Mel Arnold was first elected as Member of Parliament for North Okanagan – Shuswap in the province of British Columbia in October of 2015 and re-elected in October of 2019.
MP Arnold currently serves as Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard for Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. 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.
Prior to being elected, Mel was a long-time business owner operating Complete Marine Detailing in Salmon Arm for over 25 years, providing service to clients across the north-west.
Mel has served on the boards of local service clubs, the BC Wildlife Federation and Canadian Wildlife Federation holding the role of BCWF President for two terms, culminating in the President’s Award for outstanding volunteer contribution. His background in fish and wildlife conservation led to Mel being appointed to the British Columbia Species at Risk Task Force in 2010 to study the potential of provincial legislation on species at risk.
Mel’s volunteer work extended into the business world as a board member of the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce and as President of Shuswap Pro-Development Association. Mel is a continuing, multi-year member of Rotary in the Shuswap Daybreak Club.
Mel and his family take part in the tremendous outdoor recreation the North Okanagan – Shuswap has to offer. As a family man, businessman, and long-time volunteer, Mel is familiar with the various challenges facing Canadians.
Mel was raised on a family dairy farm in Notch Hill BC near Shuswap Lake. Mel and his wife have been married for 41 years and live in Salmon Arm and with one daughter and son-in-law in Calgary.