What some predicted would be little more than a public relations ploy, by the Campbell government, was far more than that, according to many of those who attended last week’s Northern BC economic summit in Prince George.

Count Taylor’s Mayor among them as Fred Jarvis called the two day session, an opportunity to raise issues important to the region and, keep channels of communication open. One of the issues, which has apperared to be off the province’s radar screen, is breathing new life into the Northeast dairy industry.

Mayor Jarvis noted the product must still be trucked to Edmonton to be processed and he’d like to see pressure put on railways to provide more local service. Meantime, Northern Trust rolled out a 15-point plan, which calls on the province to do everything from cutting by 50 percent, the mine regulatory review process to starting a centre to train dentists, here in Fort St. John…

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The Northern Trust believes that making the next decade following the 2010 Olympics, the northern decade is the best way to ensure long-term provincial prosperity.