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MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – The NDPs labour reforms

The NDP portrays themselves as champions of working people, but recently we’ve seen the facade lifted as they faltered badly in their efforts to be seen as a strong backer of the labour movement. Premier Horgan suffered his first defeat at the hands of his own Green Party partners when they refused to support any legislative proposal that would...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Support for the resource sector

Bob’s Weekly Report There’s no denying that the Liberal government’s anti-energy policies and legislation have ruined Canada’s reputation as a stable, fair, predictable destination for energy investment. More than 115,000 oil and gas jobs have already been lost under this government, and another 12,500 are expected to be lost this year. We’ve become a country of ‘no’, and it’s our resource sector...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Forestry bill based on ideology

Nothing carves the heart out of a small community like closure of the town’s largest employer. It happened in Quesnel last Friday when Tolko announced it was permanently closing its Quest Wood sawmill and reducing shifts at its Kelowna operations too. This affects over 200 workers and their families. News like this sends a chill down the spine of 140...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – BC Wildlife Federation’s AGM

Bob’s Weekly Report   I was honoured to be able to attend the BC Wildlife Federation’s Annual General Meeting and Conference in Fort St. John on May 10 and speak about the proposed caribou closure agreements and Bill C-71, the Liberal Firearms Bill. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to get a chance to provide an update on...

Opinion Editorial: Mayor Lori Ackerman Calls for Collaborative Approach in Discussion with Key Climate Litigation Advocate

Today, I and other local officials of the Resource Municipalities Coalition sat down with Andrew Gage at the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) convention to discuss how local governments should deal with the issue of climate change. Mr. Gage is leading the “climate liability” campaign at the West Coast Environmental Law Center and calling for local governments to...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Plug-in policy approach

At a time when gas prices are reaching all-time highs, most British Columbians wish they had more fuel-efficient vehicles to save money for themselves and drive something that is more environmentally-friendly. After all, we all want to do our part to leave a better planet for our children. There are lots of things we can realistically do, even in a province...

Mayor Lori Ackerman – Opinion Editorial – Municipal Resolution Will Foster Collaboration on Climate Change, Condemn Division

With great interest and excitement, I have watched my colleague, Lisa Helps, the Mayor of Victoria, pave the path for a collaborative approach to bringing communities together to address the challenges posed by climate change. Broadly speaking, this path is in line with a course currently being charted by my own city council in Fort St John. First, Mayor Helps abandoned...

M.P. Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – A visit from M.P. Peter Kent

Bob’s Weekly Report I have always maintained that we live in the most beautiful region in Canada and I have always loved showing it off to people who are not able to come out to Northeastern BC very often. Recently, I had the privilege of hosting my friend and colleague, the Honourable Peter Kent, during his visit to the Peace Region....

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – NDP discriminates against BC Care-givers

People should receive equal pay for work of equal value. It’s a fundamental principle that should be respected. In this day and age, one might expect this would be pretty standard unless of course, you are John Horgan and the NDP. For example, if you are a non-unionized community service worker who tirelessly takes care of vulnerable people, seniors and...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Bob’s Weekly Report   As Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, I have been following the events surrounding the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, as well as how digital platforms collect and use our personal data, very closely.   As I learn more about the kind of information and data that these platforms can and do collect,...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – The Kenney victory changes everything

The drama on election night always reaches its height with a forward-looking and optimistic speech from the victor, and a sombre concession from the loser who tries to put the best face on their loss. Last week’s election night in Alberta was no exception. To no one’s great surprise, Rachel Notley, who led that province’s first ever NDP government to...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Horgan needs to rethink caribou plan

Premier Horgan paid a special visit to Dawson Creek this week to announce the extension of public consultations on caribou recovery efforts by an additional four weeks. He also appointed Blair Lekstrom as a community liaison for our region in particular. Blair is a well-known, highly trusted public figure and I am certain he will do a great job in...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – The celebration of Easter

Bob’s Weekly Report   After the long months of Winter, it is always a relief to see the first signs of Spring.   Whether it’s finally being able to go outside without having to get all bundled up, or seeing the green grass starting to emerge from under all that snow, this change of season is always welcome.   Spring is particularly significant to me...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Horgan fails to deliver on forestry

Here in the northeast, twenty percent of local jobs are generated by the forest industry. That may come as a surprise to some, but if you currently work in forestry in our region, you know all about the challenges facing today’s industry. Across the province, fibre costs are increasing while lumber prices continue to fall. Jobs are being lost because...

Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Take part in caribou consultations

I highly encourage everyone interested in the provincial government’s caribou recovery program to come out for the public meeting being held April 2nd from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, 11308 Alaska Road. For many months, representatives from regional districts and MLAs from rural and northern B.C. have begged the provincial government for meaningful...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Caribou recovery agreements

Bob’s Weekly Report It has been just over a week since the province released the two draft caribou recovery agreements. I hope everyone who has expressed an interest in being a part of this process has had a chance to review these agreements and will be submitting their feedback. We have also found out more about the community meetings that will...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – NDP’s foolish carbon tax

April 1 st is the one day a year that most people try to avoid becoming the butt of someone else’s joke. Unfortunately, British Columbians won’t have that luxury when the NDP raises the carbon tax, once again, on April Fools’ Day. I wish I were kidding, but the average truck owner will now end up paying about $15 worth...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Caribou Recovery Agreements

Bob’s Weekly Report After months of speculation and cancelled public meetings, the provincial government has finally released two draft caribou recovery agreements. On March 21, the province released a draft Section 11 Agreement between British Columbia and Canada and a draft Partnership Agreement between British Columbia, Canada, West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations. Included in the partnership agreement are plans to increase...
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