Premier Christy Clark visited Hope last Saturday, where it took her about five minutes to walk a few metres, as an entourage looking to speak to her gathered wherever she went.
Clark’s itinerary started near the intersection of the railroad tracks and Sixth Avenue, where she unveiled a new carving. Clark then participated in the parade, riding in a convertible Pontiac GTO, before ending up in the Blue Moose Coffee House, where The Hope Standard asked her what her deepest impression of Hope was.
“The thing about this community is this is the community that connects rural-urban British Columbia, really, more than another community,” said Clark. “It’s a community filled with people who want to take that connection and show what this part of the province is all about.”
Clark said she felt Hope residents have a “welcoming feel” with an open embrace for diverse people.
“I think that’s helped make Hope one of the most open-hearted communities in the province,” said Clark. “So I really see a lot of pride here, I see a lot of [entrepreneurship] here, and I see a curiosity about people in this community because visitors from all over the world always find their way to Hope.”
Having spoken to many Hope residents, Clark said she heard good news.
“One of the pieces of really good news was the economy is really growing here,” said Clark, citing an increase in tourism.
Clark wants you to know that Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart is the natural successor to current MLA Laurie Throness. Find out why in the Sept. 15 edition of The Hope Standard.