MLA Report: February 2014

Mike Bernier


On February 5 I was pleased to join Gordon Wilson, appointed advocate for the Province’s LNG –Buy BC program, at the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Mr. Wilson was in the Peace Region talking to communities, businesses and other stakeholders about the new program. He outlined the main principles of the program including: representing BC business in the expansion of LNG programs, ensuring BC businesses are informed about the opportunity, and providing businesses with a fair opportunity to compete.

While the LNG Buy BC program is still in its early stages, the goal is to build a website that allows people to connect directly to those engaged with the industry, procurement officers, and proponents with the industry. Businesses interested in finding out more about the Buy BC Program are encouraged to attend the LNG conference in Vancouver May 21–23. This conference will be a great opportunity to get exposure and find out what certifications and requirements will be required to bid on opportunities when they arise. For more information please visit


The Second Session of the 40th Parliament began on February 11, 2014. On February 12th I was honoured to deliver the second response to the Speech from the Throne. This was a great opportunity to not only respond to the Speech from the Throne, but to highlight the many great opportunities that the South Peace has to offer.

You may watch the speech, and all other House and Committee webcasts online at


I would like to congratulate all of the winners of the 2014 Chetwynd Civic Awards that were recently announced at their annual Civic Night. Unfortunately I was away at Session and could not make it to the event to recognize everyone in person but I would like to congratulate the following award recipients:

Elizabeth Dobb, Heroes Live Here; Liz Gauthier, Customer Service Rep; Matthew Swain, Youth Citizen of the Year; Theresa Bernard, Century Citizen of the Year; J.A. Shannon, Business of the Year; Ana Peasgood, Citizen of the Year and Jennifer Gosse, Volunteer of the Year.

It is outstanding citizens like you that make the South Peace a great place to live!


I was excited to attend the BC Achievement Foundation’s 2014 British Columbia National Award Ceremony for Canadian Non-Fiction and meet all of the nominees including Mr. Thomas King, the winner of the 2014 award for his outstanding book The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. King was presented with the $40,000 prize by Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at a ceremony that also celebrated finalists Carolyn Abraham for The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us; J. B. MacKinnon for The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be; Margaret MacMillan for The War That Ended Peace; and Graeme Smith for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan.

Finally, we will be holding our 2014 Spring Session until the end of May so, while I will be in Victoria a great deal during that time, I am going to make sure I am available for constituents via telephone, email or Facebook and I am hoping to be in the riding most Fridays and Saturdays. Please be sure to contact Cindy at the office (250-782-3430) to arrange a time to meet with me or have me attend any function. Thanks again for the opportunity to represent you.