Great to be home for B.C. Day

After five weeks spent mostly down in Victoria, it’s great to be home just in time for the long weekend.

I’d like to wish all of you a happy B.C. Day! After five weeks spent mostly down in Victoria, it’s great to be home just in time for the long weekend.

Last week, we wrapped up our first session of the new Legislature. It was a productive few weeks in Victoria, as MLAs from across the province, both new and returning, had the chance to listen to the Throne speech, debate the budget, and present motions and statements in the House.

For me, one of the biggest highlights of the session came last Wednesday, on B.C. Beef Day. On Beef Day, we celebrated the important partnership between our cattlemen and the provincial government. The B.C. Cattlemen’s Association held a barbecue showcasing their great beef, there was country music playing, we had some guest speakers from the beef industry and the Legislature, and I had the chance to emcee the event.

That being said, it is great to be home, especially with B.C. Day just around the corner. With the long weekend coming up, there are lots of fun activities happening in the Cariboo. You can catch some exciting rodeo action over the weekend, with the 23rd annual Interlakes rodeo happening on August 3d and 4th.

The 36th Nemiah Valley Rodeo is also happening on the same dates, so there are a couple of options to choose from. For those of you who can’t wait to see more, the next rodeo after these two will be at Redstone on August 17th and 18th, so don’t miss out!

I hope you get the chance to spend some quality time with the family over the long weekend, maybe over a barbecue with some of our delicious B.C. beef. If you go camping, please remember that there is a fire ban on in the Cariboo right now, and call *5555 on your cell phone to report any wildfires. Have a safe and fun weekend!

Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.

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