VICTORIA (December 12, 2019) – The BC Liberals are calling out John Horgan for breaking his promise to “take more time to engage with affected communities and industries, while taking necessary steps to protect caribou,” following the NDP government’s decision to move ahead with no changes to the Section 11 Agreement on southern mountain caribou.
“John Horgan promised to do better after the NDP’s initial sham caribou consultation so he appointed Blair Lekstrom last spring to right the ship,” said BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson. “After the first meeting of the leader’s table, it has become clear that John Horgan and the NDP intend to ignore Mr. Lekstrom’s recommendations and will be going forward with the original agreement with no meaningful input from the general public.”
Community Liaison Blair Lekstrom submitted 14 recommendations in May to chart a new path forward on caribou conservation. The government responded in June by imposing an interim moratorium on new resource development in parts of northeastern British Columbia. Last Friday, the first meeting of the leader’s table was held in Vancouver and was dismissed by a representative of the Peace Region Regional District as a complete “waste of time.”
“This government created a flawed process from the start. Premier John Horgan even admitted it was ‘my bad,’ that local government and community leaders were excluded for as many months as they were,” added Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South. “Instead of holding a meeting in Vancouver, meaningful consultation should be held on the ground in the region where people impacted by these decisions can voice their legitimate concerns. This is another broken promise by this premier.”