Politics


Town Hall Meeting

A Large Crowd Hears the BCWF’s Jesse Zeman Speak on Provincial Fish and Wildlife Issues

A crowd of around 300 gun club members and interested public attended our public meeting on local issues including threatened access related to potential transfer of land titles to First Nations as part of a compensation package for Site C. Other issues that were discussed were lack of transparency in government, land disturbances in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, and moose management. Jesse Zeman of the BC Wildlife Federation also provided a overview of fish and wildlife issues at the provincial level.

Pat Pimm, our local MLA from the North Peace was in attendance and fielded questions from the crowd and pledged that government was responding to the issues by guarantying access to the backcountry, being more transparent, and developing a provincial moose enhancement strategy. Pat indicated that he has had multiple meetings within government bringing forth our and his concerns. He also said that Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Rustad was working on a stakeholder consultation strategy that would be area based and everyone including ranchers would be involved.

Mike Bernier, Minister of Education, from Dawson Creek, Katrine Conroy, NDP MLA from Kooetany-West, and Karen Goodings and Brad Sperling from the Peace River Regional District were also in attendance.

Check back for further updates.

Related Information:

Backgrounder

Google Map showing land earmarked by government for First Nations considerations.

Letter to Ministers Thomson and Rustad on the Peace Moberly Tract Regulation Proposal

Crown land quietly offered to First Nations in return for Site C dam site – Mark Hume Globe and Mail

Rod and Gun Club fears Site C land transfers could cut off backcountry access – Jonny Wakefield Alaska Highway News

North Peace Rod and Gun Club to hold forum on governmental hunting regulations – CJDC TV

Bennett admits ‘legitimate criticisms’ of Site C land transfers – Jonny Wakefield Alaska Highway News

Rod & Gun Club to host public forum at Pomeroy hotel – Montana Cummings Energetic City dot CA

North Peace Rod and Gun Club host public forum – Hugh Smith CJDC TV

Gerry Paille’s Presentation Slides

Jesse Zeman’s Presentation Slides

 

 

Is the government giving away your right to hunt, fish, hike, snowmobile and otherwise recreate in the backcountry?

Concerned Citizens Need to Attend the Public Meeting

Pomeroy Hotel

7 PM on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

 

The Issues:

  1. Lack of Government Transparency
  2. Lack of Consultation with Major Stakeholders
  3. Land Transfers to First Nations and Maintaining Public Access
  4. Moose Management in the Peace-Liard

Backgrounder

The following are the responses of the 2013 Peace River North candidates to five questions related to fish and wildlife management. Also check below for the preamble that was sent to each candidate as an introduction to the questions.

Arthur Hadland – Independent

Judy Fox-McGuire – BC NDP

Pat Pimm – BC Liberals

Wyeth Sigurdson – BC Conservatives

North Peace Rod and Gun Club/Peace-Liard Region BC Wildlife Federation

Peace River North Candidates Questions

Preamble

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club is a non-profit organization of hunters and anglers whose aims are to protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment. The club currently has over 750 members and has seen continuous growth in the past 5 years.

The club has a strong conservation ethic and continues to work on a variety of wildlife, habitat and educational projects.

The purpose of the attached questions is to inform our membership and other conservationists at large what they can expect from candidates. There are 5 questions with an introductory statement before each. Candidates may copy and paste the 5 questions and respond to them. Please keep your comments to a maximum of two pages.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club will distribute the responses to members via email, and through its website. All responses will be considered public information.