PG Chamber’s Resolutions Pass at BC Chamber AGM
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Chamber of Commerce CEO, Christie Rae says she is not surprised, but very happy that all four of the resolutions submitted by her group were passed at the recent BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting.
Initially, the PG Chamber had submitted three resolutions, but added one more as a “late submission” dealing with pipelines, just prior to the meeting.
The other three resolutions dealt with funding for airports, brownfield remediation and forestry.
The Prince George Airport doesn’t qualify for infrastructure funding because it is located on property leased from the Federal Government. There are five other airports in the country which have the same issue.
The resolution notes “These six airports have been deemed essential by the NAP but are experiencing difficulties paying for all of the capital requirements necessary for airports in Canada, for property, buildings and infrastructure that the Crown maintains ownership of.”
The resolution called for an updating of the funding program to allow YXS and the other five airports to qualify for funding “so that they may fulfill their obligations as NAS airports without financial hardship that may cause the loss of the airports themselves” reads the resolution..
PG Chamber CEO Christie Rae says the resolutions are “Essentially the BC Chamber’s marching orders” so will be actively worked on. Rae says the PG Chamber is planning to take this resolution one step further, hoping it will also be adopted by the Canadian Chamber as an issue that needs to be dealt with. “There are already major conversations happening with the Federal Government about this issue ” says Rae “The Chamber network is a large voice right across Canada, so having these conversations happening , coming from different angles, is a very positive thing.”
The late submission resolution called for policy change to ensure there is sufficient time for pipeline projects to successfully meet their conditions. That policy used the Enbridge Northern Gateway project as an example of a project which has hundreds of conditions to meet by the end of this year, but progress on meeting those conditions has been slowed by numerous court cases. Rae says while there was debate on the resolution being more generic, but in the end, the resolution continued with a focus on Northern Gateway and passed unanimously.