MP Arnold served as Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard for Her Majesty’s Official Opposition from November 2019 through August 2020.
He was elected as Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Fisheries in February of 2020. MP Arnold also served as Deputy Shadow Minister for Fisheries and the Vice-Chair of the BC – Yukon Conservative Caucus during the 42nd Parliament.
With volunteer work being a priority Mel has been able to contribute his skills and knowledge into the North Okanagan – Shuswap business and not-for-profit sectors. As a volunteer board member of the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce, President of Shuswap Pro-Development Association and multi year member of the Shuswap Daybreak Rotary Club Mel has actively contributed to the local communities.
Mel was raised on a family dairy farm in Notch Hill BC near Shuswap Lake. He and Linda, his wife of 41 years, enjoy taking part in the tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities the North Okanagan – Shuswap offers and spending family time with their daughter and son in law who reside in Calgary
As a family man, businessman, and long-time volunteer, Mel is familiar with the various challenges facing Canadians.