The legislative session began in February with our government presenting our throne speech outlining our vision and plan for the upcoming session. We also presented our second consecutive balanced budget, fulfilling the commitment we made to the people of British Columbia to maintain our AAA credit-rating and keep our provincial finances in the black.
So far, a number of pieces of legislation have been introduced to the legislature, including the Off-Road Vehicle Act, streamlining the registration process for off-road vehicles while ensuring that our pristine backcountry is protected. Our government has also tabled the Water Sustainability Act, a long-term plan to protect our most valuable resource on earth.
I had the privilege to stand in the house several times, one of which was to delivering a response to Balanced Budget 2014. I made two private members statements, one recognizing B.C. Restaurant Week in February, and the other congratulating the organizers of the 2014 Kamloops Tim Horton’s Brier. I also delivered a statement to the house on how our government is helping promote employment opportunities throughout British Columbia.
However, when the legislature isn’t sitting, my schedule is just as busy. Whether it’s meeting with stakeholders in my role as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training responsible for the BC Jobs Plan or, of course, working for you back home in the constituency.
In the short time since being elected, I have found that connecting with residents, local officials, and community organizations that do great work here in the Shuswap is one of the most rewarding parts of being your MLA.
In just one day of touring Enderby I had the opportunity to meet with so many great constituents. The visit included visiting city hall, touring North Enderby Timber to learn more about their manufacturing facility and the economic impact they have on our region, and meetings with several non-profit organizations to discuss how they benefit the community and how our government can help. I also had a quick trip to Armstrong to visit the wonderful folks at the Armstrong Museum and see their good work in the community, as well as the chamber and the Armstrong Advertiser.
Also during the constituency week in March, I was invited by the Ministry of Transportation to get an update on the construction progress at the Hummingbird Creek Bridge site.
It really does go without saying; it has been an immense pleasure serving as your MLA representing the Shuswap in the legislature. I am looking forward to another busy month ahead as we continue to debate legislation and deliver good government to the people of British Columbia.
As always, I welcome your feedback. Keeping connected to the issues and concerns of constituents is always my top priority as your MLA.
Please feel free to contact our office at 250-833-7414, or toll free at 1-877-771-7557, and we will gladly assist you.
Submitted by Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo