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BC Liberals begin three-day tour

Visit includes tour of Site C, health roundtable, meetings with industry stakeholders and party supporters
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Opposition B.C. Liberal party Leader Kevin Falcon gives a speech following his oath ceremony and introduction in the legislative assembly in Victoria on May 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

A three-day tour of the Peace region begins today for new BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon and a group of visiting opposition MLAs.

Local MLAs Dan Davies and Mike Bernier are taking Falcon and their colleagues on a series of visits to Site C, First Nation communities, local Chambers, oil and gas sites, and other meetings with healthcare workers, farm groups, social agencies, and party supporters.

“It’s great to have colleagues up from Vancouver and others from the four corners of the province that are here, listening,” said Davies, adding the party plans to see the region from “multiple perspectives” as it works to build out a policy platform.

Davies says the region is an “economic powerhouse” for B.C.'s economy thanks to its natural resource industries. He says meeting with different stakeholders this week is “important, and helps us paint that big broader picture of things that we need to do to get B.C. back on the right path.”

Among the visiting MLAs are Michael Lee, opposition critic for indigenous relations and reconciliation, who was travelling to Doig River Tuesday morning.

Lee says he’s been given a mandate to strengthen the party’s relationship with First Nation communities and learn how their priorities can be supported, from economic partnerships to social infrastructure such as education and language revitalization.

“We know there’s a lot of opportunity for that, and challenges we need to address,” said Lee. 

Davies says a big reason for this week’s caucus trip is an "in-depth tour" of the $16-billion Site C project on the Peace River, which he said will “bring B.C. into the future” to meet electricity needs.

“Here’s a project that did start under our government but unfortunately in many ways has been mismanaged by the current government,” Davies said. Touring the dam site is a chance to get “eyes on the land and what the project looks like as we move forward," he said.

Another big meeting, Davies says, will be a health roundtable with local nurses, doctors, mental health workers, paramedics, and social groups.

“That’s going to be a good look into some of the unique problems we face here in the northeast,” he said.

Also visiting this week are MLAs Shirley Bond (health critic), Mike Morris (public safety critic), Ian Paton (agriculture critic), Tom Shypitka (mining critic), Dan Ashton (municipal affairs critic), Bruce Banman (citizen services critic), and Jackie Tegart (assistant deputy speaker).

“It’s a good showing,” said Davies.


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