On the road again

MLA Bob Simpson, in his column, talks about the various meetings he has attended, including the B.C. Union of Municipalities convention.

After a few busy weeks in the constituency (during which I was able to address some pressing constituent concerns, tour the Likely and 150 Mile House areas, have meetings in Williams Lake, and attend a variety of functions and events), I hit the road last Thursday for Prince George, Vancouver, and Victoria.

Last Thursday I attended the Council of Forest Industries dinner in Prince George, during which I was able to seek input and advice from a variety of people about how best to respond to the government’s handling of the Burns Lake timber supply issue. I continued that conversation with the Central Interior Logging Association the next morning before flying to Vancouver to attend a Green Jobs conference that was co-hosted by B.C.’s labour unions and environmental groups.

At the COFI dinner a representative of the Business Council of B.C. gave a presentation on the joint initiative that they’re undertaking with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, dubbed the “B.C. Agenda for Shared Prosperity.” The union and environmental groups’ green jobs initiative is called “Good Jobs for a Green Future” and, like the business groups’ initiative, it’s an attempt to define what prosperity looks like through the lens of sustainability.

It would be great if these two initiatives came together and business, labour, and the environmental and social advocacy groups could arrive at a consensus on what a true “shared prosperity” agenda looks like for B.C. That would go a long way to putting an end to the acrimony and divisiveness that has come to characterize BC’s political culture over the last few decades. This week I’m attending the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ annual general meeting in Victoria. I’ve had lots of good meetings with local government representatives, especially those concerned about the sorry state of our public forests and the failure of both the Liberals and the NDP to present a coherent agenda for revitalizing the forest sector and assisting forest-dependent communities through a difficult transition period.

Bob Simpson is the Independent MLA for Cariboo North.

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

Just Posted

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Highway 97 two-vehicle crash near 150 Mile House claims one life

The collision closed the highway at 150 Mile House

Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty chairs an opioid crisis working group pushing for policies to stop the flow of illicit drugs in Canada. (Victoria Police Department photo)
‘The opioid crisis impacts all of us’: Cariboo Prince Geroge MP Todd Doherty

Todd Doherty is co-chair of Conservative Party caucus opioid crisis working group

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Skating rink welcomed

This lake one will not last long but is still worth it

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: New batteries close to industrial level applications

The good news is the hope that this cost should come down each year

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19 vaccination set to start for B.C. seniors aged 80-plus

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

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

Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Sewage plant in Lower Mainland, operated by Metro Vancouver. (Metro Vancouver screenshot)
‘Poop tracker’ launches as researchers test Lower Mainland sewage water for COVID-19

‘Studying the virus in wastewater allows researchers to look at an entire population…’

(Pxhere)
Compensation fund opens for B.C. students negatively affected by incorrect exam marks

Marks for 2019 provincial exams were incorrectly tabulated

The humanoid sensing robot has a 3D printed finger cap that measures oxygen levels. (Dr. Woo Soo Kim)
Medical care robots being made with 3D origami in B.C. lab

Would you let a robot take your temperature?

Most Read