Candidate won’t attend forum

Greg Kyllo did not respond to an invitation to attend a forum on the environment

The Liberals’ Shuswap candidate has bowed out of a discussion on the environment.

Greg Kyllo did not respond to an invitation to attend a forum on the environment Monday at the Fifth Avenue Seniors’ Activity Centre in Salmon Arm.

Kyllo says he’s already committed to six all-candidates meetings, and that each one requires a lot of preparation.

“I think we’ve touched on all of the major communities and I think the right platform is through the chamber of commerce,” he said.

“There’s just so many different special interest groups, whether it’s health, tourism, logging, there’s just so many different areas. If we attend one special interest group, it’s going to be pretty hard to turn down all of the other ones that may look at hosting as well.”

The environmental forum, which starts at 7 p.m., is sponsored by the Shuswap Naturalists, Kairos-Salmon Arm, the Shuswap Water Action Team and the Shuswap Environmental Action Society.

In attendance will be B.C. Conservative Tom Birch, the NDP’s Steve Gunner and the Green Party’s Chris George.

The forum will be moderated by Okanagan College dean James Barmby.

Each candidate will introduce their party’s policy on the environment before they respond to one question from each of the sponsoring organizations. There will then be an opportunity for audience members to question the candidates.