Between February 15th to the 22nd, Members of Parliament were back in their ridings to travel their constituencies. For me it was a busy week.
On Saturday Feb 15, I was in Creston and met with several people on a variety of issues and then attended the Creston Rod and Gun annual banquet. Much can be learned from these groups who find the balance between a sport that they love and preserving the environment.
On Sunday Feb 16, I was in Kaslo for a round table meeting with community members concerned on a number of issues from Health Care to job creation. This is a passionate community that has a lot to offer.
On Monday Feb 17, I was in Nelson and met with the Chamber of Commerce and had a very productive meeting with local logging companies. These companies whether it be Kalasnikoff, Huscroft and others are a significant contributor to the economy. These family owned companies have been around for up to 75 years and clearly understand sustainability.
On Tuesday Feb 18th, I was in Nakusp met with constituents in the morning and then met with Guy Decharme who is leading a Program funded by the federal government. The Bladerunner program is designed to introduce youth into the work environment and has been a great success.
On Wednesday Feb 19th I was in Golden and Field. In Golden I spoke with the Chamber of Commerce, Golden Council and met with constituents on a variety of issues. That evening I was in Field for a town hall meeting where 50 people showed up to voice their concerns on the safety of the Trans Canada Highway. I would like to thank everyone who attended this meeting which I believe was very constructive.
On Thursday Feb 20th, I was in Radium Hot Springs and Invermere. I met with the Windermere Historical society, spoke at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, met with both Invermere and Radium Mayor and Councils. I ended up that evening in Kimberley where I said a few words at a Rotary event recognizing the great contributions of 3 members of their community.
On Friday Feb 21st, I was in Cranbrook where I met with several people on a variety of issues. Then it was back to Ottawa.
The Kootenay-Columbia riding is one rich in natural resources and tourism, but most importantly people who are passionate for their communities. It is the work hard, play hard attitude which brings so much vitality to the region. I would like to thank each and everyone for making Kootenay-Columbia the best place to work, live and enjoy all the recreation we have to offer.