October MLA Report

Mike Bernier, MLA – Peace River South


Fall has arrived and, although days are shorter, they are definitely not slower. In addition to attending Cabinet Committee and Caucus meetings in Vancouver and Victoria, things were also very exciting around the riding this past month.

I was pleased to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Chetwynd & District Recreation Centre to celebrate the official opening of the Right-in/Right-out access project. This project will improve traffic safety in the area of the Rec Centre.

I enjoyed an evening at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery to help celebrate their 30th Anniversary and showcase the amazing history of the building and the talent of artists in our region. Thanks to all the artists who brighten up the gallery.

I attended the Shell Canadian Innovation Summit in Vancouver where the City of Dawson Creek was highlighted and represented by Councillor Cheryl Shuman. It was a great opportunity to not only support Dawson Creek, but to understand all the projects companies are working on to be more environmentally sustainable.

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services held a Public Hearing in Dawson Creek. Thank you to the many organizations and individuals that took the time to make presentations to the Committee and help shape the Provincial budget.

I was pleased to welcome the Honourable Toshimitsu MOTEGI, Japan Minister of International Trade and Economy, as he arrived in Dawson Creek for a tour of the oil and gas activities in our region and then finished off the day by addressing delegates at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers during their Northeast BC Professional Development Day.

Another highlight of the month was challenging Mayor Dale Bumstead to a transit bus driving competition as part of the announcement of the arrival of the new Vicinity buses to Dawson Creek. These buses offer substantial long-term cost savings in fuel, are environmentally friendly, and have better access for walkers, strollers, wheelchairs and scooters. The Mayor says he won, but I will agree on a tie!!!

I would like to thank the dedicated staff and Dr. Helm at the Paleontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge for an educational tour of the facility. It is truly a gem for the entire Province and it amazes me how much we have discovered in our area, and how many more treasures there are still out there to be uncovered. I was lucky to help unload the newest fossil discovered as it arrived at the Centre thanks to Teck Mining staff.

Prior to her recent visit to Dawson Creek, Environment Minister Mary Polak released government’s legislative proposal for a new Water Sustainability Act that will update and replace the existing Water Act. All British Columbians are invited to review the proposal and submit final comments until November 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/watersustainabilityact/

Now that our office is open, Cindy and I are in full swing of making sure we are able to address any issues you may have that the Provincial Government can address. So until next month, thanks for your support and see you at all the events that November will bring.