Mel Arnold

North Okanagan–Shuswap


The new MP for North Okanagan–Shuswap has been named the Official Opposition’s deputy critic for Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. In this position he is focused on protecting Canadian waters from invasive species like the zebra mussel.

Arnold has been active in the Conservative Party, serving as the vice­-president of communications for the local riding association. He also served as president of the BC Wildlife Association, during which time he made connections with provincial politicians and business leaders.

He says his priority as an opposition member is to make sure that more rural and smaller communities are not ignored. He also points to the needs of seniors and the aging Canadian population.

Before running for office, Arnold owned and operated Complete Marine Detailing, a marine and RV business in Salmon Arm, for 25 years.

During the campaign Arnold faced some backlash after an interview on CBC Radio in which he said that role of human activity in the rise of global temperatures is not clear.