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Opposition leader Kevin Falcon says Highway 1 expansion a priority in eastern Fraser Valley

BC United leader addresses topic during Chamber of Commerce Leaders Lunch in Abbotsford
BC Opposition leader Kevin Falcon, with Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce CEO Alex Mitchell, takes questions from the audience during a chamber Leaders Lunch on Wednesday (May 24). (Photo courtesy of Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce)

Opposition leader Kevin Falcon told the Abbotsford business community on Wednesday (May 24) that if the BC United forms government, an expansion of Highway 1 through Chilliwack will happen “without delay.”

Falcon was the keynote speaker for a sold-out Leaders Lunch hosted by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.

Guests gathered at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre to hear Falcon’s remarks, as well as engage in a discussion on the key issues affecting the region.

“Every business owner understands that you have to focus on producing results, and you are held accountable when outcomes aren’t met. Government needs to do the same,” Falcon said.

“It has to be about results and we have to hold every level of government accountable to create metrics and achieve them – something that just isn’t happening right now.”

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Falcon fielded questions from chamber CEO Alex Mitchell and audience members on the rising costs of doing business, continued prioritization of the expansion of Highway 1 beyond Whatcom Road, and supporting agriculture, especially given its cornerstone role in Abbotsford’s economy.

“We’re committed to seeing this highway widened all the way to Chilliwack. The backlog of goods and people on this roadway is costing us dearly and needs to be prioritized immediately,” he said.

The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Leaders Lunch series brings prominent voices together with Abbotsford’s business community for insightful and non-partisan conversations, including keynotes from representatives of every level of government, trailblazers of industry, and local innovators.

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