Okanagan-Mission Liberal candidate Steve Thomson.

Okanagan-Mission Liberal candidate Steve Thomson.

Kelowna-Mission: Liberal Steve Thomson

Thomson sees economy, jobs and sustainable resouce development as keys to B.C.’s future.

Okanagan-Mission Liberal candidate Steve Thomson is running on a record of working to secure government funding for local projects and programs over the last eight years.

Thomson, the two-term incumbent in the riding and B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, was born and raised in Kelowna, part of a local pioneering family.

So it’s understandable resource management is a key issues for him in this election.

“Diversified economic growth, job creation, and sustainable resource management development are the keys to our province’s future and success,” says Thomson.

During his eight years as an MLA, Thomson advocated for his riding and the Central Okanagan as a whole, succeeding in getting funding for health, education, trades training, agriculture, water and transportation infrastructure, technology and recently the fight against invasive species.

“We have worked hard as a team to deliver a bright future for families in Kelowna-Mission, and have seen some great results,” he said.

Provincially, he says he’s proud to have led the process that resulted in protection of the Great Bear Rain Forest in Northern B.C., an agreement he calls a unique solution for a globally important part of the province.

Closely associated with agricultural for much of his life, Thomson’s family farm has been operating in the Mission for more than 100 years and he is the former executive director of the B.C. Agriculture Council and has held leadership roles with both the B.C. Fruit Growers Association and the B.C. Milk Producers’ Association prior to his life in politics.

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BC Votes 2017