We are now more than halfway through the current Legislative session. Our government ambitiously brought forward more than 20 pieces of legislation making life better for British Columbians and for residents of Cariboo North.
One piece of legislation worth mentioning is Bill 13, the Off-Road Vehicle Act. This act is a comprehensive Off-Road Vehicle management framework to making it easier to register ORVs in B.C. The act will put in place safety regulations to help reduce serious injuries and deaths, and officers will have more effective enforcement tools to track lost or stolen ORVs.
We have also tabled Bill 18, the Water Sustainability Act, which is of historic importance to B.C. This act will protect our freshwater resources, including groundwater for generations ensuring our province remains the world leader in water stewardship.
Municipal governance is also being modernized. Bill 20, the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act will increase transparency in regards to campaign financing on the municipal level, and Bill 21, the Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act, will update the term of office for elected municipal officials from three years to four years.
On that note, as your MLA it is always my pleasure to listen to your questions and discuss issues that are important to you. I will be in Williams Lake participating in the Williams Lake Bull Sale and meeting with the Cariboo Regional District on Thursday, April 17. Our office is currently booking appointments if you would like to meet and have a discussion during that day.
If you are unable to make it on the April 17, my constituency staff will be in Williams Lake again on Monday, April 28. They will gladly assist you with any questions and bring forward any issues you may have to my attention. Please call our office at 1-866-991-0296 to set up an appointment.
Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and is the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.