MP lauds work of two Okanagan MLAs planning to retire from provincial politics

MP praises BC counterparts

Over the past month, I've received many well-meaning, sincere expressions of goodwill regarding my supposed retirement from provincial politics.

However, there's a small detail - it's actually my long-time friend and colleague MLA Dan Ashton who announced his retirement after the next British Columbia election, set for this fall.

I want to sincerely thank MLA Ashton for his years of service, first as a Penticton city councillor and mayor, and then as a provincial MLA with the B.C. Liberal Party, now the BC United.
I served with Mayor Ashton as a Penticton city councillor and later shared an office with him in Summerland when I became a federal Conservative MP.
Our joint office, unique in Canada and featured by CPAC at our grand opening, has been a cost-effective way to offer a wider variety of provincial and federal services from one location.

Ashton has been a dedicated representative for his constituents, effectively advancing many important regional projects.
It's amusing that we've often been mistaken for each other due to sharing the same first name, initials and office. Since being elected, we have frequently received emails intended for each other. We always ensure the correct Dan responds to the person who inadvertently sent their concern or request to the wrong person.

Likewise, I want to thank Kelowna West MLA Ben Stewart, who like Ashton, is retiring from provincial politics this fall.
A tireless advocate for our region, I've appreciated working with him on various issues over the years. Stewart has also promoted cooperation between my MP and his MLA offices, leading to our decision to co-locate our constituency offices to the new City Hall building in West Kelowna. This co-location will provide constituents with more convenience and efficiency, as well as see federal and provincial tax dollars help pay for this important municipal asset.

I'm grateful voters have supported individuals like Ashton and Stewart, who have consistently advocated for efficient, common-sense approaches to our work, with these office co-locations being one tangible example.

On a personal note, I'm excited to announce I will run in our next federal election, currently planned for 2025 unless parliamentary circumstances change and the minority government falls due to a lack of confidence in the House of Commons.

Throughout my travels in our region and discussions with constituents, I've heard a strong desire for change in Ottawa. I aim to address this desire without being overly partisan, and I want to thank the citizens who share their views and concerns with me.

I also want to formally thank Stewart and Ashton for their years of working together on behalf of our shared constituents.
When elected officials can collaborate effectively across all levels, it's much easier to progress projects and address regional concerns.

I can attest to this from my time in government, where we were able to partner with provincial and local governments for critical highway upgrades between Hope and Princeton, and locally between Summerland and Peachland.

We also managed to upgrade the Penticton Community Center and the wastewater and water plant, and partnered with local government in West Kelowna to create rapid bus transit projects.

Now, I'd like to hear from you about the top priorities deserving attention in your area.

I can be reached at [email protected] or call toll-free 1-800-665-8711

Dan Albas is the Conservative MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.

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About the Author

Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola and the co-chair of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

Dan  is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active Members of Parliament on Twitter (@danalbas) and also continues to write a weekly column published in many local newspapers and on this website.

Dan welcomes comments, questions and concerns from citizens and is often available to speak to groups and organizations on matters of federal concern. 

He can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free at 1-800-665-8711.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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