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VIDEO: Statement on Embracing the 21st century economy in Saanich North and the Islands

I rose in the House to offer a two minute statement about my amazing constituency, Saanich North and the Islands. We have a massive opportunity in our riding to embrace the 21st century economy and I look forward to working with our business community!

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Saanich North and the Islands is home to amazing communities, great schools, abundant food-producing land, the Saanich Inlet and the Salish Sea. We’re home to Swartz Bay, the primary connection between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The award-winning Victoria International Airport connects us to the world beyond, and we have some of the last remaining industrial land in greater Victoria.

The New York Times named the southern Gulf Islands one of their 2016 top 50 places to see. Central Saanich is home to the world-famous Butchart Gardens and Boulders Climbing Gym, a world-class rock climbing facility. In North Saanich, the Panorama won the 2015 Kraft Hockeyville and finished fourth in the 2017 MoneySense Best Places to Live list.
The town of Sydney is a jewel seaside village and the commercial heartbeat of our riding.

I’m excited about the future of Saanich North and the Islands. Our limitless intellectual capacity, investors, entrepreneurs and risk-takers have produced a long list of successful change-making enterprises, leaving us well positioned to be leaders in the disruptive and innovative 21st century economy.

The world is rapidly changing. We are rethinking everything from how resources are extracted and refined, how products are manufactured and how they’re sold and purchased. How and where we live, move, work and play is in transition.

Next week, I’ll visit a group of manufacturing companies on the Saanich Peninsula. I’m excited to connect with them. Their success is all our success. But we have some work to do. Housing, skilled trades and labour force and transportation provide stiff challenges. In early December, I’m hosting a community dialogue to discuss this further. I hope the community attends.

I look forward to working through this time of change with the business community in my riding, and I look forward to working with every one of you in this House to make this a forward-looking, agile Legislature, visionary, not just leading Saanich North and the Islands but every riding in this great province.

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