B.C. Premier Christy Clark

B.C. premier endorsed for re-election by West Kelowna’s mayor

Doug Findlater says he hopes to see Christy Clark, acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in Westside-Kelowna—re-elected next spring.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has won the endorsement of West Kelowna’s mayor in her bid for reelection.

On the night she was acclaimed the Liberal Party of B.C.’s candidate in Westside-Kelowna—to be renamed Kelowna West for the next provincial election—Mayor Doug Findlater said he hopes to see Clark re-elected in next spring’s B.C. vote.

“She has been amazing,” said Findlater when asked what  it has meant to his city to have the premier as its local MLA. “I’m really hoping she gets re-elected.”

Asked if he was endorsing Clark, Findlater said yes.

But he quickly added, as mayor, he would be willing to meet with all candidates and work with whoever is elected. The next provincial election is scheduled for May 9, 2017.

Findlater said Clark has been surprisingly available to him and his council, has helped on a number of issues important to the city from the minute she was elected in a byelection July 2013.

Findlater said Clark has spent a surprising amount of time in the riding over the last three years given that she has to travel the province as premier.

Clark has a home in the riding, as well as one in Vancouver.

On Saturday night in West Kelowna, in accepting the party’s nomination, Clark kicked off the upcoming election campaign early with a rousing  stump speech in which she called on her party’s supporters to prepare for the election and not let apathy keep them from the polls.

“Our enemy isn’t the New Democrat’s,” she told a crowd of about 450 who gathered for her annual Beans and Jeans community event. “We don’t have to be scared of the socialists. Our enemy is those who think that maybe they don’t need to bother, maybe they can let somebody else do it for them.”

Listing off a number of areas where she said B.C. is leading the country, such as economic growth, job creation and the unemployment rate, Clark said she believes in the people of B.C. and their entrepreneurial spirit. And added it will not her or her MLAs who will make B.C. succeed, it will be the people of the province.

“I never forget to be humble and remember who we are doing this for,” said Clark.

Following the gathering, Clark said she does not take her job as MLA lightly, noting she knows she is premier because the voters of Westside-Kelowna elected her as their MLA.

“They have accepted me with open arms,” she said.

And while the election is still eight months away, Clark is already looking at local issues she wants to tackle if re-elected, such as transportation issues like Highway 97 through Westbank and  a second crossing of Okanagan Lake.

While a second lake crossing still years away, Clark said planning already well underway.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Justice to decide court’s jurisdiction over Indigenous man

Alex Louie, also known as Senklip, is standing trial over 9 charges related to alleged gun smuggling

Penticton pilots new mobile parking payment app

Eliminating the need to carry change for parking meters

Hospital expansion will increase access to MRI scans

Profiling the people working together to keep the wheels moving at Penticton Regional Hospital

EDITORIAL: The effects of high housing costs

For those who live in the Okanagan, the cost of housing is a significant obstacle

Contenders to perform at Okanagan venues

This year, musicians Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard will be joined by Blu and Kelly Hopkins

Rally condemns violence, promotes healing

Discovery of human remains and disappearances of women have created tension in the rural community

Province grants $784,000 for Okanagan projects

Rural Dividend grants support Okanagan community projects

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek RCMP search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

Driver trapped for 16 hours after car flips

Member of Anarchist Mountain Volunteer Fire Department in Osoyoos made discovery while out for walk

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Most Read