Statement in the House of Commons

2018 Municipal Election

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Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP

Richard Cannings

Constituency: South Okanagan—West Kootenay

Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP): Madam Speaker, last Saturday British Columbians voted in municipal elections. Hundreds of citizens in South Okanagan—West Kootenay were candidates for mayors, councillors, school board trustees, and regional district directors.

     Some succeeded and some did not, but I want to congratulate all of them for offering to serve. Municipal politics is one of the most important and most thankless tasks in the country. I would like to highlight the careers of two citizens who chose to retire this year and let others carry the torch.

    One is Tom Siddon who started in civic politics in Richmond, B.C., then served many years here in this place as a cabinet minister, then retired to Kaleden in my riding, where he was elected to the school board and served two terms as a regional district director.

    The second is Karen Hamling who was first elected to Nakusp town council in 1987, then served as mayor from 2005 to 2018.

    To Karen and Tom, and all those who have served or simply had the courage to run, I say thanks.