Residents make their way out of the polling station at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the BX during Monday’s federal election.

Residents make their way out of the polling station at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the BX during Monday’s federal election.

ELECTION 2015: Arnold ready for Ottawa

New MP looking at setting up an office and hiring riding staff

Mel Arnold is hitting the ground running.

Arnold, who topped the polls in Monday’s federal election, isn’t sure when he will be sworn in as North Okanagan-Shuswap MP. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t busy.

“I have received a call from Ottawa and I will go to Ottawa for orientation and initial meetings as early as next week,” he said.

Among the discussions will be hiring staff and setting up riding offices.

“The main office will remain in Vernon and we will have satellite space in Salmon Arm,” said Arnold, adding that he hasn’t determined where the riding office will be in Vernon.

While in Ottawa, Arnold will also investigate housing options for the next four years.

“With the distance so far, it will not always be possible to come home to the riding for a weekend,” he said.

“I will need a base if the House is sitting and I am there for weeks at a time.”

Justin Trudeau will be sworn in as prime minister Nov. 4. He will also announce his Liberal government cabinet that day.