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A productive summer for Kelowna-Lake Country

It was my priority this summer to host a number of Liberal caucus and cabinet members. 

I wanted my colleagues to have a better understanding of Kelowna-Lake Country because I thought it would help me better articulate our community’s specific needs.

With the support of local organizations like our chambers of commerce, our mayors, and our business and non-profit sectors, meetings were held with more than 100 individuals, representing almost 50 stakeholders throughout Kelowna-Lake Country and the Okanagan. 

Harjit Sajjan, minister of National Defence, Bardish Chagger, Government House Leader and minister of small business and tourism, and members of the Pacific Caucus, heard a wide range of opinions from groups representing our cities and towns, social service groups, agriculture, tourism, the tech sector, health care, the marijuana industry and a host of others. 

In addition, a number of community outreach events attracted many more people from around the riding, including three key roundtable discussions with constituents on electoral reform, climate change, and veterans’ issues, part of our governments promise to listen to citizens. 

Kent Hehr, minister of veterans’ affairs, also visited the riding to deliver on a campaign promise, announcing the re-opening of the Veterans Affairs office on Nov. 1. 

A well-attended veterans’ roundtable followed, providing our local veterans with the opportunity to have a frank discussion with the minister and I about improving veterans’ services and benefits.

As for our younger citizens, I’ll be keeping the dialogue going with them too by striking a local youth council. 

Young voices must be part of our decision making process and I’m interested in hearing from those ages 16 to 24 about the kind of Canada they want. To apply to be a part of our youth council, please go to www.sfuhr.liberal.ca.  

Applications are being accepted until Sept. 30.

Whether at the Kelowna Pride March, at our summer barbeque in the park, or through the many phone calls and e-mails I receive, hearing from so many of you this summer has provided me with valuable feedback, which I will take back with me to Ottawa when Parliament resumes Sept.19. 

As our government moves forward, your input will not only inform policies that will benefit Kelowna-Lake Country, but no doubt other communities as well.

Stephen Fuhr is the member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.  Reach out to Steve locally or by calling 250 470-5075.

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About the Author

Stephen Fuhr was born in Edmonton, AB and grew up in Kamloops, BC. He is a former CF-18 fighter pilot with the Canadian Air Force.

After serving with distinction for 20 years, Stephen retired from the Canadian Forces in 2009 with the rank of Major. He joined his family’s Kelowna-based company, SkyTrac Systems, which develops aviation communication and tracking equipment. As CEO and Director of Business Development, he led the company to financial success in a challenging economic climate.

In 2012, Stephen left the company to pursue his first love of flying.

With growing interest in politics and a desire to serve his country again, Stephen ran for office in the 2015 election.

Today, he proudly serves as the Member of Parliament for the Kelowna-Lake Country riding. 

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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