Current Member of Parliament (MP) David Wilks hopes to be re-elected in the Kootenay-Columbia riding.

Current Member of Parliament (MP) David Wilks hopes to be re-elected in the Kootenay-Columbia riding.

David Wilks runs for re-elect

Current Member of Parliament in the Kootenay-Columbia riding David Wilks will be seeking re-elect in the 2015 federal election.

Current Member of Parliament in the Kootenay-Columbia riding David Wilks will be seeking re-elect in the 2015 federal election.

After spending over 20 years in public service, whether that be through the RCMP, municipal politics or federal politics, the former District of Sparwood mayor said he would like to continue to work with his constituents to better the Kootenay-Columbia region.

“Most of my adult life has been spent servicing the public,” Wilks said. “I believe that we have an opportunity to work with all constituents to make things better throughout the riding and I look forward to doing that again in 2015.”

Wilks noted that although the Kootenay-Columbia Conservative party does not have a platform yet, improvements to the Trans Canada Highway is the most important project on his radar at this point in time.

“It continues to be the main focus,” he stressed. “I’ve been able to get significant money for that highway in the last four years and I will continue to move forward [with that project].”

Wilks went on to say, “The other thing that I think is very important is working with all municipal governments to ensure that they’re aware of the opportunities that are available to them through the federal government through the grant process or funding announcements.”

The most prominent projects in this past term, according to Wilks, have been the West Fernie sewer improvements and the diking along the Elk River.

Although Wilks is involved in projects at the federal level, he also tends to make appearances at municipal level events, including the Elkford Rocky Mountain Elementary School grand opening.

“Your job as a Member of Parliament, whether you’re an MLA or a municipal politician is to ensure that you represent your constituents to the best of your ability,” said Wilks. “You need to hear from all your constituents regardless of party lines, and you try to do what you can for all constituents and move their priorities forward.”

Wilks noted that he believes in the Kootenay-Columbia riding there needs to be a balance in representing local and national interests, a balance he feels he meets.

“It’s a large constituency and there’s a balance that has to be made and I believe that I make that balance.”