MLA Report: MARCH 2014

Mike Bernier, MLA Peace River South


March has been a very busy month in Victoria debating Legislation but I managed to be home most Fridays and Saturdays for local events. I will only be able to highlight a few of these but If you get a chance please check out my constituency report on my website where I gave a half an hour interview on a few of the exciting things taking place in the South Peace.

I was very happy to host Mayor Wren, Councillor Mackay, PRRD Chair Goodings, Rich McCrea, and Dr. Charles Helm from Tumbler Ridge while they gave a presentation to the BC Liberal Caucus at the Legislature on March 12. They did a great job showcasing the community and telling the amazing story of all the dinosaur finds in the region.

The focus of the presentation was the importance of these initiatives and economic diversification that may result for the region.

The Village of Pouce Coupe held its by-election on March 22 and I would like to congratulate Mayor Bill Plowright and Councillor Andre Lavoie on their new appointments and look forward to working with them in their new roles on Council.

I was very honoured to be the signatory witness and emcee for a milestone event held at the Legislature on March 26th as the Province entered into an Incremental Treaty Agreement with Lake Babine Nation to support new forestry and eco-tourism opportunities. I then went to Vancouver, where I was asked to be the chair for the first B.C. Roundtable on the Economy and Environment. This roundtable discussion brought together representatives from First Nations, industry, the environmental sector, local government and labour organizations for a positive and productive discussion. Our government is committed to finding best practices and solutions from all stakeholders ensuring we continue to be the leader in economic growth in Canada, while protecting our pristine environment and I am very humbled to be chairing this group of amazing individuals as we work towards that balance.

I attended the Chetwynd Trade Show on March 29 and enjoyed meeting and speaking to many of my Chetwynd constituents. I will also be attending the Dawson Creek Trade Show taking place on April 11-13th and look forward to seeing everyone there.

I met with a group of 40 investors from Vancouver and Calgary in Dawson Creek on March 30 to highlight some of the great economic activities taking place in the South Peace.

Our area has received great interest from across the Province, Country and world over the past couple of years and I look forward to the benefits this economic activity will bring to all of us.

I will be holding my second “Meet your MLA” Event in Tumbler Ridge on Tuesday, April 15 at the Tumbler Ridge Museum at 255 Murray Drive from 3:00 – 5:00 pm so please be sure to drop by or, if you wish to schedule a brief private meeting with me, please contact the Dawson Creek office at 1-855-582-3430 or email

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 continue 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.