Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart

Victoria Report: An eventful 2018

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart looks back at 2018

By Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart

As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to reflect on the events of the past year both from a provincial and a local perspective.

Sadly, the NDP government has imposed 19 new or increased taxes since 2017.

I am concerned about the potential impact on our rural communities, especially those still rebuilding from wildfires, floods, and landslides.

These events over the past two years have been emotionally and financially draining. We tragically saw the loss of two lives, which devastated the community, and people’s livelihoods were destroyed by the damage they suffered.

I’ve been working to help individuals, businesses, First Nations, and farmers get recovery support. That includes pressing the government to make area landslides eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance, and reimburse the Bonaparte Indian Band and various volunteer fire departments for costs incurred.

It has been a tough road, but I’m proud of the way our community has travelled it together.

On a brighter note, I was thrilled by the federal announcement of $9.2 million to support the Ashcroft Terminal. The terminal’s planned improvements to facilitate growth will be a game-changer for our region.

I was also honoured to take part in a gathering to discuss a renewed partnership between Historic Hat Creek and the Bonaparte Band, along with other stakeholders. I’m excited for the future of this tourism spot, and look forward to seeing how this partnership enhances its offerings.

Another site with great tourism potential is the McAbee Fossil Bed site east of Cache Creek. We also saw the unveiling of the Harmony Bell in Ashcroft, which will be a place of community gathering and celebration.

There is much work ahead in 2019. As your MLA, I will continue working to secure a bright future for all residents of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and area.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Fire destroys home on Brink Street in Ashcroft

All occupants escaped safely but house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived

Man, 31, charged in Cache Creek fatal shooting

Corey Richard Harkness appeared on one count of murder in provincial court in Kamloops

One man dead after shooting in Cache Creek

A gofundme page has been set up to fund a Celebration of Life for Brock Ledoux

Historic Nicola Valley church destroyed by fire

Murray United Church one of four Merritt-area churches touched by fire on same night

South Cariboo Minor Soccer gears up for new season

Registration has increased steadily every year since 2014, with the league nearly doubling in size

REPLAY: B.C’s best videos this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

Most Read