Having enjoyed a taste of civic politics, Greg Kyllo is ready for the next level as B.C. Liberal candidate for Shuswap.
Kyllo, a first-term councillor in Sicamous, will seek the nomination to lead the constituency, a position held by retiring George Abbott since 1996, in the May 2013 election.
“The Liberals are certainly free-enterprise. It’s all about small business and the rights of the individual,” said Kyllo of what it is about the Liberals that appeals to him.
“Obviously, it’s all about job growth and I lived through the NDP era through the 1990s. It was just a disaster for our business.
“I think the Liberals have done a fantastic job and I want to see that they retain power. The Conservatives, I don’t see as a viable option.”
Others seeking the nomination are Salmon Arm mayor Marty Bootsma and Jordan Ross of Salmon Arm.
Asked what hurdles he sees ahead for the Liberals in the coming election, Kyllo acknowledged the public is still angry about the HST.
But he says he sees the momentum of public opinion swinging back in favour of a Liberal government, something he says is essential to the province’s economy.