Cannan Set for Upcoming Session

Ron Cannan, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country says the upcoming session will be an important one for Okanagan constituents.

“Obtaining funding for some key projects in our riding and the Valley is a necessity,” said Cannan, particularly given the fact that an election could be called in the Spring.

Cannan, spent much of the week in Ottawa attending Caucus meetings and preparing for the next session which begins Monday the 29th, 2007.

“The big question on everyone’s mind is whether or not there will be a Spring election,” says Cannan.

“It’s not what my constituents want. Kelowna-Lake Country residents, like most Canadians, want our Government to work together but the reality is that we need to be prepared for whatever happens,” said Cannan.

Cannan who addressed Caucus this morning urging the Prime Minister and Cabinet to make the Okanagan Valley a priority, said money for the expansion of the Airport is critical and time sensitive as is getting a full service Passport office in Kelowna.

Cannan also used his time in Ottawa this week to meet again with Passport officials.

“The recent surge of applicants lining up for passports only fuels our argument that we need a full service passport office,” he said. Passport Canada staff are working beyond capacity and admit that they did not expect such a huge increase in volume. They were expecting a 20% increase and it was actually a 55% increase.

Cannan says officials also confirmed that the demand was particularly high in the Southern Interior. “It confirms what we have been saying all along that we need a full service passport office in Kelowna,” said Cannan who tabled a motion at the end of last session calling for the government to establish a passport office in Kelowna.

“We need to make some concrete progress on these files this session, said Cannan. We are in a period of growth in the Valley and we want to be able to take economic advantage of the momentum. I am pushing for this in our upcoming budget.”

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About the Author

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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