Running to represent the Shuswap in the Oct. 24 B.C. election are Greg Kyllo for BC Liberal Party, Sylvia Lindgren for the BC NDP and Owen Madden for the BC Green Party. (Salmon Arm Observer image)

Shuswap candidates share plans for economic recovery

The Observer asks: How will you assist the local economy in rebounding from the pandemic?

  • Oct. 16, 2020 9:30 a.m.

This week the Observer asked the Shuswap’s candidates: If elected, how will you assist the local economy in rebounding from the pandemic?

Greg Kyllo

BC Liberal Party

I am encouraged by the overwhelming support for our free-enterprise party and the public desire to elect a government that has a clearly articulated plan to turbo-charge the economy through a suite of thoughtful and effective policy initiatives including:

• Getting more people back to work and attracting new investment eliminating the PST for a year, and then set it at 3 per cent as the economy grows;

• Eliminate the Small Business Income Tax entirely;

• Modernize regulation for investment in B.C. to ensure sustainable and efficient land-use decisions, by ensuring more timely approvals from the Environmental Assessment Office, while ensuring a high level of environmental protection;

• Undertake a commercial trucking review, include truck parking capacity and brokerage, to keep the industry operating safely and efficiently, and support the essential movement of goods.

• Deliver emergency financing, through a loan guarantee program for B.C.’s more than 19,000 tourism and hospitality businesses;

• Expand measures to increase access to capital and investment for new start-ups;

• Accelerate B.C.’s role as a clean hydro-power exporter, to aid global greenhouse gas reductions;

• Implement an aggressive agenda to rebuild and expand B.C.’s tourism sector;

• Work with the tourism industry and municipal partners to support the development and growth of regional tourism hub.

Sylvia Lindgren


The pandemic has created new and unique challenges in B.C. and around the world. The most significant issue, aside from the health of our citizens, is the serious impacts felt by so many of our small businesses.

Here in the Shuswap, our economy relies heavily on small business. Although the proprietors and employees of these businesses have done creative and innovative things to quickly adapt to this new challenge, many will need help to adjust and prosper.

On Sept. 17, the NDP government announced a $1.5 billion recovery plan that includes $300 million in support for small business. Small businesses will be able to apply for much needed grants and tax relief for hiring, or rehiring, employees. They will also receive a PST rebate on any machinery purchased for their businesses.

The plan also includes money for infrastructure spending, funds for retraining, and more money for municipalities. All new approved spending is in addition to the 2020 budget.

Investing in people is investing in the economy. Assisting British Columbians to receive the training, education and supports they need to get back to work is what will keep the economy strong.

Owen Madden

BC Green Party

For starters, I would demand more targeted reporting of virus cases within the our region than what we are currently receiving. An outbreak in Kelowna (for instance) could cause restrictive measures to be implemented in Salmon Arm due to Interior Health’s blanket reporting for their entire region. Why not lock down Kelowna in isolation in such circumstances? My parent’s home county in Ireland is in lock down in isolation from its neighboring counties, and it’s the size of the Shuswap provincial riding!

Limiting the degree to which businesses are impacted by COVID-19 restrictions would be my absolute priority. Leveraging the incredible natural assets we have as a draw for returning tourists would be a longer-term goal. For instance – Revelstoke has become a thriving biking destination, bringing a financial boon in the summertime. The South Canoe Trails, as well as the Rail Trail, are two major draws for bicycle-lovers and could be networked with safe bike lanes to bring commerce to our downtown cores.

Mostly, I believe the entrepreneurial skills of local business owners are such that the Shuswap will recover economically when unfettered by restrictions.

BC politicsShuswap Lake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A health-care worker prepares to swab a man at a walk-in COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal North, Sunday, May 10, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
Interior Health records 21 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

Thirty-six cases remain active; two people are in the hospital, one of whom is in intensive care

Salmon Arm RCMP say residents have been receiving calls from fraudster claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP warn of scammer claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House

Police say scammer requests fee to claim sweepstakes prizes

In response to complaints from residents and city hall, a sign was erected recently at the east end of Salmon Arm, asking truckers to avoid the use of engine brakes, particularly as they head down the hill into town. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm gets hopeful sign in quest to reduce trucks’ engine brake noise

Mayor asks RCMP to patrol hill on Trans-Canada Highway between 30th St NE and McGuire Lake

During her PhD, Dr. Sylvie Harder spent several field seasons at an international research station in the Swedish Arctic, researching the impacts of climate change on permafrost environments. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm raised climate scientist brings expertise to West Coast Environmental Law

Sylvie Harder looks forward to helping B.C. communities develop climate change solutions

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

With local MLA Adam Olsen looking on, BC Greens leader Sonia Furstenau said a Green government would convert BC Ferries into a Crown corporation Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Green leader Sonia Furstenau promises to convert BC Ferries back into Crown corporation

Promise comes Monday afternoon with five days left in campaign

The Observer announces that war veterans Mait Kersey and “Dux” Duxbury have added to the Salmon Arm business section by opening their Shuswap 5¢ to $1 Store on Hudson Street, circa 1950. Image from the Denis Marshall Collection, Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.
Shuswap history in pictures: Downtown addition

Shuswap 5¢ to $1 Store opens on Hudson

Vernon Fire Rescue Services and Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP were called to a report of an electrical fire at the emergency response centre operated by Turning Points Collaborative Society on 37th Street Sunday, Oct. 18, just before 5:30 p.m. The fire displaced shelter residents who have been set up with services at the Vernon Recreation Complex. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon shelter residents find refuge in hotels, motels, recreation complex after fire

Electrical fire at Turning Points Collaborative Society’s emergency response centre on 37th Street

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kelowna man charged after allegedly stealing senior’s car

Elderly woman’s car was stolen while she was shopping

Osoyoos Fire Department responded to reports of a vehicle engulfed in flames Sunday (Oct. 18) evening at a Lambert Court residence. (Osoyoos Fire Department)
Osoyoos Fire Department knock down car fire near home

Blaze was ‘really close’ to becoming a structure fire

Colin James put on a great show at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds as part of the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest. But his Okanagan tour for 2020 has been postponed until 2021. (Photo by Terry Farrell)
COVID-19 cancels more Okanagan concerts

The Contenders and Colin James postponed until 2021

A passer-by walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada ‘yet to see’ deaths due to recent COVID surge as cases hit 200,000

Much of the increase in case numbers can be attributed to Ontario and Quebec

Most Read