Mike Bernier, MLA
Before I highlight my activities for the month of October I first want to address a very tragic event that occurred on Parliament Hill on October 22, ending the life of a 24-year-old Canadian Soldier. This definitely made me slow down and reflect and appreciate everything that many of us take for granted. Even though we had extra security at the BC Legislature, I can only imagine what it was like for those in Ottawa. Thank you to the first responders, police and Canadian Forces who are working hard and risking their lives every day to keep Canada safe.
At the beginning of October I was pleased to host Minister Teresa Wat, Minister of Multiculturalism and the Minister responsible for Asia Pacific, in the South Peace. Our region is one of the most important regions for the potential economic growth of the Province, and I am happy that my colleagues recognize that and take time to come tour the area. I think I have now toured 43 of 49 Liberal MLA’s and Ministers around the South Peace since I was elected and I appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedules to come here.
I was pleased to speak in the BC Legislature this past week about Tumbler Ridge’s UNESCO Geopark designation, especially in the presence of Mayor Wren and a delegation of representative from the District that came to Victoria to participate in meetings with myself and many Ministers.
Tumbler Ridge sits on some of the best metallurgical coal in the world, and it’s just a matter of time before world prices get back to a point where they once again become one of the busiest mining towns in the province, but they are no longer just a mining town since they have been given the designation of being the second UNESCO Geopark in North America. This designation became possible because of the incredible passion and the commitment of the volunteers and the professionals in the community. It also happened because they are gifted with an amazing resource that will give them exceptional tourism opportunities for years to come. I stood in the House in the spring wishing the District of Tumbler Ridge the best of luck in their bid to become a Geopark, and was very happy to get to stand in the House and congratulate the District of Tumbler Ridge for achieving this milestone.
I want to thank Mayor Darwin Wren, his Council and all of the people in the District of Tumbler Ridge for always showing resilience and for showing commitment to their community during difficult times and also for always looking at the positive prospects that lay in front of them.
One of the best parts of my job is giving tours to my constituents from the South Peace that are visiting the Legislature. This month I got to meet with Grade 10 students and teachers from Dawson Creek and Chetwynd from the Me to We Leadership Program who were in Victoria for a tour. As our riding is so far away I don’t get to have visitors very often so if you are planning a trip to Victoria please contact me, if I am available I would love to show you around.
Please be sure to get out and vote in the upcoming local elections. I wish all candidates the best of luck. As your MLA, it is important to have a great relationship with other elected officials as there are many times we need to work collaboratively in order to get things done and I am looking forward to working with the new Councils after this Municipal election.
For the month of November I will be finishing up the fall session in Victoria. I invite you to watch debates of the Legislative Assembly of BC online at www.leg.bc.ca. If you want to keep up to date on my activities please join my Facebook page or feel free to contact me any time. Although I need to be away a fair amount as part of my job representing you, I make every effort to ensure I am available for constituents via telephone, email or Facebook. Please be sure to contact Cindy at the office (250-782-3430) if you need any assistance, to arrange a time to meet with me, or have me attend any function you are holding. Thanks again for the opportunity to represent you.