With my first official report as your new Member of Parliament-elect, I would like to start out by thanking the more than 53,000 of you who came out to have your vote counted.
Earning support from so many of you is a deeply humbling experience and one that I will always be mindful of as your representative in Ottawa.
I would also like to thank my fellow candidates and their supporters.
Collectively, they earned nearly 46 per cent of the vote. I believe the issues raised by other candidates are clearly ones that matter to a number of you and should not be overlooked.
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted in his election night comments, we will govern in a way that respects the views of all Canadians as we move forward.
Within the riding, Green Party candidate Dan Bouchard kindly offered to share some of his ideas with me on connecting with youth.
I am glad to report that we discussed a number of Dan’s ideas to encourage youth participation in the democratic process.
I look forward to further work in this area over the coming term of office.
I was also able to attend one of the events at the Southern Interior Local Government Association’s recent convention in Merritt.
It was a pleasure to see many familiar and some new faces amongst our local mayors, councillors and regional district directors.
I know from my experience in local government how important it is for all levels of government to work cooperatively and efficiently to deliver affordable services for the citizen’s who elect us.
We must always respect that there is only one taxpayer who is supporting our various levels of government.
Speaking of local government, during my time on Penticton city council, I created a blog that I found was a helpful and effective tool in communicating with citizens on issues we were facing in the city.
During my campaign, I pledged to create a similar blog reflective of my new position in Ottawa. I am now able to announce my new blog site web address is www.daninottawa.com.
It is a modest personal site created on a shoestring budget, but I intend to keep it updated with my activities.
And I also hope to hear from you, the citizens of Okanagan-Coquihalla. Communication is important to me and your input is welcome and needed.
I am also in the process of setting up a new email address that will ensure your email will go directly to my personal inbox, where I can read your concerns firsthand.
If you have suggestions or would like to meet with me, please call me at 250-770-4480.
This is the same number as was used by former MP Stockwell Day and both it, and the office address of suite 202, 301 Main Street Penticton, B.C. V2A 5B7, will remain the same for now.
This weekend, I will be departing for Ottawa.
While I’m not looking forward to the five-hour flight, I am looking forward to meeting with my counterparts from around this great country.
There will be a new dynamic in Ottawa and I am excited and looking forward to ensuring that your concerns are part of it.
Dan Albas is the Conservative MP-elect for Okanagan-Coquihalla.