Premier visits Cranbrook and Kimberley

Premier Christy Clark made her way to Cranbrook and Kimberley in a one-day trip to meet with residents of the two communities.

  • May. 31, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Premier Christy Clark made her way to Cranbrook and Kimberley in a one-day trip to meet with residents of the two communities.

After a morning meeting in Cranbrook the Premier made her way to Kimberley, where she time to talk to residents in an open-house event.

Clark was introduced to the audience took by Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett and Doug Clovechok, president of the Columbia River – Revelstoke BC Liberal riding association.

It was during his introduction of Clovechok that Bennett admitted he had talked to the association president about the possibility of him running for the Liberal party candidacy in the next provincial election in the Columbia River – Revelstoke region.

“He is a good man and a hard worker who will give good representation,” Bennett said. “Norm Macdonald is a good friend of mine but he can’t help you,” he added.

Clovechok then went to the podium and spoke highly of Clark, saying that she is the type of person who will listen to what people have to say about the issues.

“In a very short period of time I have become an incredible fan of this Premier. She does exactly what she says she is going to do,” he said.

Clark then spoke to the crowd about some of the key ideas for the future of B.C. from her perspective. She spoke of the importance of remembering that people need jobs throughout British Columbia, in both rural and urban areas. She complimented Bennett for the work he has done as an MLA to represent people in B.C. She went on to stress the importance of job creation for families in the province and how this will be a focus for her going forward.  “We are putting a family-first question on every decision this government makes,” Clark said.

After talking to the audience for a little over ten minutes, Clark walked through the crowd and talked with people about issues before heading back to the airport.

Once the open house ended, Clovechok spoke of the importance of having the Premier come to the riding.

“I think what it really demonstrates is her commitment to fulfill her campaign promises. She told British Columbians that it was her goal to get out and meet with communities and she is committed to help us campaign in this riding,” he said.

When asked about his own political future Clovechok said, “I will tell you straight-up right now, if I can win the nomination for the riding and I am confident I can, then I will run.”