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‘We can’t do it alone’: Penticton mayor ready for productive relationship with David Eby

Julius Bloomfield offered his congratulations to B.C.’s 37th premier on Friday, Nov. 18
Penticton mayor Julius Bloomfield during the 2022 election campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton mayor Julius Bloomfield offered his congratulations to B.C.’s new premier David Eby on Friday, Nov. 18, and says he looks forward to having a “constructive and productive” relationship with the provincial government.

“On behalf of the City of Penticton, I want to offer congratulations to David Eby as he becomes British Columbia’s new premier,” Bloomfield said in a statement.

“The issues impacting our residents are echoed throughout the province. Residents are demanding all levels of government work together to create safer and healthier communities.”

Bloomfield added that Penticton’s new council is committed to the issues of prolific offenders, mental health, addictions and the creation of new housing “across the spectrum.”

“We can’t do it alone and need all provincial agencies to take bold action to combat these challenges, as municipalities don’t have the ability to deal with them unilaterally,” the city’s mayor said.

Eby was sworn in as B.C.’s 37th premier in Vancouver on Nov. 18, replacing John Horgan who announced in June he would leave office due to health concerns.

“I’m confident that David has what it takes to deliver the results that make this province better for every single one of us,” Horgan told reporters following Friday’s ceremony.

In Penticton, Bloomfield believes the best way to accomplish shared goals with the province is through a partnership where “good ideas are accepted and local needs are respected.”

“As Premier Eby begins his new job, with promised action on these fronts, we look forward to a constructive and productive relationship with the provincial government,” Bloomfield added.

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