By Dale Boyd
Members of the NDP caucus are touring Osoyoos and the South Okanagan over the next few days looking to get some face-to-face time with the community.
Pre-arranged meetings are taking place over the course of the trip. Ministers are meeting with individuals, farmers, people in the education and health sectors, local non-profit groups and more.
“We are very excited to come to that part of province, we believe the Southern Interior is a very vital part of the province and we want to connect directly with the people there,” said Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwwood and B.C. Government Caucus Chair.
Caucus meetings will focus on the year ahead for John Horgan’s minority government and meetings with business owners and community organizations are taking place throughout the four-day stint.
“You have a huge farming community there and we want to connect with people and listen to their side of the story so we can continue working on issues that are important with people,” Brar said.
Brar said in the past two years of NDP government B.C. has experienced the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, lower wait times for medical treatments and the elimination of MSP premiums next year calling it the “the biggest middle class tax cut in the history of the province.”
“We are doing everything possible we can do to make life more affordable and also to improve services people depend on at the same time,” Brar said.
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Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture made a number of arts-related stops throughout the region starting with The Art Gallery Osoyoos on Sunday.
“I’m really excited to be here at the art gallery and take a look at the extraordinary amount of artists that actually call this place their home and that are basing their work out of here. It’s a very impressive space,” Beare said.
She also made stops at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, the Oliver Arts Council Sunday.
“Arts and culture really are the fabric of our society in the province here. Every community becomes more resilient and a better place to live and work and play due to the availability of arts and culture,” Beare said.
She added there are more artists per capita in B.C. than any other province.
“It’s a great chance to go into towns and see how arts are helping to build up a community,” Beare said.
Beare was in Osoyoos in November touring Resort Municipality Funding projects as well.
Premier John Horgan and Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson will be in Keremeos to make an announcement about affordable housing on June 24.