Election 2015; Fight for infrastructure funding

West Kelowna mayor not concerned his MP is a member of the Opposition.

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater is very glad to see Dan Albas return as the Member of Parliament for the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding.

Although Albas, a Conservative, will be a member of the Opposition after the Liberals won a majority government, Findlater isn’t concerned.

“Dan will represent us in Opposition very well,” Findlater said.  “He’s the kind of guy who would go and see ministers and officials of other parties if need be and carry our message.”

However, Findlater noted Albas won’t be alone in voicing the needs of his communities.  Findlater explained local politicians such as himself will now need to work a little harder to make sure their issues are heard.  While he conceded it is an advantage to have an MP on the government’s side, they will make up for it in the relationships they build.

With the Liberals promising a tremendous amount of infrastructure spending and West Kelowna having previously identified an infrastructure need, Findlater explained they will need to be prepared to make their case for funding.

“One key is to have shovel ready projects, to have plans in place to put together an application for funding,” he described.  “Secondly, to do that lobbying through our MP and others that we need to cultivate a relationship with.”

Findlater believes Albas will do a great job of working in a non-partisan fashion with the government, and he himself already has connections to a pair of Liberal MP’s in the Vancouver area.  And, of course, there is also a member of the Liberal majority government on the other side of the lake.