Krause Ready to End Role as President of UBCM
“It certainly has been an honour to have this opportunity and it’s been very busy” says Krause about his year at the helm.
Krause says the role gave him everything he had hoped it would ” I had hoped for new engagement with local politicians, I also have really been pleased with the communication and accessibility of the new (provincial) government.”
The Union of B.C. Municipalities is the collective voice of communities throughout the province, and accessibility to the Provincial Government was virtually on hold from the time the election was called last spring to recent weeks when the Horgan team got its footing.
He says one of the things he enjoyed most over his year as President was getting out and meeting local politicians throughout the Province as he was able to visit a great number of communities.
Krause says there has been lots of discussion about the urban rural split in B.C. “Of course everyone would like to see some resolution to that, I think it’s just a challenge because the issues can be so different. and I think that’s certainly one of things I have really begun to appreciate is the incredible diversity of the Province and what different issues are facing different areas of the province. And of course the diversity of those (community) leaders, it’s vast.”
His advice to the incoming president is basic, “Be ready for being really busy. Certainly, look for ways to sustain and nurture relationships with all areas of the province and with the new government.”
During the convention, Krause says he is looking forward to the resolution process, where communities and regions present requests for action “I always look forward to seeing what comes of those resolutions and hopefully they will go on to the Province or the Feds, and it will bring change and improvements to the communities.”