MLA Slater takes on role as parliamentary secretary for water supply and allocation
Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater made the following statement to recognize clean water initiatives, StrongStart openings and local ski hills, among other topics, in his response to last week’s Throne Speech in legislature in Victoria.
“As my role as Parliamentary Secretary for Water Supply and Allocation I have been around the province making presentations on the Living Water Smart Program starting at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in September and then before the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Okanagan Basin Water Board, OBWB Water Stewardship Committee, Drought Management Planning Workshop that was held in Kelowna and the Southern Interior Stockman’s (Association) meetings.
“It was also exciting to launch our new blog on the Living Water Smart website. The blog has been created so that British Columbians have input into the Water Act Modernization and water concerns and issues in their areas. To date the blog has been received very well and we are receiving great input.”
Slater described the improvements to education in the region. “I was very pleased to have been able to attend two openings of StrongStart Centres on behalf of the Minister of Education, one in Osoyoos and the other in Grand Forks. New research shows that early childhood development creates brighter prospects for all of our children.”
Slater noted the infrastructure enhancements to local ski mountains. “As I have mentioned before, the Boundary- Similkameen has four ski hills: Phoenix, Mt. Baldy, Apex and Big White. All of them have reported that their ski season has been great and they have snow! In November, I toured the Big White Ski hill with Michael J. Ballingall. There has been a tremendous amount of development over the years, especially since the first year it opened back in the 60’s when I was one of the original season pass holders.”
For a full transcript of John’s response to the throne, visit the Hansard website at http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/39th2nd/H00211y.htm.
MLA Slater’s website: www.johnslatermla.bc.ca