Bernier holds luncheon ahead of Kinder Morgan meeting in Ottawa


A local MLA along with the Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon in the Mile Zero City this afternoon to check in with residents who are concerned with the NDP Government's budget.

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier spoke to a filled room at the George Dawson Inn this afternoon.

Bernier brought forward issues he has with the budget and participated in a question and answer period.

Among the several topics brought up, was Kinder Morgan.

The federally approved pipeline will be the topic of discussion at an Ottawa meeting this weekend where both the Alberta and B.C. premiers will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Alberta's Rachel Notley has been pressuring B.C. Premier John Horgan to step aside and allow the pipeline to be built, but the NDP leader is standing his ground.

Bernier says one of the premiers will win the pipeline war in the meeting with Trudeau.

"This dispute we have between the prime minister and the two premiers is completely avoidable,” says Bernier. “If you look that the fact that the company followed all the rules, followed all the laws, all the process and worked with local first nations, worked with local communities. It got permission and approval from a federally regulated body."

Bernier also expressed his concerns with the NDP's employer health tax.

“The NDP are saying it’s great that they’re eliminating the MSP. All they've done is transferred it to a new tax, employer health tax, some of the same and a few different people are paying it," says Bernier.

Concerned residents also brought up a wide variety of issues including: the loss of Greyhound, childcare plans, carbon tax and LNG’s future in British Columbia.