The Cariboo-Chilcotin NDP have held their annual general meeting and elected their officers and executive committee for the coming year.
The AGM was held in conjunction with the sold-out annual Fall Supper with BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix at the 100 Mile Curling Rink on Oct. 27.
Local riding NDP candidate Charlie Wyse spoke briefly to the crowd at the dinner about the importance of the relationship between the environment and the economy.
“Here in the [region], our interests are land-based: forestry, mining, agriculture and tourism.
“In order for our economy to continue providing employment in the area, we have to have an environmental assessment process where the decisions are going to be based upon scientifically derived studies and information.”
Those decisions must also be made in a timely manner, he said.
“The Big Creek area is an example where massive clear-cutting has had an effect upon the run-off and the hydrology, and resulting consequences for the agricultural industry in that area of the province.
“Another example where the environment comes into play in the balance is in mining… there are a number of ore deposits.”
In order for those to get into production and create local jobs and provincial revenue, Wyse explained, “practical solutions have to be found” for the environmental issues.
“In my opinion, those solutions are more likely to be found one step at a time.”
The recently elected Cariboo-Chilcotin NDP Constituency Association executive for 2012/13 will once again see Larry Day return as president.
The vice-president is Richard Vollo, recording secretary is Sheila Wyse and membership secretary is Janice Day.
Treasurer and provincial delegate is Bill Robertson, BC Young New Democrats representative is Daniel French, and outreach co-ordinator is Peggy Christianson.
Five members at large were also named, including Wiltrud Helbig, Erika Creyke, Gerd Braune, Bob MacNair and Lorraine Guenther.
See related story with Dix on the front page of the Nov. 7 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press.