FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Liberal leadership candidate Val Litwin is stopping in Fort St. John to talk about how he’d like to transform the north.
The former CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce will be speaking with Liberal voters at the Lido at 7 p.m on Monday.
Suppose Litwin is voted in as the leader of the B.C. Liberals on February 5th, and then, becomes Premier of B.C. in 2024, he has his eyes set on making sure the north matters in Victoria.
Litwin outlines his eight commitments for Northern B.C. through his campaign website, including requiring out-of-province businesses to follow local tax laws and starting construction on the Taylor Bridge.
“We will start building a new Taylor Bridge. We won’t “investigate” the need to build a new bridge …we’ll start building it,” reads Litwin’s commitments.
He also plans to work with Indigenous communities and municipalities, invest in local community amenities and healthcare supports, roll out new, enhanced funding agreements, fund Project Procurement Officers, and invest more money into fiber connectivity.
As the CEO of the B.C. Chamber in 2016, Litwin detailed an interaction he had with northeastern-chamber members at an annual general meeting in 2016.
“The chamber executives from Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge sat me down, and said, ‘Listen up, Litwin. The north matters.’”
He says that conversation sparked an impactful working relationship that resulted in many positives, including the northern chamber executives being brought to Victoria to meet with multiple ministers.
Litwin grew up in Victoria, owns multiple small businesses, worked in health care, and toured the province advocating for women and business, according to his website.
Anyone looking to hear what Litwin has to say can register for Monday’s event here.
The other BC Liberal Party leadership candidates include former senior cabinet minister Kevin Falcon, MLAs Michael Lee, Renee Merrifield, and Ellis Ross, as well as entrepreneur Gavin Dew, and developer Stan Sipos.