Dan Albas

Dan Albas

COLUMN: Where do we go from here?

Re-elected MP Dan Albas looks back at the Sept. 20 federal election

My last report to you as your Member of Parliament was Wednesday, Aug. 11.

While that was just six weeks ago it is remarkable what has happened in that time.

Locally we have witnessed unprecedented wildfire activity, both here in the Okanagan, as well as across British Columbia. Smoke and even ash filled our valley bottoms in ways not previously experienced.

Internationally we witnessed the Taliban take over Afghanistan, leaving many citizens who had helped Canadians behind.

Vaccine passports are now in use in British Columbia and in other parts of Canada, while our intensive care unit beds are fast filling up with citizens infected with COVID-19 as the Delta variant spreads in this fourth wave of the pandemic.

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Despite all of these things going on, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also decided now would be a good time to call an election in his quest for a majority government.

As we now know, six weeks and $610 million later, Trudeau’s gamble for a majority was unsuccessful.

On that note I would like to sincerely thank the many citizens of the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding for your vote and support in this pandemic election.

I would also like to thank the other candidates as well as the many volunteers who help run our campaigns and do their part for our Canadian democracy.

While the at the federal level this election has been described as being very divisive, and even angry, at the local level our online debates were always civil and constructive.

Where do we go from here?

Parliament will need to be recalled, a new speaker elected, and a new throne speech delivered.

The throne speech will be of particular interest given that this new Parliament will be a strong minority in favour of the Liberal government.

A strong minority means the Liberals only need the support of one of the opposition parties to pass legislation while all three of the opposition parties would need to be untied to oppose Government legislation they did not support.

This is fundamentally the same situation that existed in the previous Parliament.

This means that the upcoming throne speech only need accommodate the interests of one opposition party although there is nothing preventing the Prime Minister from offering up potential legislation that may be supported by the other parties.

At this point we do not have a date when the Prime Minister intends to recall Parliament.

My question this week: Are you satisfied with the results of this pandemic election?

Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament-elect for the riding of Central Okanagan Similkameen Nicola. This riding includes the communities of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Keremeos, Princeton, Merritt and Logan Lake.

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