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Creston Supportive Housing
On May 25th I was so very pleased to announce $2.3 million in funding for a nine-unit housing project for people with disabilities at Spectrum Farms in Creston. This property will once again be fully utilized! Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust and the Regional District of Central Kootenay for also contributing to this important housing project. And huge thanks to all the Association for Community Living volunteers for their dedication in making this happen. READ MORE
Accelerate Kootenays Launch
It was great day to test drive an electric vehicle over Kootenay Pass to Creston to celebrate the success of Accelerate Kootenays on their Highway 3 fast charging corridor.
As the minister responsible for the Province's clean energy vehicle strategy, and as your local MLA, I was very proud of how Accelerate Kootenays demonstrates a creative approach to emission reductions and economic opportunities as we transition to non-combustion engines. 

Did you know that the Province of BC has a number of initiatives supporting the transition to electric vehicles? Our Clean Energy Vehicles program offers a variety of incentives and rebates for EV purchases, workplace charging and home charging installs.
Selkirk Paving Tour
Thank you to local business Selkirk Paving for touring me around their Crescent Valley operation. It was great to learn about the scope of this local business operating in our region, as well as their involvement in major projects such as the replacement of the South Slocan bridge. Like all gravel operations in BC, Selkirk Paving is an important part of keeping our roads safe and in working condition.
Wrap up of Legislative Session
As the current Legislative session has come to a close, I am reflecting on all the work we accomplished in the legislature this Spring and since forming government less than a year ago. We're delivering on commitments that will make life better for British Columbians. We have and will continue working hard to fix the B.C. Liberals' affordability crisis and years of neglected services that matter to people, like health care and education. CLICK HERE to see the highlights of what we’ve done to make life more affordable, improve services, build a strong economy and create good jobs.
Trans Mountain Pipeline
The Federal Finance Minister announced on May 29th that they have reached an agreement to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and assets related to the Trans Mountain Expansion for $4.5 billion. While the Prime Minister of Canada is more accountable than the Texas CEO of Kinder Morgan, a different owner makes no difference when it comes to the risks of a bitumen spill. We, as the Government of BC, will proceed with our reference case to confirm BC’s jurisdiction to regulate environmental impacts, and we will continue to defend our coast. We will also continue to advocate for improved protections for our oceans, lands and waterways and we will use the opportunity to stand up for BC’s interests.
Make Your Voice Heard!

The BC Government offers many opportunities for the public to listen, get informed and speak up on issues that matter to them.
To learn more and participate visit:
Current Open public consultations include:
Rental Housing Task Force:
What: Share your ideas on how to improve rental housing laws and policies for renters and rental housing providers to make it more fair and secure.
When: Participate until July 6, 2018.
How: Email feedback to or register online to attend the community meeting in Nelson on June 14th.

Wildlife and Habitat:
When: Participate until July 31, 2018
How: email, join the online discussion or mail your feedback.

Small Business:
What: share your ideas on how to maintain a healthy small-business environment that will help businesses succeed, grow and create jobs.
When: participate until June 29, 2018
How: small businesses are invited to complete the online questionnaire.

Species at Risk 2018:
What: Share ideas about how best to protect and recover species at risk in B.C., and prevent more species from becoming at risk. Consultation is focused around specific questions.
When: Participate until December 1, 2018
How: join the online discussion or email

Provincial Caribou Recovery Program:
What: Help shape the province’s new program to recover and conserve woodland caribou.
When: participate until June 15, 2018
How: email, join the online discussion or mail your feedback.

Mental Health and Addictions:
What: share your ideas on the province’s mental health and addictions strategy.
When: participate until August 31, 2018
How: submit feedback on the online feedback form available here:

B.C. Mining Jobs Task Force:
When: participate until October 1, 2018
How: read the terms of reference and submit feedback via email:

Update on Columbia River Treaty negotiations:
The Province will host a series of meetings this month to engage with and update communities about the recently launched negotiations on the future of the Columbia River Treaty.
Attend a community meeting near you:
All meetings will run from 6pm- 9pm, a light meal will be available at 6pm.
  • June 11- Meadow Creek at the Lardeau Valley Community Club
  • June 13- Creston at the Community Complex
  • June 15- Nelson at the Rod and Gun Club
Questions and comments are welcomed via email to
Mobile MLA Office

The next mobile office is Thursday June 14 at Salmo Public Library reading room
from 11am to 3pm.

Drop by to visit with staff to access the in-person services of my Community Office
I want to
hear from you!

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433 Josephine St. Nelson V1L 1W4

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