The Falcon campaign: we were there first

Saturday’s column on the three would-be party leaders (Mike Farnworth, George Abbott, and Christy Clark) who last week raised the theme of rural and northern development, brought a response from the leadership campaign of B.C. Liberal hopeful Kevin Falcon.

 

For the sake of completeness, here is the response in part:

 

“Could not understand why my candidate was overlooked, particularly as your comments reinforced the importance being placed on rural and resource BC by the various leadership hopefuls.

 

“On the day Kevin launched his campaign he repeated his Cloverdale announcement event in Prince George as a way to emphasize right from the start the importance of communities outside of metro Vancouver. In fact, Kevin was the only candidate to do something like that.

 

“On December 13, after several visits to Prince George and other northern and interior communities, he released his “Northern Prosperity Agenda” that included such items as:

 

·       opening a Premier’s Regional Office in Prince George;

·       extending and increasing BC’s investment in the Rural Roads Program;

·       making public lands available for workforce housing projects that are badly needed to support resource and infrastructure development;

·       expanding port and infrastructure assets in Price Rupert, Ridley, Kitimat and Stewart to further develop northern export and backhaul capability for wood, minerals and agricultural products;

·       increasing northern skills and capacity through projects such as the proposed Wood Design and Innovation Centre;

·       and making Prince George an international road, rail, tourism and air intermodal hub to better link the north to the world.

 

“On December 21 in Quesnel, Kevin added to his rural and northern agenda with a number of other ideas, including approaching the federal government to have a single environmental assessment process to encourage the opening of new mines in BC.

 

“You also appeared to give George Abbott some extra credit for not attending the Build 2030 event with a thousand young people in Vancouver, opting instead to go to the Natural Resource Forum in Prince George. In fact, Kevin did both events.

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“Kevin attended the Build 2030 event which attracted a great group of young people, then, early the next day, he flew up to Prince George to be at the Resource Forum. For him, it wasn’t a matter of either or, he did both.”

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