Mike Grenier, former Tobiano developer, announces bid for Conservative MP nomination

Grenier to seek nomination

Mike Grenier officially announced his intention to seek the Conservative MP nomination on Monday, saying his focus will be on bringing economic development and connectivity to the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo region.

Grenier, a Kamloops-area resident for 25 years, said in a statement to media that his intent in Ottawa would be to promote growth in the area.

“We need a progressive candidate to win the next election, to help bring in a majority Conservative government, to give Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo a voice in Ottawa and put KTC back on the path of progress,” he said.

“We need this badly, and I want to get this done.”

Grenier has been a Conservative member since 2014.

In 2016, he put his name forward in hopes of running as the BC Liberal candidate for Kamloops-North Thompson, a seat eventually won by MLA Peter Milobar.

The original developer and founder of Tobiano, Grenier is currently a member of the B.C. Agricultural Council, and a past member of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Home Builders Association, among other groups.

Grenier said he would work toward improved internet connectivity in rural areas, renewing services at the Kamloops airport and attracting more major projects to the region to see growth in both economic development and tourism.

Grenier mentioned his past experience collaborating with Indigenous people and the province of B.C. as he worked to develop Tobiano.

“We have unreconciled claims from generations ago, continuing to affect all the constituents of our region,” he said.

“I’d like to try to help resolve these different perspectives to achieve certainty in our region for all constituents, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.”

He also said he would like to see more facilities for seniors built in rural areas to ensure an aging population has the services they need.

“We need to see these in the in the rural community so that seniors aren't relocating hundreds of kilometres away from their families and their communities,” Grenier said.

“We've got to do all this, while we're ensuring that our environment and our lifestyle are not adversely impacted.”

The next federal election is scheduled to take place in 2023, but many believe a snap election is possible at some point this year, something Grenier said he is ready for if he is voted to be the next Conservative candidate for the region.

“We’re ready to go as soon as the writ is dropped,” he said.

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod announced earlier this month she would not be seeking a fifth term. Grenier is the second potential nominee to step forward after Tourism Kamloops CEO Bev DeSantis.

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