Doug Clovechok: Question of the Week

Given this riding’s distance from Victoria, what is the number one issue you would work on bringing to the government’s attention?

We here in Columbia River-Revelstoke (CRR) are multiple mountain ranges and a ferry ride away from Victoria. That means the MLA representing us must be more than a nice guy and more than a critic of government. MLAs must be constructive, more of a can-do person and not focused on partisan politics. Whether in Opposition or Government, an MLA’s first duty is to help constituents.

I believe the number one issue in this riding is the need for an MLA who works harder to represent the interest of our constituents to Victoria and achieve measurable results.

Over the past year I have worked closely on the Cherry Creek Falls issue with the community of Meadowbrook, the Area E RDEK Director, RDEK staff and management, Ministers of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Premier herself. The goal was the establishment of a “non-stakable reserve” around the Falls and surrounding area. This collaborative work has paid dividends, heightening the profile of this community initiative to the province and in the end achieving a guarantee for the future creation of Cherry Creek Falls Regional Park.

In 2012 I was approached by golf course operators regarding the use of cosmetic pesticides. Looking to find clarity around their future ability to apply these products they felt that as major employers and contributors to our region’s economy their voices were not being heard by government. To their challenge I arranged a first ever formal meeting with the Minister of Environment to discuss this issue. Attended by representatives as far away as Vancouver, the meeting produced successful and measurable outcomes.

If given the opportunity to be your MLA, representing you will be my number one priority.

I look forward to hearing from you on doug.clovechok@bcliberals.com or 250-688-1178.