Chetwynd mayor and Horgan becoming caribou pen pals

Chetwynd mayor Allen Courtoureille and Premier John Horgan are quickly becoming pen pals.

“Chetwynd’s position remains the same as it was yesterday, and the day before,” noted Courtoureille to Horgan last week.

“We will not participate in working groups until we are given a position on the Caribou Recovery Committee.  A thirty year term is a very long time for us NOT to have a voice for our community and area,” he added. The PRRD has long been asking for more input and insight into provincial caribou plans for the area.

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Horgan however notes that to ensure transparency, local governments will be apprised.

“BC will provide regular updates and advise local governments of upcoming agendas.”

Municipalities throughout the region were also expected to be on the same electronic page when it came to seats at all caribou tables.

“Could you please use the ‘reply all’ function to let us know whether or not you will support Chetwynd by not attending the Province’s working groups unless the premier approves Chetwynd’s representation on the Caribou Recovery Committee, or until such time the Leader’s Table give strong direction?” asked Courtoureille this week to mayors Bumstead, Ackerman, Keith Bertrand in Tumbler Ridge, PRRD director Dan Rose and Mackenzie mayor Joan Atkinson.

In November PRRD requested dignity of a response to questions about the caribou plan, further PRRD invitation to consultations and planning, and if even a terms of reference has been drafted on the matter.

 “The District is disappointed that the PRRD board chair or vice were not invited. With that in mind, (we) respectfully decline your invitation to attend, unless the PRRD are also invited to participate,” said Courtoureille in September.

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