Josie Osborne took this selfie outside of the polling station at the Friendship Centre in Port Alberni on Oct. 24.

Josie Osborne took this selfie outside of the polling station at the Friendship Centre in Port Alberni on Oct. 24.

Ucluelet mayor excited to work with familiar new MLA

Mayco Noel looks forward to working with Tofino’s former mayor Josie Osborne in her new role.

Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel was excited to see Josie Osborne elected to the provincial government on Oct. 24 and said expectations are high for what she’ll be able to achieve in her new role.

“She’s got a lot of work ahead of herself,” Noel told the Westerly News. “The people have spoken and now it’s time for Josie to deliver.”

He said he was not surprised to see Osborne win the Mid Island Pacific Rim MLA seat, noting her BC NDP predecessor Scott Fraser served as the region’s MLA for 15 years before announcing his retirement in September.

“This is a heavy NDP riding and doing the switch from Scott over to Josie was a strategic plan for the NDP, so I’m not surprised that she won and I’m happy at the fact that I have an MLA that I feel I have a very good professional relationship with and am able to have real conversations with,” he said. “At the end of the day, municipalities and people like myself need to have sound relationships with their MLA in order to cast the community in the direction it needs to go. If you have municipal leaders butting heads with their local MLA or the party in charge, you’re not going to get anywhere.”

He added that he hopes and expects Osborne will keep a closer ear to Ucluelet’s requests and needs than her predecessor, suggesting Fraser was often tough to get a hold of.

“For one, I have Josie’s cell number for text messages; I never got that out of Scott Fraser…It was really, really, cat and mouse trying to get Scott Fraser’s ears, that’s just the way that he structured it. I know that my professional relationship that I have with Josie is going to continue on in her role as MLA,” Noel said. “We’re going to send her a letter and we’re going to let her know the few provincial grants that we’ve applied for and are going to apply for and just bring her up to speed on where we’re going. As a mayor, there were different conversations that her and I never really engaged into but, as our MLA, it will be really important for her to understand the direction that this council is going and some of the things that we hope to achieve in the coming months.”

He added that Osborne’s NDP party received a resounding mandate on election night, which means expectations will be high for the party’s coming term in power.

“This government has been elected wholeheartedly across the province and people have very high expectations,” he said. “I don’t think the bar has ever been set higher before with regards to expectations and some of the big problems that we have, from old growth forests to the opiate crisis to COVID-19 and it just goes on and on and on…It’s going to be a challenge and there’s also the indigenous component and I really hope they make some better headway locally about that and we can move forward.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

READ MORE: Tofino expected to wait until New Year to elect new mayor after Josie Osborne wins provincial seat

READ MORE: NDP Josie Osborne declared the winner in Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding

READ MORE: Tofino mayor Josie Osborne seeks B.C. NDP nomination for Mid Island-Pacific Rim

BC Votes 2020Provincial GovernmentTofino,ucluelet

Just Posted

Island Health has reported a COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Four new COVID-19 cases added to Saanich Peninsula Hospital outbreak

Inital round of patient testing is complete, staff testing continues

Mustang Sally and her owner John Ludlow will be seen driving throughout the Comox Valley this Christmas season (and beyond). Photo by Erin Haluschak
Mustang Santa spreading joy, one car ride at a time

Vancouver Islander’s 1966 Ford Mustang Sally transforms for the holiday

12-year-old Ella Smiley captured some video of orcas on a sea lion hunt on Nov. 28 at Kitty Coleman Park, just north of Courtenay. Photo by Ella Smiley
VIDEO: Orcas hunt sea lion off Comox

Young whale watcher captures the action near Kitty Coleman Park

Ultra runner Jerry Hughes circles the track at the Cowichan Sportsplex as he nears the end of his six-day Canadian record attempt and fundraiser in November. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Ultramarathon a few miles short, but many dollars beyond its goal

Six-day run misses record bid, but Help Fill A Dream fundraiser a big success

Editorial: Please don’t travel for the holidays

You are in control of what this province will look like come New Year’s Eve

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

Lake Trail Middle School in Courtenay has closed again due to a threat Friday (Dec 4). File photo
Island middle school closed for the second time in a week due to threat

On Nov. 26, Lake Trail Middle School was closed for a day while a similar incident occurred.

Eric Byres, industrial control engineer and CEO of Lantzville-based aDolus Technology, didn’t expect his company to win the 2020 New Ventures B.C. competition, but says he will use the $135,000 in first-place prize money to hire more development staff. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Lantzville-based cyber-security start-up wins $135K innovation competition

Industrial control systems security company, aDolus Technology, wins New Ventures B.C.’s top prize

The Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Playbill Dining Room reopened to host small musical performances. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Theatre receives Island Coastal Economic Trust funding

Project will involve recording and live-streaming Playbill Presents series content

Nanaimo ballerina Jillian Vanstone is giving a hometown performance at the Port Theatre on Dec. 12. (Photo courtesy Karolina Kuras)
National Ballet of Canada principal dancer’s hometown return postponed

Nanaimo’s Jillian Vanstone will celebrate favourite choreographer at the Port Theatre at a later date

Melissa David, of Parachutes for Pets and her dogs Hudson and Charlie are trying to raise money for a homeless shelter that will allow pets and are seen in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘My only wish:’ Children asking pet charity to help their furry friends at Christmas

Parachutes for Pets says it has received 14 letters from children in the last week t

Melissa Velden and her chef-husband Chris Velden, stand in their dining room at the Flying Apron Inn and Cookery in Summerville, N.S. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The couple is hosting holiday parties with appropriate distancing and other COVID-19 health protocols in place at their restaurant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Celebrities, Santa and Zoom part of office holiday parties being held amid COVID-19

Many will send tokens of appreciation to workers or offer time off or cash

Most Read