Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Eby Addresses Kootenay East NDP

Past NDP candidate Norma Blissett (right) and former NDP MLA Anne Edwards welcome David Eby, newly elected MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey, to the annual general meeting of the Kootenay East NDP in Cranbrook on Sunday.  Eby spoke and answered questions about how he defeated Christy Clark in the May election and what he is doing as the NDP's Critic for Advanced Education.

David Eby, Advanced Education Critic for the BC NDP, told the Kootenay East New Democrats that the provincial government has lost track of what post-secondary education is all about.  He said BC residents are being forgotten as attention is focused on international students.  The result, he said, is that BC residents are unable to fill skilled jobs, which are then taken by foreign workers.

While in Cranbrook, Eby also visited College of the Rockies on his tour of the post-secondary institutions in BC.  Eby was formerly an adjunct professor of law at UBC and executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association.  

The Kootenay East NDP also chose a new executive Sunday.  Troy Cook of Fernie is the president; Norma Blissett, Pam Catsirelis and Matt Cook of Cranbrook are the vice president, secretary and treasurer, respectively.  Other executive members include Randal Macnair, Steve Kallies and Alex Hansen of Fernie; and Laura Wilson, Gary Werk, Chris Johns, Elizabeth Frost and Edna Werk of Cranbrook.

For more information, please contact Norma Blissett:  250-489-3408.

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