This is the final day of the four day 2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Edmonton.
More than 165 industry experts are meeting with civic government officials including three lower mainland BC mayors who got an on route firsthand Peace Region education with stops last week in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek — including, Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam.
“All three of us actually we had never been to the peace region before, it was great to drive through it instead of just flying it,” said Moore.
“The biggest thing that jumped out for us was the diversity of the economy. It’s not just oil and gas, there’s farming that goes on as well.
“I think in the urban area we have the perception that the drilling that’s going on is very invasive, that everywhere you turn you would see some drilling rig somewhere, but that’s just not the case.
“It’s such a large landscape,” he said.
Well, it turns out that Mr. Moore and his mayoralty colleagues Mike Clay of Port Moody, and Richard Stewart of Coquitlam, weren’t the only ones to get a pre-conference oil patch education.
Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman is also attending the Edmonton meeting and reports she was on a charter flight last Thursday with a group of her colleagues to Fort McMurray.
“Fort St. John is very much on the minds of people that are interested in municipalities and how things are going,” Ackerman said.
“How we’ve approached our industry and how we’ve worked with our industry is significantly different than other regions.”
Meantime, as he headed into the conference on Friday, we asked Mr. Moore to identify what he views as the nation’s his number one federal government legislative challenge.
“You regulate something as its being extracted, someone else regulates the pipeline, someone else regulates when it goes from the pipeline to a ship, then when it leaves the harbour, someone else regulates it,” he said.
“That doesn’t seem efficient or effective, or helps to address concerns citizens might have regardless of where they are.”