end game in the United States and it's not funny,'' said Kidder, a dual citizen who lives in Montana and who famously dated former Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

Kidder said Americans idealize Canada, but she also issued a warning about the political direction the country has taken under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government.

"Canada is starting the same sort of right-wing, corporate ownership of government, corporate tradeoffs with government, smear campaigns, `let's lower the corporate tax rate without mentioning it's going to up the private tax rates' ... It's happening in Canada,'' she said.

"God forbid if anyone should bring up privatizing health care.''

John Kidder, a retired businessman, is making his first run at federal politics in the riding previously held by cabinet minister Stockwell Day, who is not running for re-election.

It could take a man with some political steel to defeat the Tories in the riding, where Liberals last won a federal seat in 1968.

Margot Kidder said voters in the B.C. riding have told her they're "closet Liberals'' and she's urged them to "come out". 

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