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October 27, 2017 3:24 pm

Krause Ready to End Role as President of UBCM

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 5:59 AM

Prince George, B.C. -Prince  George City Councillor Murry Krause heads to the UBCM  Convention in Vancouver,  marking his last days in the role of President of  the organization.

“It certainly has been an honour to have this opportunity and it’s been very busy” says Krause   about  his year at the  helm.

Krause says the  role gave him  everything he had hoped it would ” I had hoped for new engagement  with local politicians,  I  also  have really been pleased with the communication and accessibility of the new (provincial) government.”

The Union of B.C. Municipalities is the  collective voice of  communities throughout the province,  and  accessibility to  the Provincial Government was virtually on hold  from the time the election was called  last spring  to  recent weeks  when the Horgan  team  got its footing.

He says one of the things he  enjoyed most   over his year as President was getting out and meeting  local politicians throughout the Province as he  was able to  visit a great number of communities.

Krause says  there has been lots of discussion about the urban rural split in B.C.  “Of course everyone would like to see some resolution to that,  I think it’s  just a challenge because the issues can be so different. and I think that’s certainly one of things I have really begun to appreciate is the incredible diversity of the Province and what different  issues are facing different  areas of the province.  And of course the diversity  of those (community) leaders,   it’s vast.”

His advice  to the incoming president is  basic, “Be ready for  being really busy.  Certainly,  look for ways to sustain and nurture relationships with all areas  of the province  and with the new government.”

During the convention,  Krause says he is looking forward to the resolution process,  where  communities and  regions  present  requests for action   “I always look forward to seeing what comes of those resolutions and hopefully they will go on to the Province or the Feds, and it will bring change and improvements to the communities.”


I really don’t think Krause has been a good councilor. Always far left for the sake of ideology. His legacy will be the demise of the downtown retail scene and the incredible snub to open governance with his behind the scene manovering to rename Fort George Park.

    He was a member of Council in 1998 that lobbied the then NDP gov’t for Enabling and Validating legislation (that is still on the books, BTW) to add fluoride to the city water supply (newly built Fish Trap Island) circumventing the legislation that communities were to gain the ascent of the people before starting AWF programs. All behind closed doors!

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    Civic election October 2018 – time for some housecleaning!

      Not sure what you are talking about. The City had been adding flouride to its water supply since 1955.

      Filtered, the matter was dealt with recently by referendum. My suggestion is to let it be. The past is the past, all six decades of it! Please!

      Palopu, Fish Trap Island was considered a new system meaning they were supposed to go to referendum to get ascent before adding HFSA to the system. They did not.

      Prince George – I mentioned it only to give another example of behind the scenes maneuvering

Eagleone; Thanks for bringing up the Park I do not think anyone even First Nations wanted that name change , we should have been able to vote on that. I think destroy the Downtown is a better way to put it. I feel sorry for the Downtown business owners trying to survive Downtown. I wonder if he will retire here? if he ever retires.

Six members of council, Hall, Krause, Everitt, Skakun, Frizzell and Koehler were part of the 3 year closed door meetings (started in 2012) discussing the name change.

It isn’t what, it’s how

(reminiscent of Gordon Campbell and the HST)

I always thought that the ancient burial grounds in the park were only within the fenced area, clearly defined. However, whenever excavations are done anywhere in the park more ancient bones are discovered. I feel that it is somewhat disrespectful to use the park for public events which may include walking on undiscovered graves. Perhaps the City should declare the whole site a First Nations cemetery and establish a new public park somewhere else.

    My metis blood is still boiling over the name change to fort George park.. also, finding bones could just mean someone died there and that’s it, doesn’t mean they where buried.. every time a bone or bones are found it’s a burial ground ? That makes the entire globe a burial ground to someone…

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