Leadership hopeful hits North Okanagan

By KISS FM Vernon
November 23, 2017 - 7:06am

VERNON — Other leadership candidates don't appear to be willing to invade Todd Stone's territory in Kamloops, but one of them made a stop in nearby Vernon last night.
Dianne Watts says she will be able to work with the party, despite not being a current MLA.

Watts says "I've worked with many of the MLA's in the past, and I've got good working relationships with them. So, I'm not too concerned about that, because I know that whoever wins the leadership race, we will pull together. "

Watts urged the NDP government to go slow on raising the minimum wage. She says small business owners are telling her the increase has to be gradual. 

She says "the impact will be quite significant because all they (businesses) do is pass it on to the consumers." She says if you have been paying $3.00 for a cup of coffee, and suddenly it goes up to $4.00, you're going to have a problem. 

Watts says the issue will also have a big impact on business owners who have orchards, farms and wineries, so the government has to tread carefully. 
The former Surrey mayor is one of 6 hopefuls in the race that will be decided by party members in February.

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