NOVEMBER 29, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kelowna-Lake Country MP Elect Tracy Gray has been named Official Shadow Minister (Critic) for Interprovincial Trade
Today, the Official Opposition announced its Shadow Cabinet that will hold the government accountable. MP Elect Tracy Gray has been named the Shadow Minister for Interprovincial Trade. “I am honored to have been asked to serve at this level,” says Gray, “Being in the Shadow Cabinet will bring the voices of Kelowna-Lake Country and British Columbia forward at an elevated level to hold the government to account.”
“The free movement of goods, services and people across provincial borders is imperative. There is no secret that our country is currently divided. A lot of our constituents here have strong ties to Alberta and Saskatchewan, and have similar concerns,” says Gray, “As an entrepreneur working in the British Columbia wine industry, I saw firsthand how interprovincial trade barriers created more barriers than opportunities and made it challenging to expand markets for our local British Columbia wineries.”
Tapped for the position due to her extensive business background and previous government experience, MP Elect Gray will work collaboratively across multiple Shadow Ministries within the Official Opposition Cabinet.
“We have free trade agreements with other countries but not within our own country. Internal trade disputes have escalated between provinces creating uncertainty in various industries. It will be imperative to hold the government accountable for unity issues. Interprovincial trade affects many industries including farming, technology, and energy and resource sectors”, comments Gray. MP Elect Tracy Gray will be officially sworn in next week before the first session of the House of Commons. Gray spent twenty seven years in the British Columbia wine and beverage industries, founding and owning award winning Discover Wines VQA Wine stores. Throughout, she remained a strong and vocal advocate for the BC Wine Industry. Gray served as a Kelowna City Councilor and Central Okanagan Regional District Director 2014-2018 and has served on many corporate and not for profit boards in different sectors. Additionally, as Chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, she routinely advocated provincially and federally to protect Western Canadian lakes from Invasive Mussel species.
Heather Stewart, Administration/Communications
MP Elect Tracy Gray