MLA learning the ropes

For new MLAs like myself, it’s been a crash course in how government gets the people’s work done.

It’s been a whirlwind of activity the past few months. After wrapping up a busy provincial election campaign, we launched right into a five-week summer legislative session in Victoria. For new MLAs like myself, it’s been a crash course in how government gets the people’s work done.

It’s been a tremendous learning opportunity, as we worked through our fiscally-responsible budget and set the direction of government. We’re going to continue our focus on growing the economy and creating jobs to benefit B.C. families. That’s why I was thrilled to be named Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. My background in business lends itself well to this file, and I’m looking forward to the challenge it presents.

Rising in the House to speak for the first time was quite the experience – there were a few jitters, but mostly I was just proud to be able to stand up and bring a taste of the Shuswap to Victoria. I delivered a statement on the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, noting its contributions to our community and our local economy.

Locally, I was pleased to be able to announce some great initiatives to benefit the Shuswap area. The government awarded more than $54,000 in Community Gaming Grants to the Bill Miner Society for Cultural Advancement in Armstrong, the Shuswap Pony Club in Sorrento, the Larch Hills Nordic Society in Salmon Arm and Canada Day festivities in Blind Bay.

Local projects throughout the Shuswap also benefitted from nearly $777,000 from the government’s Strategic Community Investment Fund, which helps municipalities with day-to-day operations and infrastructure needs.

My constituency office is still being set up, but in the meantime I encourage you to email me with any suggestions or concerns at Greg.Kyllo.MLA@leg.bc.ca. Enjoy the summer!

– Greg Kyllo