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Cariboo Politicians Have Face To Face With Premier

The Premier addressed the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver today.

Earlier in the week, the Cariboo Mayors and Cariboo Regional District, got the ear of John Horgan in a private meeting.

Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson says they also indicated a desire for more private consultation in the future…

First and foremost we made a pitch that we would like to see the cabinet come up during one of their down weeks in the legislature to really give them an opportunity to come into the area as a group and understand the issues in a way that everybody comes to the same kind of conclusions about what we need.”

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On the wildfire recovery, Simpson says they also re-iterated the need for a sense of immediacy on getting out on the land base to fix fences and deal with the forage issue that some of the cattle ranchers are dealing with.

He says they also talked about longer term plans…

“To also have the rehabilitation plans in place and actioned as soon as possible so that we bring the land base back up to health as quickly as we can and in that process harvesting some of the timber that is still salvageable and he echoed that to the entire local government group that was at UNBC in his speech today.”

Simpson says they also talked about social issues such as homelessness and housing affordability, mental health and addictions and getting better treatment capacity into communities.

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