Between February 15th and February 22nd, Members of Parliament were back in their ridings to travel their constituencies. For me it was a busy week.
On Saturday, February 15th, I was in Creston and met with several people on a variety of issues and then attended the Creston Rod and Gun Club 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, February 16th, I was in Kaslo for a round table meeting with community members concerned with a number of issues from healthcare to job creation. This is a passionate community that has a lot to offer.
On Monday, February 17th, I was in Nelson, where I 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, February 18th, I was in Nakusp and 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, February 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, February 20th, I was in Radium Hot Springs and Invermere. I met with the Windermere Valley Historical Society, spoke at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, and met with both Invermere and Radium Mayors and Councils. I ended up that evening in Kimberley where I said a few words at a Rotary event recognizing the great contributions of three members of their community.
On Friday, February 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 every one of you for making Kootenay-Columbia the best place to work, live and enjoy all the recreation we have to offer.
David Wilks is the Conservative MP for the federal riding of Kootenay-Columbia. He can be reached at email@example.com or through his Cranbrook office at 250-417-2250.