BC Gov't News
Cultus Lake Changes Gears
to five, exclusive ballot among legislation tabled in Victoria
Released by the BC Gov't Caucus/Voice
Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope, today announced that Coralee Oakes, the
Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development, has introduced
legislation to increase the accountability of Cultus Lake Park Board.
The changes will reduce the Board in size from seven to
five Commissioners, and increase the number of Commissioners to be elected
exclusively by the people of Cultus Lake from two to three.
'I'm so pleased that our Government has responded to the calls of residents
and leaseholders of Cultus Lake to increase the accountability of the Board
to the people it serves,' said Throness. 'Two years ago during the
by-election in Chilliwack-Hope, I supported the desire of Cultus Lake
residents to bring change, and last May I reiterated that commitment. Today
our Government is delivering.'
The legislation responds directly to a 926-name petition from Cultus Lake
which Throness tabled in the Legislature last summer. It called for a
smaller board, and for all Commissioners to be elected by the people of
Cultus Lake. Because of Chilliwack's remaining legal interest in the Park,
Throness suggested that two Commissioners still be elected by the people of
Chilliwack, which still means that majority control over a smaller Board
will pass to the people of Cultus Lake.
A streamlined board will reduce costs at the Park, and accord with
similar-sized communities like Harrison Hot Springs and the District of
Kent. A majority of Commissioners elected by the people of Cultus Lake will
help to ensure that their Board will do their will - a basic democratic
'The bill will progress through the House in the normal way,' concluded
Throness. 'With the BC Liberal Government's strong majority, it is quite
likely to pass prior to the next municipal election.'
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