Cranbrook to host Liberal cabinet retreat

Premier Christy Clark and the Liberal cabinet coming to Cranbrook for annual retreat.

The B.C. Liberal government's annual cabinet retreat is coming to Cranbrook in late June.

The B.C. Liberal government's annual cabinet retreat is coming to Cranbrook in late June.

Premier Christy Clark and the Liberal government cabinet are coming to Cranbrook for an annual retreat to talk policy for three days.

According to Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, the cabinet will be in the city from Tuesday, June 21-23 to take stock of where the party is at before heading into a provincial election.

“It’s an honour for the region to have Premier and Cabinet here,” said Bennett, “and it’s certainly helpful for me to be able to advocate on all the various files I’ve got with the provincial government on behalf of the people who live not only in Kootenay East, but also in the other Kootenay ridings.”

Bennett, who also serves in cabinet as the Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, says the retreat is an annual event that allows cabinet to plan for the future.

“Cabinet choses a place in the province each year where we can go and talk about the next year. Obviously the next year, in this case, is the year before the election, so it’s a particularly important year for us.

“We’ll talk about what successes we need to build on, what maybe our failures have been and what we can do better. In this case, the election campaign platform will probably be on the agenda.”

The Liberal cabinet consists of 22 ministers, and Bennett hints that the retreat won’t just be limited to Cranbrook.

“All cabinet ministers are coming and we will be branching out into the region, to some extent,” Bennett said. “We’ve got a lot of meeting time booked, but I know there are ministers coming early to do some meetings and some reach-out.”