Local government leaders from across the north had the opportunity to voice their concerns over the proposed carbon tax at their recent Convention in Prince George. NCMA members brought seven resolutions on the carbon tax forward for debate, and after some discussion it was agreed that all seven resolutions would be debated as one block. The resolutions were endorsed and will be forwarded the Union of BC Municipalities for consideration at their Annual Convention in September. All resolutions outcomes may be viewed on the NCMA website at: http://ncma.enorthernbc.com/resolutions.asp
New NCMA President Murry Krause of Prince George says, ?It was a great convention. The quality of the speakers was excellent and sessions were well attended. Obviously the carbon tax was a huge concern for our members and something that we as an Executive will be taking a very close look at over the next few weeks.?
Annual elections were held during the Convention, and resulted in a new NCMA Executive Board that includes:
President Murry Krause, Councillor, City of Prince George
1st VP Karen Goodings, Chair, Peace River Regional District
2nd VP Mike Bernier, Councillor, City of Dawson Creek
Chair Eileen Benedict, Bulkley Nechako Regional District remains as Past President
Mayor Stephanie Killam, Fraser-Fort George Regional Representative
Regional Director Jackie Allen, Northern Rockies Regional Representative
Councillor Brenda Holmlund, Peace River Regional Representative
Director Ralph Roy, Bulkley Nechako Regional Representative
Director Maureen Pinkney, Cariboo Regional Representative
Councillor Linda Campbell from Kitimat-Stikine Regional Representative
Mayor Dave MacDonald, Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional Representative
Mayor Mike Frazier of McBride, Director-at-Large
·Councillor Brian Frenkel of Vanderhoof, Director-at-Large
·Councillor Spence Henderson of 100 Mile House, Director-at-Large
Several NCMA Members were recognized at the Convention for milestone anniversaries. The City of Dawson Creek and The District of Taylor were presented with plaques recognizing their 50th anniversaries. Burns Lake was recognized for their 85th anniversary, Quesnel celebrates their 80th, the District of Kitimat turns 55, Cariboo Regional District is 40, and The District of Wells celebrates their 10th year of incorporation.
The City of Fort St. John was the winner of the Gold Star Resolution Award for their resolution on Family Day. The award is presented annually for the best-crafted resolution. Honourable mention went to the City of Quesnel and the Cariboo Regional District.
NCMA Past President Eileen Benedict states, ?This year?s convention was fantastic and I have to congratulate the hosts of our Convention, the City of Prince George and the Fraser-Fort George Regional District for an outstanding job of organizing.?
Approximately 260 delegates attended the NCMA?s 53rd Annual Convention last week in Prince George. The 2009 NCMA Convention will be hosted by the City of Dawson Creek.