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The next phase of the Central Okanagan Bypass will go from Gordon to Spall. (Photo: Wayne Moore)
The next phase of the Central Okanagan Bypass will go from Gordon to Spall. (Photo: Wayne Moore)

$100K For Bypass

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Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country is pleased to confirm that the federal government will contribute $100,000 towards planning for the Central Okanagan Bypass. These funds compliment additional support for the planning project from the Province of British Columbia, the City of Kelowna and the University of British Columbia.

"The Central Okanagan is one of British Columbia's fastest growing regions. The federal government recognizes the impact the Central Okanagan bypass will have on the growth and economic vitality of the Okanagan and is committed to investing in infrastructure to ensure communities like our own continue to thrive," said Mr. Cannan.

Mr. Cannan said the grant is in keeping with Canada's new government's commitment to municipalities made during the election and in the 2006 federal budget. The federal budget made significant investments in public transit infrastructure and tax credits, and retained the 5-cent per litre Gas Tax Transfer program as well as the GST rebate for purchases made by municipalities.

"This grant assists our municipality by supporting its efforts to improve transportation infrastructure in the community," said Mr. Cannan. "I congratulate the City and particularly Ron Westlake, the Transportation Manager, who has worked tirelessly to move this project forward. It's a big boost of confidence that the federal government supports the City's efforts to create a long range plan for transportation," he said.

"These are the first steps towards the ultimate goal of long-term economic sustainability for the community. I am pleased that all levels of government are working together to make it happen," concluded Mr. Cannan.


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The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and regional government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa. 

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, mental health, women’s resources, and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

In previous parliamentary sessions Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates, Veteran’s Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee, and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218(formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine. His motion became Bill C-311, sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which was passed into law on June 28th, 2012.

Prior to entering politics, Ron developed a diverse business background as a small business owner and had several years experience in marketing and sales management working with corporations including Coca-Cola, Costco and Corus Entertainment.
 

Very active in his community, Ron has been a Director for both the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Central Okanagan Hospital Board. Ron also served on the Okanagan University College Access to Training Advisory Board, the Glenmore Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, and the Kelowna Christian School Fund Raising Committee. He was co-founder of the Okanagan Volunteer Festival. Currently Ron is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna and, along with his wife Cindy, was the honorary Chair of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.

Ron lives a family-oriented and active lifestyle with his wife Cindy. He is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. His hobbies include music and sports.



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