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VIDEO: Kelowna lawyer makes his case for a seat on city council

Bal Grewal believes a good city council, should have all kinds of people on it.

And if one of those people is a lawyer, all the better.

"Lawyers understand policy. We understand legislation," said Grewal.

"We take large amounts of information, we're able to break it down, synthesize it, and then implement it."

His Kelowna practice specializes in residential real estate, business and corporate transactions, immigration law and estate planning.

"I think I bring a fresh perspective," said Grewal.

"I've also lived in different cities, some of the same cities that we're getting compared to such as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary," he added, "or even regional hub cities such as Abbottsford or Red Deer."

He said he's watched how different population centres have dealt with the same ones Kelowna grapples with.

"They've had significant growth," said Grewal. "How they've implemented their policies and what the positives and negatives are. We can take from them or we can also implement our own policies."

He sees his contribution as more progressive.

"Instead of just doing what we've done in the past, let's add some reform to our policies. Let's try to think forward."

Grewal said he understands all-to-well how affordability is affecting people.

"I'm a renter myself," he said. "I understand the plight of the regular man here, and woman."

He said we need more housing, but not necessarily more high-rises downtown.

"We have a great beautiful city here," said Grewal. "We can develop in different parts of the city."

He would also like to see a new approach to dealing with repeat offenders who contribute to Kelowna's high crime rate.

"We have to truly try to tackle it so we can help these people not just throw them in jail," he said.

Grewal said he doesn't have any big financial backing.

He plans to campaign by working with his own contacts and knocking on a lot of doors.

To check out all of the candidates, visit KelownaVotes 2022.

Election Day is Oct. 15.

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