Former Premier Mike Harcourt attends local NCMA

Former NDP Premier Mike Harcourt was in Dawson Creek on Thursday.

He spoke to around 200 members attending the North Central Municipal Association conference on creating sustainable communities.

Harcourt says he agrees with some parts of the NDP’s platform more than others. During his speech, he said he thinks British Columbia should have both the carbon tax and the Cap and Trade sytem.

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Meanwhile, he says the solution to creating sustainable communities is not going to happen overnight.

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Harcourt says the problem isn’t convincing British Columbians that there is an environmental threat, but that everyone needs to agree on the same solution.

He suggests cities need to be dealt with immediately, because cities use up more resources than rural towns. He says he would like to see greener infrastructure and eventually the province switch to an electrical grid. Harcourt was premier from 1991 to 1996.

Before that he was the Mayor of Vancouver from 1980 to 1986. Harcourt says he still retains his NDP membership, but doesn’t plan on running in any upcoming elections. In other developments at the NCMA, Peace River Regional District chair Karen Goodings was announced President for 2009-2010.

Fort St. John Councilor Lori Ackerman says it’s wonderful to have someone representing the Peace on a provincial level. Meanwhile, Ackerman says there were 17 resolutions passed on Thursday’s meeting, two of which were forwarded by Fort St. John regarding Measuring up the North.

The first resolution passed was to lobby the provincial government to consider universal design principals, while the second was to urge the provincial government to provide adequate funding to local government for the program.

Other resolutions passed included making snow tires mandatory for all vehicles in BC, from the beginning of October until the end of April 30th. Ackerman admits that resolution is unlikely to pass at a provincial level, because the definition of snow tires can be too broad.

All of the passed resolutions will be brought up in the legislature later this year.

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