An introduction to Kootenay East Liberal candidate Bill Bennett.
I grew up in a small town, fishing & hunting, working in my parents’ small business. My parents taught me to appreciate the outdoors and to work hard.
I entered politics because we need strong, independent representation in Victoria. Building my fly-in fishing lodge, struggling to survive through tough times, team sports and practicing law all help me be an effective MLA. I want the Elk Valley to keep its good jobs and for people to have access to the backcountry.
I focus on the economy because government can’t do good things without tax revenues. That means jobs must come first. If coal isn’t being mined and shipped to Asia, if timber isn’t being pulled out of the bush and trucked into our mills, if tourists aren’t visiting our golf courses, back country lodges and ski resorts, then we have no tax revenues to pay for healthcare, education, social services, highways, policing and the other important services provided by government.
The MLA for the Elk Valley must be strong enough to stand up to the urban interests in Victoria, defend our rural region and make sure we get our share. That will continue to be my commitment to you.
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