B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth in Northeast B.C. next week

Rural policing and legal cannabis will be on the agenda when Solicitor General Mike Farnworth visits Northeast B.C. next week.

Farnworth will meet with local mayors and police officials in Fort St. John Monday and Fort Nelson on Tuesday.

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It's Farnworth's first visit to the region since the NDP formed government last summer, and Farnworth's appointment to cabinet. It's a chance to talk about public safety issues, and how the two municipalities are approaching cannabis legalization, and answer questions, Farnworth said.

"It's to get a sense, in terms of my portfolio, how things are up in the Peace Country," Farnworth said.

"A lot of times there's a lot of focus on the Lower Mainland, but this province is a lot more than the Lower Mainland. It's important as minister that I'm able to get out and talk directly with the mayors in their communities, and police in their communities, about issues they're facing, challenges they're facing, and ideas they may have to make improvements."

In Fort St. John, the RCMP detachment is looking for a new, permanent detachment commander, and the visit offers a chance to talk about recruitment, staffing levels, and other challenges, Farnworth said.

"That's certainly something I would most definitely be interested in and want to hear about," he said.

Farnworth said he doesn't plan to make any public announcements during his visit. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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