NDP ignores Kelowna in Budget 2024

VICTORIA (February 23, 2024) – Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield is speaking out about the NDP’s 2024 budget, which fails to address the critical needs of Kelowna.

The NDP’s eighth budget fails to address major areas of concern for city residents and all British Columbians:

  • No mention of any transportation projects or a second Okanagan Lake crossing for Kelowna amidst increasing demand as the population rapidly grows.
  • No new funding for the further expansion of treatment and recovery services while the average wait time for mental health beds has increased.
  • There is no mention of ending David Eby’s catch-and-release justice system or the NDP’s failed decriminalization experiment.
  • There is a continued delay in relief for businesses, as only $70,000 of the NDP’s failed $10.5 million Securing Small Business Rebate Program has been deployed to businesses due to red tape in the application process.


This budget continues the frustrating NDP trend of record-high spending and record-low results for everyday people, leaving Kelowna’s most pressing needs on the sidelines.

“The NDP’s 2024 budget fails to address the growing needs of Kelowna and surrounding areas. Once again, David Eby and the NDP have missed the mark, and people are tired of waiting for essential services and infrastructure that their community has been promised,” said Merrifield. “BC United is committed to real change, offering a solid plan to invest in treatment and recovery services and deterring crime, ensuring our community’s well-being. It’s time for a government that provides results, not empty rhetoric. United, we can fix it.”