Kelowna: The Kelowna Chamber raised several critical issues in its presentations to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. Kelowna Chamber Executive Director Dan Rogers made a submission to the committee last week as they wrapped up their pre-budget consultation in Vernon. The Standing Committee includes Okanagan Liberal MLAs Ben Stewart and Renee Merrifield as well as NDP MLA for Vernon-Monashee, Harwinder Sandhu.
“It’s a long time in advance of the 2023 Budget but as the largest big tent business organization in the Okanagan, it was important for us to ensure the Standing Committee heard from us and got a sense of the issues important to our members and to the region’s economy,” stated Rogers.
The Kelowna Chamber spoke to the Committee about three key issues and included recommendations as part of the Chamber’s formal submission that call on the Provincial Government to:
“We’re pretty passionate about these issues,” Rogers continued, “We need better transportation solutions throughout the Okanagan that increase safety on our highways while ensuring the efficient movement of commercial goods and increased labour mobility.”
The Kelowna Chamber looks forward to seeing the issues we have raised reflected in the Committee’s final report and in Budget 2023.