N. Letnick: Long before moving to the Kelowna region I have always known the people and the splendour of Kelowna–Lake Country and what they had to offer. It was a special place.

Just recently the Canadian Federation of Independent Business added to its accolades by selecting Kelowna as the most business-friendly city in British Columbia.

The report looked at 100 Canadian cities and towns and compared them on several different factors, including concentration of entrepreneurs, business startup rate and the general optimism and success of business owners. It’s great to see the province’s investment in the Okanagan and Kelowna’s responsible fiscal policies getting well-deserved recognition.

Each part of this province is known for something special. For example, in Boundary-Similkameen there’s incredible skiing at Big White. Esquimalt–Royal Roads is the proud home to the Royal Canadian Pacific Fleet. Peace River North is home to some of our most valuable natural resources. Here in Victoria–Beacon Hill locals boast justifiably about the world-famous tourist attractions.

The Okanagan has long been known for friendly people, natural beauty, recreation opportunities, and now is the best place for business in British Columbia. But it doesn’t end there. Export Development Canada reported today that it projects that B.C. will lead the country in export growth next year by 14 percent, double the national average.

Add to that McKinsey and Company naming Canada the top entrepreneurial hotbed of all G20 countries, and I am sure all members of this House must draw the same conclusion that I have: that if Kelowna is the best city in the best province in the best country in the world to do business, that must mean Kelowna–Lake Country is the best place in the world.