Benefits of Lunney’s work visible in Alberni Valley

To the Editor,

As an active community booster, I have been involved in many initiatives for the overall benefit of this city that is my home.

As the chair of the local Sport Fish Advisory board and the Nahmint Enhancement Team, I and others have been actively involved with conservation and enhancement throughout the Alberni Valley.

As a director and executive of the chamber of commerce for two decades, I have been involved with many community-focused initiatives and have lobbied federal and provincial politicians and bureaucrats for such necessary improvements such as the Horne Lake Connector, stable annual federal funding for the McLean’s Mill National Heritage site and support for a healing centre focused on the needs of our First Nations.

In the last two terms with an MP who firstly believes in this community and secondly takes our needs to Ottawa and sits on the government side of the house, we have had more support and involvement than at any other time I can remember.

He isn’t afraid to take exception to party policy, as evidenced by his involvement and supportive stand on the contentious halibut issue.

Throughout his tenure, James Lunney has been open and available to meet with locals who have pro-active, positive ideas for this community.

Federal support for our Pacific Coast University, the Alberni Athletic Hall replacement and a host of other improvements for our Valley have come as a result of our MP working with us and for us in Ottawa.

He could have stepped aside and taken a great pension but he cares for this riding and knows that he can continue to work on our behalf in Ottawa.

I urge you to support an MP that supports us. Please vote May 2.

Bob Cole,

Port Alberni

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