MP Strahl to meet with constituents 

In anticipation of the first session of Canada’s newly elected House of Commons, the federal MP for Pemberton and D’Arcy, will be touring his riding during the next week.

Chuck Strahl, who was returned to parliament by one of the biggest majorities in Canada, said he wanted to ensure that the constituents in his Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding had an opportunity to discuss any issues with him before the new parliament starts.

He’ll be in Pemberton Monday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Pemberton Community Hall. He’ll also be in Gold Bridge at 7:30 that evening, at the Gold Bridge Hotel.

"What we’ve done in each community is invite people to come to a luncheon and then we always make sure we have a public meeting time," said Strahl.

"My presentation will go over just the lay of the land as far as how the government and the parliament is going to work with the shift in power that a minority government brings just to spark the discussion, and then after that it will be a wide open mic."

In this minority government the Liberals will have to tread delicately to ensure the government is not defeated by NDP, Conservative or Bloc candidates unhappy with results.

"This will be an interesting new parliament," said Strahl.

"Paul Martin and his ministers, whether they like it or not, have to listen to opposition MPs and their constituents as never before.

"I’m champing at the bit for this government to start and by holding these public meetings and opening our new office, I’m hoping I’ll have plenty of input about what’s important in our riding."

Marg Lampman, a former Lillooet councillor, will staff Strahl’s new constituency office in Lillooet, which will officially open at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Anyone wanting to contact Strahl can do so on 1-800-667-2808 and/or at the Lillooet office at 250-256-267.

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