North Okanagan-Shuswap MP opens doors to constituency office

Mel Arnold is the MP for the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding.

VERNON - Constituents will soon be able to visit their member of Parliament in Vernon.

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold’s constituency office opens Thursday, Jan. 14, on 29th Street. It’s the same office former MP Colin Mayes used.

"I am very excited to officially open my office in Vernon," Arnold says in a media release. “It feels like it has been a long time coming and my team and I are excited to be able to serve the residents of North Okanagan-Shuswap in a full capacity now that our offices and equipment are in place.”

Arnold hoped to open the Vernon office sooner, but needed to negotiate the installation of a wheelchair ramp and then wait for the installation of House of Commons’ communications utilities, according to the release.

Since getting elected Oct. 19, Arnold has been shuttling between the riding and Ottawa attending events, Parliamentary orientations and the opening session of Canada’s 42nd Parliament. During the transition, Arnold’s staff worked remotely to assist constituents, the release says.

Arnold’s office is located at #1-3105 29th St. in the train station building. The grand opening will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, with refreshments and light snacks being served.

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