My Family and I have lived in Kamloops for decades; we love this City.
I have spent over 40 years in public service, and enjoy it. My greatest pleasure in public life has been helping people and their families with life’s difficulties, and bringing benefits to our community.
I served 17 years as an MLA for Kamloops and the Thompson Valleys, 1996-2013, and have worked with every mayor since Phil Gagliardi.
Kamloops is uniquely positioned as one of the three major population centres in B.C.’s Interior, blessed with mild weather, easy winters, and excellent planning by councils of our past. Doctors moving here have told me: “Kamloops has ALL that we hope for in a City: a fine university, wonderful sports amenities, a great arts community, and quick access to recreation outdoors – and none of the things we dread: little crime, light traffic, no congestion, no pollution.”
That is all true, and a credit to leaders past and present.
During my provincial career, I was appointed to various roles which were helpful to the people of Kamloops: Chair of the Cabinet Committee for Natural Resources and the Economy, Minister of Mining, then Revenues, Small Business & Regulatory Reform, next Community and Rural Development, followed by Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Social Development.
I was asked by British Columbia’s government to negotiate the first “Resource Revenues Sharing Agreements” with First Nations, and thrilled that our Sekwepmec friends lead the way! Now there are hundreds of agreements, creating jobs and wealth, province-wide.
In each and all of these roles, I was assisted by local people in operationalizing opportunities for Kamloops’ citizens. Mayor Branchflower and I worked on the plan to replace a former car dealership with the Kamloops Art Gallery and TNRD building, Mayor Rothenburger and I on a long and successful series of initiatives which delivered Thompson Rivers University, the Tournament Capital Centre, TRU Law, Royal Inland Hospital upgrades, and new homes for seniors, all over town. Mayors Lake and Milobar partnered in beautifully with the positive energy and efforts of Kamloops citizens.
I have been frustrated by the negative behaviours of some councillors this term, being rude and crude to citizens, and attention-seeking. I hope to help the council correct such disrespect.
We live in a beautiful city with wonderful people who pour out their energy and talents to create positive outcomes for all.
If elected, I want to encourage more of that, and see benefits blossom.