City of Dawson Creek considers re-joining caribou discussion, underlines importance of walking away

“We don’t want to appear complicit in going along.” “They have established they are not listening, what is the point in attending?”

For the briefest of seconds, Dawson Creek rejoining the caribou discussion was on the table Monday at city council. Mayor Dale Bumstead opened the matter with a question for council.

“Is this the position we want to take,” after taking the position Thursday to walk away.

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The answer from Dawson Creek is unequivocally yes.

“The disrespect by both levels of government to the Peace is unlike I have ever seen,” said MLA and former hand-picked by John Horgan caribou consultant, Blair Lekstrom.

“This is unfortunate compared to nine months ago.”

Bumstead said the matter was back on the Monday agenda after the Thursday PRRD to ensure this was still the direction of council.

”We want understanding to be part of the discussion and design. If this dog isn’t hunting, now what?”

Bumstead wanted to bring it back for discussion.

“In this situation do we want to be on the sidelines?”

Councillor Jerimy Adam Earl said to discover after years of work, no edits on the document would be made -  was disheartening.

“If we participate, we undermine Chetwynd’s position – and are scrambling for table scraps. We don’t want to be complicit and appear in going along (with this decision),” he said.

Councillor Shaely Wilbur noted that clearly some municipalities are now not listening to the provincial and Federal governments anymore than they were listening to the Peace.

“I find it frustrating. They already have noted they will not be changing the document, so there is no value in being around the table.”

Another Peace region elected official said now it is clear some in the region don’t care.

“Feds and province said they are not changing their direction. The people are not going to be listening to representatives of Fort St. John, Taylor, or Tumbler Ridge anymore than they have been for years on this file. What a waste of time, and now taxpayers’ own money. It’s now clearly good time and money being thrown at this after bad.”

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