Mayor McPherson goes to Ottawa

Mayor McPherson (far left) joined MP Bob Zimmer,  Mayor Bill Streeper, Mayor Lori Ackerman, acting Mayor Charlie Parslow, Collin Griffith and Mayor Rob Fraser for a photo op on parliament hill.

Mayor McPherson (far left) joined MP Bob Zimmer, Mayor Bill Streeper, Mayor Lori Ackerman, acting Mayor Charlie Parslow, Collin Griffith and Mayor Rob Fraser for a photo op on parliament hill.

Trent Ernst, Editor

Mayor Don McPherson joined a group of other mayors from Northeast BC and Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer in Ottawa to promote British Columbia’s LNG industry.

“I am pleased to work together with these mayors in planning this important trip to Ottawa,” said Zimmer. “It is critical that this government continues to hear about the strong support for BC LNG. This industry is not only vital to the future growth of our local economy, but will also help in reducing global emissions.”

In addition to McPherson and Zimmer, the group included Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Mayor Bill Streeper, District of Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser, Dawson Creek City Councillor Charlie Parslow, and Colin Griffith with the NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition.

On Monday, the group met with the Honourable James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Dianne Watts, Opposition Critic for Infrastructure and Communities, as well as representatives from the office of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. On Tuesday, the group met with Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition.

“Ms. Ambrose continues to voice her strong support for those workers affected by the uncertainty surrounding BC LNG and low energy prices,” said Mr. Zimmer. “I am pleased that our local mayors were able to meet with her to discuss the importance of the industry to our region.”

The group was hoping to meet with the Prime Minister, but that didn’t happen. Still, Zimmer is optimistic the meetings were worth it.

“I would say that these meetings have been positive and I am hopeful that our region is being heard,” said Zimmer. “As we all know, our communities are struggling under the low price of energy and support for the LNG industry would provide a positive boost for our region. I am once again calling on the Prime Minister to do the right thing for British Columbia, Canada, and the global environment and support BC LNG.”