NDP leader guest speaker at 100 Mile House dinner

The annual Cariboo Chilcotin NDP fall supper was a sold-out event in 100 Mile House on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The annual Cariboo Chilcotin NDP fall supper was a sold-out event in 100 Mile House on Saturday, Oct. 27.

At one point, it became uncertain if guest speaker, BC NDP leader Adrian Dix, would even make it to the supper when thick fog in Williams Lake forced Dix’s morning flight back to Vancouver.

Dix, however, managed to catch the next flight to Kamloops and rented a car for the two and a half hour drive to 100 Mile.

Guests greeted Dix with a big round of applause as he arrived, said the Cariboo Chilcotin NDP in a press release.

Following a meal of locally-grown food catered by the Horse Lake Community Farm Co-op, Cariboo Chilcotin NDP candidate Charlie Wyse addressed the room and talked about the important connection between the environment and the economy.

“The economy is always connected with the environment, it doesn’t matter which particular industry we’re talking about. Whether it’s forestry, mining, tourism or agriculture. You have to have oversight upon the industry in order to ensure the environment is not adversely affected,” Wyse told the Tribune during a phone interview Tuesday, Oct. 30.

“I went into the industries around here. In forestry, when you have a look at the effect that massive clear cuts of the beetle kill have had on the environment you see that as an example of when there isn’t adequate oversight.

“In the area of tourism we can talk about the same issue. We’ve had  tourism operators and the tourism association warning how massive clear cuts have impacted that industry.”

Clearcutting also impacts agriculture, as has especially been seen in the Big Creek watershed where there has been flooding, he added.

“The ore deposit that exists at Fish Lake is also an issue. Not only do we have the environmental review decision that came down from Ottawa turning down the project, although B.C. had given it a thumbs up, but the issue around First Nations and the fact both supreme courts of B.C. and Canada have set the conditions under which First Nations must be involved with all these various discussions.”

From the NDP point of view, Wyse said the party has developed an overview of how to work within existing limitations and that he’s firmly convinced that the approach brought forth by Adrian Dix, which brings all parties to the table to find workable solutions, will assist in finding solutions for the economic future of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

“I talked about the government’s recent mid-term timber supply report and asked how anyone can plan for economic security when there is no inventory? I included that very specifically in my discussion on how the oversight of Victoria doesn’t help this region, both the person working in these industries as well as the communities they live in.”

Dix also addressed the audience, and, among other topics, outlined the NDP’s approach as it heads toward the spring election campaign.

He promised the NDP would say what they would do and say how they would pay for it, focusing on key priorities to address challenges around productivity, inequality and sustainability.

Foremost among his priorities will be a commitment to skills training. He also stressed the NDP would run a positive campaign, free of personal attacks.

At the close of his speech Dix entertained several questions from the audience then talked individually with many people as the evening came to an end. Prior to the dinner, the local Cariboo Chilcotin NDP held their AGM and elected their officers and executive committee for the coming year.


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

Just Posted

The wind has been gusting Friday, March 5 in Williams Lake with the risk of a thunderstorm in the forecast for later in the afternoon. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
More than 500 customers in Cariboo without power, risk of thunderstorm Friday afternoon

The BC Hydro map is adding more power outages as the afternoon unfolds

The two suspects arrested south of 150 Mile House Tuesday, March 2, following a high-speed chase with the RCMP have been charged. (Will Roberts photo)
High-speed chase suspects charged, remain in custody after arrest south of Williams Lake

John Craig and Maggie M. Higgott appeared in Williams Lake Provincial Court March 4

Interior Health reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on March 5. (Black Press Files)
Interior Health reports 33 new COVID-19 cases on March 5

Over 300,000 vaccine doses have been administered provincewide.

Many members of the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club (pictured) have teamed up with the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society to host a free ski in celebration of World Water Day. (Patrick Davies photo - Black Press Media)
Conservation society, cross country ski club, celebrate World Water Day with free ski March 6

The free ski will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 6 at Bull Mountain

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C. on the COVID-19 situation. (B.C. government)
Dr. Bonnie Henry predicts a ‘post-pandemic world’ for B.C. this summer

‘Extending this second dose provides very high real-world protection to more people, sooner’

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

Malawian police guard AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after the shipment arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday March 5, 2021. Canada is expecting its first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine next week. (Associated Press/Thoko Chikondi)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases climb to 634 Friday, four more deaths

Currently 255 people in hospital, 66 in intensive care

A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)
2 people in serious condition after helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. transgender inmate to get human rights hearing after being held in mostly male jail

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Amber Prince on March 3 dismissed the pretrial’s application to have Makayla Sandve’s complaint dismissed

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

The Netflix logo on an iPhone. B.C. delayed imposing sales tax on digital services and sweetened carbonated beverages as part of its response to COVID-19. Those taxes take effect April 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke
B.C. applies 7% sales tax on streaming, vaping, sweet drinks April 1

Measures from 2020 budget were delayed due to COVID-19

Chief Don Tom of the Tsartlip First Nation was outraged after Green MLA Adam Olsen revealed on social media that the community had been experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak – a fact the First Nation had chosen to keep private to avoid racist backlash as experienced by the Cowichan Tribes when an outbreak was declared there in January. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. First Nation ‘outraged’ after Green MLA reveals COVID-19 outbreak

Tsartlip First Nation chief shares concerns about racist backlash, MLA apologizes

A lawyer wears a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to enter B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. British Columbia’s highest court has sided with the land owner in a dispute over public access to public land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. high court finds in favour of large landowner in fight over access to pair of lakes

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club launched legal action after the cattle company blocked road and trail access

Most Read