It’s not every day the premier of B.C. drops by for a visit, but that’s exactly what happened for diners at the Shuswap Pie Company April 1.
No, it was not an April Fool’s joke, even though a Salmon Arm radio station announced that a report about Premier Christy Clark visiting the riding that day was nothing but a well-timed prank.
But nobody in the Shuswap should have been surprised that Premier Clark graced us with her presence. This was already her fifth visit to the Shuswap since she became premier in 2011 and she obviously loves coming here to meet residents from all walks of life.
While here, Premier Clark wowed about 130 guests at a Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort, which was followed by a visit to Canoe Forest Products where the premier keenly observed the major local employer’s new $14 million lathe line.
The lathe line is expected to be fully operational next month, and its addition is a strong signal of the confidence Canoe Forest Products is showing in Salmon Arm, Sicamous and area.
Next was an unscheduled stop at the Shuswap Pie Company in Salmon Arm, where customers did a double-take when the premier of B.C. stopped by tables for a casual chat. It was an encounter those folks won’t soon forget and another example of Premier Clark’s easy charm with regular people.
The Shuswap Pie Company is a star in its own right, having been featured recently on the Food Network Canada program You Gotta Eat Here.
In the evening the premier was the guest of honour at a Shuswap Liberal riding association function for about 160 guests.
It was a great day all around.
The early spring weather was fantastic and Premier Clark clearly has a soft spot for the Shuswap and its residents.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say Premier Clark has spent more time in the Shuswap than all previous premiers combined.
Rest assured, it won’t be her final visit, and that’s no joke.
Greg Kyllo is MLA for Shuswap.