Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Yesterday's Quesnel Forestry Meeting
Yesterday from 11:30am to 1pm -- Almost 200 people packed the Quesnel Legion to discuss the current challenges facing BC's Forestry Sector - My Cariboo Now has a good take on the meeting here
The event was hosted by Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes and she was part of a panel discussion including Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart, Nechako Lakes MLA (and BC Liberals' Official Opposition Spokesman on Forestry) John Rustad and Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty
Local government representatives' in attendance included City of Quesnel Councillors Laurey-Anne Roodenburg/Ron Paull; City of Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson and Cariboo Regional District Area Directors Mary Sjostrom (Area A), Barb Bachmeier (Area B), John Massier (Area C), Steve Forseth (Area D) and Jim Glassford (Area I). Directors Bachmeier/Glassford & Mayor Simpson all spoke at this event
After brief speeches from MLA's Oakes, Tegart, Rustad and MP Doherty - the floor was turned over to attendees to express their ideas about the current challenges in the forestry sector and how to move forward...
The meeting was going well until Mayor Simpson address the 200 attendees and talked about what is occurring in Quesnel to help those impacted by the Tolko QuestWood mill closure... and that seemed to upset some in attendance as to a lack of sharing of information.... a point repeated by MP Doherty
In an interview by My Cariboo Now with Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson - he acknowledged the lack of public information about how local/provincial/federal governments are collaborating together to help assist those displaced by sawmill closures and need to correct that - click here
No matter the level of government or political stripe - there simply must be cooperation on all levels to assist people when they lose their job by a major employer like Tolko, West Fraser, etc - a point repeated on Facebook by those attending yesterday's session. Residents' don't care about what beefs elected officials have with each other - they expect governments, no matter what level or political party, to assist people with their needs, both short and long term.... when a major employer decides to close their doors....