The record of the province’s NDP government in 2018 under Premier John Horgan will be put under a microscope at an open house planned for UBCO Feb. 1. —Image: Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press

Central Okanagan NDPers organize meeting look at BC government’s record last year

Organizers say open house at UBCO is open to people of all political persuasions

Central Okanagan NDPers are getting together to review legislation passed by the provincial government in 2018.

The Kelowna Lake Country NDP Electoral District Association is teaming up with the UBC Okanagan NDP Club to hold an open house to review the government’s legislation last year.

The event is scheduled for Feb. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Room 203 of the UBCO arts building on the university’s Kelowna campus.

Organizers say while the open house is tailored to students, the event is open to all members of the public and says people of all political leanings are strongly encouraged to attend and discuss government policies.

“It is hosted by NDP affiliates but every attempt will be made to be objective and to present facts before opinion,” say organizers in a news release announcing the event.

The open house will include a comprehensive overview of all the issues in major policy areas including environment, governance, child care, health care, housing, transportation, natural resources and more. There will also be a discussion about the Nanaimo by-election and what to expect from the NDP’s upcoming provincial budget.

The B.C. Legislative Assembly will resume on Feb, 12 and budget day is Feb. 19.

Facilitating the open house will be Kelowna-Lake Country constituency executive Kelly Hutchinson, an Okanagan labour activist affiliated with the BCGEU and North Okanagan Labour Council.

In 2018, Hutchinson served as a regional organizer for Fair Vote Canada, a proponent of a switch to proportional representation in the the recent referendum on electoral reform. He also was a co-organizer of the five-month strike by unionized workers at Gateway Casinos.

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