Spring session busy and productive

MLA Coralee Oakes spells out recent activities in the legislature.

After 47 sitting days that wrapped up at the end of May, government has delivered a successful legislative session that supports a strong economy, controlled government spending, low taxes, investment into health care and education.

A cornerstone of a successful democracy and economy is good governance, which isn’t possible without effective legislation.

In February, our government presented its third consecutive balanced budget.

Because of our fiscal prudence and eye on the bottom line, Balanced Budget 2015 also forecasts modest surpluses.

This has been significant to B.C. as from between the years of 1980 and 2005, did you know that there has only been four actual balanced budgets?

This is a reminder that it takes strong leadership, a vision, prudence and discipline to grow a strong economy and a secure tomorrow.

Additionally, from February to the end of May — our government also presented the Climate Action 2.0, a new 10-year transportation plan, more than two dozen bills, implemented many of the Liquor Policy Review recommendations, public safety enhancements, the first anniversary of the B.C.

Skills for Jobs Blueprint, significant movements on the LNG file — on top of the Speech from the Throne.

It’s safe to say that the Spring 2015 legislative session has been both busy and productive.

With summer just around the corner, fishing is a great family activity.

Now families of all ages can enjoy fishing in beautiful locations such as Till Lake and McIntyre Lake in Williams Lake, for example.

Recently, our government amended the regulations for age-restricted waters by making them available to anglers of all ages, provided they accompany a youth under the age of 16 or a disabled angler who is actively angling.

Previously, age-restricted waters allowed only youths aged 16 or less, those 65 and older, and disabled anglers access.

Additionally, since April 100 per cent of revenue generated from fishing licences has been directly benefiting anglers who want to fish in small lakes, large lakes and rivers.

This is really good news for both the Freshwater Fishers Society of BC and the province’s freshwater recreations fisheries!

Don’t forget that next weekend, June 19-21 is BC’s 16th annual Family Fishing Weekend.  Canadians can try angling within the rules in freshwater using the 3-day FREE license compliments of the BC provincial government.  Visit www.bcfamilyfishing.com for more information and to look up events happening across B.C.

I’m on the road with my mobile office through the summer and have had great visits and meetings in 150 Mile, Big Lake, Likely, Wells, Barkerville, Nazko, McLeese Lake, Quesnel and Williams Lake already.

Looking forward to attending Arts on the Fly again this year in July.

If you’d like to book a meeting please call my office at 1-866-991-0296 to arrange a time.

Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and is the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

 

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