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Jumbo Wild Forever!
On January 18th I had the honour of participating in the Ktunaxa Nation Council’s Qat ‘muk announcement in Cranbrook. After thirty years of resistance to development in the Purcell mountains, I am so very happy to say, JUMBO IS WILD! That we are working towards an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area is reconciliation in action and it is the right thing to do. Keep Jumbo Wild is no longer a bumper sticker pleading for the very center of our region. It is a reality! More Info HERE.

New Ministry
A cabinet shuffle at the end of January means I am now the Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, formerly the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. It will be my job to continue to promote B.C.’s tech sector, economic growth in communities around the province and support business competitiveness. I’ll be responsible for trade, and engage with industry associations and major sectors on government’s approach to quality economic growth. I’m really excited about this change and am keen to collaborate with all sectors to ensure BC remains competitive and builds family-supporting jobs. We have a lot to offer the world, Canada and our own communities.

Affordable Housing for Creston
Everyone deserves to have a safe, stable and affordable place to call home. On Jan 26th we celebrated the grand opening of nine affordable units for people with disabilities at Spectrum Farms in Creston. I want to thank all the community partners involved in making this project a reality and helping create a more inclusive community where people with disabilities in Creston can build good lives for themselves and their families.

(Photo Credit: Brian Lawrence, Creston Advance)
Montreal Canadiens vs Kootenay Kilpatricks
What a wonderful opportunity for hockey fans to experience a home-grown team go up against Montreal Canadiens Alumni right here in our own backyard. On January 23, the Nelson arena was packed with hockey fans! I had so much fun attending this charity game with my family and being a part of the opening ceremony. An event as successful as this takes many hours of planning and hard work by staff and volunteers. Thank you to Make a Change Canada and everyone who dedicated their time and energy to bring this event to fruition.
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Nelson-Creston Community Office
433 Josephine St. Nelson V1L 1W4

Throne Speech and Budget 2020
On February 11th my colleagues and I are back in Victoria. The Speech From the Throne opens the Legislature and outlines our government's agenda and focus for the upcoming year. After hearing from people across the province through our annual consultation process, we will introduce our 2020 Budget, on February 18. Both lay out and expand on our priorities in making life better for British Columbians. You can stream both the Speech From the Throne and the Budget live on your computer or on cable TV. Find out how, HERE.
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