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Letter: Premier, West Kelowna mayor applauded
To the editor:
I am an apolitical person; that is, I have the right to complain—whoever is in power.
Even more so, I want to let the fine people of West Kelowna in on an experience I just had with our Premier Christy Clark. This is not a love letter, but it may seem so after you read it.
It may seem so because we live in an environment of perpetual scepticism. Good news, or nice news is hard to filter through the daily wringing of hands or horrid headlines.
Anyway, I was at a municipal conference recently where I bumped into West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater, who was engaging, down to earth, humble, yet focused.
That would have been enough for me to say to you Westsiders, “Way to go!”
But then I had a chance meeting with the premier. I was standing in line for a reception at the wonderful new conference centre in Vancouver when I found out that the line was for greeting the premier.
Not one to waste an opportunity, I stayed in line and eventually (must have been 300 people in this particular line) caught a glimpse of the premier shaking hands, smiling, and actually engaging in dialogue.
Already impressed with the premier’s staying power (probably 150 hands already shaken), I continued to see her engage in repartee and never waver from her engaging smile.
Now I’ve been on this Earth more than half a century and I can count on only one hand how many times I was genuinely impressed with a politician up close (most all here in the Okanagan by the way), but Mayor Findlater and then the premier of our province? Wow.
When it was my turn, feeling a little sheepish, I gave the obligatory congratulations for winning her election (actually an astounding feat given the circumstances), a most heartfelt thank you for choosing the Okanagan (and hopefully a spillover into my riding), and a very heartfelt thank you for opening up a regulatory process for home inspectors that is broken and in need of fixing (actually very rarely done in the past). Her response was truly engaged, not a blank stare or speaking generalities.
I was left with a wonderful photo of her shaking my hand (at her insistence, not mine) and a warm feeling that perhaps, contrary to the headlines, we are in good hands.