Penticton MLA Dan Ashton named to official critic role

Ashton named official critic

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton has been named official opposition critic for municipal affairs by BC Liberal interim leader Shirley Bond. 

"I'm looking forward to my new role, where I can use my previous experience in municipal and regional politics to support my approach to this file which affects British Columbians throughout the province," said Ashton.

"B.C. is made up of a substantial number of communities and regional districts, each with its own unique issues, people and economy. Ensuring that the provincial government supports every community is more important than ever as we collectively work through the challenges brought on by COVID-19."

Critic roles exist in opposition parties to hold ruling parties accountable. The Liberals laid out multiple opposition appointments Tuesday. 

"As the official opposition, we have a responsibility to make sure the NDP deals with the critical issues facing British Columbians. I'm proud to work with a talented team of passionate MLAs who will use their diverse skills and experience to ask tough questions, raise important issues, and work hard on behalf of their constituents," said Bond.

"As a former mayor and city councillor, Dan has the experience that is needed to take on the role of critic in the municipal affairs portfolio. His time spent at the municipal government level will be an asset and will allow him to be an effective advocate for local governments across the province."

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