PRRD host provincial and federal caribou reps

Lorne Brownsey, Cassie Doyle and provincial caribou liaison Blair Lekstrom were on hand to talk caribou at the PRRD Friday.

The trio were there looking for next steps - while PRRD reps were still looking for an actual seat at the caribou discussion table.

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Lekstrom said he hoped the file would be moved forward. Brownsey, provincial ministry liason agreed. 

“We are looking for a pathway,” he said.

“Governments are working well and the provincial is giving us an awful lot of attention.”

 PRRD members disagreed with all levels of government working well. Brownsey admitted communication was misstep.

“The absence of negotiation is a real miss, a real mistake,” he said.

“I don’t want to offer any rationalization - this is simply my observation. We are looking to build bridges.”

Doyle, public policy consultant Federal government, said it was important to have better engagement.

“We have to engage stakeholders to build a robust process.”

Brownsey said protection of caribou and success in the communities were the key parts of the steps moving forward.

“There has to be a dialogue to minimize impacts.”

The pair noted their mandate was implementation - yet the PRRD members still wanted to know what was going on.

Taylor mayor Rob Fraser summed up the PRRD’s position succinctly.

“We were not involved, it was like an outright disdain for our opinion, we were dismissed.”

Lekstrom said it was important to note that all the people he engaged with shared one common interest.

“In recovering the caribou, and looking after restoring the habitat in which they live, not a single presentation to myself by local governments, industry user groups or individuals expressed an opposing view.”                                  

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