UBCM Welcomes Appointment Of Blair Lekstrom

(Victoria, BC) The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) congratulates Blair Lekstrom, MLA for Peace River South, on his appointment as the Minister of Community Development. Minister Lekstrom is part of the new provincial Cabinet that was sworn in earlier today at Government House.

?Minister Lekstrom has a strong background in local government politics thanks to his years of service as a Councillor and the Mayor of Dawson Creek,? said UBCM President Susan Gimse. ?We look forward to working with Blair to continue the collaborative approach to provincial ? local government issues that has been the hallmark of UBCM?s longstanding relationship with BC.?

Minister Lekstrom?s prior local government appointments include serving as President of the North Central Municipal Association and a member of UBCM?s Executive. Minister Lekstrom will replace the outgoing Ida Chong, MLA for Oak Bay – Gordon Head, who was appointed as the Minister of Community Services in June 2005.

?UBCM is very appreciative of the diligence and care that Minister Chong brought to local government issues,? said President Gimse. ?Ida is a hard working MLA and we wish her all the best as she moves into her new role as Minister of Technology, Trade and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative.?