Katrine Conroy commits to serving Kootenay West

"... I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to the people of Kootenay West for my re-election."

This week I travelled to Victoria to be sworn in as MLA and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to the people of Kootenay West for my re-election. I am honored and I will do my very best to represent all constituents and take the concerns of this area to Victoria and the legislature.

I will be an active member of the Official Opposition Caucus and in that role I have a duty to question government and to make sure that my constituent’s views are heard. I take this responsibility seriously and will continue to do so.  My new critic position within the opposition caucus will be seniors and seniors Health and I’m also the critic responsible for the Columbia River Treaty, Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust.

We will be returning to the Legislature on June 26th and one of the main pieces of legislative business we will be dealing with is the passing of a budget for the province. When we last sat in Victoria in February, the Liberal Government introduced a budget that they claimed was balanced. The Opposition Caucus has grave concerns on the legitimacy of this claim. As we see it, the only way the budget can be balanced is to use the deferral accounts from BC Hydro, sell large numbers of government assets and bring in significant reductions in government services.

Any government service reductions hit rural BC particularly hard. As we know in the Kootenays, we have very little left to cut. Funding for health, education, and transportation have all been dramatically reduced and we have already endured many cut backs in this area. Our social safety net has been reduced and many are falling through the cracks now.

As we start a new four-year term, I am committed to trying to protect our region from further cuts, advocating for more funding for local school districts, Selkirk College, healthcare, local transportation, seniors care, local parks and environment.  I will also be very involved with gathering information and attending meetings regarding the Columbia River Treaty.

As always, you can reach me and my staff through my constituency office in Castlegar. Even while I am away in Victoria, I have two staff member who are there to assist with questions or government programs. You can also coordinate through my Castlegar office for setting up meetings or invitations to events.  I will continue to be accessible to constituents through a variety of ways, including my toll-free phone number, email, a website, Facebook and twitter accounts.

I look forward to working with the residents of Kootenay West over the next four years.

Katrine Conroy, MLAKootenay West

Just Posted

Protestors blocking Columbia Avenue Saturday evening. Photo: Betsy Kline
Old growth protesters begin 24-hour blockade of Castlegar’s main street

Members of Extinction Rebellion plan to stay overnight

Forty sled dogs were seized by the BC SPCA from a Salmo kennel in February. A recent ruling has decided the dogs won’t be returned. Photo: Gounsil/Flickr
BC Farm Industry Review Board rules against Salmo kennel after 40 sled dogs seized

Spirit of the North Kennels was also ordered to pay BC SPCA $64,000

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

SD20 now has an electric bus. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay-Columbia School District 20 adds electric bus to fleet

Bus will be incorporated into Castlegar route for next school year

Painting by Dave Davies from Shaver’s Bench facing Teck Trail.
Happy 120th Birthday to the City of Trail!

The town of Trail Creek- or Trail Creek Landing - was incorporated as a city on June 14, 1901.

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Most Read