2017 has been a significant year of change for Kootenay East’s MLA.
Tom Shypitka started the year on Cranbrook council and the RDEK board, before winning May’s provincial election.
He says he was shocked when the Liberals lost government to an NDP and Green alliance.
“The pendulum always swings left to right and that’s a good thing,” Shypitka says. “I think we all have to earn our keep, we can’t get lazy and because of this, its challenged are party and its made us a better party because of it.”
Shypitka says he’s learned a lot in Victoria especially with the NDP forming government with the support of the Greens.
“What we are seeing right now in government is very unprecedented, so to be part of all that is actually quite fascinating,” Shypitka says. “Seeing the coalition between the Greens and the NDP not quite working out the way a lot of people expected them to. In my opinion, some self-serving legislation that they focused in on entirely and so wasn’t too thrilled about that.”
Shypitka was disappointed he had to leave his roles in local and regional government, but felt it was necessary to avoid conflict.
The MLA says wildfires and off road vehicle bans were also significant in the riding.
Shypitka feels the backcountry closure helped put a lot of people’s minds at ease while dangerous blazes burned in the area.
Stay tuned for more Year in Reviews from East Kootenay newsmakers throughout the holiday season.
– Kootenay East MLA, Tom Shypitka