Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett tells the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce everything government does has to be seen through a rural lens.

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett tells the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce everything government does has to be seen through a rural lens.

Barnett sees Interior through rural lens

Everything done by government has to have a rural lens on it, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett told the Chamber of Commerce,

Everything done by government has to have a rural lens on it, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett told the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce last Thursday.

“I really believe we’re getting somewhere,” Barnett said. “Rural British Columbia is the backbone of the province. That’s where resource revenues come from and that’s where the dollars and cents come from.”

When policies, legislation and regulations are made too often they are made without the rural lens, she said, adding as parliamentary secretary for rural development, she is happy Premier Christy Clark has added minister of rural development to the portfolio of Steve Thomson, the minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations.

“This step will only benefit rural B.C. — our industries, our small businesses.”

One of the things that has alway aggravated her is the provincial permit process, Barnett said.

She has people at her door step she’s been working with for four and a half years that started in 2003 or 2006 for a permit for small businesses and they still haven’t got permits through.

“I know how Taseko feels,” Barnett said looking toward the table where Dave Rolleau, Gibraltar Mine’s VP of operations was sitting. “You’re a bigger business so I guess that’s why it takes longer than a smaller business.”

Business needs to know a start date and an end date for a permit. They need to know the process and sometimes the process changes at business moves along as policy and regulatory regimes change, Barnett said.

Changing the permit system can improve our small business in B.C and particular in rural B.C., she added.

Barnett has heard criticism because the legislature isn’t sitting right now and said the government only sits for a reason.

“We sat in July, we had a budget, and we passed legislation. We are now working towards the next sitting. You don’t just sit because you like to sit there.”

MLAs are out there now working and gaining information for the next spring.

“We will have a throne speech, a budget and much legislation that will be put forward for debate in the house next spring.

Government under core review

Barnett said the government is going through a core review and encouraged people to go online to make suggestions on how government can improve.

“Please go online and let us know what you would like to see changed.”

The select standing committee on finance will be in Williams Lake on Oct. 8, and Barnett said the committee also needs to hear from people in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Stan Ashton is the chair of both committees and Barnett said whatever recommendations Ashton hears through the finance committee hearings will go a long way.

New outdoor recreation vehicle at in the works

Many people have been waiting for a new outdoor recreation vehicle act, Barnett said, explaining she sits on the government cabinet environmental land use committee, which is a very powerful and important committee.

“We’re hoping it will be put to the floor next spring,” she said.

“It is very important for hunting, guiding and recreation, and tourism product to have done so we can promote and bring dollars and cents to the whole province.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

International Women’s Day is March 8. (Internationalwomensday.com)
International Women’s Day 2021: #choosetochallenge

International Women’s Day is marked annually on March 8

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Amarjit Khakh of Williams Lake. (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Amarjit Khakh

Kindness and giving, key to full life

Sierra William (left) with her grandmother Eileen William. (Roger William photo)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Sierra William

Xeni Gwet’in woman finds strength in tradition

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Most Read