The Peace River Regional District Board has approved a motion put forward by Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead claiming it is the appropriate group to negotiate the extension with the province.

It has also passed a related motion engaging the services of former Dawson Creek Mayor, South Peace Liberal MLA and Cabinet Minister Blair Lekstrom to renegotiate the Fair Share Memorandum of Agreement set to expire in 2020.

However, the CEO of the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition – which now consists of Fort St. John, Taylor and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality – is former Fort St. John City Manager Colin Griffths, and he is also prepared to head a renegotiating team.

“The folks in Dawson Creek have identified Mr. Lekstrom as a really good negotiator with some experience with respect to the Fair Share and government,” Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser explains. “And we’ve identified that Mr. Griffith has a proven track record with respect to these agreements – he successfully negotiated the last three of them.”

“I think both parties have hired competent individuals.”

He says it’s possible the two competing municipal groups could get together later this week, but it should be noted the PRRD has indicated it is prepared to be begin negotiating with the province as early as tomorrow.